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Reinforcements are on their way to the NFL. And they’ll come in the form of youthful talents hoping to make the grade at the next level.

Another iteration of the NFL Draft is on the horizon. This one promises to be a compelling watch, as narratives continue to spill like water streaming out of a spigot.

Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and Marvin Harrison Jr. are just a few of the stars slated to strut the red carpet on draft day. They aren’t alone, however. The black-tie event will feature a host of ballers — some from mid-major minnows, others hailing from some of the glitziest programs in the country.

It’s an event befitting royalty. So it’s little surprise that it’s taking place in one the nation’s crown jewels: Detroit, home of the Detroit Lions and football fanatics far and wide.

Expect the unexpected on draft night as those mentioned and countless others attempt to leave their mark on festivities as they take place.

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Just where is the party start, though? The Sporting News fills you in on what you need to know about Campus Martius Park in Motor City.

When is the NFL Draft in 2024?

  • Dates: Thursday, April 26 (Round 1) | Friday, April 27 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 28 (Rounds 4-7)
  • Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
  • TV channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
  • Live stream: fubo, ESPN and NFL apps

The first round of the NFL Draft is set to take place on Thursday, April 26. That aligns with the typical date of the NFL Draft — the league has generally scheduled the first round of the festivities on the last Thursday in April.

Friday will see the second and third rounds commence while the draft will culminate with Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 28.

Where is the 2024 NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft has been something of a traveling circus show in recent years; this year’s iteration of the event will take place in Detroit

The NFL Draft is on the move once again, with the first-year player draft heading to Detroit for the first time in the event’s history. The draft had been held in New York for 50 years until the league decided to start traveling in 2015.

Here’s the history of the event’s locations:

Draft Location City
1936 Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
1937 Hotel Lincoln New York
1938 Hotel Sherman Chicago
1939 Hotel New Yorker New York
1940 Schroeder Hotel Milwaukee
1941 Willard Hotel Washington, D.C.
1942-44 Palmer House Chicago
1945-47 Hotel Commodore New York
1948 Hotel Fort Pitt Pittsburgh
1949-50 Bellevue-Stratford Hotel Philadelphia
1951 Blackstone Hotel Chicago
1952 Hotel Statler New York
1953-54 Bellevue-Stratford Hotel Philadelphia
1955 Warwick Hotel New York
1956 Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3) Philadelphia
Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30) Los Angeles
1957 Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4) Philadelphia
Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30) Philadelphia
1958-61 Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
1962-64 Sheraton Hotel Chicago
1965-66 Summit Hotel New York
1967 Hotel Gotham New York
1968-71 Belmont Plaza Hotel New York
1972 Essex House New York
1973-74 Americana Hotel New York
1975 Hilton Hotel New York
1976-78 Roosevelt Hotel New York
1979 Waldorf New York
1980-83 Sheraton Hotel New York
1984-85 Omni Park Central Hotel New York
1986-94 Marriott Marquis New York
1995-04 Theatre at Madison Square Garden New York
2005 Jacob Javits Convention Center New York
2006-14 Radio City Music Hall New York
2015-16 Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University/Grant Park Chicago
2017 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia
2018 AT&T Stadium Dallas​
2019 Downtown Nashville Nashville
2020 Las Vegas Boulevard and Surrounding Areas (held virtually) Las Vegas
2021 Downtown Cleveland Cleveland
2022 Caesars Forum Las Vegas
2023 Union Station Kansas City
2024 Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza Detroit

What time does the 2024 NFL Draft start?

An exact time for the 2024 NFL Draft hasn’t yet been dropped. However, based on previous years, expect proceedings to take place at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, 7 p.m. ET on Friday and noon ET on Saturday. 

Here’s a closer look at the schedule:

Day Round(s) Start time
Thursday, April 25 1 8 p.m. ET
Friday, April 26 2-3 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 27 4-7 Noon ET

NFL Draft 2024 TV schedule

In years past, ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network have all broadcast the NFL Draft. The same is true in 2024, with the three superpowers sharing responsibilities.

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Cord-cutters can access the action via fubo, which carries all three channels, allowing viewers to see any (or all) of the broadcasts throughout the weekend.

