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Ravens Insider: Ravens express interest in Baltimore hosting NFL draft: ‘We’ve begun talks’


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ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL draft could be coming to Baltimore.

Ravens president Sashi Brown said Monday at the NFL owners meetings that he would like to see the city and M&T Bank Stadium host the league’s annual event, and that he has raised the possibility with the NFL.

“We’ve begun talks with the NFL,” Brown told reporters in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes. “The draft has become such a major tentpole event for the league. A lot of cities are interested.”

The first draft took place in 1936 in Philadelphia, where 90 names were written on a blackboard and teams made their selections.

It has grown exponentially in size and spectacle since. In its early years, the draft moved around until the league settled on holding it in New York beginning in 1965. It remained there for 50 years until 2015 when it moved to Chicago. It then returned to Philadelphia in 2017, was held in Arlington, Texas, in 2018, Nashville, Tennessee, in 2019, ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland in 2021, Las Vegas in 2022 and Kansas City, Missouri, last year.

This year’s draft will be held April 25-27 in Detroit, while next year’s will be in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Beyond next year, the NFL has yet to announce future draft sites, though the Steelers announced that they have submitted a bid for Pittsburgh to host it in either 2026 or 2027. M&T Bank Stadium, meanwhile, is currently undergoing extensive renovations that began last season and will be rolled out in phases over the next three years with completion slated for 2026.

“We think Baltimore’s a great venue for it,” Brown said. “We’re also talking to folks who are developing the Inner Harbor. We’d certainly have to convince the NFL, but we’ll put that pressure on ourselves to try and bring one to Baltimore in the relatively near future.”

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