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From the moment the gates opened on April 27, the 2017 NFL Draft was a huge success for the city of Philadelphia, with a record-breaking attendance of250,000 over the three-day event. Football fans of all ages gathered along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to participate in what has been hailed by many as one of the most successful NFL Drafts ever. According to the NFL Draft Event Impact Report, commissioned by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) and conducted by Temple University’s Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC), direct spending during the 3-day event in April was $56.1 million, resulting in an estimated $94.9 million in economic impact for Philadelphia. The considerable economic output of the Draft, which exceeded initial expectations of $80 million, was just one of the highlights. The report also looked at travel behavior of attendees, hotel performance and media impact of the event, among other areas.

“Philadelphia served as a phenomenal host for the 2017 NFL Draft and created a memorable experience for our fans, incoming players and teams,” Peter O’Reilly, NFL Senior Vice President of Events told USA Today and the Associated Press. “We are grateful to Mayor Kenney, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and all of our partners for helping make the event a resounding success.”

The event packed local restaurants and kept area attractions busy. Altogether, more than30,000 jobs (914 full-time equivalent) were supported by the Draft, which helped to generate $38.5 million in personal income. $7.9 million in state and local taxes were also created from income tax, sales tax and hotel occupancy tax, among other categories.

“The Draft was a family-friendly event for Philadelphians and visitors across the country,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “I thank all of our public and private partners, especially the City employees and first responders, who made this event a success and allowed Philly to shine in the national spotlight once again.”

Tourism Driver for Philadelphia: Positioned as a driver of tourism within the region, the Draft attracted attendees from 42 different states and provided an opportunity for Philadelphia to shine as an event destination, with 93 percent of visitors citing the Draft as their primary reason for visiting. Of those who attended, 79 percent would recommend Philadelphia as a travel destination and 62 percent intend to return to Philadelphia for a vacation within the next 12 months – indicating that the Draft will have a continued benefit in the months and years to come.

In total, 18,991 room nights were consumed at paid accommodations between April 26-29 (80 percent in Philadelphia County). While total hotel room nights were below initial projections as some visitors opted for alternate locations during their stay, hotel room revenue was up 11.4 percent (YOY) in the Philadelphia region bringing in an additional $2.1 millionin room revenue over the same time last year, with $1.2 million in Philadelphia County alone.

Raising Philadelphia’s Profile Nationally and Globally: The Draft helped shine a spotlight on Philadelphia and its assets by attracting top-tier media interest from around the world, with over 1,800 media in attendance. For the time period between the announcement that Philadelphia had won the bid to host the 2017 NFL Draft (September 1, 2016) through May 2017, the PHLCVB tracked 2,352 print, digital and broadcast Draft-related stories that contained a destination mention1 of Philadelphia. These stories resulted in more than137.4 million media impressions. Additionally, the first round of the NFL Draft was the most-watched cable program of the week and the most-watched sports event of the week on both broadcast and cable networks.

“When we chose to pursue the Draft, we did so with the goal of an economic win for our city and region. We are thrilled that not only did it generate substantial economic activity for Philadelphia but we were also successful in showing the world that this city is a premier destination for sports, big events and tourism in general,” said Julie Coker Graham, PHLCVB President and CEO.

Media coverage of the event included headlines such as “Philadelphia Fans Show Why the NFL Draft should be in Philadelphia Every Year” from CBS Sports, and on social media prominent sports anchors including ESPN’s Adam Schefter lauded the event, tweeting “Props to the city of Philadelphia. That’s how to host a Draft. No city has injected that much energy, electricity, excitement into draft.”

Event Impact Report Methodology: A total of 4,794 attendees of the NFL Draft completed a post-event survey. The results were then compared to the larger population of individuals who attended the 2017 NFL Draft by using other available datasets, before being applied to an input-output (I-O) analysis using IMPLAN modeling software, the most widely accepted methodology for measuring economic impact. The report is intended to capture the overall impact of the 2017 NFL Draft on Philadelphia, however analysis is limited by the data available, namely a survey of attendees and operational expenditures of the NFL. It does not include all spending that occurred by sponsors and other large corporations in conjunction with the event.