Round(s) Day Start time Network Live stream
1 Thursday, April 26 8 p.m. ET ESPN, ABC, NFLN fubo, ESPN+
2-3 Friday, April 27 7 p.m. ET ESPN, ABC, NFLN fubo, ESPN+
4-7 Saturday, April 28 Noon ET ESPN, ABC, NFLN fubo, ESPN+

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NFL Draft order 2024

The 2023 NFL Draft order is all but settled, with the Eagles and Chiefs set to decide the final two selections on Super Bowl Sunday.

Expect more moving and shaking prior to the first round. Even after the Bears traded No. 1 to the Panthers, there are likely more dominoes to fall.

Entering free agency, this is how the order shapes up:

Pick Team Record
1 Bears (via CAR) 2-15 (CAR)
2 Commanders 4-13
3 Patriots 4-13
4 Cardinals 4-13
5 Chargers 5-12
6 Giants 6-11
7 Titans 6-11
8 Falcons 7-10
9 Bears 7-10
10 Jets 7-10
11 Vikings 7-10
12 Broncos 8-9
13 Raiders 8-9
14 Saints 9-8
15 Colts 9-8
16 Seahawks 9-8
17 Jaguars 9-8
18 Bengals 9-8
19 Rams 10-7
20 Steelers 10-7
21 Dolphins 11-6
22 Eagles 11-6
23 Texans (via CLE) 11-6 (CLE)
24 Cowboys 12-5
25 Packers 9-8
26 Buccaneers 9-8
27 Cardinals (via HOU) 10-7 (HOU)
28 Bills 11-6
29 Lions 12-5
30 Ravens 13-4
31 49ers 12-5
32 Chiefs 11-6


— The Bears hold the Panthers’ first-round pick as part of a trade that sent Chicago’s 2023 first-overall pick to Carolina last year.

— The Texans hold the Browns’ first-round pick as part of the trade that sent Deshaun Watson to Cleveland.

— The Cardinals hold the Texans’ first-round pick as part of the package that netted Houston the No. 3 pick in last season’s draft.

SN’s latest mock draft 2024

Offense is the name of the game at present, according to TSN’s Vinnie Iyer: Nine of the top-10 selections reside on that side of the ball, including a fearsome foursome of quarterbacking talent.

For full analysis on each pick, visit TSN’s latest mock draft. Here’s a look at how the first 32 picks could shape up after the season’s end: 

Pick Team Player Position School
1 Chicago Bears (from CAR) Caleb Williams QB USC
2 Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels QB LSU
3 New England Patriots Drake Maye QB North Carolina
4 Arizona Cardinals Marvin Harrison Jr. WR Ohio State
5 Los Angeles Chargers Joe Alt OT Notre Dame
6 New York Giants Malik Nabers WR LSU
7 Tennessee Titans Olumuyiwa Fashanu OT Penn State
8 Atlanta Falcons Bo Nix QB Oregon
9 Chicago Bears Dallas Turner EDGE Alabama
10 New York Jets Brock Bowers TE Georgia
11 Minnesota Vikings Jer’Zhan Newton  DT Illinois
12 Denver Broncos J.J. McCarthy QB Michigan
13 Las Vegas Raiders Nate Wiggins CB Clemson
14 New Orleans Saints Taliese Fuaga OT Oregon State
15 Indianapolis Colts Cooper DeJean CB Iowa
16 Seattle Seahawks Jared Verse EDGE Florida State
17 Jacksonville Jaguars J.C. Latham OT Alabama
18 Cincinnati Bengals Keon Coleman WR Florida State
19 Los Angeles Rams Bralen Trice EDGE Washington
20 Pittsburgh Steelers Kool-Aid McKinstry CB Alabama
21 Miami Dolphins Terrion Arnold CB Alabama
22 Philadelphia Eagles Quinyon Mitchell CB Toledo
23 Houston Texans (from CLE) Laiatu Latu EDGE UCLA
24 Dallas Cowboys Byron Murphy II DT Texas
25 Green Bay Packers Amarius Mims OT Georgia
26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chris Braswell EDGE Alabama
27 Arizona Cardinals (from HOU) Jackson Powers-Johnson G Oregon
28 Buffalo Bills Brian Thomas Jr. WR LSU
29 Detroit Lions Ennis Rakestraw Jr. CB Missouri
30 Baltimore Ravens Edgerrin Cooper LB Texas A&M
31 San Francisco 49ers Troy Fautanu G Washington
32 Kansas City Chiefs Adonai Mitchell WR Texas