After the endless predictions and hundreds of mock drafts scattered all over the worldwide web as well as on the traditional media, the wait for the much anticipated 2018 NFL Draft is finally upon us, with one of the most significant events of the league’s calendar of activity is getting underway on Thursday night, April 26.
With over 250 college football players have declared themselves eligible for the this year’s draft and the Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick. The Browns are looking to rebuild its roster after becoming only the second side in the National Football League history, after the Detroit Lions dating back in 2009, to go 0-16 throughout an entire season. The Browns are expected to land Sam Darnold, the former University of Southern California quarterback, at number one selection.
Here is all you need to know ahead of the draft pick process.
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When is the 2018 NFL Draft?
This year’s draft kicks off on Thursday, April 26 with the 32 players getting called their names in the crucial Round 1, followed by the second and third round on the following night which is on Friday, April 27, and the remaining five rounds on the succeeding day, Saturday.
The 2018 NFL Draft will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The home of the Dallas Cowboys will be the first football stadium to host the draft in the league history.
Where to watch the 2018 NFL Draft Live
As for the television broadcast of the draft, it will begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday for the Round 1, while the coverage on Friday and Saturday gets underway at 7 p.m. EST and 12 p.m. EST respectively.
The Round 1 will be aired on NFL Network, Fox, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, while that of the Rounds 2 and 3 will be televised on NFL Network, Fox, ESPN and ESPN2.
Moreover, the Saturday’s Rounds 4-7 will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN starting at 12 p.m., which will also be aired by NFL Network.
Spectators unable to watch the draft process directly on their television can live stream the 2018 NFL Draft through the NFL, ESPN and Fox Sports apps online.
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Top Draft Prospect Players
Only 22 of the over 250 college football players who have declared themselves eligible for the draft process will attend the event in San Antonio. On Monday, the league released the list of prospect players, which included USC quarterback Darnold — the top favorite to be the number one overall pick, the Pennsylvania State running back Saquon Barkley and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who have also been tipped as potential No. 1 overall picks.
The trio will be joined by 19 other American football players, including Shaqeem Griffin. The former University of Central Florida linebacker, who had his left hand amputated when he was four, became a national sensation at the NFL Combine back in March when he clocked fastest 40-yard dash of any linebacker in the history of the combine.
What is the draft picking order?
Apart from the number one pick, Browns is also widely expected pick at number four in the first rounder and at number one, three and 32 in the second round. In the first round, NFL franchises have 10 minutes to select their player, while the time to pick in the second round is reduced to only seven minutes. As for the Rounds 3-6, teams have six minutes to announce their chosen player, while in round seven teams only have four minutes.
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Here’s the complete list of Round 1 picks
New York Giants
New York Jets (via Colts)
Cleveland Browns (via Texans)
Indianapolis Colts (via Jets)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco 49ers
Buffalo Bills (via Bengals)
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Chargers
Cincinnati Bengals (via Bills)
Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs)
New England Patriots (via Rams)
New Orleans Saints
New England Patriots