According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the city of Nashville has “emerged as the leading contender to host the 2019 NFL Draft.” An official announcement is expected to be made at the next league meeting, which runs from May 22-23.
Nashville has emerged as the leading contender to host the 2019 NFL Draft, per league sources. A decision is expected to be announced during the league’s spring meeting May 22-23 in Atlanta.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2018
Schefter adds that “even if Nashville doesn’t get it in 2019, then they’d almost be assured to get it in 2020.” The news about Nashville doesn’t mean that Cleveland-Canton won’t get one of the drafts. Everyone has been speculating all along that because 2020 will be the 100-year anniversary of the league, that it makes sense to hold it at the sight of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, no official “rumors” have come out about the 2020 host yet, so we’ll keep an eye on any ongoing developments to the story.
For what it’s worth, another ESPN reporter, Cameron Wolfe, says the Titans would take either year, but their preference would be 2020. I think the fact that Schefter’s report says it sounds like 2019 adds more fuel to the first that the NFL likes the Cleveland-Canton/100-year thing for 2020.