The 2018 NFL Draft is upon us.
No single offseason event in any sport is more memorable than the NFL’s annual drafting of college stars into the professional ranks, as they fulfill their life-long dreams of playing at the highest level of football.
For the Cincinnati Bengals, this draft will present an opportunity to add more firepower to a team that’s close to getting back to the playoffs after a 7-9 campaign.
The Bengals have already had a very productive offseason thus far. If they’re able to land several impact players in this draft, it may be the difference in getting them back to the postseason and winning a playoff game for the first time in nearly three decades.
But really, what makes the draft so special is seeing the guys who’ve given everything they have for so long to finally see the fruits of their labor pay off, especially if it’s being a first-round selection.
Come watch the dreams unfold with us Thursday night!
How to watch and follow Round 1
When: Thursday, April 26th at 8 p.m. EST
Time per pick: 10 minutes
Bengals’ pick: No. 21
TV channels: ESPN, FOX and NFL Network
Announcers: The most extensive draft coverage this year will be from the ESPN networks. On ESPN, host Trey Wingo, analyst Mel Kiper Jr., front office insider Louis Riddick and college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit will call the action.
On ESPN2, Rece Davis will host College Football Primetime, a college-themed presentation of Round 1, which will include reactions and analysis. GameDay’s Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as college football analysts Joey Galloway and Booger McFarland will call the action.
Round 1 Draft Order:
3. New York Jets (via Colts)
4. Cleveland Browns (via Texans)
6. Indianapolis Colts (via Jets)
10. Oakland Raiders
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Buffalo Bills (via Bengals)
16. Baltimore Ravens
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Cincinnati Bengals (via Bills)
22. Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs)
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
31. New England Patriots