The 2018 NFL Draft is still fresh in our minds, but soon it will be the 2019 NFL Draft that is our main focus. The 2019 draft will be the 84th annual meeting of the NFL’s player selection and a location for the event is expected to be determined at next month’s owner’s meetings in Atlanta.
The finalists to host the 2019 NFL Draft are Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Cleveland/Canton.
While an official announcement will not come until the NFL Spring League Meeting, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has taken to social media to announce the current front-runner.
If all goes as it is expected, Nashville will have the honor of hosting the event.
In recent years, the NFL has strayed from tradition and moved the draft out of New York City, where it had been held for years.
In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago, Illinois which marked the first time since 1965 that the draft was held outside of New York City. It was held at Auditorium Theatre in Grant Part which marked the first draft to feature an outdoor component. The draft returned to Chicago in 2016 after the great reception a year prior. In 2017, the draft shifted to Philadelphia where it was held on the iconic Rocky Steps outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was the most attended draft in NFL history with more than 250,000 fans.
Then, in 2018, the draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it marked more NFL first’s. It was the first time in history that the draft was held in the state of Texas, while also being the first draft to take place in an NFL stadium.
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27.