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For football fans, it was “Must See TV” and the networks couldn’t be any happier.

The 2018 NFL Draft is one for the record books. With a combined 3.57 HH rating and 5.5M viewers, the 2018 NFL Draft is officially the highest rated and most-watched Draft ever.

The 2018 NFL Draft was covered across NFL Network, FOX, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and the broad distribution helped grow the combined rating and viewership by 25% and 20% respectively over 2017.

The expanded coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft marked the first time ever that the entirety of the live three-day event was aired on broadcast television.

The three-day event produced strong results from start to finish as Thursday’s coverage of Round One resulted in a combined 7.0 HH rating (+27% y/y) and 11.2 million viewers (+22% y/y) making it the second most-watched watched Draft day ever, while Saturday’s combined TV viewership resulted in an average of 2.9 million viewers making it the most watched Draft Day 3 ever.

2018 NFL Draft Round and Where Fans Watched (all times Eastern)

Round 1: Thursday, April 26 • 8 p.m. on NFL Network, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 27 • 7 p.m. on NFL Network, FOX, ESPN/ESPN2; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 28 • Noon on NFL Network, ABC, ESPN; NFL and ESPN digital properties

TV figures include ESPN and ESPN2 digital viewing which is measured by Nielsen but exclude FOX and NFL digital viewing.

The NFL announced that more than 1,600 football fans from across the country are heading to the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington to receive an exclusive on-the-field experience. Hand-selected by each of the 32 clubs to serve as their Draft ambassadors, these dedicated fans will sit in the “Inner Circle,” a newly-created team area where they will watch the event directly in front of the NFL Draft Theater on the field of AT&T Stadium.

The “Inner Circle” – which is being established for the first time at any Draft event – will feature team rivalry zones, chances for fans to celebrate the team selections with NFL players and Legends, and opportunities to showcase team spirit on national television. Each club designated more than 50 dedicated and loyal fans to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Prior to the start of the selection process on Thursday and Friday nights, a roll call of all 32 teams within the Inner Circle will be taken, allowing fans to show off their enthusiasm. Teams will provide “Inner Circle” fans with t-shirts, rally towels, foam fingers, flags and more and they will also receive an LED lanyard that will light up in team colors when their club is on the clock.

In addition, on Thursday night, some of these lucky fans will be visited by their newest team members after they are selected on stage. On Friday, fans in the “Inner Circle” will be joined by NFL Legends who will greet them on-the-field and take photos.

Fans without seated tickets to this free event are still able to register for a chance to attend by downloading the NFL Draft – Fan Mobile Pass app and checking in at the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®, which is free and open to the public. Registered fans who attend the experience will have the opportunity to be upgraded into the theater as seating becomes available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A sampling of the “Inner Circle” Ambassadors is available below.

Arizona Cardinals: Local season ticket members in the Texas area will receive scarves and be joined by team cheerleaders.

Atlanta Falcons: Fans selected from The Cast fan club will be led in procession with a team drum.

Baltimore Ravens: Season ticket members will be joined by cheerleaders and Poe, the team mascot.

Buffalo Bills: Members of the local chapter of Bills Backers fan club will participate and receive foam fingers, rally towels and t-shirts.

Dallas Cowboys: Members of the Dallas Cowboys United Fan Club will rally behind their team and receive rally towel and pom-poms.

Green Bay Packers: Local season ticket members and fans will be given “Cheesehead” hats to wear during the event.

Indianapolis Colts: Fans from local booster clubs and members of the team’s women’s fan club will be on-site with t-shirts and flags.

New England Patriots: Season ticket members and local fan club members will receive thunder sticks and be joined by Patriots Legends.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Members of Steelers Nation Unite fan club will waive their Terrible Towels from the field.

Philadelphia Eagles: Local fans will receive light-up sticks waved during the Championship parade.

San Francisco 49ers: Texas-based booster club members are receiving wristbands that light up when their team makes a selection.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Local Bucs fans holding foam pirate swords will cheer on their team.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28. The event will be held for the first time at an NFL stadium, enabling more fans than ever before to watch their favorite team’s selections. Additional information is available at NFL.com/Draft.

