in the huddle with millions of other football fans - as the clock
ticks down and the speculation heats up on who will be the major
picks for the top football teams in this year's NFL draft.
New this year, the 83rd annual meeting of the NFL begins with live television coverage provided by ESPN, the NFL Network and - for the first time ever - on broadcast channel FOX from Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on April 26 for Round 1, resuming at 7 p.m. ET on April 27 for Rounds 2-3, and then again at noon on April 28.
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas plays host to the NFL draft this year, marking the first time the event has been held at an NFL stadium! The Cleveland Browns will have the top pick for the second straight year.
2018 NFL draft top contenders
The top picks so far in the 2018 NFL Draft include, from left to right: UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen;
Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick; NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb;
USC Trojan quarterback Sam Darnold, and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
DID YOU KNOW? NFL Draft fun facts & trivia
Jay Berwanger: Um, no thanks.
• Until free agency came into play in 1993, a team that drafted a player could force him to play for that team for his entire career -- as long as the team still wanted him.
• University of Chicago’s Jay Berwanger won the very first Heisman Trophy and the first-ever No. 1 overall pick when the NFL implemented the draft in 1936. But the Eagles, who drafted him, couldn’t match his salary demands. They traded him to the Chicago Bears, who also couldn't cajole him into signing a contract. Berwanger never signed with any NFL team and went to work for a Chicago rubber company.
• Since 1976, the nickname for the last player selected in the NFL Draft has been "Mr. Irrelevant". The tradition began when the Steelers selected little known Dayton wide receiver Kelvin Kirk, who was given the moniker "Mr. Irrelevant" by NFL alumnus Paul Salata. The tradition continues today, when the last pick is whisked off to Newport Beach in Southern California and celebrated as the guest of honor during Irrelevant Week.
• Speaking of Mr. Irrelevant, Jimmy Walker was the last pick in the NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints, despite having never played college football. Walker, a basketball star for the Providence Friars, was also the No. 1 pick in that year's NBA draft. He went on to play nine years in the NBA, appearing in two All-Star games.
• There might be something to the superstition that the second quarterback to be picked in the draft suffers bad luck. Most recently they have included Johnny Manziel, Geno Smith, Robert Griffin III, Jake Locker and Tim Tebow.
More about the 2018 NFL Draft around the Web:
the Web, check out NFL mock drafts, player profiles and rankings,
current team needs, positional rankings, the latest rumors, predictions,
and a bit of NFL draft history ...
- NFL Draft - Check out the official site with all the latest updates, feature stories, predictions, rumors and analysis, rookie stats & profiles, a complete link list of team draft sites, and extensive NFL draft history from 1982-2014.
NFL Draft - ESPN.com - Get expert opinion on who to keep your eye on, along with top 5 by position, top sophomores, freshmen and more.
Draft Insider's Digest - Stay ahead of the curve with reports from the field on top NFL and NCAA picks from pro football scout Frank Coyle.
Huddle Report - Player profiles, combine notes, links to radio reports, a team needs index, the top free agents and lots more..