Monday, April 02, 2018

2018 NFL DRAFT


2018 NFL DRAFT — APRIL 26-28, 2018

The NFL Draft moves to a new city this year, and the television/streaming coverage has expanded. As they have done for several years now, the first round will be featured Thursday night, with the second and third rounds taking place Friday night; the final five rounds will be on Saturday.

LOCATION: Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

TV/INTERNET COVERAGE: The expanded coverage gives the NFL Draft its largest audience reach ever, and marks the first time ever that the entirety of the live three-day event will air on broadcast television.

Live streaming of the 2018 NFL Draft coverage will be available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com. Fans can also stream the live 2018 NFL Draft through FOX Sports and the ESPN App, available for subscribers of the networks' participating TV providers.

DRAFT ROUND — WHERE TO WATCH:

ROUND 1 — THURSDAY APRIL 26: 8:00 PM ET (NFL Network, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties)

ROUNDS 2-3 — FRIDAY, APRIL 27: 7:00 PM ET (NFL Network, FOX, ESPN/ESPN2; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties)

ROUNDS 4-7 — SATURDAY, APRIL 28: NOON ET (NFL Network, ABC, ESPN; NFL and ESPN digital properties)

NFL Draft coverage simulcast on NFL Network and FOX will be produced by NFL Network and feature co-branding, as well as a mixed team of NFL Network and NFL on FOX on-air personalities. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, three-time Super Bowl champion and FOX's lead game analyst for NFL coverage Troy Aikman joins live coverage of Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft, alongside NFL Network's Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah, and Stanford head football coach David Shaw. Additionally, FOX's lead college football game analyst Joel Klatt joins pre-draft coverage of Rounds 1-3, as well as live coverage of Rounds 2-3 on Friday, April 27, which also features NFL Network/FOX talent Charles Davis and Peter Schrager, and NFL Network's Chris Rose.

In its 39th consecutive year presenting the NFL Draft, ESPN's coverage will include a first in 2018 as College GameDay — college football's longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show — will make its first visit to the NFL Draft. On Thursday, April 26, a special two-hour College GameDay (5:00-7:00 PM ET, ESPN) will originate from the NFL Draft Experience outside AT&T Stadium prior to Round 1, part of ESPN's unprecedented 26 consecutive hours of NFL Draft coverage leading into Round 1. Then at 8:00 PM ET, GameDay will be part of ESPN2's college-themed viewing option of Round 1, supplementing the traditional pick-by-pick coverage on ESPN. On Friday, April 27, GameDay will have another one-hour special (5:00 PM ET) before the draft telecast of Rounds 2-3 airs on ESPN/ESPN2 at 7:00 PM ET. ESPN Deportes will also carry a Spanish-language telecast of Round 1, while Rounds 2-3 will air in Spanish on ESPN3.

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