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What you need to know about the NFL Draft

Posted at 12:01 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 15:01:30-04

How does the draft work?

Each of the 32 clubs receive 1 pick in each of the 7 rounds of the draft. The order of selection is determined by the reverse order of finish in the previous season. That means that each round starts with the team that finished with the worst record and ends with the Super Bowl champions.


Where is this year's draft taking place?

Nashville, Tennessee

How long does the draft take?

It takes place over three days. The first round will be held Thursday, starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Each team has 10 minutes to make its pick. The first round usually takes about 4 hours total.

The 2nd and 3rd rounds are on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and rounds 4 though 7 will take place on Saturday (noon ET). Teams get 7 minutes to make picks in 2nd round, 5 minutes in rounds 3-6, and 4 minutes in round 7.

Which players are eligible?

Players must be out of high school for at least 3 years and must have used up their college eligibility before the start of the next college football season. Underclassmen and players who have graduated before using all their college eligibility may request the league’s approval to enter the draft early.

Who has the first pick?

The Arizona Cardinals have the first pick. It's the first time they've had the No. 1 overall selection since 1958.

Who has the most picks this year?

The New England Patriots and New York Giants are tied for most picks in 2019 draft with 12 each. The Seattle Seahawks only have 4 picks.

Click here to see the order of picks.

What are compensatory picks?

Some teams receive additional pics if they lose valubale players in free agency.

Who are this year's top prospects?

Quarterbacks: Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock
Running backs: Josh Jacobs, David Montgomery, Damien Harris
Wide receivers: Marquise Brown, A.J. Brown, N'Keal Harry
Tight ends: T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant, Irv Smith Jr.
Offensive tackles: Jawaan Taylor, Andre Dillard, Jonah Williams
Offensive guards/centers: Garrett Bradbury, Elgton Jenkins, Erik McCoy
Defensive tackles: Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver, Christian Wilkins
Edge: Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, Clelin Ferrell
Linebackers: Devin White, Devin Bush, Mack Wilson
Cornerbacks: Byron Murphy, Greedy Williams, Rock Ya-Sin
Safeties: Johnathan Abram, Taylor Rapp, Darnell Savage

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