NFL Draft 2018: Dates, Pick Order, TV and Live Stream Info

After months of predictions and hundreds of mock drafts, the wait for the NFL Draft is finally over, with one of the most important events of the gridiron calendar getting underway on Thursday.

Over 250 players have declared themselves eligible for the draft and the Cleveland Browns hold pick number one. The Browns are looking to rebuild after becoming only the second side in NFL history, after the Detroit Lions in 2009, to go 0-16 throughout a season. They are expected to pick Sam Darnold, the former University of Southern California quarterback, at number one.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the selection process.

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Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

When is the 2018 NFL draft?

The NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 26 with the first round, followed by the second and third round on Friday night and the remaining five rounds the following day.

The draft will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The home of the Dallas Cowboys hosted the 2010 All Star Game and Super Bowl XLV, but it will be the first football stadium to host the NFL Draft in the history of the league.

Where to watch the NFL Draft

Coverage of the 2018 draft begins at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday for Round 1, while coverage on Friday and Saturday gets underway at 7 p.m. EST and 12 p.m. EST respectively.

Round 1 will be broadcast on NFL Network, Fox, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, while coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 will air on NFL Network, Fox, ESPN and ESPN2.

Saturday's rounds will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN from 12 p.m., which will also be covered by NFL Network.

Fans unable to watch the action on TV can stream the NFL Draft through the NFL, ESPN and Fox Sports apps.

Who will be attending?

Only 22 of the over 250 players who have declared themselves for the draft will attend the event in San Antonio. On Monday, the NFL released the list of attendees, which included USC quarterback Darnold—the favorite to be the number one overall pick—Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who have also been tipped as potential number one picks.

The trio will be joined by 19 other players, including Shaqeem Griffin. The former University of Central Florida linebacker, who had his left hand amputated when he was four, became a national sensation at the NFL Combine in March when he clocked fastest 40-yard dash of any linebacker in the history of the combine.

What is the draft picking order?

Apart from the number one pick, Cleveland will also pick at number four in the first round and at number one, three and 32 in the second round. In the first round, teams have 10 minutes to pick, while the time to choose in the second round is only seven minutes. From round three to six, teams have six minutes to announce their pick, while in round seven they have four minutes.

This is the complete first round order.

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. New York Jets (via Indianapolis Colts)
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. Indianapolis Colts (via New York Jets)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Chicago Bears
  9. San Francisco 49ers
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Miami Dolphins
  12. Buffalo Bills (via Cincinnati Bengals)
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Seattle Seahawks
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Detroit Lions
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills)
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Philadelphia Eagles
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