NFL awards 2019 NFL Draft to Nashville

Browns, Hall of Fame remain hopeful to win 2020 Draft

Daryl Ruiter
May 23, 2018 - 11:08 am
NFL commissioner commissioner Roger Goodell walks off stage as Baker Mayfield is selected as the number one overall pick to the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Nashville has been awarded the 2019 NFL Draft the league announced Wednesday.

The city of Cleveland, greater Cleveland Sports Commission, city of Canton, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Cleveland Browns collaborated on a bid to host the NFL’s spring 3-day spectacle in 2019 or 2020.

"When we entered the 2019/2020 NFL Draft process, we knew all of the cities would submit competitive bids," a Browns team spokesman said in a statement. "The Titans and Nashville will represent the NFL well next year, and we are excited to continue our discussions with the league on Northeast Ohio being an exceptional site for the 2020 NFL Draft, along with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Pro Football Hall of Fame."

The proposal includes events being held in Cleveland as well as Canton.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame continues work on a Hall of Fame Village to surround the newly rebuilt Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and the hope is that the draft would help showcase it in addition to celebrating the league's centennial.

“We offer congratulations to Amy Adams Strunk, the Tennessee Titans and the city of Nashville and look forward to a great fan celebration during the 2019 NFL Draft,” Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in a statement. “The Hall of Fame in partnership with the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Sports Commission and Visit Canton stand ready to host the NFL Draft in 2020 should we be selected.

“In the meantime, the Hall and the entire Canton region remains focused on preparing for the once-in-every-other-lifetime opportunity in 2020 to celebrate the NFL’s Centennial in Canton, the birthplace of the league.”

The NFL began rotating sites for the Draft starting with Chicago in 2015 and 2016, Philadelphia hosted in 2017 and this year's draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.