How does the draft work and how is the order decided?
The 2013 NFL Draft will take place between April 25th-27th, where College players hope that their professional dreams come true, as NFL franchises look to select the next set of hall of fame players for their team.
So how does the draft work, what happens and how is the order arranged?
The draft consists of seven rounds, with each team getting one pick per round. With each pick, an NFL team has the right to select any College football player they want, so long as they have not already been selected by another team.
The order is a reversal of the past seasons standings. The team with the worst record in the league has the first pick in every round, and the Super Bowl champions get the last.
This year, the Kansas City Chiefs finished with a record of 2-14, so they ‘won’ the right to the number one overall pick. The Baltimore Ravens are the current champions so they have the number 32 pick in the first round, and the last of all the other remaining six rounds.
The idea of this is to keep as level a playing field as possible, as it would be deemed unfair if the champions were able to get the first choice over a team who would need better players more urgently.
In the first round, each team has 10 minutes to decide who they want to select. It can be the most important 10 minutes of the season, because if the team select poorly, it can throw their development out by two to three seasons.
Fans will be watching very closely ahead of the first round, as they will be hoping that their team draft the next big prospect, and help lead the side to Super Bowl glory.