The NFL announced a new broadcast arrangement in which NFL Network and FOX will team up to simulcast live coverage of Rounds 1-3 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Additionally, the league has expanded its partnership with ESPN/ABC whereby ESPN2 will supplement ESPN’s coverage of Round 1 with a separate and unique college-themed production in addition to a simulcast of ESPN’s live coverage of Rounds 4-7 airing on ABC.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The expanded coverage gives the NFL Draft its largest audience reach ever and marks the first time ever that the entirety of the live three-day event will air on broadcast television.

Live streaming of the 2018 NFL Draft coverage will be available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com. Fans can also stream the live 2018 NFL Draft through FOX Sports and the ESPN App, available for subscribers of the networks’ participating TV providers.

The chart below provides a comprehensive look across both linear and digital channels where live coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft will be available:

Draft Round, Time and and Where to Watch (all times listed are Eastern Daylight)

Round 1: Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. NFL Network, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. on NFL Network, FOX, ESPN/ESPN2; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 28 at Noon on NFL Network, ABC, ESPN; NFL and ESPN digital properties

“The NFL Draft is a unique event on the NFL calendar where the promise and excitement of the future is universally felt among fans, players and clubs,” said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer, NFL. “Fan interest in the NFL Draft grows year after year, and we are excited for the opportunity to meet that demand with expanded draft coverage including a record six television networks, while deepening the relationship with our trusted broadcast partners ESPN and FOX.”

NFL Draft coverage simulcast on NFL Network and FOX will be produced by NFL Network and feature co-branding, as well as a mixed team of NFL Network and NFL on FOX on-air personalities. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, three-time Super Bowl champion and FOX’s lead game analyst for NFL coverage Troy Aikman joins live coverage of Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft, alongside NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah and Stanford head football coach David Shaw. Additionally, FOX’s lead college football game analyst Joel Klatt joins pre-draft coverage of Rounds 1-3, as well as live coverage of Rounds 2-3 on Friday, April 27, which also features NFL Network/FOX talent Charles Davis and Peter Schrager and NFL Network’s Chris Rose.

“The opportunity for FOX to help shape the stories that are told around such an energetic and optimistic time for NFL fans is definitely a place we want to be,” said Mark Silverman, President, FOX Sports National Networks. “Using Troy and Joel, two of the best analysts in the business, serves the NFL Draft audience in a new and fresh way.”

In its 39th consecutive year presenting the NFL Draft, ESPN’s coverage will include a first in 2018 as College GameDay – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will make its first visit to the NFL Draft. On Thursday, April 26, a special two-hour College GameDay from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on ESPN, which ESPN) will originate from the NFL Draft Experience outside AT&T Stadium prior to Round 1, part of ESPN’s unprecedented 26 consecutive hours of NFL Draft coverage leading into Round 1. Then at 8 p.m., GameDay will be part of ESPN2’s college-themed viewing option of Round 1, supplementing the traditional pick-by-pick coverage on ESPN. On Friday, April 27, GameDay will have another one-hour special at 5 p.m. before the draft telecast of Rounds 2-3 airs on ESPN/ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ESPN Deportes will also carry a Spanish-language telecast of Round 1, while Rounds 2-3 will air in Spanish on ESPN3.

“ESPN has presented the NFL Draft for nearly 40 years and we take great pride in finding new and exciting ways to continue to elevate and differentiate our coverage,” Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling told the Hartford Courant, USA Today and NFL Network. “The draft is the perfect intersection of college football and the NFL, so giving fans the opportunity to experience Round 1 through the lens of College GameDay makes perfect sense. Building off the success of our NFL Wild Card and Pro Bowl simulcasts, we are also excited to present the NFL Draft on ABC for the first time with Saturday’s coverage of Rounds 4-7.”

The 2017 NFL Draft on NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 delivered a combined 2.9 HH rating and 4.6 million viewers across NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2, up +2% and +6% respectively versus 2016. The 4.6 million viewers between NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 made the 2017 NFL Draft the second most-watched NFL Draft behind 2014.

ABOUT NFL MEDIA: NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on smartphones through the NFL app, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

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In other NFL draft news…

With the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, the journey to Dallas and the 2018 NFL Draft continues with the return of Path to the Draft and NFL Mock Draft Live on NFL Network.

