23 prospects to attend 2019 NFL Draft

Twenty-three prospects are confirmed to attend the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, the NFL announced today.

Two colleges – Alabama and Oklahoma – will each have three players in attendance while two schools – Iowa and Louisiana State – will have two players in attendance. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 11 prospects confirmed to attend the event.

The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 25 and continues Friday, April 26 with Rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 27 with Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft, which was held in Dallas last year, will be hosted in the state of Tennessee for the first time in league history.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Josh Allen LB Kentucky   13) Drew Lock QB Missouri
2) DeAndre Baker DB Georgia   14) D.K. Metcalf WR Mississippi
3) Nick Bosa DE Ohio State   15) Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma
4) Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma   16) Ed Oliver DT Houston
5) Brian Burns DE Florida State   17) Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
6) Devin Bush LB Michigan   18) Jawaan Taylor T Florida
7) Andre Dillard T Washington State   19) Devin White LB Louisiana State
8) Noah Fant TE Iowa   20) Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
9) Cody Ford T Oklahoma   21) Greedy Williams CB Louisiana State
10) T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa   22) Jonah Williams T Alabama
11) Josh Jacobs RB Alabama   23) Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
12) Daniel Jones QB Duke          


2019 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES​

WHAT: 84th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.
 
WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee.
 
WHEN: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 25 (Round 1).
7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3).
Noon ET, Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7).
The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET. In 2018, the first round consumed three hours and 25 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 10:30 PM ET. The second and third rounds took a combined three hours and 44 minutes in 2018. The draft will conclude by approximately 6:30 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 39 minutes in 2018.
DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.
ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 25; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 26; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 27.
There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 15 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.
The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds –

Round 3: Washington, 33; New England, 34; Los Angeles Rams, 35; Los Angeles Rams, 36; Carolina, 37; New England, 38; Baltimore 39. Round 4: Indianapolis, 33; Dallas, 34; Atlanta, 35; Philadelphia, 36. Round 5: New York Giants, 33; Atlanta, 34; Washington, 35. Round 6: New England, 33; Washington, 34; Arizona, 35; Philadelphia, 36; Minnesota, 37; Cincinnati, 38; Cincinnati, 39; San Francisco, 40; Cincinnati, 41; Kansas City, 42. Round 7: Minnesota, 33; Arizona, 34; Arizona, 35; Minnesota, 36; Los Angeles Rams, 37; New England, 38; Washington, 39; Arizona, 40.

 
TIME LIMITS: Round 110 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks: Five minutes per selection. Rounds 7, including compensatory picks: Four minutes per selection.
TELEVISION & RADIO: The 2019 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio and ESPN Radio.
INTERNET: On Thursday, April 25Draft Tonight on NFL.com streams immediately following the conclusion of NFL Network’s coverage of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Host of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Kay Adams and Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl offensive tackle Taylor Lewan interview top draftees in Nashville once they’re selected.

Draft Tonight on NFL.com continues Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 each day following NFL Network’s live draft coverage. Host Matt “Money” Smith anchors the coverage each day from Los Angeles, joined by analysts Bucky BrooksMaurice Jones-Drew and Lance Zierlein providing analysis and reaction to Rounds 2-7, as well as overall draft winners and grades for the 2019 selections.

Additionally, NFL.com’s Draft Tracker has live coverage of every selection in the draft, including video and analysis of the picks as they happen.

MOBILE: Live NFL Network coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

2019 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

# Team
1. Arizona Cardinals
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New York Jets
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. New York Giants
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Detroit Lions
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Denver Broncos
11. Cincinnati Bengals
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Miami Dolphins
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. Washington Redskins
16. Carolina Panthers
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland)
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Tennessee Titans
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Baltimore Ravens
23 Houston Texans
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas)
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Kansas City Chiefs
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans)
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots
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List of players who be announcing picks at the 2019 NFL Draft

In the NFL’s continuous effort to connect the game’s greats with the next generation of stars, 64 NFL Legends and active players will add to the excitement of the 2019 NFL Draft by announcing various selections and participating in festivities in Nashville.

Round 2 Draft selections will be announced by previous NFL club first-round picks, while Round 3 will be announced by players who were drafted in later rounds.

In addition to announcing NFL Draft selections, players will be on-site to mentor the prospects and give back to the city of Nashville through participation in a variety of community service events.

