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NFL Draft Ratings Set Record Heights

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The first-round of the 2019 NFL draft took place in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday night. As always, the hype building up to the big day was enormous, and didn’t disappoint. The electricity in Nashville was every bit of exceptional from the host city.

According to Ben Strauss of the Washington Post, this years draft was the “most watched draft in NFL history”. The draft was televised on three different networks, ESPN, NFL Network, and ABC. Having it in Nashville for the first time, and in such a great market for this type of event definitely pulled some weight for the viewing of the event.

Rating were up 5% from last years draft, which was hosted in Arlington, Texas. The NFL is thriving and attracting more eyeballs than ever before, which is a positive note, since just two seasons ago the viewership was down in terms of the amount of people consuming NFL games.

“Dramatic and emotional storylines played out in cities across the country with the energetic host city of Nashville serving as a breathtaking backdrop to hundreds of thousands of passionate fans who lined the streets and enjoyed a unique NFL Draft Experience,” said commissioner Roger Goodell.

Next year’s draft is heading to Las Vegas, Nevada, where the Raiders are in the process of building their new 62 acre stadium lot. Las Vegas has never been a host for the NFL Draft, or even had their own football team, so the 2020 draft will kickoff the start of a new era for the Las Vegas Raiders.

NFL draft first-round results:

  1. Arizona Cardinals- (QB) Kyler Murray
  2. San Francisco 49ers- (DE) Nick Bosa
  3. New York Jets- (DT) Quinnen Williams
  4. Oakland Raiders- (DE) Clelin Ferrell
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- (LB) Devin White
  6. New York Giants- (QB) Daniel Jones
  7. Jacksonville Jaquars- (DE) Josh Allen
  8. Detroit Lions- (TE) T.J. Hockenson
  9. Buffalo Bills- (DT) Ed Oliver
  10. Pittsburg Steelers- (LB) Devin Bush
  11. Cincinnati Bengals- (OT) Jonah Williams
  12. Green Bay Packers- (DE) Rashan Gary
  13. Miami Dolphins- (DT) Christian Wilkins
  14. Atlanta Falcons- (OG) Christopher Lindstrom
  15. Washington Redskins- (QB) Dwayne Haskins
  16. Carolina Panthers- (DE) Brian Burns
  17. New York Giants- (DT) Dexter Lawrence
  18. Minnesota Vikings- (C) Garrett Bradbury
  19. Tennessee Titans- (DT) Jeffery Simmons
  20. Denver Broncos- (TE) Noah Fant
  21. Green Bay Packers- (S) Darnell Savage
  22. Philadelphia Eagles- (OT) Andre Dillard
  23. Houston Texans- (OT) Tytus Howard
  24. Oakland Raiders- (RB) Josh Jacobs
  25. Baltimore Ravens- (WR) Marquise Brown
  26. Washington Redskins- (DE) Montez Sweat
  27. Oakland Raiders- (S) Jonathan Abram
  28. Los Angeles Chargers- (DT) Jerry Tillery
  29. Seattle Seahawks- (DE) L.J. Collier
  30. New York Giants- (CB) Deandre Baker
  31. Atlanta Falcons- (OT) Kaleb Mcgary
  32. New England Patriots- (WR) N’Keal Harry

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