The 84th version of the NFL draft looks almost nothing like the original, when it centered around 90 names on a chalkboard in a hotel.
From Thursday through Saturday, the seven-round draft will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Fans are expected to flock downtown for the selections and other entertainment, as Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, and Moon Taxi are scheduled to play free outdoor concerts.
The draft will be broadcast on at least four different television networks each day. Late round picks will be announced from multiple locations, including a New York Jets selection by the US Army’s Black Knights parachuting into the West Point military base and a Los Angeles Chargers pick announced in Mexico City.
Still, the most action is within the “war rooms” at team facilities, where draft selections ultimately are decided. The Arizona Cardinals hold this year’s top pick, and it’s expected they will select two-sport star Kyler Murray, who could be the first athlete to be selected in the first round of the MLB and NFL drafts.