As the NFL owners meet in Atlanta this week, one of the major decisions on the table is where will the league hold the 2019 NFL Draft. From 1964 to 2014, there was never a question about where the NFL would hold it's annual event that sees the top collegiate football players learn where they will play for the foreseeable future. The draft would always be held in New York City. Chicago was the lucky city to be the first non-NYC host as they held the showcase in 2015 and 2016. Philadelphia hosted in 2017 and Dallas was the most recent host in 2018.
Now as the question of where pops up again, the city of Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Titans, looks to be the 2019 favorite.
In February, the NFL announced five finalists to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft: Nashville, Denver, Cleveland/Canton, Kansas City and Las Vegas.
Per the report, the league isn't looking for a "buttoned-up draft." The NFL wants its prospective host cities to "reinvent the wheel" in its plans for the draft and to put together an event that takes on the "personality of its host city.
Nashville seems like the perfect venue as it is a great mix of sports town and entertainment city. Despite the NFL saying they really didn't think music was necessary to lure in fans, Nashville promises that if they host, music will be a major part of the deal. Simply put, other cities can't do music like Nashville can.