Ultimate Guide To The 2023 NFL Draft
The 2023 NFL Draft is right around the corner. The three-day event will consist of 259 picks, giving teams the opportunity to find the league’s next stars and prospects the chance to fulfill their lifelong dreams.
When is the 2023 NFL Draft, what time and TV channel is it on, and where will it be held?
When Is the NFL Draft in 2023?
Draft dates: Thursday, April 27 (Round 1) | Friday, April 28 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 29 (Rounds 4-7)
Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
TV channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Live stream: ESPN and NFL apps
Where Is the 2023 NFL Draft?
The 2023 NFL Draft will take place in Kansas City, the home city of the reigning Super Bowl champions. It will be held downtown in the area surrounding Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
What Time Does the 2023 NFL Draft Start?
The NFL Draft will kick off with the first round at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 27. The Carolina Panthers will make the first selection of the draft after acquiring the No. 1 overall pick from the Chicago Bears in a pre-draft trade.
Day 2 of the NFL Draft — which includes the second and third rounds — will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 28.
Day 3 — involving Rounds 4 through 7 — will get underway at Noon ET on Saturday, April 29.
First-Round NFL Draft Order
1. Carolina Panthers (from Chicago)
2. Houston Texans
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)
6. Detroit Lions (from LA Rams)
7. Las Vegas Raiders
8. Atlanta Falcons
9. Chicago Bears (from Carolina)
10. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)
11. Tennessee Titans
12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland)
13. New York Jets
14. New England Patriots
15. Green Bay Packers
16. Washington Commanders
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Detroit Lions
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Seattle Seahawks
21. Los Angeles Chargers
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
25. New York Giants
26. Dallas Cowboys
27. Buffalo Bills
28. Cincinnati Bengals
29. New Orleans Saints (from SF via MIA via DEN)
30. Philadelphia Eagles
31. Kansas City Chiefs
Top Prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft
Like most drafts, the 2023 NFL Draft will be highlighted by the quarterback class. Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Alabama’s Bryce Young, Florida’s Anthony Richardson, and Kentucky’s Will Levis are all considered near-locks to be selected in Round 1, while the former three signal-callers all rank inside the top 10 of Pro Football Network’s consensus board.
While this year’s wide receiver crop may not be as intriguing as previous drafts, PFN has four WRs as top-30 players in the 2023 draft: Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba (No. 18), TCU’s Quentin Johnston (No. 19), USC’s Jordan Addison (No. 25), and Boston College’s Zay Flowers.
Texas running back Bijan Robinson, who managed 35 touchdowns and more than 3,200 total yards over his final two collegiate seasons, may be the most talented offensive player in the draft. However, given the devaluation of the running back position, it’s unclear where he’ll land. Robinson still seems like a probable first-round selection, but he may have to wait for the back half of Day 1.
On the defensive side of the ball, Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. and Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter stand above the rest of the class. But Carter’s draft stock could fall after he was involved in a fatal crash that killed Georgia recruiting analyst Chandler LeCroy and offensive lineman Devin Willock.
Other defensive prospects like edge rushers Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech) and Myles Murphy (Clemson) could also sneak into the top 10, but the most intriguing position group might be the cornerback class. Christian Gonzalez (Oregon), Devon Witherspoon (Illinois), Kelee Ringo (Georgia), Joey Porter Jr. (Penn State), and Deonte Banks (Maryland) all profile as potential first-rounders, while Gonzalez and Witherspoon could come off the board in the top 10.