(1A “destination mention” is defined as any media placement in an online, print, television or radio media outlet that focuses on Philadelphia as a travel destination beyond simply a mention of the event taking place in the city.)

About Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB): Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB),www.discoverPHL.com, a private non-profit membership corporation, is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. The PHLCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has divisions dedicated to the multicultural, sports and life sciences markets.

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The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the three-day celebration at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Special guests will take part in the excitement of the Draft by announcing various picks and participating in festivities in Philadelphia.

Salute to Service – Military Appreciation: The NFL will recognize active duty service members, veterans and their families at Draft events throughout the week. On Thursday evening, a joint color guard will be joined onstage with veterans from Wounded Warrior Project during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

The NFL has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor the Frisons, a Gold Star Family. A Philadelphia native and passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Demetrius Frison lost his life in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Frison’s wife and son will accompany Philadelphia Eagles Legend Ron Jaworski onstage to announce the Eagles’ Round 2 pick along with a Joint Service Honor Guard representing all branches of military service.

In addition, active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans from the USO and Wounded Warrior Project will be guests at the Draft on Saturday for Rounds 4-7.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®: St. Jude patient Kate Foster will join commissioner Goodell and Chicago Bears Legend Jay Hilgenberg to announce the Bears’ Round 2 pick. A competitive gymnast, Kate, 18, from Rockford, Illinois, lost her left leg to an infection during treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at age 12 but overcame her illness and returned to the gym less than a year later.

MAKE-A-WISH®: Make-A-Wish recipient T.J. Onwuanibe will have his wish granted when he joins commissioner Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens’ Round 1 pick. A football-loving 14-year old, TJ is a cancer survivor and devoted Ravens fan from Laurel, Maryland.

Youth and High School Football

ROUND 1

Football players from MARTIN LUTHER KING HIGH SCHOOL will take the stage alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and represent the Philadelphia Eagles during their Round 1 pick. Due to lack of resources and funding, Germantown High School’s football program merged with former crosstown rival Martin Luther King High School. Prior to the pick announcement, the team will walk the Red Carpet alongside Draft prospects.

In addition, Liam McClure, a Methacton High School football player diagnosed with autism, will walk the Red Carpet on Thursday and hand out New Era Caps to Draft picks with his teammates. McClure fell in love with football after attending a Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp and further developed his passion for the game after joining the Methacton Warriors.

ROUND 3: In memory of the late legendary Pennsylvania high school football coach Mike Pettine, Sr., the Central Bucks West High School football team will accompany Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year team winner Jon Dorenbos in making the Eagles’ Round 3 pick. Pettine Sr. had 16 undefeated seasons in his 33 years as head coach and won four state championships with Central Bucks West High School.

ROUND 6: For the first time, Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be youth football-themed. Youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their local markets during pick selections.

ROUND 7: The NFL Draft 7-on-7 tournament champions will be recognized onstage during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Round 7 selection.

NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition: Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends Community, one representing each team, will be featured in Round 2. 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame members will announce picks, including Morten Anderson, Jim Brown, Willie Brown, Franco Harris, Jim Taylor and Thurman Thomas.

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. Carolina Panthers linebacker and 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis will make the Round 1 pick selection on behalf of his team.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Below is the list of former players scheduled to make selections in Round 2, as well as Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year national and team winners announcing Round 3 picks. There are a total of 15 Pro Football Hall of Famers listed below.

