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2017 NFL draft headed to Philadelphia, league to announce Thursday

Jared Goff of the California Golden Bears holds

Jared Goff of the California Golden Bears holds up a jersey after being picked No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Rams during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago. Credit: Getty Images/ Jonathan Daniel

The NFL will announce Thursday that the 2017 draft will be held in Philadelphia.

After two years in Chicago, the draft has become a traveling show. Philadelphia beat out several other locations eager to stage the proceedings.

For decades, the draft was held in New York, but scheduling issues for 2015 — and a strong bid from Chicago — led to its being moved. The draft traditionally is held on the final Thursday-Saturday of April, which would be April 28-30 in 2017.

The first three rounds are held in prime time, with the opening round on Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday. The final four rounds take place Saturday afternoon.

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