Below is the list of players currently scheduled to make selections in Rounds 2 and 3 of this year’s NFL Draft:

PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENT ROUND TEAM
Shaun Alexander 2 Seattle Seahawks
Willie Anderson 2 Cincinnati Bengals
David Andrews 3 New England Patriots
Geno Atkins 3 Cincinnati Bengals
Carl Banks 2 New York Giants
Keith Brooking 2 Atlanta Falcons
Jurrell Casey 3 Tennessee Titans
Brent Celek 3 Philadelphia Eagles
Larry Centers 3 Arizona Cardinals
Kam Chancellor 3 Seattle Seahawks
Earl Cooper 2 San Francisco 49ers
Trent Dilfer 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kenyan Drake 3 Miami Dolphins
Carl Eller 2 Minnesota Vikings
Jahri Evans 3 New Orleans Saints
Eddie George 2 Tennessee Titans
Darrell Green 2 Washington Redskins
Dante Hall 3 Kansas City Chiefs
Santonio Holmes 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
DeAndre Hopkins 2 Houston Texans
Dexter Jackson 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Joe Jacoby 3 Washington Redskins
Charles Johnson 3 Carolina Panthers
Stevie Johnson 3 Buffalo Bills
Ed Jones 2 Dallas Cowboys
Steve Jordan 3 Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Kampman 3 Green Bay Packers
Brett Keisel 3 Pittsburgh Steelers
Christian Kirksey 3 Cleveland Browns
Olin Kreutz 3 Chicago Bears
Shane Lechler 3 Oakland Raiders
Jamal Lewis 2 Baltimore Ravens
James Lofton 2 Green Bay Packers
Nick Mangold 2 New York Jets
Deuce McAllister 2 New Orleans Saints
Christian McCaffrey 2 Carolina Panthers
Karl Mecklenburg 3 Denver Broncos
Shawne Merriman 2 Los Angeles Chargers
Terrell Owens 3 San Francisco 49ers
Orlando Pace 2 Los Angeles Rams
Mike Quick 2 Philadelphia Eagles
Josh Scobee 3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Cory Schlesinger 3 Detroit Lions
Billy Sims 2 Detroit Lions
Jackie Slater 3 Los Angeles Rams
Brad Smith 3 New York Jets
Fred Taylor 2 Jacksonville Jaguars
Adalius Thomas 3 Baltimore Ravens
Jessie Tuggle 3 Atlanta Falcons
David Tyree 3 New York Giants
Reggie Wayne 2 Indianapolis Colts
Richmond Webb 2 Miami Dolphins
Al Wilson 2 Denver Broncos
Eric Wood 2 Buffalo Bills
Charles Woodson 2 Oakland Raiders
Rayfield Wright 3 Dallas Cowboys

 

​​NFL announces 32 compensatory draft picks to 15 teams​

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2019 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams, the NFL announced today.  ​

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.  The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council.  Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.  No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year.  If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32).  This year, six clubs: the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Indianapolis Colts, the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those clubs ranked 33rd through 39thamong the final numerical values of all compensatory selections.  Each of those six clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

The following 2019 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2019 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 25-27 in Nashville:

Round Round Choice/

Overall Selection

Team
3 33-96 Washington
3 34-97 New England
3 35-98 Los Angeles Rams
3 36-99 Los Angeles Rams
3 37-100 Carolina
3 38-101 New England
3 39-102 Baltimore
     
4 33-135 Indianapolis
4 34-136 Dallas
4 35-137 Atlanta
4 36-138 Philadelphia
     
5 33-171 New York Giants
5 34-172 Atlanta
5 35-173 Washington
     
6 33-205 New England
6 34-206 Washington
6 35-207 Arizona
6 36-208 Philadelphia
6 37-209 Minnesota
6 38-210 Cincinnati
6 39-211 Cincinnati
6 40-212 San Francisco
6 41-213 Cincinnati
6 42-214 Kansas City
     
7 33-247 Minnesota
7 34-248 Arizona
7 35-249 Arizona
7 36-250 Minnesota
7 37-251 Los Angeles Rams
7 38-252 New England
7 39-253 Washington
7 40-254 Arizona

The compensatory free agents lost and gained in 2018 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2019 Draft:

ARIZONA Lost: Brown, Jaron; Brown, John; Gabbert, Blaine; Martin, Kareem; Stanton, Drew; Williams, Tramon
Gained: Pugh, Justin; Smith, Andre
 
ATLANTA Lost: Clayborn, Adrian; Gabriel, Taylor; Poe, Dontari; Roberts, Andre
Gained: Fusco, Brandon; Paulsen, Logan
 
