The 2013 NFL Draft kicks off this evening with the Kansas City Chiefs holding the top pick. Many have called this draft high in bulk with offensive and defensive lineman expected to be scooped up early, while the positions more associated with skill and quickness are expected to fall lower.
The Chiefs have been fielding trade requests for their number one pick rights but have refused to comment on their intentions prior to making the selection. It is widely assumed the Chiefs will keep the pick and choose Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. The rest of the top five picks will go to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, and Detroit Lions in that order.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, neither of which have a first round pick and won’t appear in today’s draft coverage unless a last minute trade is executed. The Rams and Vikings each have two first round picks, but neither have either of their picks falling in the top 15.
Rounding out the top 10 picks in the 2013 NFL Draft are the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans. There is a slim possibility the Jets, Browns and/or Cardinals could select a quarterback with their pick depending upon whom is available. Geno Smith of West Virginia is considered the best quarterback in the draft, but he could be off the board in the top three.
Tonight is only the first of seven rounds in the 2013 NFL Draft. Only round one will take place at Radio City Music Hall this evening at 8/7c. The remaining six rounds will occur over the next two days.
The NFL Draft has gained in popularity recently with all seven rounds now being televised and dissected. With the gaining popularity in online streaming, you can now stream the first round here for free via NFL.com via your computer, tablet or mobile phone. If you want to watch the draft in high definition over the air then tune into the NFL Network.