Adama Schefter, citing a league source, reports that Nashville has emerged as the leading contender to host the 2019 NFL Draft.
According to Schefter, a decision from the NFL is expected to be announced during the league’s spring meeting May 22-23 in Atlanta.
Schefter adds that even in the unlikely event that Nashville was to lose out on the 2019 NFL Draft, it would be in prime position to host the 2020 Draft.
The NFL has had a lot of success moving the draft around the country the past few years, starting with Chicago in 2015 and 2016 followed by Philadelphia in 2017 and Dallas last month, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to hear that it could land in a new location next year.
Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk was very confident about their proposal for the event and it looks like the NFL believes they’ll do a great job.
Butch Spyridon, the president and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. tells Cameron Wolfe of ESPN that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Nashville would land the draft and put the odds at much better than 50-50.
“If we can embrace it Nashville style, we got a shot,” Spyridon said. “It’d be a big party. You’d know you were in Nashville. I promise they wouldn’t be disappointed.”
The NFL cut the list of cities for the 2019 and 2020 draft down to Denver, Cleveland/Canton, Las Vegas, Nashville and Kansas City.