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Will Houston host an NFL Draft?

With the annual NFL Draft now traveling to different cities, Houston could be a potential site for the league's three-day event. Houston did not make an official bid for next year's draft, but is looking into hosting in the future.

"We sent representatives to this year's Draft in Philadelphia to get a full understanding of the league's requirements for hosting the NFL Draft," Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "This is an important step in preparing to bid.  Given the amazing job that our city did with Super Bowl 51, we are hopeful that the league will provide us an opportunity to bid on the NFL Draft at some point in the near future."   

The NFL Draft, held in New York City since 1965, changed locations in 2015. After two drafts in Chicago, the league chose Philadelphia as the site of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Houston could parlay its recent Super Bowl experience into a successful NFL Draft one, according to Rootes. The city successfully hosted ten days of events leading up to February's Super Bowl 51.

"The people that you work with to put on the Super Bowl are the same people that you'd work with in putting on the draft and we did in exceptional job for them," Rootes said. "They've told me that Houston did a great job, bent over backwards to make sure the NFL was accommodated so we built our credibility so I think we've got a good opportunity when the window opens."

The 2018 NFL Draft location is yet to be determined with 14 different cities bidding for the event.

The Houston Texans pick QB Deshaun Watson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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