Team – Round 2, Round 3
Arizona Cardinals – Jim Hart, Mike Leach
Atlanta Falcons – Gerald Riggs, Matt Bosher
Baltimore Ravens – Jermaine Lewis, Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills – Thurman Thomas, Bryan Scott
Carolina Panthers – Travelle Wharton, Greg Olsen
Chicago Bears – Jay Hilgenberg, Sam Acho
Cincinnati Bengals – Anthony Muñoz, Vincent Rey
Cleveland Browns – Jim Brown, Josh Cribbs
Dallas Cowboys – Drew Pearson, Bradie James
Denver Broncos – Floyd Little, Rod Smith
Detroit Lions – Lem Barney, Don Carey
Green Bay Packers – Jim Taylor, Jayrone Elliott
Houston Texans – Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing
Indianapolis Colts – Robert Mathis, Joe Reitz
Jacksonville Jaguars – Tony Boselli, Josh Scobee
Kansas City Chiefs – Carlos Carson, Will Shields
Los Angeles Chargers – Shawne Merriman, Jeremiah Attaochu
Los Angeles Rams – Jack Youngblood, Steven Jackson
Miami Dolphins – Larry Little, Chris Chambers
Minnesota Vikings – John Randle, Madieu Williams
New England Patriots – Andre Tippett – Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints – Morten Andersen, Lance Moore
New York Giants – Harry Carson, Jessie Armstead
New York Jets – Joe Klecko, Brandon Moore
Oakland Raiders – Willie Brown (Brown will also do round 3)
Philadelphia Eagles – Ron Jaworski, Jon Dorenbos
Pittsburgh Steelers – Franco Harris, Arthur Moats
San Francisco 49ers – Tom Rathman, Justin Smith
Seattle Seahawks – Jacob Green, Cliff Avril
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Alstott, Ryan Nece
Tennessee Titans – Mike Rozier, Jurrell Casey
Washington Redskins – Clinton Portis, London Fletcher

In other NFL-draft related news…

From military bases to state landmarks and attractions to even outer space, NFL teams will announce their Day 3 selections for Rounds 4 to 6 of the NFL Draft from special locations of their choosing and recognize individuals who have made a significant impact.

Beginning on Saturday, April 29 at Noon Eastern, Day 3 pick announcements will feature current NFL players and legends, military personnel, actors, singers and other special guests. New this year, Round 6 will be youth football-themed, and youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their individual markets during pick selections.

Here is a sampling of special team announcements during Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

•Arizona Cardinals – Ten season ticket members will join cheerleaders and Big Red, the team’s mascot, to announce picks from the GRAND CANYON.

•Chicago Bears – Bears running back Jordan Howard and military personnel will make selections from the team’s headquarters at HALAS HALL.

•Cleveland Browns – Former Browns player Josh Cribbs and season ticket members, along with alumni, will announce picks from CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.

•Denver Broncos – Military members and NFL legends will make selections from PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE.

•Houston Texans – Astronauts at the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND SPACE CENTER will announce picks for the first time from outer space.

•Indianapolis Colts – Colts defensive end Kendall Langford will make picks from the INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, along with staff personnel.

•Jacksonville Jaguars – Picks will be announced from LONDON and JACKSONVILLE.

•Kansas City Chiefs – Service members will make picks from the WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE.

•New York Jets – Children of fallen EMT Yadira Arroyo will announce Day 3 selections from EMT HOUSE 26.

•Philadelphia Eagles –  Actor Morris Chestnut and CNBC’s Jim Cramer will make picks from the NFL DRAFT THEATER.

•Pittsburgh Steelers – Actor Milo Ventimiglia, Actress Mandy Moore, current players, and members of a local youth football team will announce selections from HEINZ FIELD.

•San Francisco 49ers – Country music singer Jon Pardi will make picks from LEVI’S STADIUM.

•Tampa Bay Buccaneers – General Joseoh Votel, Commander of the United States Central Command, will announce selections from the team’s headquarters at ONE BUCANNEERS PLACE.

•Washington Redskins – Actor Michael Ealy will make picks with fans from FEDEX FIELD.

Special team announcements for Day 3 will be broadcast in Philadelphia throughout the NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, the league’s largest free football festival taking place along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Fans may also view Day 3 pick announcements on NFL Draft live platforms – such as NFL.com, the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), NFL Now, the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and Yahoo! Sports – as well as on ESPN. NFL Network will also feature select picks live on NFL Network Draft programming.

