The Jacksonville Jaguars have the top pick in the draft again, a year after they used the first pick to knock out quarterback Trevor Lawrence from Clemson. However, unlike the past several years, when the best pick was predicted weeks or months ago, there is no consensus as to who will be chosen first this year.
Will it be Georgian defensive lineman Travon Walker, a pillar of the Bulldogs’ national championship team, who wowed scouts with his combination of size, speed and power? What about Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who had 14 sacks and was a Heisman Cup Finalist in his impressive season?
Or maybe it will be one of the smart, offensively intelligent NCAA guys in Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina, or Evan Neal in Alabama?
The answer will come shortly after 8 PM ET when the draft makes its highly anticipated debut in Vegas. Round one takes place on Thursday, followed by Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, and then Rounds 4-7 on Saturday at noon.
All seven rounds are broadcast on ESPN, where they have garnered between six and eight million viewers during the three-day event in the past three years.
In addition, different cities have alternately hosted the draft since 2015, bringing hundreds of thousands of fans to city centers. New hosts include Dallas, Nashville, and most recently Cleveland.
Jaguar isn’t the only team waiting for the big night. Due to a number of deals, eight teams have two picks from the first round, including the New York Giants in picks #5 and #7 and the New York Jets on picks #4 and #10. With the same code, it’s probably a quiet night for fans of the eight teams without the round pick The first, including Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
According to scouts for ESPN and the NFL, the strength of this year’s draft is believed to lie in its array of offensive tackles, passing dribbling and wide receivers, while there are a few quarterbacks believed to deserve a high pick.