The 2013 NFL draft is going to be the highlight of the offseason, as every team is preparing to retool for the future and bring in new blood.
It’s a time of hope, especially for the many franchises that have been mired in mediocrity over the past few seasons. This is the chance for those downtrodden clubs to nab the impact star they have been missing.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch this exciting process, including when each round takes place, which channels the event will be televised on and more. We will also be highlighting some of the top prospects to keep an eye out for, so keep on reading.
Round 1—Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET
Round 2 and 3—Friday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Rounds 4 thru 7—Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y.
Watch: ESPN and NFL Network
Listen: SiriusXM NFL Radio 88
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
When the Kansas City Chiefs select on Thursday night, there’s a good chance Joeckel becomes the third tackle taken with the first overall pick in the last 20 years.
He’s an outstanding prospect that will instantly make the team better and help Alex Smith become acclimated to his new environment. The Aggies star should insure that his QB isn’t getting peeled off the turf after each snap.
While there are some areas of concern—notably his ability to block in the running game—that could have the Chiefs looking elsewhere with their top pick, there isn’t a better pass-protector on the board.
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
If you’ve taken a peek at any of the multitudes of mock drafts floating around out there, you’ll notice that the league is placing a premium on elite pass-rushers.
Because NFL offenses are leaning more towards passing-oriented attacks than ever before, teams are lining up to get as many disruptors as possible on the defensive side of the field.
Jordan is in a class of his own, as the athletic freak is capable of lining up anywhere and navigating his way into the backfield shortly after the snap. At Oregon, when he wasn’t creating havoc behind the line of scrimmage and sacking the signal-caller, he could even be found dropping into coverage and shadowing wide receivers.
The Ducks star should come off the board within the first 10 picks this Thursday evening, as he possesses far too much raw talent, sheer size and gifted athleticism to pass up on.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Not too long ago, it would have been tough for a prospect like Tavon Austin to even get drafted. At 5’8”, 173 pounds, the Mountaineers receiver just doesn’t have the prototypical size that teams are looking for.
However, he was one of the most productive players in the nation during his senior season in Morgantown and will be used to keep defenses honest a home run threat in the passing game, out of the backfield and as a returner.
Due to his electrifying speed and excellent playmaking ability, there’s a great shot that Austin is selected in the first round of the upcoming draft. If he’s able to live up to his billing as a game-changer, the organization that takes a chance on him will be quite happy.