Look inside the NFL Draft: Las Vegas hosts one of the league’s premier events

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The 2022 NFL Draft will begin Thursday night in Las Vegas, and the workers who are preparing for the event will create a very thematic stage and area that will represent the city well.

The draft was originally supposed to be held in Las Vegas in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic forced a change and put the entire event on the live video stream instead. After a stop in Cleveland last season, the draft returned to where it was supposed to be two years ago.

Since April 1, workers have been building a draft set adjacent to the Caesars Forum and behind the High Roller outside The Linq. The theater is more than 105 feet wide and over 220 feet long with a video screen with over 1 million LCD pixels, according to NFL Senior Director of Event Operations Eric Finkelstein, who spoke to the media Tuesday.


The Jacksonville Jaguars will be on the clock first Thursday night.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be on the clock first Thursday night.
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He said there are 1,500 paying customers who want a unique experience, but fans will be able to attend the NFL Draft Experience in the parking lot next door and be able to flow through the venue for a look.

“Certainly there’s still plenty to get done, and we’ll be working hard in all areas up until the Commissioner (Roger Goodell) steps up the podium and puts the first team on the clock,” Finkelstein said. “We can’t be more excited to be here in Las Vegas. Clark County has welcomed us with open arms. I know it’s been making it in multiple years. We were obviously planning to be here in 2020, but we’re excited in 2022. that we’re finally here to bring this to life. We can’t wait for Thursday night. “

NFL Director of Events Heather Nanberg said there will be an enhanced experience for draft prospects, who will enter the Caesars Forum on the stage. The prospects who are attending the draft will be in a comfortable lounge area before hearing their names called.


A certain number of fans will also be able to watch the draft from the “Inner Circle.” Nanberg said each of the 32 teams gets to invite 20 of their most passionate fans to sit in that area.

The NFL Draft Stage will have a unique Las Vegas vibe in 2022.

The NFL Draft Stage will have a unique Las Vegas vibe in 2022.
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One of the interesting things fans will notice while walking in the theater or walking past it is the Las Vegas feel of the NFL added to its draft this year. There are playing cards on the sides of the theater with team logos. The stage is purple and the void in 2022 is diamond-shaped.

“I think that’s a key thing for the draft. The amazing thing about this event – since we took it down the road in Chicago in 2015 – is that we really want to take on the character of where we are,” Finkelstein said. General Chat Chat Lounge “It’s not a cookie cutter event where you can just drop it in anywhere and it has to be this way, this size, this look, this feel. We really spend a lot of time trying to figure out how we can embody and really highlight where we are so you really get a sense in place.

“There are some, some small touches around, even the circles that are on the stage welcoming the Las Vegas sign. It’s a little bit of a tribute to that. All of the lights. Obviously, we have a tremendous reverse shot here. of the high roller, which is certainly very Las Vegas. It’s something we always try to find when we put it together, which really makes it exciting. “

Nanberg said the idea is to engage fans as much as possible, which is why having fans flow through the edge of the event is an important feature.


“As the draft has evolved, it becomes less and less like a seated event and more like a concert. People get to sort of flow in and out. It’s really more of a celebration and a party than it used to be. Like back. in the day when it was more sitting in an actual theater, “Nanberg said. “We obviously held onto that concept but really got to a place where it was much broader than that.”

NFL fans will be able to watch their team roll draft picks on Thursday night at 8 pm ET, when the first round begins. The second and third rounds will begin at 7 pm ET on Friday. The fourth through seventh rounds begin at Noon ET Saturday.

1st Round draft order

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 8 pm ET.

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 8 pm ET.
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  1. Jaguars
  2. Lions
  3. Texans
  4. Jets
  5. Giants
  6. Panthers
  7. Giants (from Bears)
  8. Falcons
  9. Seahawks (from Broncos)
  10. Jets (from Seahawks)
  11. Commanders
  12. Vikings
  13. Texans (from Browns)
  14. Ravens
  15. Eagles (from Dolphins)
  16. Saints (from Colts via Eagles)
  17. Chargers
  18. Eagles (from Saints)
  19. Saints (from Eagles)
  20. Steelers
  21. Patriots
  22. Packers (from Raiders)
  23. Cardinals
  24. Cowboys
  25. Bills
  26. Titans
  27. Buccaneers
  28. Packers
  29. Chiefs (from 49ers via Dolphins)
  30. Chiefs
  31. Bengals
  32. Lions (from Rams)

Prospects attending the draft

The uniqueness of Las Vegas is everywhere in the draft theater.

The uniqueness of Las Vegas is everywhere in the draft theater.
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There will only be 21 prospects attending the NFL Draft this year. Read below for a list.

QB Matt Corral (Ole Miss)

OL Charles Cross (Mississippi State)

DL Jordan Davis (Georgia)

LB Nakobe Dean (Georgia)

OL Ikem Ekownu (NC State)

CB Sauce Gardner (Cincinnati)

CB Kyler Gordon (Washington)

S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)

DL Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan)

OL Zion Johnson (Boston College)

DE Jermaine Johnson (Florida State)

DE George Karlaftis (Purdue)

LB Devin Lloyd (Utah)

WR Drake London (USC)

OL Evan Neal (Alabama)

WR Chris Olave (Ohio State)

DE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)

WR Jameson Williams (Alabama)


QB Malik Willis (Liberty)

WR Garrett Wilson (Ohio State)

DL Devonte Wyatt (Georgia)

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