If the NFL decides to relocate the NFL Draft, the city of Houston is said to be interested according to Don Banks (Sports Illustrated).
While the owners will be consulted on how to proceed with the draft, it continues to look as if the NFL is leaning in the direction of taking the event on the road, by 2016 at the latest, perhaps deciding the host city or cities by a bidding process that would allow the league to further monetize the event. Other than New York, the cities known to be interested in playing host to the draft include Dallas, Green Bay, Houston, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago and Canton, Ohio, home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Of course Houston has a lot of good competition, but they should have an advantage being a somewhat centrally located city.
The NFL has yet to decide its plans for the 2015 NFL Draft and there is a chance they could split it amongst cities. One scenario is that round one can be held in one city, rounds two and three in another city, and the rest of the draft finished in a third city.
For now, New York still seems like the most likely destination for 2015, though that could change depending on Radio City Hall’s availability.
The league will discuss the situation at the spring owner’s meetings in Atlanta later next week.