After months of mock drafts and speculation, the 2013 NFL draft is only days away now from getting underway at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Fans will be desperate to see which players their teams turn to in the opening rounds of draft action and which draft prospects are taken in the opening few picks as well—something that will no doubt cause plenty of discussion and controversy this year given the lack of standout picks.
There is, however, still a myriad of talent up for grabs in the 2013 NFL draft, and it will be fascinating to see how the action unfolds across all seven rounds.
In order to make sure that you don't miss a minute of it, read on for a complete TV listing and online coverage details as well as some of the big names to watch for.
2013 NFL Draft Details
When: Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Saturday, April 27, 2013
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
TV and Online Coverage
NFL Network and ESPN will both provide coverage of the entire draft, with NFL.com also providing a live stream of the full seven rounds as well.
Breakdown of which days will see which rounds is as follows:
- Thursday, April 25—Round 1
- Friday, April 26—Rounds 2-3
- Saturday, April 27—Rounds 4-7
2013 NFL Draft Order
Below is the breakdown for the first three rounds of the draft this year.
Full order in the NFL draft this year is available via NFL.com.
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Top Stars to Watch for This Year
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Not that long ago, Joeckel was the lock for the No. 1 pick in the draft this year and seemed more than likely to be making his way to the Kansas City Chiefs. And whilst that might still happen, it's just not the lock that it once was, with several other players potentially going before the Aggies star.
He is a great pass protector and would be a day-one starter at left tackle for any NFL team—something they wouldn't have to worry about either.
Joeckel has excellent movement and is quick on his feet, which is a great trait to have given his size, and will no doubt make an NFL team very happy on draft day.
But will he go as the No. 1 overall pick?
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
One of those guys who could replace Joeckel as the top pick is Fisher, who has steadily risen up draft boards over the past six months to being one of the best prospects available.
Fisher has tremendous athletic ability for a big guy and has great balance and power to couple that. He will be a force in the run game—which lends itself to a potential pick by Kansas City—and will no doubt be a star in the NFL given his high ceiling and potential.
Just how Fisher develops still remains to be seen, for he's already a very good player. And that's without taking a single snap of NFL football yet.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Geno Smith comes into the draft as a very interesting prospect—simply because there's so much debate and uncertainty about where he'll end up.
Smith is the best quarterback in the draft this year, but that doesn't mean he's close to the caliber of quarterback that we saw last year in Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck. And judging on what we've seen from Smith, it's hard to even suggest that he's close to either of those players.
However, he is the best quarterback this year, and that leaves team who need a quarterback looking at Smith as their best option. Which means that he may well go as high as the top five this year, or he could slide out of the top 10 altogether if teams opt to pick up some of the rich line talent that's available this year.
Smith's draft stock is one of the most fascinating storylines of them all and will surely make for plenty of discussion come Thursday night—whatever the outcome is.
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