The 2023 NFL Draft will begin with the first round on Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday, and the remainder of the event on Saturday.

The draft will take place at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, after it was hosted by Las Vegas last year. The three-day event will not only feature some of the best prospects in all of football, but also musical acts in the hours after the draft, including Fall Out Boy, Motley Crue and Thundercat.

«It’s absolutely incredible from where the draft has gone so far to travel across the country and allow cities to perform great,» Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said Wednesday. «I think it’s great because not every city can have a Super Bowl, just because of how big it is, but they can have a piece of their NFL experience with different things.»


Preparations for the NFL Draft continue on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The draft will take place from April 27 to 29. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

While the draft has become one of the biggest spectacles since the NFL took it on the road and away from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, there are several teams this week that need to do some serious business.

Fortunately, there is a plethora of talent in the class of 2022.

Here’s what NFL fans need to know about the draft.

Who has the number 1 pick?

Bryce Young in December 2022

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young holds up the Most Outstanding Player trophy after Alabama defeated Kansas State 45-20 in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in New Orleans. . (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

The Carolina Panthers have the first pick in the NFL Draft. The Panthers acquired the first pick in a trade with the Chicago Bears on March 10.

Who will be number 1?

Bryce Young, CJ Stroud and even Will Levis are all rumored to be the first pick in this draft. Carolina desperately needs a quarterback, and that position will likely be the one they draft Thursday night.

Panthers coach Frank Reich shed some light on Carolina’s decision-making earlier in the week, saying he and general manager Scott Fitterer reached a «consensus» on who they want to draft.

Where do the Chiefs pick?

A sign in Kansas City

A historic sign on a nearby building rises above the Draft scene as work continues for the NFL Draft on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Chiefs have the No. 31 pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. Kansas City defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII and could only hope to improve for another title run.

Why are there only 31 picks in the first round?

The Miami Dolphins were stripped of a first-round pick in the 2022 draft for violating the NFL’s anti-manipulation policy in their conversations with Tom Brady and Sean Payton three times between 2019 and 2022.

How many prospects will attend the draft?

The NFL announced that there will be 17 prospects in Kansas City for the draft. They include Jordan Addison, Will Anderson Jr., Brian Branch, Jalen Carter, Zay Flowers, Cristian Gonzalez, Paris Johnson Jr., Will Levis, Joey Porter Jr., Anthony Richardson, Bijan Robinson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, CJ Stroud, Keon White, Tyree Wilson, and Bryce Young.

When does the draft start?

Round 1 of the draft begins Thursday at 8 pm ET. Rounds 2-3 begin Friday at 7 pm ET. Rounds 4-7 begin at noon ET.


How can fans watch the draft?

The draft can be seen on the NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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