NFL Draft

Publication date: 29 Aug 2022

About the National Football League Draft

The NFL Draft (or the Player Selection Meeting) is an annual event during which National Football League teams recruit new players from college teams. The right to be selected in the draft can be used not only to select players, but also to exchange them for another number in the line-up. To attract more fans, the location of the draft changes every year.

The National Football League Draft is one of the most significant events in US sports life. In 2017, almost 250,000 fans and 1,800 media representatives attended the event. A preliminary list of contenders is generated before the Super Bowl takes place.

2023 NFL Draft

The 88th annual National Football League Draft to select new players will be held from 27-29 April 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

History of the NFL Draft

The first Player Selection Meeting was held on 8 February 1936 in Philadelphia. It lasted 9 rounds, with 90 players participating in the draft. The event itself received no media publicity. Jay Berwanger is the first ever drafted player.

Between 1937 and 1946, the draft was enshrined in the National Football League Constitution.

In the early 1980s, the question arose of showing live broadcasts of NFL drafts. In 1988, the event began to be held on a weekend and then ESPN TV ratings increased significantly.

Players selected at number one in the draft

Several of the players selected at number one in the draft were also elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The year Venue Results
2022 Paradise, Nevada, USA Travon Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars (defensive end)
2021 Cleveland, Ohio, USA Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (quarterback)
2020 online Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (quarterback)

2024 NFL Draft

According to preliminary information, the 89th National Football League Draft will be held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The preliminary dates for the event are April 25-27, 2024.

Keep an eye on the dates of football events and other activities on our Sports Events Calendar.

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