The Draft in Rock Island

The National Football League is celebrating its roots by announcing some of the 2019 NFL draft picks in the cities that were home to the league’s inaugural teams, including Rock Island, IL.  Back in 1920, the Rock Island Independents became one of the league’s first teams and on September 26th of that year participated in the first football game involving an NFL team when they defeated the St. Paul Ideas 48-0 at Douglas Park in Rock Island.

The City of Rock Island is planning a celebration around the announcement of that draft pick on April 27th at Augusta College and Local 4 News is providing extensive coverage as the NFL returns to the Quad Cities.  Welcome to The Draft in Rock Island.

Rock Island is hosting a FREE live hometown event to announce 2019 NFL Draft picks!

The entire community is invited to join in celebration on April 27th at the Austin E. Knowlton Athletic Complex at Augustana College. 

  • Gates Open: 12:00 pm
  • Family Fun Zone:  Bounce houses, Games, & Goodie Bags
  • Youth Football Skills Clinic: 12:30 PM (Sign Up for Skills Clinic)
    (Pre-Registration Required)
  • Vintage Football Game:  Rock Island Independents vs. St. Paul Ideals - 2:00 pm

*Be there by 2:00 pm to be a part of this historic occasion!

—National Anthem performed by Lissie before the game


—Food Concessions

—Beer by Bent River Brewing Company

—Commemorative T-shirts for sale

**Also from 11:30am-5:30pm

Local 4's own Jay Kidwell will be the

Master of Ceremonies!

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