When does 2017 NFL draft start?

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On Thursday night, the NFL draft, entering its 82nd edition, returns to Philadelphia for the first time since 1961.

Here’s how the selections break down:

Thursday, 8 p.m. ET start for Round 1 – The opening round of the draft features 32 selections, with a maximum time of 10 minutes per pick.

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Long before Rocky stood in the city, Philadelphia hosted the NFL’s first draft in 1936. (AP)
Long before Rocky stood in the city, Philadelphia hosted the NFL’s first draft in 1936. (AP)

Teams that have two first-round picks: the Cleveland Browns (1st and 12th), Tennessee Titans (5th and 18th) and New Orleans Saints (11th and 32nd).

Teams that don’t have first-rounders entering Wednesday: the defending champion New England Patriots (traded out of Round 1 with the Saints), the Los Angeles Rams (dealt their pick in the Jared Goff trade of 2016) and the Minnesota Vikings (dealt their spot in the deal for Sam Bradford in 2016).

TV broadcast: ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network.

Friday, 7 p.m. start for Rounds 2-3 – Round 2 of the draft features 32 picks, with a maximum time of 7 minutes per pick.

Round 3 has 43 selections, with 5 minutes per pick.

TV broadcast: ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network.

Saturday, noon start for Rounds 4-7 – Round 4 features 37 selections, with five minutes per pick. (The Patriots lost a selection for this round as punishment for deflate-gate.)

Round 5 features 40 selections, with five minutes per pick. (The Seattle Seahawks lost a selection for this round as punishment for violating league OTA rules)

Round 6 will have 34 picks, with five minutes per selection. (The Kansas City Chiefs forfeited a spot in this round as punishment for violating league tampering rules in their signing of Jeremy Maclin)

Round 7, the last of the draft, will feature 35 picks, with four minutes in between selections.

The final selection, affectionately called Mr. Irrelevant, belongs to Denver.

TV broadcast: ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network.

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