Let’s be honest, the NFL Draft has been circled on our calendars since the day the Chicago Bears were eliminated from playoff contention.
Perhaps, some of us might have been looking forward to this date before that date even came about. In either case, we’re here and we’ve made it. Give yourselves a round of applause for surviving through this point of the offseason. The reward for your patience (and suffering through a 3-13 season) is the Bears receiving the third pick in the draft. Hooray. Here’s hoping the player chosen with that selection is everything our dreams could imagine.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2017 NFL Draft:
After back-to-back years in Chicago, the NFL shipped the draft out to Philadelphia. And in what is a first for the NFL Draft, it will be held outdoors in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Picks will be announced in an outdoor theater built on what you might know as the steps made famous by the Rocky movies.
NFL DRAFT SCHEDULE
- Thursday, April 27: Round 1, 7 p.m. CT
- Friday, April 28: Rounds 2-3, 6 p.m. CT
- Saturday, April 29: Rounds 4-7, 11 a.m. CT
Want to watch the draft? Of course you do. You can tune into ESPN or NFL Network for live coverage. For online updates, you can view on WatchESPN or NFL.com
WHEN WILL THE BEARS PICK?
Great question. Here are the Bears’ scheduled picks as of this deadline:
- Round 1: Pick 3
- Round 2: Pick 36
- Round 3: Pick 67
- Round 4: Picks 111, 117
- Round 5: Pick 147
- Round 6: None
- Round 7: Pick 221
WHEN WILL THE BEARS’ RIVALS PICK?
Also a great question. Knowing the enemy is a must, right?
- Packers: 1-29, 2-61, 3-93, 4-134, 5-172, 5-182, 6-212, 7-247
- Lions: 1-21, 2-53, 3-85, 4-127, 5-165, 6-205, 6-215, 7-250
- Vikings: 2-48, 3-79, 3-86, 4-120, 4-128, 5-160, 6-199, 7-232
WHO OWNS THE FIRST PICK?
The Cleveland Browns, who finished 1-15 in 2016, earned the right to pick first today.
WHAT DOES THE FIRST-ROUND DRAFT ORDER LOOK LIKE?
- Cleveland Browns
- San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)
- New York Jets
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Carolina Panthers
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Buffalo Bills
- New Orleans Saints
- Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)
- Arizona Cardinals
- Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings)
- Indianapolis Colts
- Baltimore Ravens
- Washington Redskins
- Tennessee Titans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Denver Broncos
- Detroit Lions
- Miami Dolphins
- New York Giants
- Oakland Raiders
- Houston Texans
- Seattle Seahawks
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Dallas Cowboys
- Green Bay Packers
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Atlanta Falcons
- New Orleans Saints (from New England Patriots)
HOW MUCH TIME PER PICK?
- Round 1: 10 minutes
- Round 2: 7 minutes
- Rounds 3-6: 5 minutes
- Round 7: 4 minutes
WHO ARE THE BEARS GOING TO DRAFT?
We’ll find that out later tonight. For an educated guess, you can check out the latest mock drafts here, as well as positional previews for quarterbacks, wide receivers/tight ends, defensive linemen, and defensive backs.