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When is the NFL Draft in 2021? Date, time, pick order, location, TV channels & updated mock drafts

The 2021 NFL Draft may have learned some fun lessons from its 2020 counterpart.
The 2020 edition was forced to be virtual for the first time, leading to views of head coaches in living rooms with their kids and raw excitement from draftees sitting at their home being taken into the NFL. It probably gave the league plenty of ideas of how to spice up the proceedings in 2021 with COVID-19 not totally out of the way.
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to take place in Cleveland for the first time ever, but finalization of location likely won't come until closer to the end of April draft start. There will also be a first on the television side for the 2021 NFL Draft — it will be broadcast exclusively by NFL Network.
Here's everything you need to know about the 2021 NFL Draft, including the time, location, television schedule, draft order and the latest mock draft from Sporting News.
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When is the NFL Draft in 2021?
    Date: Thursday, April 29 (Round 1) | Friday, April 30 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, May 1 (Rounds 4-7)
    Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
    TV channel: NFL Network
    Live stream: NFL app
As the NFL has done for a while now, the draft will be split into three distinct days. Only the first round will take place on Thursday, April 29. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday night, and then the final four rounds of the draft will be conducted Saturday.
After the 2020 NFL Draft was conducted in a heavily virtual manner due to COVID-19, it hasn't yet been determined exactly how much of the draft will take place in the host city in 2021.
Where is the 2021 NFL Draft?
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to take place in Cleveland, Ohio. That decision was made on May 22, 2019, at the league's annual spring meeting.
More specifics about Cleveland's hosting have yet to be totally announced in 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic still hovering over the heads of decision-makers. Depending on the effectiveness of vaccines leading up to the draft, there could be a central hub in Cleveland while many of the draftees remain virtual, but that remains to be seen.
Below are the previous locations of the NFL Draft.
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     Chicago
2017     Benjamin Franklin Parkway     Philadelphia
2018     AT&T Stadium     Dallas​
2019     Lower Broadway     Nashville
2020     Caesar's Palace Hotel (held virtually)     Las Vegas
What time does the NFL Draft start?
The NFL could still choose to deviate from its past standard times for health and safety reasons, but the 2021 NFL Draft will likely start at the same times the drafts in recent years have.
That means prime time slots for each of the first three rounds. The first round on Thursday, April 29, gets going at 8 p.m. ET. Things start an hour earlier the next day to fit in both the second and third rounds. And Saturday's four rounds get underway at Noon ET.
Day     Rounds     Start time
Thursday     Round 1     8 p.m. ET
Friday     Rounds 2-3     7 p.m. ET
Saturday     Rounds 4-7     Noon ET
As the draft goes on, teams get different lengths of time to make their selections. The first round provides 10 minutes to teams to pick, and that drops to seven minutes for rounds two and three. Rounds four through six have five minute pick times, and it's four minutes for the seventh and final round.
NFL Draft TV schedule
The 2021 NFL Draft will be shown exclusively on NFL Network. That's a change from last year, when ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC were all involved in the draft coverage.
Most cable and satellite providers offer NFL Network as part of their base package, as do most streaming services.
Round     Day     Start time     TV channels
Round 1     Thursday     8 p.m. ET     NFL Network
Rounds 2-3     Friday     7 p.m. ET     NFL Network
Rounds 4-7     Saturday     12 p.m. ET     NFL Network
MORE: What channel is NFL Network?
NFL Draft pick order 2020
Pick No.     Team     Record
1.     Jacksonville Jaguars     1-15
2.     New York Jets     2-14
3.     Miami Dolphins     (via Texans, 4-12)
4.     Atlanta Falcons     4-12
5.     Cincinnati Bengals     4-11-1
6.     Philadelphia Eagles     4-11-1
7.     Detroit Lions     5-11
8.     Carolina Panthers     5-11
9.     Denver Broncos     5-11
10.     Dallas Cowboys     6-10
11.     New York Giants     6-10
12.     San Francisco 49ers     6-10
13.     Los Angeles Chargers     7-9
14.     Minnesota Vikings     7-9
15.     New England Patriots     7-9
16.     Arizona Cardinals     8-8
17.     Las Vegas Raiders     8-8
18.     Miami Dolphins     10-6
19.     Washington Football Team     7-9
20.     Chicago Bears     8-8
21.     Indianapolis Colts     11-5
22.     Tennessee Titans     11-5
23.     New York Jets     (via Seahawks, 12-4)
24.     Pittsburgh Steelers     12-4
25.     Jacksonville Jaguars     (via Rams, 10-6)
26.     Cleveland Browns     11-5
27.     Baltimore Ravens     11-5
28.     New Orleans Saints     12-4
29.     Green Bay Packers     13-3
30.     Buffalo Bills     13-3
(The teams slotted in Pick Nos. 31-32 are in the Super Bowl.)
SN's latest mock draft
Pick     Team     Player, position, college
1.     Jacksonville Jaguars     Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2.     New York Jets     Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
3.     Miami Dolphins     Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
4.     Atlanta Falcons     Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
5.     Cincinnati Bengals     Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
6.     Philadelphia Eagles     Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
7.     Detroit Lions     Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State
8.     Carolina Panthers     Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
9.     Denver Broncos     Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
10.     Dallas Cowboys     Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
11.     New York Giants     Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
12.     San Francisco 49ers     Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
13.     Los Angeles Chargers     Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
14.     Minnesota Vikings     Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
15.     New England Patriots     Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
16.     Arizona Cardinals     Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC
17.     Las Vegas Raiders     Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
18.     Miami Dolphins     Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
19.     Washington Football Team     Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
20.     Chicago Bears     Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
21.     Indianapolis Colts     Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
22.     Tennessee Titans     Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
23.     New York Jets     Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
24.     Pittsburgh Steelers     Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
25.     Jacksonville Jaguars     Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
26.     Cleveland Browns     Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia
27.     Baltimore Ravens     Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
28.     New Orleans Saints     Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa
29.     Green Bay Packers     Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
30.     Buffalo Bills     Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State

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