Dallas emerges as a favorite to host 2018 draft at Cowboys' training facility

Dallas has emerged as a favorite to host the 2018 NFL draft at the Cowboys' new training facility in Frisco, Texas, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Philadelphia is also in contention, while Kansas City and Green Bay are considered long shots. An official decision on the 2018 draft site is not expected to be made until after this year's draft.

But Dallas is pushing to host the draft and has the infrastructure to get it done at The Star -- the Cowboys' new training facility.

The draft never has been held in Texas. A move there would represent yet another venue for the event after a run from 1965 to 2014 in which the draft was held annually in New York City.

New York City is not in consideration for next year's draft, a source told ESPN, and doesn't sound as if it will be in the mix any time soon.

After two years in Chicago, the draft will return to Philadelphia later this month for the first time since 1961.