Philly breaks NFL Draft record, gets praise

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- "Philadelphia, you ought to be proud of yourselves."

Philadelphia Eagles great Brian Dawkins summed up what many are others are saying.

After three days, seven rounds, and 253 picks, the 2017 NFL Draft has wrapped in Philly.

The NFL announced Philadelphia broke the record for attendance for any draft in history, with 250,000 people, breaking Chicago's record of 225,000 set last year.

But how did the city that hosted the pope in 2015 and the Democratic National Convention in 2016, fare with hosting a large group of NFL hopefuls, legends, and passionate fans?

Here are just some of the reactions:

Adam Schefter, NFL Insider for ESPN

Brian McCarthy, Vice President of Communications at National Football League

Kevin Negandhi, SportsCenter anchor

Trey Wingo, ESPN NFL Live host

Ian Rapoport, National Insider for NFL Network

Phil Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network Analyst

Gil Brandt, Former VP of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions Cheerleaders


But nobody could say it better than Dawkins, who was joined by fellow Eagles legend Brian Westbrook.

"You have set the bar of what the draft is supposed to be like. That's how you do it. That's how we do it," Dawkins said.

Now, the question is: Will the NFL Draft return to Philadelphia next year?


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