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NFL Draft 2021 Primer: Start times, TV channels, first round draft order, & more

Here are all the details you’ll need to plan out a weekend of watching the 2021 draft.

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NFL: Cleveland Browns-2021 NFL Draft Press Conference Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

There is just one more day until the 2021 NFL Draft begins. As in recent years, however, football fans will have a variety of ways to take in this year’s selection meeting, with broadcasts on three different television networks.

This year’s draft takes place just a short drive from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as Cleveland, Ohio plays host. Draft events will take place all across the downtown lakefront, including at the Cleveland Browns’ stadium and the city’s biggest tourist attraction, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Read on below for all of the details you’ll need to plan out a full weekend of draft-watching.


City: Cleveland, Ohio
Venues: FirstEnergy Stadium, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center

Dates & Times

Thursday, April 29th

Rounds: 1st Round
Start time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time
Time per pick: 10 minutes

Friday, April 30th

Rounds: 2nd & 3rd
Start time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time
Time per pick: 7 minutes (round 2), 5 minutes (round 3)

Saturday, May 1st

Rounds: 4th through 7th
Start time: 12:00 Noon Eastern Time
Time per pick: 5 minutes (rounds 4-6), 4 minutes (round 7)

TV Broadcasts

ESPN Broadcast

Host: Mike Greenberg (Thursday/Friday), Rece Davis (Saturday)
Analysts: Mel Kiper, Jr., Louis Riddick, Booger McFarland
Streaming Options: ESPN App,, FuboTV

ABC Broadcast

Thursday & Friday

Hosts: Rece Davis & Maria Taylor
Analysts: Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Todd McShay, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack
Streaming Options: ESPN App,, FuboTV


ABC and ESPN will have different broadcasts on Thursday & Friday. ABC will simulcast the ESPN broadcast on Saturday.

NFL Network Broadcast

Host: Rich Eisen
Analysts: Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, David Shaw, Kurt Warner, Joel Klatt, Peter Schrager
Streaming Options:, FuboTV

First Round Draft Order

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Houston Texans via Miami Dolphins)
  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 49ers via Dolphins)
  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

Players In Attendance

  • Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
  • Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
  • Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
  • Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
  • Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
  • Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU