Charlotte Johnson from Lincoln, the winner of the “You Make the Pick” sweepstakes presented by Visit Florida, will join Jaguars alumnus Kyle Brady to announce the Jaguars’ fifth and seventh-round selections from a London studio to millions of viewers worldwide. London will be the only city outside the USA involved in the NFL Draft.
Given the Jaguars’ commitment to play one home game each year in London until at least 2020, the team is continuing to honour its UK fan base by having draft picks announced outside the US. The winning fan will make the announcement as part of a live broadcast on the NFL Network in the US on Saturday April 29.
The NFL Draft, a staple of the NFL season since 1936, sees the best 256 college American Football players picked by all 32 NFL franchises over seven rounds. The event plays a major part in each team’s preparation for the new season and creates a media and fan frenzy as followers of each team wait to see which exciting new talent will be brought into their team’s roster from American colleges.
The NFL Draft regularly attracts tens of millions of TV viewers and will broadcast its first three rounds from a base in Philadelphia this year. Through rounds 4-7, each NFL team will then take turns to announce their Draft picks live on camera from their local community. The Jaguars will be the only team to have two home bases – one in London and one at the home of THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, home to the world famous Island Green on 17.
Mark Lamping, President, Jacksonville Jaguars, said: “The Draft plays a huge role in the Jaguars’ preparations for the new season. Given our extended commitment to play in London every year until at least 2020, it seems fitting that once again we’re giving one of our UK fans the chance to share in the excitement of the Draft and the NFL.”
The Jaguars are the only NFL team to make a yearly commitment to London, playing one home game each year in the capital since 2013. In 2017, the Jaguars will head to Wembley Stadium for their fifth visit in as many years, to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday September 24. A limited number of tickets are still available via www.nfluk.com
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