Tonight starts the first night of the annual event known as the NFL Draft. It is the night when eligible collegiate football players are selected by professional football teams to participate in the National Football League. This tradition was started way back in 1936. But the format of the draft has undergone quite a number of changes since then.
The most relevant for you as a viewer is that the Draft has now been split up into a three night event.
The first round of the NFL Draft begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST. There are 32 picks to be made in this first round. Each team is given ten minutes to make their selections. Expect this one to be a very long night.
The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft begin Friday night, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. EST.
The final fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL Draft begin Saturday morning, April 27th at noon EST.
The NFL draft is simulcast on two different networks. Each broadcast features different commentators and presentations. They’ll both offer pre-draft shows as well.
The 2013 NFL Draft can be seen on both ESPN and on the NFL Network. ESPN has the tendency to switch their programing to one of their sister stations, like ESPN2, in the later rounds or later in the day.
If you’d like to watch the draft on-line, you can do so by going to NFL.com.