NFL Network announced that airing Monday-Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern on NFL Network, Path to the Draft provides in-depth analysis of all the top prospects, in-studio appearances and live interviews, reports from Pro Days around the country and more leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas (April 26-28).

NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks), Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks), Charles Davis (@CFD22), Brian Billick (@CoachBillick), Curtis Conway (@CurtisConway80) and Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly), along with former UCLA head coach Jim Mora who coached top quarterback prospect Josh Rosen, join hosts Rhett Lewis (@RhettNFL) and Colleen Wolfe (@ColleenWolfeNFL) to delve into all 32 NFL teams’ needs, break down which players can help each team and discuss where in the draft teams can select the players to help them next season. Additionally, NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) travels to top Pro Days to provide on-location analysis and interviews.

Path to the Draft re-airs nightly at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Eastern.

NFL Mock Draft Live airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Each week, NFL Mock Draft Live releases and debates a new Mock Draft from NFL Network’s team of analysts and experts. Host Cole Wright (@ColeWrightNFL) is joined by Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charley Casserly, Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) and Maurice Jones-Drew (@MJD) on the one-hour show.

NFL.com’s College Football 24/7 (NFL.com/cfb, @NFL_CFB) offers comprehensive draft coverage, featuring the latest mock drafts, positional rankings and Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 prospect list, as well as news stories surrounding the top prospects.

Available on NFL.com/cfb right now:

Mike Mayock’s 2018 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: http://tinyurl.com/y86l4556
Daniel Jeremiah’s Mock Draft: https://tinyurl.com/yb8uuh9e
Bucky Brooks’ Mock Draft: https://tinyurl.com/ydxm46aw
Charles Davis’ Mock Draft: http://tinyurl.com/yb2zrlsc
Charley Casserly’s Mock Draft: https://tinyurl.com/yajaes33
Peter Schrager’s Mock Draft: https://tinyurl.com/ycbt9b4b
Lance Zierlein’s Mock Draft: http://tinyurl.com/yc7lhwdh
Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 Prospects: http://tinyurl.com/y84wa3ka
Bucky Brooks’ Top 5 Prospects by Position: http://tinyurl.com/yb2tra7y

Each episode of Path to the Draft and NFL Mock Draft Live – as well as all NFL Network programming – is available on smartphones and various connected devices through the NFL app; on tablet through the NFL, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps; and on PCs at NFL.com/watch). For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

ABOUT NFL MEDIA: NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on smartphones through the NFL app, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

The 2018 NFL Draft – coming to Texas on April 26-28 – will take place at an NFL stadium for the first time, enabling more fans than ever to view their favorite team’s selections in-person and enjoy the league’s largest free football festival. NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly and Dallas Cowboys Legend Drew Pearson released details today about the many free opportunities available to fans at the event.

“The 2018 NFL Draft represents our most ambitious vision yet and we are thrilled to take the event to another level this year for our fans, incoming players, and teams,” O’Reilly told the Dallas Morning News and USA Today. “By collaborating closely with the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Sports Commission, we are creating a record number of free experiences and enabling the largest live audience ever to view the NFL Draft.”

“We are thrilled to host the 2018 NFL Draft and bring together football fans from not only Texas, but also the entire country,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. “There is already so much excitement in the community for this incredible event, which will deliver a unique experience that is unlike anything fans have seen thus far.”

“For those who believed last year’s NFL Draft created an amazing atmosphere, just wait until this year’s event,” said Pearson. “From incredibly passionate Dallas Cowboys fans, to the largest free football festival in league history, the 2018 NFL Draft will be the biggest and best one yet. No doubt about it.”

2018 NFL DRAFT

The NFL is creating a larger-than-life atmosphere by transforming the areas inside and outside of AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL DRAFT THEATER will be built on the stadium’s field, creating opportunities for more fans than ever to watch the event live and in-person.

More than 250,000 fans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have registered over the past 22 days for the chance to win free seated tickets inside the theater. That record-breaking number represents a 50% percent increase over last year and the highest sign-up total for any Draft event over the same time period.

New this year, all 32 teams will send some of their most passionate fans to sit in the “INNER CIRCLE,” an exclusive area for select fans to watch the 2018 NFL Draft from seats on the field. This special area features team rivalry zones, chances to celebrate the picks with NFL players and Legends and opportunities to showcase team spirit on national television.

