The National Football League has taken the draft out of New York City the last three years. The league is giving its franchise cities an opportunity to host the annual event. While Canton, Ohio is not the home of one of the 32 NFL teams, it is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Could Canton have a second weekend devoted to the NFL in the near future?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame city and the Cleveland Browns are reportedly in discussions with the league to hold the draft in Canton in 2019 and 2020. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is also involved in the bidding process.

The renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium is just part of an entire redesign of the area surrounding the Hall of Fame. The area will have a 5-star hotel and other attractions to draw in fans all year long.

If Canton is awarded the NFL draft on 2020, it will be the host on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league in Canton, Ohio. If there is a league that wants to showcase all things that is good about its brand it is the NFL.

A location for the 2018 NFL Draft has yet to be announced. Canton is unlikely to be the host next year since construction on the entire redesign of the Hall of Fame neighborhood is still ongoing. Dallas, Texas is a likely landing spot for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Since leaving Radio City Music Hall following the 2014 NFL Draft, Chicago and Philadelphia have served as host cities.

The city of Canton took a step in the right direction on Thursday night with the unveiling of Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium. Following the public relations nightmare that was the 2016 Hall of Fame game, Canton had to make sure things went right this time around. The 2016 Hall of Fame game was postponed due to issues with paint used on the field.

Scott Piker is the lead staff writer for the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Endzone Score. So follow him on Twitter @ScottPikerSport.

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Scott Piker
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Scott Piker has spent nearly two decades in the Cleveland media covering news and sports with experience in radio, television, print and digital media. He has covered everything from high school, college, Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, Buckeyes and local colleges. Scott spent five years as the sports producer at WEWS NewsChannel 5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland and also has his sports work featured on examiner.com, neosportsinsiders.com and about.com. Scott has also received an Emmy award in television news. Scott also works as a photographer and editor for WJW Fox-8 in Cleveland. Scott was born and raised and still resides in his hometown of Madison, Ohio.

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