- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

As Las Vegas gets set to receive an NFL team for the first time, the NFL is welcoming the new market to the league in part by hosting the 2020 NFL draft there. Apparently, the league has found one standout way to throw a Vegas-style draft — short of holding it inside a casino.

The league will build a stage for its “red carpet” in the middle of the Bellagio fountain, and prospects will be taken there via boat.

The main stage will be built outside next to the Caesars Forum conference center, where it appears from league-distributed illustrations that commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the picks.

Reaction so far has been mixed, with fans pointing out how much extra time the stunt could add to the proceedings, especially as the first round usually takes about four hours.

This marks Las Vegas‘ first time hosting the draft. The Raiders will begin playing in Las Vegas in 2020 after calling Oakland home from 1960-1981 and 1995-2019.

The Cincinnati Bengals hold the first overall pick and are expected to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. The Washington Redskins are right behind at No. 2, and the conventional wisdom is they will select Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young.

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