What time is the NFL Draft tonight?

2024 NFL Draft start time, end time, how to stream, and full draft schedule.
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The day that we've anxiously awaited has finally arrived. Since the end of the 2023 season, fans of every NFL team have been looking ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft. Over the next three days, NFL franchises will load up on talent that can rebuild the foundation of their roster and change the course of their future.

Last year, the Houston Texans reset their franchise by landing the Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in back-to-back picks. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers loaded up on talent in their first draft with a new general manager.

There's nothing like hearing the boos rain down as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell takes center stage to declare that the first team is on the clock. So what time does the NFL Draft start tonight?

What time does the 2024 NFL Draft start tonight?

The first round of the 2024 NFL Draft will begin at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be broadcast live on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and NFL Network. Pre-draft coverage begins with NFL Draft Kickoff at 1:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network followed by NFL Draft Countdown at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

How to stream the 2024 NFL Draft

For those without access to cable TV, you can stream the 2024 NFL Draft on your TV, computer, or mobile device with a subscription to YouTube TV, ESPN+, Hulu+, or with a seven-day free trial to FuboTV.

What time does the NFL Draft end?

The NFL Draft is scheduled to run from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This is a scheduled run time of roughly 3.5 hours. Tonight's draft will consist only of the first round (32 total picks) and each team will have up to 10 minutes to make their selection.

This means there is a total possible run time of 5 hours and 20 minutes. However, most teams will not take the full 10 minutes to make their selection. Football fans should plan for at least 3 hours of live draft coverage which will end between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Full 2024 NFL Draft schedule:

  • Thursday, April 25: 8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, April 26: 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, April 27: Noon ET