Fans can watch NFL Network digitally through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Select teams will also live stream local pick announcements on their websites and social media. Get full audio coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft live with Westwood One, TuneIn and SiriusXM NFL Radio.

The first will pick last and the last will pick first.

With Super Bowl LI in the books to close out the 2016 season, the final 2017 NFL Draft order is set, barring trades. The following is the 2017 NFL Draft first round order.

The first round will start on Thursday, April 27 in Philadelphia with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 28 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 29.

2017 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER
# Team (W-L-T, Pct.; Opp W-L-T, Strength of Schedule)
1. Cleveland (1-15-0 .063; 139-114-3, .549)
2. San Francisco (2-14-0, .125; 127-125-4, .504)
3. Chicago (3-13-0 .188; 133-122-1, .521)
4. Jacksonville (3-13-0, .188; 135-121-0, .527)
5. Los Angeles Rams (traded to Tennessee) (4-12-0, .250; 127-125-4, .504)
6. New York Jets (5-11-0, .313; 131-122-3, .518)
7. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11-0, .313; 139-117-0, .543)
8. Carolina (6-10-0, .375; 131-122-3, .518)
9. Cincinnati (6-9-1, .406; 133-122-1, .521)
10. Buffalo (7-9-0, .438; 122-131-3, .482)
11. New Orleans (7-9-0, .438; 133-121-2, .523)
12. Philadelphia (traded to Cleveland)(7-9-0, 438; 141-111-4, .559)
13. Arizona (7-8-1, .469; 117-136-3, .463)
14. Indianapolis (8-8-0, .500; 126-130-0, .492)^
Minnesota (traded to Philadelphia)(8-8-0, .500; 125-129-2, .492)^
16. Baltimore (8-8-0, .500; 126-127-3, .498)
17. Washington (8-7-1, .531; 131-123-2, .516)
18. Tennessee (9-7-0, .563; 119-137-0, .465)
19. Tampa Bay (9-7-0, .563; 125-129-2, .492)
20. Denver (9-7-0, .563; 140-115-1, .549)
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21. Detroit (9-7-0, .563; 121-134-1, .475)
22. Miami (10-6-0, .625; 115-138-3, .455)
23. New York Giants (11-5-0 .688 123 130 3 .486
24. Oakland (12-4-0, .750; 129-127-0, .504)
25. Houston (9-7-0, .563 128 127 1 .502
26. Seattle (10-5-1, .656; 112-142-2, .441)
27. Kansas City (12-4-0, .750; 130-126-0, .508)
28. Dallas (13-3-0, .813; 119-134-3, .471)
29. Green Bay (10-6-0, .625; 129-125-2, .508)
30. Pittsburgh (11-5-0, .688; 125-128-3, .494)
31. Atlanta  (11-5-0, .688; 122-132-2, .480)
32. New England (14-2-0, .875; 111-142-3, .439)
^ The 14th and 15th selections will be decided by coin flip

The National Football League announced the names of 95 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft and 8 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 27-29 draft in Philadelphia.

The following 8 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements and consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2017 Draft:

Player (Position – College)
1. Alex Anzalone (LB – Florida)
2. Gareon Conley (DB – Ohio State)
3. Wayne Gallman (RB – Clemson)
4. Bucky Hodges (TE – Virginia Tech)
5. Artavis Scott (WR – Clemson)
6. Khari Waithe-Alexander (DE – Southern Illinois)
7. Deshaun Watson (QB – Clemson)
8. Mike Williams (WR – Clemson)

Each of the 95 players granted special eligibility has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 16.

