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How to Watch the 2021 NFL Draft: Channels, Draft Order, Mocks

The NFL Draft will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – The NFL Draft will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.

How Can You Watch?

ESPN, ABC and NFL Network will air all seven rounds. The first round will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, the second and third rounds at 6 p.m. Friday and the fourth through seventh rounds at 11 a.m. Saturday. The draft also will be streamed on the NFL and ESPN apps. Here is every way you can watch the draft.

When Will the Green Bay Packers Pick?

Green Bay owns the 29th pick of the first round. Green Bay also owns the 30th pick of the second round (No. 62), the 29th pick of the third round (No. 92), the 30th and 37th selections of the fourth round (Nos. 135 and 142), the 29th and 34th selections of the fifth round (Nos. 173 and 178), the 30th and 36th picks of the sixth round (Nos. 214 and 220) and the 29th pick of the seventh round (No. 256).

Can You Follow Along Without Watching?

Yes. Check out our handy draft tracker.

Packers Draft History

From 2012 through 2020, Green Bay’s first pick was used on a defensive player every year. That streak was snapped last year when general manager Brian Gutekunst moved up for quarterback Jordan Love.

None of the last seven No. 29 picks have been selected to a Pro Bowl. Four of the seven haven’t been a full-time starter for any season. The Vikings got back-to-back Pro Bowlers with receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (four times as a returner) and safety Harrison Smith (five times).

Linebacker Dave Wilcox (San Francisco, 1964) and Fran Tarkenton (Minnesota, 1961) are the only Hall of Famers.

While not quite Hall of Famers, linebacker Nick Barnett (2003) and safety George Teague (1993) were solid picks as Green Bay’s most recent No. 29 selections.

Will Brian Gutekunst Make a Trade?

History says yes. General manager Brian Gutekunst has traded up in each of his three drafts. He moved down and then up to get Pro Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander in 2018, up to get ascending safety Darnell Savage in 2019 and up to controversially select quarterback Jordan Love in 2020.

“It’s always tempting for me,” Gutekunst said. “I think when you’re sitting at 29, watching those kind of players come off the board, that you spend so much time studying and thinking about how they could affect your football team, it’s always tempting.”

The Latest Mock Drafts

Two all-Packers mock drafts using PFF, PFN simulators

It's not a mock, but here are five options from NFL scouts.

A wide range of mocks from this week.

Packers Draft Series

Here are our position-by-position previews of the draft, with personal stories, outside-the-box-score stats and scouting information from NFL Draft Bible.

Safeties: Coming Thursday.

History Guides Look at Cornerbacks

It's the Sons Time to Shine in Loaded Cornerback Group

History Guides Look at Outside Linebackers

Paye Leads Deep Group of Edge-Rushing Prospects

History Guides Look at Linebackers

Parsons, Owusu-Koramoah, Collins Lead Superb Linebacker Class

History Guides Look at Defensive Tackles

Barmore Atop Weak Class of Defensive Linemen

History Guides Look at Receivers

Toney, Bateman Part of Group Available to Packers

History Guides Look at Offensive Tackles

Loaded Class Awaits Tackle-Needy Packers

History Guides Look at Interior Offensive Line

Vera-Tucker, Humphrey and the Rest of the Interior O-Linemen

History Guides Look at Tight Ends

Pitts Leads Weak Group of Tight Ends

History and Top Prospects at Running Back

History and Top Prospects at Quarterback

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What’s the First-Round Draft Order?

Here's the order for Thursday night. For all seven rounds, click here.

    1) Jacksonville Jaguars

    2) New York Jets

    3) San Francisco 49ers (from HOU through MIA)

    4) Atlanta Falcons

    5) Cincinnati Bengals

    6) Miami Dolphins (from PHI)

    7) Detroit Lions

    8) Carolina Panthers

    9) Denver Broncos

    10) Dallas Cowboys

    11) New York Giants

    12) Philadelphia Eagles (from SF through MIA)

    13) Los Angeles Chargers

    14) Minnesota Vikings

    15) New England Patriots

    16) Arizona Cardinals

    17) Las Vegas Raiders

    18) Miami Dolphins

    19) Washington Football Team

    20) Chicago Bears

    21) Indianapolis Colts

    22) Tennessee Titans

    23) New York Jets (from SEA)

    24) Pittsburgh Steelers

    25) Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)

    26) Cleveland Browns

    27) Baltimore Ravens

    28) New Orleans Saints

    29) Green Bay Packers

    30) Buffalo Bills

    31) Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)

    32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers