NFL Draft 2013 Start Time: Complete TV Guide to First Round

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

Mar 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid speaks to media during the press conference at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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The rampant speculation about the 2013 NFL draft can finally come to a close. The festivities are mere minutes away from getting started, with the Kansas City Chiefs readying to make the No. 1 pick as an entire nation is glued to the television in anticipation. 

Taking place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the NFL draft is widely considered a national holiday among our football-crazed culture. Though the process is little more than a parading of gigantic men up a stage to hug commissioner Roger Goodell, the palpable excitement between picks makes the event one of the most captivating reality shows on television.

According to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, NFL Network and ESPN combined to average 8.1 million viewers for their coverage in 2012. That number was a 16 percent increase from 2011, continuing an upward trend for the draft's ratings.

The brainchild of Goodell, the league's move to a prime-time first round has worked like gangbusters. Ratings have shown signs of growth each year, which should lead to a hefty bidding war once the draft rights come up for a renegotiated contract. 

And that ratings spike should only continue in 2013. Heading into Thursday's opening round, we may know less than ever about the draft's ultimate result. Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier in the day that the Kansas City Chiefs will take Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher with their top overall pick.

Other than Fisher, though, the top of Thursday's first round remains very much in flux. Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, once considered a mortal lock to be taken No. 1 overall, now faces a backslide. The vision of top picks sitting in the green room desperately hoping for a call has become a bastion of NFL draft day, one that may be the overarching storyline of Thursday night. 

If those captivating moments don't come from Joeckel in the green room, they may come from the sliding of the draft's top quarterbacks. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib—ostensibly 2013's top signal-callers—all falling out of the first round in his final mock draft. If Kiper's prediction comes true, it would be the first time since 1996 a quarterback was not taken in the first round.

In other words, something historic will be happening on Thursday. And with top reporters across ESPN and NFL platforms promising not to tweet the picks before they are announced, you'll want to catch every minute of first-round action. 

For that reason, here is a complete breakdown of the start time and where you can watch the 2013 NFL draft on Thursday.


2013 NFL Draft Information

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET 

TV: ESPN and NFL Network

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2013 NFL Draft First Round Order

Pick Team
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 Buccaneers)
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 Redskins)
23 Minnesota Vikings
24 Indianapolis Colts
25 Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks)
26 Green Bay Packers
27 Houston Texans
28 Denver Broncos
29 New England Patriots
30 Atlanta Falcons
31 San Francisco 49ers
32 Baltimore Ravens