The NFL will hold the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., marking the first time the city will host the event. The 2019 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27.
The NFL continues its trend of trying out new cities for the event. After 57 years of holding the NFL Draft in New York, including each year from 1965 to 2014, Chicago played host in 2015 and 2016. Philadelphia held the draft in 2017, and Dallas hosted in 2018.
“The new draft, if you will, is still in a very young phase — Chicago, Philadelphia, and what we saw in Dallas. Nashville presented a vision that we felt, and more importantly the owners we work with closely felt, would continue to grow the draft,” O’Reilly said, via TitansOnline.com. “That really energized us and the owners around Nashville having the opportunity to take the draft to another level.
“I think Nashville can be really unique. We have really high expectations on what that can create. You feel the energy of the town, and bringing in fans from all 32 clubs and all over the country. … We have really high expectations.”
They needed the help as they try to rebuild a defense under new coordinator Mike Pettine, and giving him two talented cover players is a good place to start.
Offseason grades are starting to pour in now that the NFL draft is over and OTAs are underway. This is good news for the Chicago Bears, who’ve been one of this year’s transaction darlings. According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, the Bears had the fifth-best offseason in the NFL. Last year, Mitchell Trubisky was throwing to what could charitably be called a below-average pass-catching corps. In Year 2 of his NFL career, Trubisky won’t lack for targets, with premier free-agent receiver Allen Robinson joining fellow free agents Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton. First-round pick Roquan Smithwill be another name in a long list of excellent Bears linebackers, going back to Bill George, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher.
Chicago also stepped up to keep Kyle Fuller after he was signed to an offer sheet by the rival Packers. Leonard Floyd should be back and wreaking havoc on defense, while the kicker situation should get a boost from the addition of Cody Parkey. Finally, there’s new coach Matt Nagy, who has shown in his previous stops as an assistant that he knows how to Cheap Packer Jerseys wring Cheap Red Wings Jerseys production out of an offense. Unfortunately, the Bears weren’t the highest-ranked team in the NFC North.