SELECTION SQUARE DRIVEN BY HYUNDAI will be located inside the NFL Draft Theater and feature team tables where representatives from each club will make their Draft selections throughout the three days.

NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY OIKOS TRIPLE ZERO®: The free NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero® will transform the outdoor plazas of the stadium, creating an exciting atmosphere. Spanning the size of nearly 26 football fields, fans of all ages and teams may participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more.

By registering for Fan Mobile Pass, fans will enjoy an enhanced experience at the 2018 NFL Draft, receive a personal scan code giving them exclusive access to NFL Draft Experience attractions, and have the chance to receive standby tickets to the NFL Draft Theater.

Hours of Operation
Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 from Noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Games (Fan Mobile Pass Required)

Combine Corner:

Vertical Jump: Jump as high as you can and hit the corresponding flag to discover your vertical reach just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against your opponents and digital NFL players on a giant 40-yard long LED wall.

Hail Mary: Test your long-distance accuracy by throwing a deep pass over defenders into a drop-in net.​

NFL Training Camp: Race through a series of obstacles and train like a pro.

Touch Pass: Master one of the most difficult throws for an NFL quarterback by throwing the ball on an arc over a defensive player and into a net.

FedEx Air Challenge: Test your passing accuracy on specially designed targets.

NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals®

Gear Up & Go: Try on NFL equipment and feel what it’s like to get dressed for gameday.

Kids’ Extra Point Kick: Test your ability to kick a field goal through scaled down NFL uprights.

Kids’ Long Snap: Test your ability to snap the ball like a pro.

Kids’ Quarterback Challenge: Test your passing skills.

NFL PLAY 60 App Station: Run, jump and turn through a simulated world in an app designed by NFL PLAY 60 and the American Heart Association.

NFL PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course: Race through agility drills just like the pros and test your high jump abilities, leap over obstacles and bob and weave through mini tackling dummies.

NFL RUSH Gameday: Experience gameday with an app designed for kids to play fun games, customize their own avatars, watch videos and unlock cool digital gear from their favorite teams.

Play Football Field presented by Danimals®: Watch and learn from USA Football coaches and play NFL FLAG football. On-field clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6-17. Daily clinics open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 from Noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additional Attractions:

Cowboys On-Field Experience: Visit NFL Draft Experience on Saturday, April 28 for the opportunity to go on the field for unique experiences and photos. Due to high demand, fans are encouraged to register ahead of time at NFL.com/FanMobilePass.

Vince Lombardi Trophy: Fans may take their photo with one of the five Super Bowl trophies from the Dallas Cowboys.

Locker Room: Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of a real NFL pregame inside our video tunnel.

Pepsi NFL Helmet Photo Opportunity: As you enter NFL Draft Experience, find your favorite NFL team oversized helmet and have your photo taken by a Pepsi brand ambassador. Share your photos through your favorite social channel and Fan Mobile Pass.

Autograph Stage at Draft presented by Panini: Get free autographs from current NFL players and NFL Legends.

NFL Museum: The NFL Museum features:

Hall of Fame memorabilia
Hall of Fame Inductee Bronze Busts
Jerry Jones
Michael Irvin
Troy Aikman
Tom Landry
Deion Sanders
Emmitt Smith
Roger Staubach
Tony Dorsett

Hall of Famous

Get your own bronze bust digitized at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit.

Full collection of 51 Super Bowl rings

Lamar Hunt AFC Championship Trophy

George S. Halas NFC Championship Trophy

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

College Football Corner: View College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former Round 1 Draft picks and Cowboys Legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from your favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.

NFL Draft Set: Visit the official NFL Draft set and take your spot behind the podium.

ESPN Set: Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.

NFL Network Desk: Take your seat behind the NFL Network Total Access desk and break down the 2017 Draft.

NFL Draft Experience Tailgate: Enjoy selections from some of North Texas’ best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.

Music Stage: Visit the stage featuring appearances by NFL team mascots, cheerleaders and drumlines and local musical talent.

Bud Light Ice House: The hottest place to drink the coldest beer and cheer on your team at the NFL Draft.

