Each spring, NFL fans gather together in one place to boo Roger Goodell and, occasionally, the first-round picks of their favorite teams in a rich tradition known as the NFL draft. This year, the action begins on April 27 at 8 p.m. ET with ESPN and NFL Network providing wall-to-wall coverage for the event on TV.
After two years in Chicago, this year’s draft will take place in Philadelphia for the first time since 1960. The event itself will be hosted in the Philadelphia City Hall, and future NFL stars like Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, and Leonard Fournette will be in attendance.
The first round of this year’s draft promises to be unpredictable — at least after the first pick. Everyone expects the Cleveland Browns to take Myles Garrett at No. 1, but since it’s the Browns, they might throw us a curveball and take a quarterback instead. Tim Couch is no longer playing. Sorry.
At quarterback, Trubisky, Watson, and Patrick Mahomes could all come off the board in the first round. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer could potentially sneak up the board as well, though his stock has fallen recently, even after he compared himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton.
Fournette has been the consensus top running back for quite some time, and recent reports indicate both he and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey could be top-10 picks. On the defensive side, Reuben Foster and Jabrill Peppers will hope their diluted samples from the NFL Combine won’t boot them out of the first round.
The biggest storyline around these parts is where Corey Davis, he of amazing Western Michigan Broncos fame and success, will end up. My hope is Top 5, but I’d bet about everything in my wallet on Top 10. Anytime the first round has MACtion it’s a good time for the Belt.
NFL Network and ESPN will both have up-to-the-minute coverage of the first round, as well as the rest of the draft in the days to follow. Here’s all the info you will need for the draft Thursday night.
How to watch round 1 of the 2017 NFL draft
When: Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia City Hall
TV: ESPN, NFL Network
Commentators: ESPN — Trey Wingo, Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick | NFLN — Rich Eisen, Mike Mayock, Daniel Jeremiah, David Shaw
Consider the comment section here your open thread for the NFL Draft’s first round tonight. Let’s celebrate some MACtion together, shall we?