There have been plenty of great crowds throughout the years since the NFL draft began in 1936, but Nashville may have topped them all.
Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Broadway to experience the NFL’s second biggest attraction of the year, which made for one of the most incredible scenes in the event’s history.
The entire football world was mesmerized by the scene of fans lined up down the city’s most popular street, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter went as far as saying that it was unlike anything he’d seen in any sport.
The action got underway on Thursday night with the always intriguing first round, and as expected, the Arizona Cardinals selected former Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.
Of course, there were a few surprises in the top 10, and it started with the Oakland Raiders drafting Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who was expected to go much later in the first round. The New York Giants also turned some heads at No. 6, as they went Duke quarterback Daniel Jones to seemingly be the successor for Eli Manning.
As for the Tennessee Titans, their pick may have also been considered a little bit of a surprise by some draft analysts, with Jon Robinson and company choosing to take Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons at No. 19 overall.
He seems unlikely to play next season after tearing his ACL back in February, and as ESPN addressed in length shortly after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the pick, Simmons was involved in a physical altercation with a woman back in high school.
But from a skill standpoint, Simmons was considered one of the best talents in the draft, and that clearly made him an appealing option for the Titans front office.
In the second round, the team selected Ole Miss wide receiver AJ Brown, who was considered one of the best at his position in the draft. With both Brown and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries joining the mix, Marcus Mariota has adds a couple of solid playmakers to work with moving forward.
The team also had four other picks, which included Charlotte offensive guard Nate Davis, Iowa safety Amani Hooker, Georgia linebacker D’Andre Walker, and West Virginia linebacker David Long Jr.
However, while there are still unknowns whether all of the Titans’ selections will deliver on the field, it’s clear that Nashville more than delivered off the field.
While the music scene will always be considered the biggest attraction, the NFL draft proved that the city has what it takes to host one of most popular events in sports.
Next up, the Super Bowl?
Maybe. Just maybe.