AP -- Return To Normalcy! That's not exactly the slogan for the NFL draft being staged Thursday through Saturday in Cleveland. It's more at the top of the league's wish list as it allows some prospects and fans to attend the festivities — yes, there are those going on by the shores of Lake Erie.

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Sure the draft is the NFL's most popular event other than the Super Bowl and opening day. And it being held virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic was a most emphatic sign that very little would be normal for pro football last year. The league is taking a more optimistic approach this week.

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