Green Bay Packers Bid to Host NFL Draft

Packers President Mark Murphy has submitted bids for the 2019, 2020, and 2021 NFL Drafts.

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Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view as Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) is selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Anderson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view as Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) is selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Anderson-USA TODAY Sports

Packers president Mark Murphy has made it known that the Green Bay Packers would like to host the NFL draft. The team submitted bids to host the draft in either 2019, 2020, or 2021.

Murphy admitted hosting the draft was probably a long shot as there is a number of complications with hosting the draft in Green Bay. The draft will be held outdoors in Philadelphia this year, though the weather may prove problematic in the north. According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Murphy said that if the weather does pose an issue, the draft could be held across the street in the 10,000 seat Reach Center.

A lack of hotel rooms in Green Bay poses another problem as property is being developed around Lambeau Field.

Green Bay believes opening their new Titletown District will draw interest and serve as a selling point for the league.

Competition for future drafts is stiff as Atlanta, Canton, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh are all bidding.

— Patrick Backlas covers the Green Bay Packers as a columnist for cover32 Packers. Connect and follow on Twitter @PatrickBacklas

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