The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns did a fantastic job coordinating the 2021 NFL Draft last week.
The NFL Draft in Cleveland was a huge win for NFL fans and the city of Cleveland! pic.twitter.com/rgDgF7PEHy
– Joe Thomas (@ joethomas73) May 3, 2021
It was the first in-person NFL Draft since 2019.
Not only did people come downtown to participate in the activities related to the Draft, the Draft also garnered high TV ratings in the Cleveland viewing area.
The city of Cleveland averaged a household score of 10.9 for the NFL Draft, which is the highest host city rating on record since different cities began hosting the 2015 Draft, according to the NFL.
– Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 4, 2021
There are probably several reasons for these higher than usual TV ratings in the host city.
Although accessible to people, the current COVID-19 pandemic has further limited capacity and crowds.
Those outside of social distancing and other necessary safety protocols were more likely to stay home and watch it on TV.
2. The opening day had bad weather
Outdoor venues and sites were subjected to a lot of rain on opening day.
This has encouraged some to look from home instead of venturing downtown.
3. The Browns didn’t pick early
The Cleveland Browns picked 26th in the first round, which is different from other years when they were in the Top 10 or 1st overall.
That meant for a later night, so fans opted to stay home and grab the TV draft pick.
4. The draft contained some interesting scenarios
Every draft has twists and turns, but the 2021 NFL Draft had more twists than usual.
For starters, there is a lot of interest in having a strong quarterback class.
Then the 49ers added to the intrigue by genuinely confusing everyone who they would choose.
Finally, and more unexpectedly, the Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers storyline permeated the headlines, making many curious as to whether he would be traded or who the Packers would pick in the first round.
The NFL, the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns pulled off an exceptional event.
The hype video draft, the musical acts, the curatorial chair and all the special guests and presenters were excellent.
– Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 27, 2021
It’s in Las Vegas to top what Cleveland has done as it hosts the 2022 NFL Draft.
If you already have plans to retire, rest assured that there is only one week left until the NFL schedule is released on May 12 at 8 p.m. EDT.