NFL Auction: Stop by the NFL Auction in the NFL Museum for giveaways and chances to win NFL instant prizes by checking in with your Fan Mobile Pass.

View game worn and signed memorabilia available only on the NFL Auction website and learn about the charities and foundations that the NFL and NFL Auction support.

Look Like A Pro: Step inside a uniformed body-cast mold bearing the insignia of your favorite NFL team and have a friend snap your photo.

NFL Shop at Draft presented by Visa: Stop by NFL Shop at Draft presented by Visa for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike jerseys, the official 2018 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and exclusive Draft gear.

NFL Virtual Reality: Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

They’ve accepted the invitations and they’ve RSVP’d.

The National Football League announced that twenty-two prospects are confirmed to attend the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium
in Arlington, Texas.

Three colleges – Alabama, Louisville and UCLA – will each have two players in attendance, while the Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with five prospects confirmed to attend the event.

The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 26 and continues Friday, April 27 with Rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 28 with Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft, which was held in Philadelphia last year, will be hosted in the state of Texas for the first time in league history.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1. Jaire Alexander – CB, Louisville
2. Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming
3. Saquan Barkle – RB, Penn State
4. Taven Bryan – DT, Florida
5. Bradley Chubb – DE, North Carolina State
6. Sam Darnold – QB, Southern California
7. Marcus Davenport – DE, Texas-San Antonio
8. Tremaine Edmunds – LB, Virginia Tech
9. Rashaan Evans – LB, Alabama
10. Minkah Fitzpatrick – DB, Alabama
11. Shaquem Griffin – LB, Central Florida
12. Derrius Guice – RB, Louisiana State
13. Josh Jackson – CB, Iowa
14. Lamar Jackson – QB, Louisville
15. Derwin James – S, Florida State
16. Kolton Miller – T, UCLA
17. Josh Rosen – QB, UCLA
18. Roquan Smith – LB, Georgia
19. Leighton Vander Esch – LB, Boise State
20. Vita Vea – DT, Washington
21. Denzel Ward – CB, Ohio State
22. Connor Williams – T, Texas

2018 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES

WHAT: 83rd Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

WHEN (Times listed are Eastern): 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 (Round 1), 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27 (Rounds 2-3), Noon on Saturday, April 28 (Rounds 4-7).

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 p.m. In 2017, the first round consumed three hours and 34 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 11:30 p.m. The second and third rounds took four hours and 27 minutes in 2017. The draft will conclude by approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 29 minutes in 2017.

DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.

ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 26; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 27; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 28. There will be 256 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 15 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.

The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 224 regular choices in the seven rounds –

Round 3:
Arizona – 33
Houston – 34
Denver – 35
Cincinnati – 36

Round 4:
Green Bay – 33
Arizona – 34
New York Giants – 35 (Traded to Los Angeles Rams)
New England – 36 (Traded to Los Angeles Rams)
Dallas – 37

Round 5:
Cincinnati – 33
Dallas – 34
Green Bay – 35
Dallas – 36 (Traded to Oakland)
Green Bay – 37

Round 6:
Green Bay – 33
Dallas – 34
Kansas City – 35 (Traded to Miami through Los Angeles Rams)
Oakland – 36 (Traded to New England)
Houston – 37
Oakland – 38
Minnesota – 39
Houston – 40
Baltimore – 41
Oakland – 42
Oakland – 43
Minnesota – 44

Round 7: Los Angeles Chargers – 33
Cincinnati – 34
Cincinnati – 35
Arizona – 36
Tampa Bay – 37
ATLANTA – 38

TIME LIMITS:
Round 1: 10 minutes per selection.
Round 2: Seven minutes per selection.
Rounds 3 through 6, including Compensatory Picks: Five minutes per selection.
Rounds 7, including Compensatory Picks: Four minutes per selection.

TELEVISION & RADIO (All times Eastern): The 2018 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ESPN/ESPN 2, FOX and ABC and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio and TuneIn Radio.

INTERNET: Starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, NFL Now Live provides comprehensive online coverage of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Host Matt “Money” Smith anchors the coverage from NFL Network’s studios, alongside NFL Media draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Lance Zierlein. Brooks provides instant draft grades and analysis immediately following each selection, while Zierlein continuously ranks the best players still available. Throughout NFL Now Live’s coverage, NFL Network analysts such as Kurt Warner, David Carr, Reggie Bush and Charley Casserly join to provide their analysis of the selections, NFL Fantasy expert Michael Fabiano offers instant fantasy advice. Additionally, Adam Rank monitors social trends and fan reaction in real time.

