The 2017 NFL Draft is FINALLY here. The waiting is over. The action starts tonight, April 27, at 8:00 PM ET. As always, it'll be interesting to see how this year’s draft plays out.
Thursday night features the first round only. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday night. Rounds four through seven take place on Saturday. Undrafted free agency begins as soon as the draft is over. The draft is scheduled to be televised on ESPN/ESPN2 and NFL Network.
There’s lots to be excited about this year’s draft, especially if you’re a fan of sheer and utter chaos. While last year we knew the top two picks before the draft (Jared Goff and Carson Wentz) this year doesn’t seem so certain. Yes, the Browns SHOULD take Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall but they might just Browns it up and take a quarterback instead. *eye roll*
Also make sure to be tuning in to Fake Teams as we’ll be recapping the biggest picks tonight and giving immediate fantasy reactions.
What to watch for:
First thing I’m watching for is where these running backs go. Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey seem to be slated for going in the top 10 while Dalvin Cook seems to be falling down many people’s boards. There’s also Joe Mixon and no one knows when he’ll be selected. All we can hope for is that each of these backs goes to a team without a clear number one guy since they all have the potential to be a RB1 in fantasy if they can be the lead back for a team.
This class of wide receivers isn’t crazy deep but the top three guys all have immediate fantasy value. Look for Mike Williams and Corey Davis to go to number one receiver needy teams while John Ross can be the spark a slow, ailing offense needs.
With no day one starting caliber quarterback in this draft—at least in my opinion—it’ll be interesting to see where these guys end up and what impact they’ll have on other quarterback’s fantasy value. If the Cardinals draft a quarterback, how do you feel about Carson Palmer’s value? If the Jets take a QB (something our Alex Squadron is rooting for), do you trust that guy to be a fantasy option?
Finally, because defense is a thing, I’m looking to see where all these defensive backs go. If the Titans add a top corner or safety with their already young and talented defense, I’m starting to lose a little bit of my Jameis Winston hype. Not a lot mind you, but definitely a little bit.
The NFL Draft:
Event: 82st Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting (aka 2017 NFL Draft)
- Round 1: Thursday, April 27, 8pm ET
- Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 28, 7pm ET
- Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 29, 12pm ET
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Television Coverage: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 for all three days
Internet Streams: NFL.com Live
Total Picks: 224 regular picks (32 teams over 7 rounds) plus 32 compensatory picks minus three forfeited picks = 253 total selections
Selection Time Limits:
- Day 1: Round 1 – 10 minutes
- Day 2: Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick
- Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick
- (Compensatory picks = 4 minutes)
NFL Draft Order (First Round):
- Cleveland Browns
- San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)
- New York Jets
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Carolina Panthers
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Buffalo Bills
- New Orleans Saints
- Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)
- Arizona Cardinals
- Philadelphia Eagels (from Minnesota Vikings)
- Indianapolis Colts
- Baltimore Ravens
- Washington Redskins
- Tennessee Titans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Denver Broncos
- Detroit Lions
- Miami Dolphins
- New York Giants
- Oakland Raiders
- Houston Texans
- Seattle Seahawks
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Dallas Cowboys
- Green Bay Packers
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Atlanta Falcons
- New Orleans Saints (from New England Patriots)