Everything to Know About the 2021 NFL Draft

Everything to Know About the 2021 NFL Draft

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The 2020-2021 NFL season wrapped up only a few months ago, but it’s already time to look ahead to next season. With the 2021 NFL Draft beginning on Thursday, April 29, all 32 NFL teams will be looking to find the next great talent.

From when the draft is starting to the order the teams will be picking, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 NFL Draft.

How Long Will the Draft Last?

The biggest night of the draft is tomorrow, Thursday, April 29, but the entire thing lasts three days. The first round will begin on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PT, the second and third rounds will begin on Friday, April 30 at 4:00 PT, and the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds will begin on Saturday, May 1 at 9 a.m. PT.

Where Is the Draft Located?

Last year’s draft was all virtual, but they are going back to doing it in person this year. The event will be held in two locations in Cleveland, Ohio — FirstEnergy Stadium, which is where the Cleveland Browns play, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The NFL has also decided to allow 50,000 fans to attend the Draft Day festivities.

What’s the Order of the First Round?

Curious about this year’s draft order? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Most people know the Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick in the draft, but here is how the first round will go down:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans)
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles)
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Carolina Panthers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins via San Francisco 49ers)
  13. Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. New England Patriots
  16. Arizona Cardinals
  17. Las Vegas Raiders
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Washington Football Team
  20. Chicago Bears
  21. Indianapolis Colts
  22. Tennessee Titans
  23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. New Orleans Saints
  29. Green Bay Packers
  30. Buffalo Bills
  31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Who Is Expected To Be the Number 1 Pick?

Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is guaranteed to be the number one pick in this year’s draft. In fact, he was expected to be the number one pick in the draft long before he decided to forgo his fourth year of college to pursue his NFL dreams.

Other players expected to be drafted in the top 10 are Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, and BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. 

How Long Do Teams Have to Make Their Pick?

During the first round of the NFL Draft, each time has 10 minutes per pick. This may not seem like very much time, but teams have a number of backup picks if their top choice is taken by a team in front of them.

The allotted time gets cut down to seven minutes for the second round and then five minutes for rounds three through six. For the seventh and final round, teams have just four minutes to make their selection.

How to Watch the NFL Draft

You can watch the NFL draft all three days on either ABC, ESPN, or the NFL Network. You can also stream the draft on a number of streaming platforms.