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2021 NFL Draft: How Long Does Each Team Have to Make a Pick?

2021 NFL Draft: How Long Does Each Team Have to Make a Pick?

2021 NFL Draft: How Long Does Each Team Have to Make a Pick?

The 2021 NFL Draft will take place April 29-May 1 from Cleveland. WIth this year's event set to mix on-site and virtual elements, fans can expect a new draft experience. But one thing that remains the same is the time teams will have to make their picks when they are on the clock.

The 2021 NFL Draft will get started with the first round on Thursday night. Once again, ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network will broadcast the three-day event, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. This year's draft also will feature "Draft-A-Thon," a virtual fundraiser intended to drive awareness and action to close critical gaps at the intersection of pandemic recovery that will specifically benefit four national nonprofit organizations that are supporting underserved communities.

As for the draft itself, 259 picks will be made over seven rounds from Thursday-Saturday. Here's the amount of time each team will have when they go on the clock to make their pick.

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  • Round 1: 10 minutes per selection
  • Round 2: 7 minutes per selection
  • Rounds 3-6, including compensatory picks: 5 minutes per selection
  • Round 7, including compensatory picks: 4 minutes per selection

Wit this year's draft providing a mix of on-site and virtual elements, it will be interesting to see how each round proceeds. There already have been a few trades shaking up the order in the first round. Will we see more when the draft gets going on Thursday night?

Athlon Sports 2021 NFL Draft Guide