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What time does the NFL Draft start? Here’s what you need to know about how to watch the 2022 NFL Draft

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By Weston Blasi

The National Football League is hosting the first round of its annual draft on Thursday night.

The league is set to welcome dozens of young players into the NFL, each of whom will be watching closely to see when they are selected.

See also: Why the NFL Draft is one of the few sports events where bettors are beating sportsbooks

Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the 2022 NFL Draft:

What channel is the NFL Draft on?

The draft will be broadcast on The Disney /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS -1.63% -owned channels ESPN and ABC, as well as the NFL Network.

For cord cutters, ESPN and NFL network are available on streaming platforms Sling, Fubo TV /zigman2/quotes/201214080/composite FUBO -4.24% , Hulu and YouTube TV.

What time is the NFL Draft?

The first round of the draft will begin on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST, and the subsequent rounds will continue on Friday and Saturday at 7p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.

Where is the NFL Draft?

The draft will be happening in Las Vegas, and more specifically at the Bellagio Hotel.

Who will be the first pick in the NFL Draft?

Currently, the player with the best betting odds to be selected with the first overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars is defensive lineman Travon Walker. Walker is followed by Aidan Hutchinson and Ikem Ekwonu , according to DraftKings /zigman2/quotes/213120645/composite DKNG -3.82% sportsbook.

How much will the draft picks earn on their contracts?

The contracts of the players selected during Thursday’s first round of the draft will be based on where they are selected as the NFL has a rookie wage scale, which assigns dollar amounts to specific draft slots. The higher a player is drafted, the more lucrative their overall contract and signing bonus are.

Also see: Here’s how much the 2022 NFL draft picks will earn on their rookie contracts

First round picks are given four-year contracts, and the top pick will earn an estimated total contract value of $41.4 million, including a $27.3 million signing bonus, according to  sports contract monitoring site Spotrac .

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