What Channel Is the 2023 NFL Draft on Today? Live TV Schedule and Coverage for Round 1


The anticipation for the 2023 NFL Draft is palpable. After months of debate and speculation, Round 1 is finally set to begin tonight at 8 p.m. ET, but where can you find the NFL Draft channel? With a simulcast set to air over the next three days, here’s all the information on where to watch the 2023 NFL Draft, including TV channels, start time, and live stream options.

What Channel Is the NFL Draft on Today?

  • Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023
  • Round 1 start time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV Channels: ESPN, ABC, NFL Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (free trial), ESPN App, NFL App

What Time Is the NFL Draft Today?

Since 1980, ESPN has brought the NFL Draft to the masses, televising the event. 2023 is no different, and Disney — ESPN’s parent company — will also have a simulcast on ABC all three days. The 2023 NFL Draft is a three-day event, with Round 1 kicking off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 27.

The broadcast on ESPN will feature host Mike Greenberg, who will host the event for the fourth consecutive year. He’s joined by ESPN Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. who has been on the NFL Draft journey with ESPN since its inception. Booger McFarland and Louis Riddick round out the panel for a standard NFL crew.

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Conversely, the ABC team is more college based, with College GameDay having its imprint all over. Rece Davis hosts the coverage with GameDay colleagues Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay also joins them.

How To Watch the Rest of the NFL Draft

The first 31 picks will be completed tonight, but what about Rounds 2-7? Given the appeal of Rounds 2-3, the second day of the NFL Draft will feature those rounds airing at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 28. Franchises will have seven minutes per pick in Round 2, which decreases to five minutes in Round 3.

Rounds 4-7 feature the bulk of the NFL Draft, with 157 picks. The third day of the 2023 NFL Draft begins at Noon ET on April 29. Given the many picks to get through, teams have five minutes per selection in Rounds 4-6 and then just four minutes in Round 7.

First-Round Draft Order

There are 31 picks in Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft. A few franchises can double-dip this year, with five teams missing from the first round.

The Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia Eagles all get to select within the top 10 despite successful 2022 campaigns. Five of the top-10 picks in the 2023 draft have been traded between those three, plus the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears deal for the first overall pick. Here is the draft order for Round 1:

  1. Carolina Panthers (From Chicago)
  2. Houston Texans
  3. Arizona Cardinals
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Seattle Seahawks (From Denver)
  6. Detroit Lions (From L.A. Rams)
  7. Las Vegas Raiders
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Chicago Bears (From Carolina)
  10. Philadelphia Eagles (From New Orleans)
  11. Tennessee Titans
  12. Houston Texans (From Cleveland)
  13. Green Bay Packers (From N.Y. Jets)
  14. New England Patriots
  15. New York Jets (From Green Bay)
  16. Washington Commanders
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers
  18. Detroit Lions
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  20. Seattle Seahawks
  21. Los Angeles Chargers
  22. Baltimore Ravens
  23. Minnesota Vikings
  24. Jacksonville Jaguars
  25. New York Giants
  26. Dallas Cowboys
  27. Buffalo Bills
  28. Cincinnati Bengals
  29. New Orleans Saints (From San Francisco via Miami and Denver)
  30. Philadelphia Eagles
  31. Kansas City Chiefs

Prospects To Watch on Day 1

How will the Seahawks and Lions approach two first-round selections? Detroit will eagerly be watching the big board as the sixth pick approaches. A few quarterback-needy teams are ahead of them, and the top four prospects could be gone.

However, given QB Jared Goff’s recent success, will the Lions take Florida QB Anthony Richardson sixth overall if he’s available? Detroit could still address other areas of need with the 18th pick while grabbing who they hope can be their future QB.

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Meanwhile, Seattle hopes they’ve already found that answer in QB Geno Smith. After an impressive season, the gamble to move on from QB Russell Wilson looks better than ever, and the Seahawks have two top-20 picks to further improve the roster under HC Pete Carroll. With offenses continuing to evolve in the NFL, will the Seahawks choose to invest heavily in defense and select Texas Tech DE Tyree Wilson, given the gaps in their roster?

Finally, given Philadelphia’s Super Bowl run in 2022 and solid offseason transactions to maintain a competitive roster, could the Eagles be the first team to draft a top-10 RB since Saquon Barkley in 2018? Texas RB Bijan Robinson is by far the best RB prospect in 2023 and the best since Barkley. He deserves a high selection, and given Philadelphia’s luxury pick at 10, they have every opportunity to make that happen.

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