NFL Now Live continues Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. for coverage of Rounds 2-3 and Saturday, April 28 at Noon for coverage of Rounds 4-7 and is the only place to view the real-time announcement of every pick of the entire 2018 NFL Draft.

NFL Now Live can be accessed at NFL.com/Draft and through the official mobile app of the NFL, NFL Mobile from Verizon, as well as the NFL app on connected TV devices and on desktop and tablet devices such as the NFL app on Windows 10.

MOBILE: Live NFL Network coverage of the 2018 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.

2018 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

#  Team
1. Cleveland
2. New York Giants
3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis)
4. Cleveland (from Houston)
5. Denver
6. Indianapolis (from New York Jets)
7. Tampa Bay
8. Chicago
9. San Francisco
10. Oakland
11. Miami
12. Buffalo (from Cincinnati)
13. Washington
14. Green Bay
15. Arizona
16. Baltimore
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle
19. Dallas
20. Detroit
21. Cincinnati (from Buffalo)
22. Buffalo (from Kansas City)
23. New England (from Los Angeles Rams)
24. Carolina
25. Tennessee
26. ATLANTA
27. New Orleans
28. Pittsburgh
29. Jacksonville
30. Minnesota
31. New England
32. Philadelphia

The National Football League announced this week that a total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2018 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula. No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32). This year, five clubs: Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, New England and the New York Giants qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those clubs ranked 33rd through 37th among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. Each of those five clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

The following 2018 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2018 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 26-28 in Dallas:

Round; Round Choice/Overall Selection (Team)
3; 33-97 (Arizona)
3; 34-98 (Houston)
3; 35-99 (Denver)
3; 36-100 (Cincinnati)
4; 33-133 (Green Bay)
4; 34-134 (Arizona)
4; 35-135 (New York Giants)
4; 36-136 (New England)
4; 37-137 (Dallas)
5; 33-170 (Cincinnati)
5; 34-171 (Dallas)
5; 35-172 (Green Bay)
5; 36-173 (Dallas)
5; 37-174 (Green Bay)
6; 33-207 (Green Bay
6; 34-208 (Dallas
6; 35-209 (Kansas City
6; 36-210 (Oakland)
6; 37-211 (Houston)
6; 38-212 (Oakland)
6; 39-213 (Minnesota)
6; 40-214 (Houston)
6; 41-215 (Baltimore)
6; 42-216 (Oakland)
6; 43-217 (Oakland)
6: 44-218 (Minnesota)
7; 33-251 (Los Angeles Chargers)
7; 34-252 (Cincinnati)
7; 35-253 (Cincinnati)
7; 36-254 (Arizona)
7; 37-255 (Tampa Bay)
7; 38-256 (ATLANTA)

The compensatory free agents lost and gained in 2017 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2018 Draft:

ARIZONA
Lost: Campbell, Calais; Cooper, Marcus; Jefferson, Tony; Minter, Kevin; Okafor, Alex; Swearinger, D.J.
Gained: Dansby, Karlos; Dawson, Phil; Peterson, Adrian*

ATLANTA
Lost: Compton, Tom; DiMarco, Patrick; Robinson, Aldrick; Weems, Eric; Worrilow, Paul
Gained: Crawford, Jack; Poe, Dontari; Roberts, Andre

BALTIMORE
Lost: Aiken, Kamar; Ducasse, Vladimir; Guy, Lawrence; Juszczyk, Kyle; Wagner, Rick
Gained: Carr, Brandon; Jefferson, Tony; Woodhead, Danny

CINCINNATI
Lost: Burkhead, Rex; Dansby, Karlos; Hunt, Margus; Peko, Domata; Whitworth, Andrew; Zeitler, Kevin
Gained: Minter, Kevin; Smith, Andre

DALLAS
Lost: Carr, Brandon; Church, Barry; Claiborne, Morris; Crawford, Jack; Davis, Ryan; Dunbar, Lance; Leary, Ronald; McClain, Terrell; Sanchez, Mark; Wilcox, J.J.
Gained: Paea, Stephen

