(CNN)The 84th version of the NFL draft looks almost nothing like the original, when it centered around 90 names on a chalkboard in a hotel.
NFL draft 2019: Will the Cardinals unite Kyler Murray with Kliff Kingsbury?
From Thursday through Saturday, the seven-round draft will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Fans are expected to flock downtown for the selections and other entertainment, as Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, and Moon Taxi are scheduled to play free outdoor concerts.
The draft will be broadcast on at least four different television networks each day. Late round picks will be announced from multiple locations, including a New York Jets selection by the US Army's Black Knights parachuting into the West Point military base and a Los Angeles Chargers pick announced in Mexico City.
Still, the most action is within the "war rooms" at team facilities, where draft selections ultimately are decided. The Arizona Cardinals hold this year's top pick, and it's expected they will select two-sport star Kyler Murray, who could be the first athlete to be selected in the first round of the MLB and NFL drafts.
Cardinals new head coach Kliff Kingsbury is very familiar with the 5-foot-10-inch Murray, who grew up in suburban Dallas. Kingsbury, then the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, began recruiting Murray when the quarterback was a sophomore in high school. In October, when he was the head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury glowingly called Murray "a freak."
"I just think the world of him and what he can do on the football field," Kingsbury, who also recruited Murray while at Texas Tech, said to CNN affiliate KLBK at the time.
Then he added this: "I'd take him with the first pick of the draft if I could."
Now, should there be consensus in the Cardinals' war room, he can.
And that would put Murray in the same category as a late foam rubber salesman.
Once an afterthought, the NFL draft is one of the most anticipated events on the league's calendar. The bright lights, around-the-clock coverage, year-round scouting, mock drafts, the NFL combine and pro days have replaced the chalk.
The genesis of the first NFL draft came from Philadelphia Eagles co-owner Bert Bell, who in 1935 at a league meeting proposed the NFL hold an annual draft to level the playing field. It was approved unanimously, and the draf