What Time Is the 2024 NFL Draft?

When does the 2024 NFL Draft start? Here are details on start times, channels, and different streaming options NFL fans will have ahead of the event.

Fans across the league will soon learn who’s going to become a part of their favorite team’s future with the upcoming NFL Draft.

When can each fan tune in? And which networks are the ones fans need to lock in on? Here’s all the information you need to dial in on the NFL Draft, including start times, TV channels, and live-streaming options.

What Time Does the 2024 NFL Draft Start? All the Details

  • Dates
    Thursday, April 25 (Round 1), Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3), Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7)
  • Round 1 Start Time
    Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m. ET
  • Rounds 2-3 Start Time
    Friday, April 26, 7 p.m. ET
  • Rounds 4-7 Start Time
    Saturday, April 27, noon ET
  • TV Channels
    ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network
  • Live-Stream Options
    Fubo TV (free trial), Hulu+ Live TV, YouTube TV, and Sling TV

Round 1 will begin with “the Chicago Bears are on the clock,” announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the podium.

ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network will offer analysis and live picks as continued annual hosts of the event. The league has broadcasted the draft on ESPN since 1980 before ABC, owned by Disney along with ESPN, added a simulcast cable outlet option.

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The NFL Network will be broadcasting the draft for the 18th straight year. In 2006, the network began adding to the live coverage of the highly-anticipated league event.

Where Is the 2024 NFL Draft?

Detroit, Michigan, the home of the 2023 NFC runner-up Lions, will be the host city of this year’s NFL Draft. Downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza is the site of the draft festivities for all three days.

How To Watch the Rest of the NFL Draft

Following Thursday’s coverage, the NFL Draft will start an hour earlier for Rounds 2-3. Coverage for Friday kicks off at 7 p.m. ET.

The Saturday session will start even earlier. Noon is the kickoff time for the final day of the NFL Draft and will include the annual “Mr. Irrelevant” selection — reserved for the last official pick of the draft.

What Is the First Round Draft Order?

For more on the complete order of the 2024 NFL Draft, check out PFN’s list of 2024 NFL Draft picks by team.

2024 NFL Draft Order | Round 1

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

Top Prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft

Once again, the quarterback position is anticipated to dominate the first round. This year’s class, though, could see passers go off the board in the first three overall selections.

Caleb Williams of USC has trended as the projected No. 1 pick to Chicago. The second selection, however, has many wondering if the Washington Commanders will go with 2023 Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels out of LSU or North Carolina star Drake Maye.

While all three signal-callers have garnered lots of pre-draft hype, it’s wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State who stakes his claim as PFN’s 2024 top big board prospect. The son of the legendary Indianapolis Colts WR is projected to be a top-five selection in the first round.

Staying on offense, wide receiver is expected to be a heavily coveted group on Day 1. Names like LSU’s Malik Nabers, Washington’s Rome Odunze, and even NFL Combine 40-yard dash record-breaker Xavier Worthy are anticipated to land somewhere in the first round.

Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold is projected to be among the first defenders taken. However, Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell has seen his stock rise after impressive Senior Bowl and Combine performances.

As for front seven defenders available in this class, names like UCLA’s Laiatu Latu, Florida State’s Jared Verse, and Texas’ Byron Murphy II also have first-round profiles.

How Many Rounds Are in the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft consists of seven rounds. The first round will take place on Thursday, April 25. Rounds 2 and 3 will occur on Friday, April 26. Finally, Rounds 4-7 of the draft will transpire on Saturday, April 27.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce every pick of the first round live on stage in Detroit. A combination of NFL executives, former players, and other special guests will announce the subsequent rounds, although not all will be televised.

How Long Does Each Team Have To Pick?

Each team’s amount of time “on the clock” reduces as the draft proceeds. In the first round, each franchise receives 10 minutes to make their selection. That falls to seven minutes in Round 2, five in Rounds 3, 4, 5, and 6, and just four in Round 7.

NFL Draft rules are clear. If a team doesn’t make their pick or trade it before the clock expires, the next team in the order is officially on the clock. While they can still make their selection, it becomes a race to make the pick. If both teams want the same player, then whoever locks and sends their card up first owns the rights to said player.

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