The players granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft:

Player (Position – College)
1. Jamal Adams (DB – Louisiana State)
2. Budda Baker (DB – Washington)
3. Derek Barnett (DE – Tennessee)
4. Garett Bolles (OT – Utah)
5. Caleb Brantley (DT – Florida)
6. Noah Brown (WR – Ohio State)
7. K.D, Cannon (WR – Baylor)
8. Devin Childress (WR – North Park)
9. Michael Clark (WR – Marshall)
10. James Conner (RB – Pittsburgh)
11. Dalvin Cook (RB – Florida State)
12. Zach Cunningham (LB – Vanderbilt)
13. Malachi Dupre (WR – Louisiana State)
14. Jerod Evans (QB – Virginia Tech)
15. Jeremy Faulk (DT – Garden City Community College)
16. Tarean Folston (RB – Notre Dame)
17. Isaiah Ford (WR – Virginia Tech)
18. D’Onta Foreman (RB – Texas)
19. Leonard Fournette (RB – Louisiana State)
20. Myles Garrett (DE – Texas A&M)
21. Shelton Gibson (WR – West Virginia)
22. Davon Godchaux (DT – Louisiana State)
23. Chris Godwin (WR – Penn State)
24. Isaiah Golden (DT – McNeese State)
25. Jermaine Grace (LB – Miami Florida)
26. Derrick Griffin (WR – Texas Southern)
27. Chad Hansen (WR – California)
28. Charles Harris (DE – Missouri)
29. Carlos Henderson (WR – Louisiana Tech)
30. Brian Hill (RB – Wyoming)
31. Elijah Hood (RB – North Carolina)
32. Malik Hooker (DB – Ohio State)
33. Titus Howard (DB – Slippery Rock)
34. Marlon Humphrey (DB – Alabama)
35. Adoree’ Jackson (DB – Southern California)
36. Roderick Johnson (OT – Florida State)
37. Aaron Jones (RB – Texas El Paso)
38. Josh Jones (DB – North Carolina State)
39. Nazair Jones (DT – North Carolina)
40. Sidney Jones (DB – Washington)
41. Brad Kaaya (QB – Miami Florida)
42. Alvin Kamara (RB – Tennessee)
43. Tim Kimbrough (LB – Georgia)
44. DeShone Kizer (QB – Notre Dame)
45. Jerome Lane (WR – Akron)
46. Marshon Lattimore (DB – Ohio State)
47. Carl Lawson (DE – Auburn)
48. Elijah Lee (LB – Kansas State)
49. Keevan Lucas (WR – Tulsa)
50. Marlon Mack (RB – South Florida)
51. Patrick Mahomes (QB – Texas Tech)
52. Josh Malone (WR – Tennessee)
53. Damien Mama (G – Southern California)
54. Christian McCaffrey (RB – Stanford)
55. Malik McDowell (DT – Michigan State)
56. Isaiah McKenzie (WR – Georgia)
57. Deon-Tay McManus (WR – Marshall)
58. Raekwon McMillan (LB – Ohio State)
59. Jeremy McNichols (RB – Boise State)
60. Joe Mixon (RB – Oklahoma)
61. Al-Quadin Muhammad (DE – Miami Florida)
62. Montae Nicholson (DB – Michigan State)
63. David Njoku (TE – Miami Florida)
64. Speedy Noil (WR – Texas A&M)
65. Marcus Oliver (LB – Indiana)
66. Aaron Peak (DB – Butler County Community College)
67. Jabrill Peppers (LB – Michigan)
68. Samaje Perine (RB – Oklahoma)
69. Elijah Qualls (DT – Washington)
70. Devine Redding (RB – Indiana)
71. Cam Robinson (T – Alabama)
72. John Ross (WR – Washington)
73. Travis Rudolph (WR – Florida State)
74. Curtis Samuel (WR – Ohio State)
75. Ricky Seals-Jones (WR – Texas A&M)
76. Adam Shaheen (TE – Ashland)
77. David Sharpe (T – Florida)
78. Garrett Sickels (DE – Penn State)
79. JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – Southern California)
80. ArDarius Stewart (WR – Alabama)
81. Damore’ea Stringfellow (WR –  Mississippi)
82. Teez Tabor (DB – Florida)
83. Vincent Taylor (DT – Oklahoma State)
84. Solomon Thomas (DT – Stanford)
85. Mitch Trubisky (QB – North Carolina)
86. Darius Victor (RB – Towson)
87. Anthony Walker (LB – Northwestern)
88. Charles Walker (DT – Oklahoma)
89. T.J. Watt (LB – Wisconsin)
90. Marcus Williams (DB – Utah)
91. Stanley Williams (RB – Kentucky)
92. Howard Wilson (DB – Houston)
93. Quincy Wilson (DB – Florida)
94. Joseph Yearby (RB – Miami Florida)
95. Ishmael Zamora (WR – Baylor)