BALTIMORE Lost: Jensen, Ryan; Wallace, Mike; Watson, Benjamin
Gained: Brown, John
 
CAROLINA Lost: Dickson, Ed; Lotulelei, Star; Norwell, Andrew
Gained: Cockrell, Ross; Poe, Dontari
 
CINCINNATI Lost: Bodine, Russell; Hill, Jeremy; McCarron, A.J.; Smith, Andre; Smith, Chris
Gained: Brown, Preston
 
DALLAS Lost: Hitchens, Anthony; Wilber, Kyle
Gained: Fleming, Cameron
 
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Bostic, Jon; Gore, Frank; Melvin, Rashaan; Mingo, Barkevious; Moncrief, Donte
Gained: Autry, Denico; Grant, Ryan; Slauson, Matt
 
KANSAS CITY Lost: Fulton, Zach; Logan, Bennie; Mitchell, Terrance; Pierre-Louis, Kevin; Wilson, Albert
Gained: Henne, Chad; Hitchens, Anthony; Watkins, Sammy; Williams, Damien
 
LOS ANGELES RAMS Lost: Carrier, Derek; Davis, Cody; Johnson, Trumaine; Watkins, Sammy
Gained:  
 
MINNESOTA Lost: Bridgewater, Teddy; Brock, Tramaine; Keenum, Case; McKinnon, Jerick; Stephen, Shamar
Gained: Cousins, Kirk; Richardson, Sheldon
 
NEW ENGLAND Lost: Amendola, Danny; Bademosi, Johnson; Butler, Malcolm; Fleming, Cameron; Lewis, Dion; Solder, Nate
Gained: Clayborn, Adrian; Hill, Jeremy
 
NEW YORK GIANTS Lost: Cockrell, Ross; Fluker, D.J.; Kennard, Devon; Pugh, Justin; Richburg, Weston; Smith, Geno
Gained: Latimer, Cody; Martin, Kareem; Solder, Nate; Thomas, Michael
 
PHILADELPHIA Lost: Allen, Beau; Blount, LeGarrette; Burton, Trey; Robinson, Patrick
Gained: Ngata, Haloti; Wallace, Mike
 
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Fusco, Brandon; Hall, Leon; Hyde, Carlos; Lynch, Aaron; Paulsen, Logan
Gained: McKinnon, Jerick; Richburg, Weston
 
WASHINGTON Lost: Compton, Will; Cousins, Kirk; Grant, Ryan; Long, Spencer; Murphy, Trent; Paul, Niles
​​ Gained: Richardson, Paul​

2019 NFL COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS

Arizona 4
New England 4
Washington 4
Cincinnati 3
Los Angeles Rams 3
Minnesota 3
Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 2
Baltimore 1
Carolina 1
Dallas 1
Indianapolis 1
Kansas City 1
New York Giants 1
San Francisco 1
TOTAL 32

SUMMARY OF COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS, 1994-2019

Baltimore 50
Dallas 42
Green Bay 42
New England 39
Los Angeles Rams 36
Cincinnati 35
Philadelphia 32
Pittsburgh 32
San Francisco 31
Tennessee 30
Seattle 29

2019 NFL Draft First-Round Order

 

Following is the 2019 NFL Draft first round order. The first round will start on Thursday, April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 26 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 27.

2019 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER​

 

#

Team Win Loss Tie Winning Percentage Opp Win Opp Loss Opp Tie Strength of Schedule
1. Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 .188 134 120 2 .527
                   
2. San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 .250 128 126 2 .504
3. New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 128 125 3 .506
4. Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 139 115 2 .547
                   
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 133 121 2 .523
6. New York Giants 5 11 0 .313 135 121 0 .527
7. Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 140 115 1 .549
                   
8. Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 127 125 4 .504
9. Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 133 121 2 .523
10. Denver Broncos 6 10 0 .375 133 121 2 .523
11. Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 135 117 4 .535
                   
12. Green Bay Packers 6 9 1 .406 124 130 2 .488
                   
13. Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 119 135 2 .469
14. Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 122 131 3 .482
15. Washington Redskins 7 9 0 .438 124 131 1 .486
16. Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 129 125 2 .508
   
17. Cleveland Browns 7 8 1 .469 131 123 2 .516
                   
18. Minnesota Vikings 8 7 1 .531 128 126 2 .504
                   
19. Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 133 123 0 .520
                   
20. Pittsburgh Steelers 9 6 1 .594 128 126 2 .504
                   
21. Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 123 131 2 .484
22. Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 125 127 4 .496
                   