DENVER
Lost: Okung, Russell; Watson, Dekoda; Webster, Kayvon; Williams, Sylvester
Gained: Leary, Ronald; Peko, Domata; Watson, Menelik

GREEN BAY
Lost: Cook, Jared; Hyde, Micah; Lacy, Eddie; Lang, T.J.; Peppers, Julius; Tretter, J.C.
Gained: Evans, Jahri

HOUSTON
Lost: Aboushi, Oday; Bouye, A.J.; Demps, Quintin; Jones, Don; Simon, John
Gained:

KANSAS CITY
Lost: Foles, Nick; Poe, Dontari​
Gained: Logan, Bennie

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Lost: Te’o, Manti; Woodhead, Danny
Gained: Okung, Russell

MINNESOTA
Lost: Ellison, Rhett; Kalil, Matt; Munnerlyn, Captain; Patterson, Cordarrelle; Peterson, Adrian*; Smith, Andre
Gained: Keenum, Case; Murray, Latavius; Reiff, Riley; Remmers, Mike

NEW ENGLAND
Lost: Blount, LeGarrette; Long, Chris; Mingo, Barkevious; Ryan, Logan; Sheard, Jabaal
Gained: Burkhead, Rex; Gilmore, Stephon; Guy, Lawrence

NEW YORK GIANTS
Lost: Gould, Robbie; Hankins, Johnathan; Newhouse, Marshall; Sensabaugh, Coty
Gained: Ellison, Rhett; Smith, Geno

OAKLAND
Lost: Allen, Nate; Bates, Daren; Hayden, D.J.; Holmes, Andre; McGee, Stacy; Murray, Latavius; Rivera, Mychal; Trawick, Brynden; Watson, Menelik
Gained: Cook, Jared; Newhouse, Marshall; Patterson, Cordarrelle

TAMPA BAY
Lost: Glennon, Mike; McDougald, Bradley; Shepard, Russell; Spence, Akeem
Gained: Baker, Chris; Jackson, DeSean; Wilcox, J.J.

*Adrian Peterson qualifies as a CFA lost by Minnesota and signed by New Orleans.  His contract was subsequently traded by New Orleans to Arizona. By rule, Peterson also counts as a CFA gained by Arizona via trade.

2018 NFL COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS
Cincinnati – 4
Dallas – 4
Green Bay – 4
Oakland – 4
Arizona – 3
Houston – 3
Minnesota – 2
ATLANTA – 1
Baltimore – 1
Denver – 1
Kansas City – 1
Los Angeles Chargers – 1
New England – 1
New York Giants – 1
Tampa Bay – 1
TOTAL – 32

SUMMARY OF COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS, 1994-2018
Baltimore – 49
Green Bay – 42
Dallas – 41
New England – 35
Los Angeles Rams – 33
Cincinnati – 32
Pittsburgh – 32
Philadelphia – 30
San Francisco – 30
Tennessee – 30
Seattle – 29
Buffalo – 28
Kansas City – 24
New York Giants – 24
Arizona – 22
Indianapolis – 22
Denver – 21
Detroit – 21
Oakland – 21
Los Angeles Chargers – 20
Miami – 20
ATLANTA – 19
Jacksonville – 19
Minnesota – 19
Tampa Bay – 19
Carolina – 17
Chicago – 17
Houston – 15
New York Jets – 14
Cleveland – 13
Washington – 12
New Orleans – 10
TOTAL – 780

Barring trades, it’s finally set.

Cleveland is still on the clock.

The National Football League announced the 2018 NFL Draft first round order.

The first round will start on Thursday, April 26 in Arlington, Texas with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 28. The 2018 NFL Draft will be televised on ESPN and NFL Network.