The players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

Year – Players Granted Special Eligibility
2017 – 95
2016 – 96
2015 – 74
2014 – 98
2013 – 73
2012 – 65
2011 – 56
2010 – 53
2009 – 46
2008 – 53

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The league announced this week that for the first time, the NFL will bring free and interactive fan experiences, including access to Combine drills and press conferences, autographs from NFL Legends, and virtual reality attractions, to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The NFL COMBINE EXPERIENCE, which will take place at the Indiana Convention Center March 2-5, 2017, will bring fans up close to the action like never before. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the Bench Press; access the Media Center to view press conferences and interviews with Combine prospects and enjoy a free festival with interactive games, youth football clinics, player autograph sessions with NFL Legends, virtual reality sessions and more.

“We are excited to deliver to our fans new opportunities to be a part of the Scouting Combine, one of our most-anticipated annual events,” NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly told USA Today. “With the new NFL Combine Experience, we have re-imagined the event to provide more access for our fans and to create unique ways for them to join the excitement as well as see the next generation of NFL players in Indianapolis.”

Fans may now register for the free NFL Combine Experience at NFL.com/CombineFMP.

Tickets are required for entry and correspond to a particular day and time. NFL Combine Experience hours are (all times Eastern):
Thursday, March 2: Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday, March 3: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.

In addition, a select group of fans will be able to watch the 2017 NFL Combine live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 3-5). Fans may register for these free exclusive viewing opportunities via Fan Mobile Pass. Fans also are encouraged to check-in at events with Fan Mobile Pass for the chance to win autographed memorabilia, NFL game tickets and more.

2017 NFL Scouting Combine

Held in Indianapolis since 1987, the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine will take place from February 28-March 6. The Combine will be televised by NFL Network and streamed on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers.

Audio programming will also be carried by SiriusXM NFL Radio and TuneIn app. For the full schedule and all the ways to watch the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, go to: NFL.com/WatchCombine.

For the most up-to-date information, fans also can visit NFL.com/Combine and follow @NFL on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to share their experiences in Indianapolis using #NFLCombineExperience.

An assortment of free fan activities at the 2017 NFL Combine Experience in Indianapolis are detailed below.

NFL Combine Experience

Tickets are required and may be obtained for free at NFL.com/CombineFMP. A full list of NFL Combine Experience attractions, events and prohibited items is available at NFL.com/Combine.

Bench Press – From 2 to 5 p.m. daily, fans can cheer on prospects as they compete on the Bench Press.

Combine Media Center – Fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at press conferences and media interviews with Combine prospects at the Media Center.

Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running pass routes, fans may test their football and athletic skills at the Combine Corner. Featured attractions include the 40-Yard Dash, 3 Cone Drill, Broad Jump and Vertical Jump.

Obstacle Course – Race through agility drills just like the prospects. Test your high jump abilities and weave through mini-tackling dummies.

Play Football Field – Watch and learn football skills and drills from USA Football coaches and NFL Legends at youth football clinics and demonstrations   on the Play Football field.

The Gauntlet – Run a straight route towards the end zone catching balls from JUGS machines on your left and right and dive into the end zone for a touchdown.

Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans may take their photo with the most prestigious trophy in sports.

College Corner – View College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia and life size player mannequins offering unique photo opportunities.

NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set and take your spot behind the podium with your favorite team’s #1 jersey.

NFL Combine Experience Autograph Stage – Get free autographs from NFL Legends. Check NFL.com/Combine for a full schedule in the coming weeks.

NFL Shop at Combine – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Scouting Combine merchandise and shop the latest gear from all 32 NFL teams.