23. Houston Texans 11 5 0 .688 120 135 1 .471
                   
24. Chicago Bears

(traded to Oakland)

12 4 0 .750 108 144 4 .430
                   
25. Philadelphia Eagles 9 7 0 .563 132 123 1 .518
                   
26. Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 .625 119 137 0 .465
27. Dallas Cowboys

(traded to Oakland)

10 6 0 .625 125 131 0 .488
                   
28. Los Angeles Chargers 12 4 0 .750 121 133 2 .477
                   
29. Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 122 132 2 .480
                   
30. New Orleans Saints

(traded to Green Bay)

13 3 0 .813 122 131 3 .482
                   
31. Los Angeles Rams 13 3 0 .813 122 132 2 .480
                   
32. New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 122 131 3 .482

Las Vegas to host 2020 NFL Draft

The 85th NFL Draft will take place on April 23-25, 2020 in Las Vegas on and around the iconic Las Vegas Strip, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today.

The announcement was made in Dallas at the NFL’s December meeting following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl & Major Events Committee and full ownership. This is the result of a comprehensive evaluation process over the past several months of plans submitted by various cities to host the 2020 NFL Draft.

“The NFL Draft is one of the most-anticipated events of the year and we are excited to take it to Las Vegas,” said Commissioner Goodell. “We look forward to working with the Raiders, Las Vegas officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to create an unforgettable week-long celebration of football for our fans, the incoming prospects and partners.”

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience – a massive free football festival – will enable fans of all teams to participate and test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“The Raiders are very excited for Las Vegas and are proud to help host the 2020 NFL Draft,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and will provide a tremendous experience for the NFL and its fans.”

“We’re thrilled to be selected for this special event and cannot wait to show the NFL and the world a true Las Vegas experience for the draft,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “The eyes of football fans from around the world will be on Las Vegas in 2020, and our resort partners on the Las Vegas Strip will ensure the draft is as entertaining as our destination.”

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2018 event set a record as the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing the previous record set in 2014.

The 2018 Draft marked the first time that the entirety of the event was aired on broadcast television, which helped attract more than 45 million total viewers over the three days of coverage. The event also created tremendous fan engagement across social platforms with the 2018 NFL Draft being the second-most talked about sports event of the year so far, behind only Super Bowl LII.

 

DRAFT LOCATION HISTORY

Draft Location City
1936 Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
1937 Hotel Lincoln New York
1938 Hotel Sherman Chicago
1939 Hotel New Yorker New York
1940 Schroeder Hotel Milwaukee
1941 Willard Hotel Washington, D.C.
1942-44 Palmer House Chicago
1945-47 Hotel Commodore New York
1948 Hotel Fort Pitt Pittsburgh
1949-50 Bellevue-Stratford Hotel Philadelphia
1951 Blackstone Hotel Chicago
1952 Hotel Statler New York
1953-54 Bellevue-Stratford Hotel Philadelphia
1955 Warwick Hotel New York
1956 Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3) Philadelphia
Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30) Los Angeles
1957 Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4) Philadelphia
Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30) Philadelphia
1958-61 Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
1962-64 Sheraton Hotel Chicago
1965-66 Summit Hotel New York
1967 Hotel Gotham New York
1968-71 Belmont Plaza Hotel New York
1972 Essex House New York
1973-74 Americana Hotel New York
1975 Hilton Hotel New York
1976-78 Roosevelt Hotel New York
1979 Waldorf New York
1980-83 Sheraton Hotel New York
1984-85 Omni Park Central Hotel New York
1986-94 Marriott Marquis New York
1995-2004 Theatre at Madison Square Garden New York
2005 Jacob Javits Convention Center New York
2006-2014 Radio City Music Hall New York
2015-16 Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University Chicago
2017 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia
2018 AT&T Stadium Dallas
2019 Downtown Nashville Nashville
2020 Las Vegas Las Vegas

Nashville to host 2019 NFL Draft

The 84th NFL Draft will take place on April 25-27, 2019 in Nashville, incorporating iconic city landmarks across the Music City stretching from Lower Broadway to Nissan Stadium.

The announcement was made today at the annual Spring League Meeting in Atlanta following a review of the proposal by the Super Bowl & Major Events Advisory Committee and full ownership. This is the result of a comprehensive evaluation process over the past several months of plans submitted by various cities to host the 2019 NFL Draft.

