NFL Draft to be Hosted in Dallas

Lynette Rowe
October 19, 2017

In a statement, NFL Commissioner and Official Draft Villain Roger Goodell thanked the cities of Arlington, home of AT&T Stadium, Frisco, home of the Cowboys' fancy new headquarters, and Dallas, home of, um, Cowboys fans.

Outside of the hotel, two dozen supporters of Black Lives Matter New York held a rally backing the players for speaking out - particularly former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem past year in protest of racial injustice in America. This year's draft drew more than 200,000 fans on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Round 1 of the draft begins Thursday, April 26, 2018.

North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky poses after being selected by the Bears.

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"We are very excited about the 2018 NFL Draft coming to Dallas", said Charlotte Anderson, the Cowboys' executive VP and chief brand officer.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport first reported the news earlier Wednesday, saying AT&T Stadium would be the official host. The NFL's release said the draft site will include the field, stands and outdoor plazas.

Philadelphia did a fantastic job hosting the draft in 2017, despite beliefs that it would be too much for the city, and it even broke the attendance record for the National Football League draft. It will also mark the first time an NFL Stadium has held the annual event. In 2015-2016, it took place in Chicago. Rounds 2 and 3 will be Friday, April 27, and Rounds 4-7 will close out the draft Saturday, April 28.

But Jones was still at NFL headquarters in NY for other sessions, pre-planned and for team owners to discuss league business.

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