The 2018 NFL Draft is upon us, and with that comes hope and excitement for the cream of the crop among college football players all around the country. For Virginia Cavaliers fans, while the days of the Al Groh pipeline into the NFL are behind us, there’s still plenty of reason for the Hoos to follow along with the entire draft.
Everything starts tonight, and the short answer to “How do I watch the NFL Draft” is simply to turn on the TV or internet to anything related to the NFL or ESPN and you’ll be able to find it. But the long answer is below:
What time is the 2018 NFL Draft?
Here’s when to tune in:
Thursday, April 26: 8 p.m. ET
Friday, April 27: 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 28: 12 noon ET
How do I watch the NFL Draft?
The NFL Draft will be broadcast on just about every ESPN station you can think of, with commentary available in real time across every sports channel.
Thursday: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and Fox
Friday: NFL Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
How can I stream the NFL Draft online?
Who from UVA am I looking for?
The four Cavaliers most likely to hear their names called at some point this weekend are:
- Kurt Benkert: Draft Profile | Interview
- Quin Blanding: Draft Profile
- Andrew Brown: Draft Profile
- Micah Kiser: Draft Profile
Plus, here are five more players who could get picked up as undrafted free agents: Doni Dowling, Jack English, Daniel Hamm, Andre Levrone, and Jack McDonald.
What do Chewbacca, Curling, and Parrots have in common?
That’s sort of a weird question to ask in preparation for the 2018 NFL Draft, but you’re right on track here. The 49ers are having R2-D2 announce their fourth round pick, while Chewbacca will come out along with Ron Howard for their fifth round pick.
Meanwhile, The Bucs are having their fourth round selection announced by a parrot named Zsa Zsa. The Vikings will have some members of the gold medal-winning U.S. men’s Olympic curling team announce some selections.
Saturday is the day you’ll find most of the circus acts above (and others that haven’t even been revealed yet), but it’s also the day you’re most likely to hear some Hoos get called up, so enjoy the ride.
What is the NFL Draft Order?
Here’s the full draft order for the first round:
- Cleveland Browns
- New York Giants
- New York Jets from the Indianapolis Colts
- Cleveland Browns from the Houston Texans
- Denver Broncos
- Indianapolis Colts from the New York Jets
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Chicago Bears
- San Francisco 49ers
- Oakland Raiders
- Miami Dolphins
- Buffalo Bills from the Cincinnati Bengals
- Green Bay Packers
- Arizona Cardinals
- Baltimore Ravens
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Dallas Cowboys
- Detroit Lions
- Cincinnati Bengals from the Buffalo Bills
- Buffalo Bills from the Kansas City Chiefs
- New England Patriots from the Los Angeles Rams
- Carolina Panthers
- Tennessee Titans
- Atlanta Falcons
- New Orleans Saints
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Minnesota Vikings
- New England Patriots
- Philadelphia Eagles