“Following an exciting and successful event in Dallas, we’re thrilled to take the NFL Draft to Nashville. The city has a passionate fan base and offers iconic locations that will enable us to expand the Draft in unique ways,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “We look forward to working with the Tennessee Titans, the City of Nashville, and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp to deliver a memorable celebration of football to our fans and incoming players.”

The NFL Draft returns to primetime with Round 1 on Thursday, April 25. Rounds 2 and 3 will follow on Friday, April 26, and Rounds 4-7 will conclude the event on Saturday, April 27.

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience Presented By Oikos Triple Zero®  a massive free football festival – will allow fans of all teams to participate and test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Draft Experience will be open all three days of the event.

“We are thrilled for the city of Nashville, our fans and our team, that we have been selected to host the 2019 NFL Draft,” said AMY ADAMS STRUNK, Tennessee Titans Controlling Owner. “The city and the Titans put a lot of effort into this proposal and we can’t wait to see it come to life next year. I personally would like to thank Commissioner Goodell and the NFL for this opportunity; Metro Nashville Government, led by Mayor David Briley; Butch Spyridon at the CVC; Scott Ramsey at the Sports Council; and all those who have contributed to this effort. Nashville is known as an entertainment destination and we look forward to showing the football world what that looks like on a very big stage.”

“Nashville is honored to host the 2019 NFL Draft. We are prepared to deliver a unique Music City experience and an NFL-caliber event,” said Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp President and CEO BUTCH SPYRIDON. “I would like to thank the Titans and owner, Amy Adams Strunk, for their support and the NFL for their confidence.”

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest and most-anticipated sporting events of the year. The 2018 event set a record as the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, eclipsing the previous record set in 2014. The 2018 Draft marked the first time that the entirety of the event was aired on broadcast television, which helped attract more than 45 million total viewers over three days of coverage. The Draft achieved a combined 3.57 HH rating and average of 5.5 million viewers across NFL Network, FOX, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The event also created tremendous fan engagement across social platforms with the 2018 NFL Draft being the second-most talked about sports event of the year so far, behind only Super Bowl LII.

Ex-U of Tennessee RB John Kelly: ‘I can’t run everybody over, but I can sure hell try’

As we enter Day 3 of the NFL Draft, there is still a lot of talent on the board for teams to select from, including former University of Tennessee RB John Kelly.

Due to his size(5′ 10″, 216 pounds) and versatility, many have compared Kelly to his former Vols’ teammate and current New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara, and according to Kelly, it’s a comparison he has no problem with:

“Me and Alvin always pushed each other at practice, and we always competed with each other, but I got a chance to learn a lot from Alvin,” Kelly told the Go4it podcast with host Paul Gant. “So, I was glad to have a guy like that be a role model for me when I got here(Tennessee), and I was glad to take some his game and put it into mine, so I definitely ain’t mad about the comparison.”

When you watch Kelly, one thing that stands out is his running style. The Detroit native runs with a lot of aggression. Kelly’s focus is getting as much yardage as possible, and putting a little hurt on the defense:

“Whenever I’m out there, and I get a chance to run the ball, I’m just trying to inflict pain on people,” Kelly said. “Back when I first started playing football, I was playing it because I remember I heard, I forgot who I heard say it, but they said, ‘football is the only sport where you can really hurt somebody and not go to jail for it.’ So, I fell in love with the physicality of the sport, for sure. Once I started to get a little older, I realized that I can’t run everybody over, but I can sure hell try.”

Some feel with his size that Kelly will have to adjust his running style on the next level, but Kelly does not plan on changing. The one piece of advice that Kamara gave Kelly was “to be himself,” and he plans on doing just that, with the addition of a few “tricks.”

“I will be able to add new weapons to my arsenal once I get on that next level, but as far as switching it up, I don’t know about all of that. But, I think I got a lot of tricks in my bag, so I feel I’m going to break out some new tricks when the time is right,” Kelly said.

According to Kelly, he worked out for the Buccaneers, 49ers, Broncos, and Patriots.

Last season at Tennessee, Kelly ran for 789 yards and nine touchdowns and had 37 receptions for 299 yards, which were solid numbers, especially when you consider that some around Tennessee thought Kelly was underutilized.

Kelly does have a court case pending due to be cited for misdemeanor drug possession last October, so some may have questions about his character, but in talking to Kelly, he seems confident that all of the negativity is behind him.

According to NFL.COM, Kelly is expected to go in the 4th-round. Based on his ability, some team might be getting a good prospect in John Kelly.

Listen to the complete interview below: