Earlier today, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the NFL Draft is headed back to the Windy City for a second consecutive year.
Chicago was home to the draft this past spring. It was the first time since 164 that the NFL Draft was not located in New York City. Prior to that the city of Chicago hosted NFL drafts from 1962-’64.
Next spring’s NFL Draft will be April 28-30, 2016.
“We are excited to return to Chicago and look forward to creating an even better experience for our fans next year,” said Commissioner Goodell in a press release. “Based on the success of last year’s Draft and our high expectations for the 2016 Draft, Chicago continues to raise the bar for future Drafts.”
This past year more than 200,000 fans from across the country participated in the 2015 Draft festivities in Chicago, including the highly popular Draft Town, a free, three-day outdoor interactive fan football festival in Grant Park. The Draft generated a total economic impact of $81.6 million, according to a Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University study commissioned by the Chicago Sports Commission. Chicago's expanded event covered almost a million square feet of the park with concessions, activities and fan caves for each NFL team.
Make sure you keep up with Scout and our draft coverage over the next nine months leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. Below is a very early top 50 draft eligible list for the next draft class.