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NFL Draft

NFL Draft

  • Premiered: 
    April 29, 1980
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Draft for NFL 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: football (pro); football (college)

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1936, the National Football League (NFL) has hosted its annual player selection meeting, during which teams select eligible amateur football players. First televised in 1980 on ESPN, the event has been held at the New York Sheraton (1980-1985), The Marriott Marquis (1986-1989), the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden (1990-1994), WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden (1995-2005), Radio City Music Hall (2006-2014), and Chicago's Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (2015 & 2016). ESPN has televised the event every year since 1980, and the NFL-owned NFL Network has been televising its own coverage of the draft since 2006. Since 2010, the draft has taken place over three days, with the first round being held in primetime on Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday, and the remainder of the draft on Saturday. Each team has 10 minutes to make its selection in Round 1, seven minutes in Round 2 and five minutes in Rounds 3-7.
The NFL DRAFT from The City of Brotherly Love premiered from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29, 2017, as NFL Network and ESPN broadcast the draft live from the NFL Draft Theatre at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For the first day of coverage on ESPN, new host Trey Wingo, who hosts all seven rounds for the first time, is joined by Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden and Louis Riddick in Round 1. On Friday, April 28, Trey Wingo continued as host for Rounds 2 and 3 with Kiper, Riddick and Todd McShay, and the same crew returned on Saturday, April 29 for Rounds 4-7. Plus, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Suzy Kolber will also be part of ESPN's coverage from Philadelphia, while Josina Anderson (Browns) Jeff Darlington (49ers) Britt McHenry (Cardinals), Sal Paolantonio (Jets) and Ed Werder (Saints) added to the telecast from team sites.

NFL Network's draft expert Mike Mayock and host Rich Eisen headline the roster of analysts, reporters, hosts and college coaches. Analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah, former players such as Steve Smith Sr. and Deion Sanders, former NFL head coaches Steve Mariucci and Brian Billick, and current Stanford head coach David Shaw cover the draft from every angle with expert analysis, along with others. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides updates, while NFL Media reporters stationed at various team facilities around the league offer the latest news reports.

Day 1 (Thu, April 27): Round 1 from 8-11:30pm ET/5-8:30pm PT on ESPN and NFL Network

Day 2 (Fri, April 28): Rounds 2 & 3 from 7-11:30pm ET/4-8:30pm PT on ESPN/ESPN2 and NFL Network

Day 3 (Sat, April 29): Rounds 4-7 from Noon-8pm ET/9am-5pm PT on ESPN and NFL Network


Other Titles

  • Also known as: National Football League Draft
  • Officially known as: NFL Player Selection Meeting


  • Radio City Music Hall (2006-2014) - Manhattan, New York USA - Map It!
  • Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (2015 & 2016) - Chicago, Illinois USA - Map It!
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art (2017) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA