Canton’s venue would be the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Orlando would utilize Disney’s Wide World of Sports, Hubbuch reports.
Let’s size up the potential contenders:
Canton: If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were interested in a location chockfull of football history, the site of the league’s annual first preseason game would be a strong choice. It’s a significantly smaller city than the others mentioned, which would have to be considered a drawback with the NFL’s emphasis on drawing megawatts of attention to the event.
Boston: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of the most influential owners in the league and you’d imagine he’d have Goodell’s ear if he were involved in the pitch.
New Orleans: "The Big Easy" knows how to throw a party. However, their last try at hosting a major NFL event left many in the dark.
Philadelphia: The fans are certainly passionate. If they weren’t afraid to boo Santa Claus or Donovan McNabb on his draft day, you can only imagine their potential reaction for Goodell.
Chicago: How about a little "Super Bowl Shuffle" before the picks are announced? On a night when teams try to lock up their franchise quarterback, it could be fitting to do it in a city where that has been a challenge.
Orlando: For teams who have far-from-fond memories of draft nights in New York City, "The Happiest Place on Earth" might bring welcome good vibes.