Turning the NFL draft into grand theater, with Philadelphia as the stage

Turning the NFL draft into grand theater, with Philadelphia as the stage
Will Jets' Christian Hackenberg ever thrive in NFL? Mike Mayock has major doubts
Work crews continue to build the stages for the upcoming NFL Draft on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City Philadelphia. Here, the main stage built at the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's famous steps, across the parkway from Eakins Oval.

Myles Garrett and Leonard Fournette are among the names that even casual football fans know entering this year's 2017 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. What about the lesser-known players? Last year, we saw Dak Prescott and Malcolm Mitchell both go

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NFL Mock Draft 2017: Predictions & Rumors for 1st Round
NFL Mock Draft 2017: Predictions & Rumors for 1st Round
The 2017 NFL Draft begins April 27, which may be the day a team can secure the face of its franchise for years to come. In a twist from previous years, no quarterback stands as the definitive No. 1 prospect. There appears to be general agreement on the

Philly could see big payday as host of NFL draft

A lot has changed since the first National Football League Draft was held in Philadelphia on Feb. 8, 1938. Back then, the 17-year-old league had only nine teams. As for the African-American experience, forget it. Two years earlier, the league …

We're now less than a week away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft. More NFL Draft. Mock Draft Central · Prospect Rankings · Full draft order. Chatter is off the charts, but smoke screens abound. That means real information is hard to come by. In …

Conventional wisdom in the NFL draft is normally all about drafting the best players available regardless of position. It's a commendable line of thinking for team building because perceived roster 'needs' are short-term snap shots in time. Needs can …

Vanderbilt has had nine players picked in the first round of the 81 NFL drafts. The Commodores are expected to get No. 10 in the 82nd on Thursday night. Linebacker Zach Cunningham could become the first Vanderbilt player picked in the first round since. We're now only days away from the 2017 NFL draft. After months of preparation, we're finally hitting the home stretch. While you might think this means we have a grasp on what teams are going to do at the top of Round 1, the reality is that the entire …

Philly set to welcome NFL draft in grand way
Philly set to welcome NFL draft in grand way

Matt Rourke/AP Tourist take photos with the Rocky statue as workmen construct the stage for the upcoming 2017 NFL football draft on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. When the NFL chose Philadelphia to. There were 60 defensive backs participating at the NFL Scouting Combine, more than any other position group. It was a collection of quality as well as quantity. “If you need a corner or a safety, this is the year to get healthy,” NFL Network and NFL …

After the Jets drafted Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in Round 2 last year, he looked very raw in the preseason, and then didn't play in the regular season. Jets will be tested by top QBs in 2017. So he remains very much a mystery, as the …

The 2017 NFL Draft begins Thursday, and there's no shortage of running backs with sparkling résumés that can make an impact at the next level. LSU's Leonard Fournette is atop the list for a variety of draft gurus, indicating he should expect to hear …

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The Rocky statue stands in view of the stage being constructed for the upcoming NFL Draft on the steps of the Museum of Art. by Suzette Parmley, STAFF WRITER @SuzParmley | sparmley@phillynews.com · Email @SuzParmley 215-854-4184

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