NFL Draft Start Time 2013: Where and When to Catch First-Round Action
The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, as the 2013 NFL draft invades Radio City Musical Hall to decide where 32 college football players will land in the first round of the draft.
The NFL draft is three days long and will go Thursday through Saturday, but with all of the hype surrounding the talent in the first round, you won't want to miss the first round's action.
Thursday figures to see a slew of talent drafted along the offensive and defensive lines—highlighted by names like Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Ezekiel Ansah and Dion Jordan—while the quarterback and running back positions appear to be relatively shallow.
Scroll through to find all of the information you need regarding the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, including viewing information, draft order and intriguing prospects to watch.
When: Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Radio City Music Hall in New York City
Watch: 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
Players to Watch
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
From everything that we're hearing from the draft analysts, the 2013 draft class is quite shallow at quarterback.
Absent are legitimate first-round talents like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, which the draft saw just one year ago.
Geno Smith looks to be the first quarterback off the board—like it or not—but where he lands is anybody's guess. A slew of teams within the top 10 all have needs at quarterback, but you'll have to tune in to Thursday's coverage to find out if any team pulls the trigger on the former Mountaineer.
Smith put up video game-like numbers during the first half of the 2012 season at West Virginia and seemingly tailed off as the season progressed, leaving some questioning his worth as a first-round talent in the NFL draft.
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was regarded as a top-five pick for a while before a heart condition held him out of the NFL combine (for an explanation of Lotulelei's condition, check out B/R's injury expert, Dave Siebert).
With that condition reportedly behind him (via NFL.com), fans should be flocking to the television set on Thursday to see where the 6'2" DT is selected in the first round.
Lotulelei's quick feet and body strength have him pegged as a serious talent along the defensive line in the NFL while his 6'2", 311-pound frame make him one of the best run defenders in the nation.
With his medicals checked out, Lotulelei is going to give one NFL defense an immediate boost for years to come.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
As the most versatile wide receiver of his class, Tavon Austin is sure to go in the first round on Thursday.
Austin was a favorite target of Geno Smith at West Virginia, hauling in 114 catches for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added instant offense in the rushing game and on special teams, where he returned both kicks and punts for touchdowns during the 2012 season.
The New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams are two teams that immediately come to mind when thinking of where the dynamic wideout could land in the first round.
As the first wideout off the board in my latest mock draft, Austin should have a new home following the first day of the 2013 NFL draft.
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