The 86th NFL Draft will take place April 29-May 1 in Cleveland at locations across the city, including FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.
Select prospects will take the stage in Cleveland and fans, media, NFL Network, ESPN and ABC crews will be onsite as the league welcomes the new rookie class. Like last year's virtual Draft, other prospects will participate remotely from around the country.
Club personnel involved in the selection process will be permitted to gather in their team’s Draft room at their facility or at another location of their choice while following approved protocols.
The NFL Draft Main Stage will be the hub for Draft activities, including pick announcements made by Commissioner Goodell and other guests. The NFL and clubs will make Day 3 selections from locations across the country. The Draft Theatre, the viewing zone for the Main Stage, will be where invited guests will sit, including fans selected for the "Inner Circle presented by Subway."
Fans chosen by each of the 32 clubs to be in the "Inner Circle" will cheer on their team's picks from the NFL Draft Main Stage.
To further the NFL's efforts in promoting the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine when available — and consistent with CDC guidance — fans in the "Inner Circle" must be fully vaccinated.
Tapping into the spirit of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, headlining acts will perform each day on the Main Stage.
Using lessons learned and protocols from the Super Bowl fan experience in Tampa, the NFL Draft Experience around FirstEnergy Stadium — the NFL's interactive football theme park — will be free and open to the public during all three days of the Draft. Reservations are required to attend the free Draft Experience through the NFL OnePass app, which will be available for download the week of March 29.
All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ESPN and ABC, including primetime coverage on Thursday and Friday. Further details will be announced at a later date.
The 2021 Draft will build upon the 2020 Draft-A-Thon, which brought awareness to issues impacting communities most affected by the pandemic. Information on the Draft-A-Thon will be announced at a later date.
The league will continue to partner with state and local public officials to help ensure a safe and successful Draft. Fans attending Draft activities will be required to wear face coverings and observe appropriate physical distancing.