Las Vegas will get a second chance to host the 2022 NFL Draft, as commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Thursday. After losing this year's draft, this is good news for the Raiders.
“I'm pleased to announce that Las Vegas will host the 2022 NFL Draft, where we look forward to holding an even bigger and better event than we could have ever imagined this year,” Goodell said in a written statement, per Reuters.
The widespread of the coronavirus pandemic forced what would have been a show-stopping affair in Sin City to a virtual one. As a result, Goodell and the NFL remained committed to holding it there a couple of years down the road.
This 2020 NFL Draft was meant to be a welcome part of sorts for the Las Vegas Raiders' first season after relocating from Oakland. The event was slated to cast an eye-popping first-round presentation near the luxurious Bellagio fountains.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Steve Hill said while he was “disappointed” the event couldn't take place as intended this year, the city was “thrilled to bring the party back two years down the road.”
Joe Burrow, the Heisman winner, and title-winning quarterback from Louisiana State University was selected with the first pick of the draft on Thursday, amid a slew of others at his position in the first round.
The Raiders selected Henry Ruggs III, one of the fastest receivers to come out of the draft in the last decade and the first wideout to be taken in the first round of this year's iteration.