#  Team (W-L-T, Winning Pct.) (Opp. W-L-T, Strength of Schedule)
1. Cleveland (0-16-0, .000)(133-123-0, .520)
2. New York Giants (3-13-0, .188)(136-120-0, .531)
3. Indianapolis (4-12-0, .250)(123-133-0, .480)
4. Houston (traded to Cleveland) (4-12-0, .250)(132-124-0, .516)
5. Denver (5-11-0, .313)(126-130-0, .492)
6. New York Jets (5-11-0, .313)(133-123-0, .520)
7. Tampa Bay (5-11-0, .313)(142-114-0, .555)
8. Chicago (5-11-0, .313)(143-113-0, .559)
9 San Francisco (6-10-0, .375)(131-125-0, .512)^
10. Oakland (6-10-0, .375)(131-125-0, .512)^
11. Miami (6-10-0, .375)(139-117-0, .543)
12. Cincinnati (7-9-0, .438)(119-137-0, .465)
13. Washington (7-9-0, .438)(138-118-0, .539)
14. Green Bay (7-9-0, .438)(138-118-0, .539)
15. Arizona (8-8-0, .500)(125-131-0, .488)
16. Baltimore (9-7-0, .563)(113-143-0, .441)
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7-0, .563)(117-139-0, .457)
18. Seattle (9-7-0, .563)(126-130-0, .492)
19. Dallas (9-7-0, .563)(127-129-0, .496)
20. Detroit (9-7-0, .563)(127-129-0, .496)
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21. Buffalo (9-7-0, .563)(126-130-0, .492)
22. Kansas City (traded to Buffalo) (10-6-0, .625)(122-134-0, .477)
23. Los Angeles Rams (11-5-0, .688)(129-127-0, .504)
24. Carolina (11-5-0, .688)(131-118-0, 539)
25. Tennessee (9-7-0, .563)(111-145-0, .434)
26. Atlanta (10-6-0, .625)(139-117-0, .543)
27. New Orleans (11-5-0, .688)(137-119-0, .535)
28. Pittsburgh (13-3-0, .813)(116-140-0, .453)
29. Jacksonville (10-6-0, .625)(111-145-0, .434)
30. Minnesota (13-3-0, .813) (126-130-0, .492)
31. New England (13-3-0, .813) (124-132-0, .484)
32. Philadelphia (13-3-0, .813) (118-138-0, .461)

^ – The ninth and 10th selections was decided by coin flip at the NFL Combine and San Francisco won the toss.

In other NFL Draft News…

The free ticket lottery for the 2018 NFL Draft, taking place in Dallas from April 26 to April 28, is now open. This year will mark the first time that the event is hosted at an NFL stadium, creating opportunities to accommodate the most fans in history.

By visiting NFL.com/FanMobilePass, fans can register for an opportunity to win free tickets for themselves and a guest to access seating inside of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, to watch the event live.

The 2018 NFL Draft site will also encompass the outdoor plazas, creating a larger than life atmosphere. This includes the free NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, which will take over the area directly outside the stadium. It will be the largest free festival ever created by the League, spanning the size of 26 football fields and featuring immersive experiences, virtual reality, player appearances and more.

Fan Mobile Pass also provides fans attending the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero with the chance to receive standby theater tickets – as seats become available – by checking-in on Thursday for Round 1, Friday for Rounds 2-3 and Saturday for Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft has grown into one of the biggest sporting events of the year. A record-breaking 250,000 fans attended the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, along with more than 1,800 accredited media who covered it. In total, the event generated more than $94 million in economic impact for the city, surpassing initial projections and supporting an estimated 30,000 local jobs.

Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft – which was broadcast live on ESPN and NFL Network – was the most-watched cable program of the week and the most-watched sports event of the week on both broadcast and cable networks. During its three days, Draft programming claimed five out of the top 10 spots among sports events, including the #1 spot.

Important Dates for Fans:

February 20: Fans may now register for Fan Mobile Pass at NFL.com/FanMobilePass. By registering, fans will have access to NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, as well as the chance to win a free ticket for themselves and a guest to access seating inside the NFL Draft Theater.

March 14: Until Wednesday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, fans may register for Fan Mobile Pass to be eligible for free seated tickets inside the NFL Draft Theater. After March 14, registration remains open for NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero, also giving fans a chance to win standby theater tickets.

Late March: Fans randomly selected for seated tickets will receive an e-mail notifying them of the date (one of three days) and instructions for confirming attendance.

April 26 to April 28: The NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero   opens for fans of all ages and teams. Through Fan Mobile Pass, fans attending this free football festival will have the chance to receive stand-by tickets for seats inside the NFL Draft Theater.