Nashville-area high school football players help at 2019 NFL Draft

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Thursday was a big day for Nashville-area high school football players who got a front row seat to the hometown Tennessee Titans first round pick. Thirteen players, including 2018 Class 6A Mr. Football winner Devon Starling of Cane Ridge, who will walk-on at Memphis in the fall, joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage during the first round of the draft, which saw the Titans take defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons the No. 19 overall selection.

Others who joined Goodell were Christ Presbyterian Academy’s Jacob Stopkotte, Davidson Academy’s AJ Quinn, East Nashville’s Jashon Watkins, Ensworth’s Wesley Walker, Hillsboro’s Donald Fitzgerald, Maplewood’s Travares Springer, McGavock’s Lamar Childress, MBA’s Jackson Hannah, Pearl-Cohn’s Elijah Simmons, Stratford’s Malique Johnson, Father Ryan’s Anthony Wright and Nashville Christian’s Jesse Parrish.

In addition other selected athletes from the four Nashville-area schools – Brentwood Academy, CPA, Davidson Academy and Oakland had a role in the first round events.

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