While the NFL's regular season is more than four months away, many fans believe that the season truly starts with the NFL draft.
Teams will select their future stars on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and diehard fans don't have to miss a second of the action.
Both ESPN and NFL Network will have all seven rounds covered from start to finish, so it's easy to catch every pick, from the first overall selection to the very last one in Mr. Irrelevant. The NFL draft is almost like a holiday for football fans. Luckily, this holiday lasts for three whole days.
Keep reading to find out when and where to watch all seven rounds of the 2013 NFL draft, where your favorite team will be picking in the first round and which prospects are worth keeping a close eye on.
When: Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27
Where: Radio City Music Hall in New York City
Thursday, April 25 (Round 1) - 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and NFL Network
Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3) - 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and NFL Network
Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7) - 12 p.m. ET on ESPN and NFL Network
First-Round Draft Order
1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Detroit Lions
6. Cleveland Browns
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Buffalo Bills
9. New York Jets
10. Tennessee Titans
11. San Diego Chargers
12. Miami Dolphins
13. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay)
14. Carolina Panthers
15. New Orleans Saints
16. St. Louis Rams
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Dallas Cowboys
19. New York Giants
20. Chicago Bears
21. Cincinnati Bengals
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington)
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Indianapolis Colts
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle)
26. Green Bay Packers
27. Houston Texans
28. Denver Broncos
29. New England Patriots
30. Atlanta Falcons
31. San Francisco 49ers
32. Baltimore Ravens
Most Intriguing Prospects to Watch
The general consensus seems to be that this is a terrible draft for quarterbacks.
After Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III took the league by storm as rookies last season, it's certainly disappointing that there has been such a significant drop-off. With that said, somebody is bound to emerge from the 2013 class as a competent signal-caller and it could very well be Geno Smith.
The West Virginia product was dominant early in the 2012 season and appeared to be the runaway Heisman Trophy choice, but he and the Mountaineers struggled down the stretch.
While Smith is an accurate passer, questions have emerged regarding his arm strength, mobility and ability to succeed in a pro-style offense. Despite all of that, he is likely the No. 1 quarterback in the draft.
Depending on how highly teams value him, he could be taken as early as No. 2 by the Jacksonville Jaguars or as late as early in the second round. It's nearly impossible to tell at this point, but since so few teams are pursuing a quarterback, he could very well tumble.
Tracking where Smith may land is sure to be one of the main storylines of the first round.
BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is another wild card in this year's draft.
From a production standpoint, Ansah did very little at the collegiate level. He didn't have a single sack until his senior season in 2012 and he only racked up 4.5 for the entire season. That lack of on-field success, however, may be canceled out by Ansah's supreme athleticism and ideal size in the eyes of some NFL teams.
Since passing is so prevalent in the NFL today, rushing the passer is more important than ever. Teams are constantly looking for the next DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews or Jared Allen.
Ansah could potentially be that guy.
Ansah would seem to fit best as a rush-linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, so that limits his desirability to some degree, but there are plenty of 3-4 teams out there.
If the Jaguars decide against Smith at No. 2, Ansah is a definite possibility. Aside from the Jags, Ansah could go to any number of teams in the top 10. It's unlikely that he'll slide past the New York Jets at No. 9, though.
Depending upon where he is taken, it could set a new precedent when it comes to the importance of putting up numbers in college.
It's certainly possible that he may not even be taken in the first round, but few prospects have been discussed as much as Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o throughout this draft process.
Te'o had a dynamite 2012 season as he led the Fighting Irish to the BCS National Championship Game and was very much in contention for the Heisman Trophy. From the time of the title game on, however, things have gone downhill for Te'o.
Te'o's performance against Alabama wasn't good as the Crimson Tide ran the ball right down the throat of the Notre Dame defense. That was disconcerting enough, but it later came out that Te'o's supposed deceased girlfriend didn't actually exist.
This raised questions about Te'o's honesty and maturity level, and while Te'o has seemingly said all the right things, some teams are probably shying away because of the situation.
With that said, Te'o has shown a penchant for making big plays, so somebody is going to bite. Teams like the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings or Baltimore Ravens could all go for him in the latter part of the first round. If all of them pass, then it's anyone's guess where he'll land in the second round.
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