To no one’s shock, horror or dismay, the Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 pick of the 2017 National Football League Draft, which will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

The tentative order of the first round was announced by the NFL, subject to the results of the playoffs.

The draft order is determined by the following procedures:

(A) The Super Bowl champion will select last and the loser of the Super Bowl next-to-last in all rounds, regardless of the record of such participating clubs in the regular season.

(B) The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(C) The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select in the 25th through 28th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(D) The losers of the Wild Card games shall select in the 21st through 24th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(E) Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

If, after all the foregoing procedures have been applied, ties still exist in any grouping except (A) above, such ties shall be broken by figuring the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of each involved club’s regular season opponents and awarding preferential selection order to the club which faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage.

If ties still exist, the divisional or conference tie-breaking method, if applicable, shall be applied. If neither the divisional nor the conference tie-breaking methods are applicable, ties shall be broken by a coin flip.

Indianapolis and Minnesota have the same strength-of-schedule and neither the divisional nor the conference tie-break applies; therefore, the tie for the 14th and 15th positions will be determined by a coin flip.

2017 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

# Team (W-L-T, Pct.; Opp W-L-T, Strength of Schedule)
1. Cleveland (1-15-0, .063; 139-114-3, .549)
2. San Francisco (2-14-0, .125; 127-125-4, .504)
3. Chicago (3-13-0, .188; 133-122-1, 521)
4. Jacksonville (3-13-0, .188; 135-121-0, .527)
5. Los Angeles (traded to Tennessee) (4-12-0, .250; 127-125-4, .504)
6. New York Jets (5-11-0, .313; 131-122-3, 518)
7. San Diego (5-11-0, .313; 139-117-0, 543)
8. Carolina (6-10-0, .375; 131-122-3, .518)
9. Cincinnati (6-9-1, .406; 133-122-1, .521)
10. Buffalo (7-9-0, .438; 122-131-3, .482)
11. New Orleans (7-9-0, .438; 133-121-2, .523)
12. Philadelphia (traded to Cleveland) (7-9-0, .438; 141-111-4, .559)
13. Arizona (7-9-0, .438; 117-136-3, .463)
14. Indianapolis (8-8-0, .500; 126-130-0, .492)^
Minnesota (traded to Philadelphia) (8-8-0, .500; 125-129-2, 492)
16. Baltimore (8-8-0, .500; 126-127-3, .498)
17. Washington (8-7-1, .531; 131-123-2, .516)
18. Tennessee (9-7-0, .563; 119-137-0, .465)
19. Tampa Bay (9-7-0, .563; 125-129-2, .492)
20. Denver (9-7-0, .563; 140-115-1, .549)
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21. Detroit (9-7-0, .563; 121-134-1, .475)*
22. Houston (9-7-0, .563; 128-127-1, .502)*
23. Miami (10-6-0, .625; 115-138-3, .455)*
24. Green Bay (10-6-0, .625; 129-125-2, .508)*
25. Seattle (10-5-1, .656; 112-142-2, 441)*
26. ATLANTA (11-5-0, .688; 122-132-2, 480)*
27. New York Giants (11-5-0, .688; 123-130-3, .486)*
28. Pittsburgh (11-5-0, .688; 125-128-3, 494)*
29. Oakland (12-4-0, .750; 129-127-0, 504)*
30. Kansas City (12-4-0, .750; 130-126-0, .508)*
31. Dallas (13-3-0, .813; 119-134-3, .471)*
32. New England (14-2-0, .875; 111-142-3, .439)*

*- Subject to Playoffs
^- The 14th and 15th selections will be decided by coin flip

Get the cheesesteak and cream cheese ready.

The NFL Draft is returning to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time since FDR was in office.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the 82nd NFL Draft will be held April 27-29, 2017 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, incorporating famed city landmarks spanning from Philadelphia City Hall to the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“Philadelphia is a passionate football town and will serve as a tremendous backdrop for the Draft and provide a great atmosphere for our fans and incoming players,” said Goodell. “(Eagles owner) Jeffery Lurie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the draft on behalf of the City of Philadelphia throughout the entire selection process. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Eagles, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans.”

