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How to watch the 2021 NFL Draft: start time, TV schedule, online stream, draft order and more

Here’s when the 2021 NFL Draft starts and where to watch your favorite team either hamper themselves for years to come or land franchise-changing players that will lead to championships.

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The 2021 NFL Draft has arrived! The big show begins Thursday night at 6 p.m. Mile High Time.

In perhaps the biggest draft for the Denver Broncos in a decade, General Manager George Paton will make his first selections after taking the reigns from John Elway in January. With a free agency that filled many of the Broncos most glaring holes on the roster, Paton has plenty of options available to him with the ninth overall pick.

We could see a trade up. If that happens, it’ll likely be for one of the big five quarterbacks in this class. We could also see a trade down, which is something Paton has stated he likes doing as it accumulates more draft capital. Either way, we’re in for an exciting first round here in Broncos Country.

Here is everything you need to know for the first day of the 2021 NFL Draft.

When is the 2021 NFL Draft?

Day 1: Round 1

When: Thursday, April 29th at 6 p.m. Mile High Time

Time per pick: 10 minutes

TV channels: ESPN, ABC, & NFL Network

Streaming: NFL.com, ABC App, WatchESPN, ESPN App, fuboTV

Day 2: Rounds 2 and 3

When: Friday, April 30th at 5 p.m. Mile High Time

Time per pick: 7 minutes for Round 2; 5 minutes for rRund 3

TV channels: ESPN 2, ABC, & NFL Network

Streaming: NFL.com, ABC App, WatchESPN, ESPN App, fuboTV

Day 3: Rounds 4 through 7

When: Saturday, May 1st at 10 a.m. Mile High Time

Time per pick: 5 minutes for rounds 4-6; 4 minutes for round 7

TV channels: ESPN, ABC, & NFL Network

Streaming: NFL.com, ABC App, WatchESPN, ESPN App, fuboTV

What time do the Broncos pick in Round 1?

In the first round, the time limit for each pick is 10 minutes. So if the Broncos stand pat, they would be picking a little over an hour into the 2021 NFL Draft. However, don’t bank on waiting. There have been rumors of Denver trading up and trading down, so there will likely be some movement. The smart move is to just start watching the draft no later than 20-30 minutes into it as the first three picks are likely locked in at this point.

Broncos Draft Order

Round Pick
Round Pick
1 9
2 40
3 71
4 114
5 152
6 191
7 237
7 239
7 253

2021 NFL Draft Order - Round 1

Here is the full NFL Draft order for the first round, which will likely change many times by the end of tonight.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. San Francisco 49ers (From Miami via Houston)
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia)
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Carolina Panthers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami via San Francisco)
  13. Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. New England Patriots
  16. Arizona Cardinals
  17. Las Vegas Raiders
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Washington Football Team
  20. Chicago Bears
  21. Indianapolis Colts
  22. Tennessee Titans
  23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. New Orleans Saints
  29. Green Bay Packers
  30. Buffalo Bills
  31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers