What is better than watching the SEC dominate the NFL draft each year on television? Seeing the league do so on it’s own turf, of course.
The SEC may have the opportunity to do just that when the 2019 NFL Draft rolls around in April, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Nashville, Tenn. is the “leading contender” to host the national spectacle. Schefter reports that a decision is expected to be announced during the league’s spring meetings, which will take place on May 22-23 in Atlanta.
SEC fans are familiar with the Music City as a spot to catch a conference game against Vanderbilt and hit the town’s vibrant nightlife, or maybe catch the SEC men’s basketball tournament, which is hosted fairly regularly at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.
In addition to its SEC ties, Nashville is home to the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, which is the driving factor in the city being considered as a host for the event.
Nashville has never hosted the NFL draft, which broke away from Radio City Musical Hall in New York City back in 2015 in favor of touring the country without a permanent location. It had previously been hosted at the historic Manhattan venue from 1960 until 2014.
Since hitting the road, it has appeared in Chicago (2015-16), Philadelphia (2017) and most recently Arlington, Texas (2018).
Nashville, which did host the 2003 NHL Draft, would have a few possibilities for a venue to house the three-day NFL event. The Titans’ Nissan Stadium, Predators’ Bridgestone Arena or perhaps the streets of lower Broadway near the Cumberland River could serve as adequate draft sites.