Report: Nashville in pole position for 2019 draft

NFL: NFL Draft: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. An average of 11.2 million television viewers watched Thursday.Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Nashville (Tenn.) is the leading contender to host the 2019 NFL Draft, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Las Vegas, Denver, Kansas City and the combination bid from Cleveland/Canton, Ohio, are also being considered. It would mark the first time for any of those respective cities to host the draft.

A decision is expected to be announced during the league’s spring meeting May 22-23 in Atlanta, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed in an email to The Tennessean.

Should Nashville lose out on the 2019 NFL Draft, ESPN cited sources as saying that Music City would be in prime position to host the 2020 event.

The 2019 NFL Draft would celebrate the league’s 100th season, or its centennial in 2020. The league was formed in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, on Aug. 20, 1920.

The 2018 NFL Draft was held last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It marked the first time that the event took place inside an NFL stadium.