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NFL Draft 2021: Start time, schedule, online streaming, Bears picks, order and more

The 2021 NFL Draft is kicking off later today and the Chicago Bears are currently scheduled to pick on night one for the first time since 2018!

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NFL: APR 25 2019 NFL Draft Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It has been an arduous offseason for us Chicago Bears fans as we endured yet another disappointing end to the previous season, but the NFL Draft is finally upon us, and that means it’s a time for renewed hope.

Will the Bears make a move that could drastically alter their 2021 trajectory in the next few days?

Probably not.

But you never can tell.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 NFL Draft.

Start times

  • Round 1: Thursday, April 29 (7:00 p.m. CT)
  • Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 30 (6:00 p.m. CT)
  • Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 1 (11:00 a.m. CT)
  • UDFA Free For All: Saturday, May 1 (As soon as Mr. Irrelevant is announced!)

How to watch/listen

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Television coverage: The 2021 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Radio coverage: National coverage on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio and ESPN Radio.

Internet stream: FuboTV (Sign up for a free trial now!), NFL.com, ESPN.com

Mobile: Live NFL Network coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

Selection time limits

  • Day 1: Round 1 (10 minutes per pick)
  • Day 2: Round 2 (seven minutes per pick) • Round 3 (five minutes per pick)
  • Day 3: Rounds 4-6 (five minutes per pick) • Round 7 (four minutes per pick)

Bears current NFL Draft picks (eight picks)

  • Round 1: No. 20 overall - If each of the first 19 selections take the allotted 10 minutes to decide, that means the Bears won’t go on the clock until after 10:10 p.m. CT. But to be on the safe side start watching around 9:00. The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain said that the 20th pick had been made around 9:20ish in years past, with the 4th overall selection coming around 7:45.
  • Round 2: No. 52 - If each of the teams before the Bears take their full 7 minutes, that means the Bears will go on the clock about 8:13 p.m. CT.
  • Round 3: No. 83
  • Round 5: No. 164
  • Round 6: No. 204
  • Round 6: No. 208
  • Round 6: No. 221
  • Round 6: No. 22

First round NFL Draft order (for now)

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

2. New York Jets

3. San Francisco 49ers (from HOU via MIA)

4. Atlanta Falcons

5. Cincinnati Bengals

6. Miami Dolphins (from PHI)

7. Detroit Lions

8. Carolina Panthers

9. Denver Broncos

10. Dallas Cowboys

11. New York Giants

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from SF via MIA)

13. Los Angeles Chargers

14. Minnesota Vikings

15. New England Patriots

16. Arizona Cardinals

17. Las Vegas Raiders

18. Miami Dolphins

19. Washington Football Team

20. Chicago Bears

21. Indianapolis Colts

22. Tennessee Titans

23. New York Jets (from SEA)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)

26. Cleveland Browns

27. Baltimore Ravens

28. New Orleans Saints

29. Green Bay Packers

30. Buffalo Bills

31. Baltimore Ravens (from KC)

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Total picks: 259 total selections

Prospects attending the draft in person

Christian Barmore, Alabama / Gregory Rousseau, Miami (Fla.) / Ja’Marr Chase, LSU / Rashawn Slater, Northwestern / Devonta Smith, Alabama / Mac Jones, Alabama / Patrick Surtain II, Alabama / Trey Lance, North Dakota State / Jaylen Waddle, Alabama / Micah Parsons, Penn State / Zach Wilson, BYU / Kyle Pitts, Florida

Prospects attending the draft virtually

Carlos Basham, Wake Forest / Jalen Mayfield, Michigan / Rashod Bateman, Minnesota / Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater / Nick Bolton, Missouri / Trevon Moehrig, TCU / Tyson Campbell, Georgia / Elijah Moore, Mississippi / Andre Cisco, Syracuse / Rondale Moore, Purdue / Samuel Cosmi, Texas / Dylan Moses, Alabama / Jabril Cox, LSU / Greg Newsome, Northwestern / Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech / Azeez Ojulari, Georgia / Jamin Davis, Kentucky / Joseph Ossai, Texas / Wyatt Davis, Ohio State / Jayson Oweh, Penn State / Landon Dickerson, Alabama / Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame / Travis Etienne, Clemson / Kwity Paye, Michigan / Justin Fields, Ohio State / Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma / Pat Freiermuth, Penn State / Jaelan Phillips, Miami (Fla.) / Najee Harris, Alabama / Penei Sewell, Oregon / Jevon Holland, Oregon / Trey Smith, Tennessee / Jaycee Horn, South Carolina / Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC / Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma / Chazz Surratt, North Carolina / Brevin Jordan, Miami (Fla.) / Kadarius Toney, Florida / Trevor Lawrence, Clemson / Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame / Alex Leatherwood, Alabama / Jay Tufele, USC / Hunter Long, Boston College / Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC / Terrace Marshall, LSU

Caleb Farley from Virginia Tech was scheduled to be in person at the draft but an illness will prevent him from attending.

I spy several names in the above two lists that could be in play for the Bears on the first couple days. It would be interesting to see the Bears pick get an on air interview either from Cleveland or virtually.

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