The Draft, which was held in Chicago the previous two years, will once again be set in primetime for Rounds 1-3. Round 1 will take place on Thursday, April 27 while Rounds 2-3 will be held on Friday, April 28. The Draft will conclude on Saturday, April 29 with Rounds 4-7.

Fans of all 32 teams can follow the Draft, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions with current and former players, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, a massive, free outdoor fan festival.

Round 1 festivities will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet before entering an outdoor theater. More fans than ever before will be able to view the Commissioner announcing selections and greeting draftees during the first round. Thirty-two former players who are members of the NFL Legends Community, one representing each team, will be on hand for Night 2 to announce selections. Night 2 Draft announcements will also feature winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide.

“On behalf of the City and our legion of Philadelphia Eagles fans, we’re proud to be chosen as host city for the 2017 NFL Draft,” said Kenney. “We are excited to showcase Philadelphia and our passion for football and fully expect an awesome experience for all those attending in 2017 and for those watching at home. I’m thankful for the incredible team at the NFL and the Philadelphia CVB for making this happen.”

The first NFL Draft was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia in 1936. Philadelphia also hosted the event in 1949-50, 1953-54, 1956 (Rounds 1-3) and 1957-61.

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to some of the nation’s most iconic museums and institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Franklin Institute, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and City Hall. The Parkway is also the scene of several high-profile events such as the 2015 Papal Visit before the World Meeting of Families Conference and music festivals such as the Made In America Music Festival and Live 8.

“We are truly excited to serve as the host city for the NFL Draft, one of the country’s largest and most prestigious sports events,” said PHLCVB President and CEO Julie Coker Graham. “We anticipate that the Draft will attract more than 200,000 football fans from across the country, which we at the PHLCVB estimate will lead to over $80 million in economic impact for our city and a huge win for all of our hospitality partners.”

The 2015 NFL Draft was held in Chicago, the first time the event was located outside of New York City in more than 50 years. The 2016 NFL Draft returned to Chicago with more than 225,000 fans making their way down Michigan Avenue and attending the draft inside the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, Selection Square driven by Hyundai and Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero located in Grant Park, over three days.

“The NFL Draft will be awesome for our city and a real gift for the fans of Philadelphia,” said former Eagles quarterback and Co-Chair of the Philadelphia NFL Draft Host Committee Ron Jaworski. “The NFL will put on an incredible show and I’m thrilled to work with my co-chair, Ira Lubert and the entire business community to ensure the Draft is a huge success in Philadelphia.”

The NFL Draft has become one of the most anticipated sports events of the year. Round 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft, broadcast live on ESPN and NFL Network, was viewed by 8.3 million fans. More than 1,700 media were accredited to cover the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago and related events.

DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

Draft: Location, City
1936: Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
1937: Hotel Lincoln, New York City
1938: Hotel Sherman, Chicago
1939: Hotel New Yorker, New York City
1940: Schroeder Hotel, Milwaukee
1941: Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C.
1942-44: Palmer House, Chicago
1945-47: Hotel Commodore ,New York
1948: Hotel Fort Pitt ,Pittsburgh
1949-50: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia
1951: Blackstone Hotel, Chicago
1952: Hotel Statler, New York City
1953-54: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia
1955: Warwick Hotel, New York City
1956: Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3), Philadelphia; Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30), Los Angeles
1957: Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4), Philadelphia; Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30), Philadelphia
1958-61: Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia
1962-64: Sheraton Hotel, Chicago
1965-66: Summit Hotel, New York City
1967: Hotel Gotham, New York City
1968-71: Belmont Plaza Hotel, New York City
1972: Essex House, New York City
1973-74: Americana Hotel, New York City
1975: Hilton Hotel, New York City
1976-78: Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
1979: Waldorf, New York City
1980-83: Sheraton Hotel, New York City City
1984-85: Omni Park Central Hotel, New York City
1986-94: Marriott Marquis, New York City
1995-2004: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City
2005: Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City
2006-2014: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
2015-16: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, Chicago