2021 NFL Draft Guide: Start time, schedule, odds, and how to watch

Apr 28, 2021 at 5:55 AM--

The 2021 NFL Draft begins this week and will be held with in-person participants after last year's festivities were conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This represents a bit of a return to some normalcy. Although, capacity at the event will be limited due to continued safety concerns.

The 2021 NFL Draft will span three days, starting on Thursday night. Below is some information about the league's annual rookie selection event.

86th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

5:00 PM PT, Thursday, April 29 (Round 1)
4:00 PM PT, Friday, April 30 (Rounds 2-3)
9:00 AM PT, Saturday, May 1 (Rounds 4-7)

In 2020, the first round consumed three hours and 54 minutes. The second and third rounds of the same year took a combined four hours and 49 minutes. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 57 minutes.

Round 1, Pick 3
Round 2, Pick 11, 43 overall
Round 3, Pick 39, 102 overall (compensatory pick)
Round 4, Pick 12, 117 overall
Round 5, Pick 11, 155 overall
Round 5, Pick 28, 172 overall (from NO)
Round 5, Pick 36, 180 overall (compensatory pick)
Round 6, Pick 10, 194 overall
Round 7, Pick 2, 230 overall (from NYJ)

Mac Jones -200
Trey Lance +125
Justin Fields +350
Zach Wilson +3300
Kyle Pitts +4000

Odds via MyBookie, as of April 27.

There will be 259 selections, including 37 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 17 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year. The following 37 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds:

Round 3: New England, 33rd pick in round; Los Angeles Chargers, 34; New Orleans, 35; Dallas, 36; Tennessee, 37; Detroit, 38; San Francisco, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; Baltimore, 41; New Orleans, 42

Round 4: Dallas, 33; New England, 34; Pittsburgh, 35; Los Angeles Rams, 36; Green Bay, 37; Minnesota, 38; Kansas City, 39

Round 5: New England, 33; Green Bay, 34; Dallas, 35; San Francisco, 36; Kansas City, 37; Atlanta, 38; Atlanta, 39; Baltimore, 40

Round 6: Tampa Bay, 33; New Orleans, 34; Atlanta, 35; Green Bay, 36; Chicago, 37; Carolina, 38; Arizona, 39; Philadelphia, 40; Philadelphia, 41; New York Jets, 42; Dallas, 43; Chicago, 44.

Round 1: 10 minutes per selection
Round 2: Seven minutes per selection
Rounds 3 through 6: Five minutes per selection
Rounds 7: Four minutes per selection

The 2021 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, and ESPN Radio.

Live NFL Network coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet, and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

Live coverage can also be watched using the official ESPN app or from television providers who have an online streaming option and ESPN to subscribers.

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