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NFL will not change OT rules, and other Spring Meeting news that will impact Falcons

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Some of it impacts the Falcons, I guess.

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A lot of NFL news came out today, and just in case you missed it, look no further! The NFL’s annual Spring League Meeting was held in Florida today, and it generally brings for league-wide news.

Future NFL Draft Locations

First up, the NFL has announced which cities will host the coveted NFL Draft in the near future, and there’s one year that’s up for grabs.

  • 2020 – Las Vegas
  • 2021 – Cleveland
  • 2022 – TBD
  • 2023 – Kansas City

Denver was also among the finalists to host the NFL Draft, but the city was not chosen at this time. The 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland will be held in several downtown locations, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as on the shore of Lake Erie. The 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City will revolve around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

It’s possible that the currently undetermined 2022 site will be in Atlanta, as Ian Rapaport tweeted to “expect a big city.” Los Angeles, with two recently relocated teams in the Rams and the Chargers, is also an option.

Four Practice Drills Outlawed

At a meeting held on Apr. 17 in Atlanta, the NFL decided to outlaw four practice drills which have been used by NFL teams. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was one of those present at the forum.

NFL Scouting Combine Time Changes

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held in Indianapolis through 2021, and will likely be held at new locations annually starting in 2022. In 2020, the combine’s on the field drills will be held in the afternoon and prime time. The prime time events will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Divisional Playoff Games Time Changes

Sunday playoff games during the Divisional Round will have later starts. The NFL announced that Divisional Round games on Sunday will be moved back to 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Previously, the games started at 1:05 p.m. and 4:40 p.m.

No changes to OT rules

The Kansas City Chiefs’ proposal to change the NFL’s overtime rules failed. The proposal was that both teams are guaranteed possession while in overtime.

Saints fans are going to be unhappy about that one.