The first round begins Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern. ESPN, NFL Network and ABC will broadcast the event, and it will be streamed on the ESPN and N.F.L. mobile apps. Rounds 2 and 3 will kick off Friday at 7 p.m., and Rounds 4 through 7 will start Saturday at noon.
For the first time, Las Vegas will host the draft. The city was scheduled to stage the event in 2020, but the league held the event virtually because of the pandemic.
Las Vegas has become the next stop on the N.F.L.’s draft map after the league in 2015 relocated the event from New York, its usual location since 1965, and began taking bids for different host cities. Since then, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, Dallas and Cleveland have hosted the event, which will be in Kansas City, Mo., in 2023.
N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the teams’ selections at a constructed stage near the Caesars Forum on the Las Vegas Strip. Beforehand, the 21 prospects invited to attend the draft will strut on a red carpet on a stage floating in the fountain of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who will be selecting first overall for the second consecutive year, and Kansas City are tied for the most total draft picks with 12. The Miami Dolphins hold the fewest selections with four.
The Jets currently hold five draft picks within the first three rounds, including the fourth and 10th selections. Look for the team to potentially trade down to acquire even more picks, or perhaps offload that draft capital to acquire a veteran player. With little consensus about impactful players atop this year’s draft, the budding leaguewide trend of trading out of the first round could continue: Because of previous blockbuster trades, including the pickups of Matthew Stafford by the Rams and Deshaun Watson by Cleveland, eight N.F.L. teams could enter this year’s draft without a first-round pick.
The N.F.L. confirmed that 20 prospects will be in Las Vegas to attend the draft. Georgia, the reigning national champion, will have the most players there, with defensive linemen Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt and linebacker Nakobe Dean all planning to be on site.
Travon Walker, another of the team’s defensive linemen, will participate remotely despite his rising draft stock and rumors he could be selected first overall.
Because this year’s group — unlike last year, when five teams selected quarterbacks within the first 15 picks — is considered weak by evaluators. The Athletic’s most recent mock draft projects only three quarterbacks will be taken in the first round.
Defensive lineman, by far. The Athletic’s mock draft predicts that eight defensive linemen and edge rushers will be taken in the first round, including three — Hutchinson, Walker and Thibodeaux — in the first five picks.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars 2. Detroit Lions 3. Houston Texans 4. Jets 5. Giants 6. Carolina Panthers 7. Giants (from Chicago) 8. Atlanta Falcons 9. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) 10. Jets (from Seattle) 11. Washington Commanders 12. Minnesota Vikings 13. Houston Texans (from Cleveland) 14. Baltimore Ravens 15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami) 16. New Orleans Saints (from Indianapolis through Philadelphia)
17. Los Angeles Chargers 18. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans) 19. New Orleans Saints (from Philadelphia) 20. Pittsburgh Steelers 21. New England Patriots 22. Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas) 23. Arizona Cardinals 24. Dallas Cowboys 25. Buffalo Bills 26. Tennessee Titans 27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28. Green Bay Packers 29. Kansas City (from San Francisco through Miami) 30. Kansas City 31. Cincinnati Bengals 32. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)