68th Annual National Football League player selection
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, between 31st and
33rd Streets in New York City.
Noon ET, Saturday, April 26, 2003 (Rounds 1-3).
a.m. ET, Sunday, April 27, 2003 (Rounds 4-7).
The first three rounds will conclude on Saturday by approximately 10
p.m. ET. In 2002, the first round consumed five hours and 48 minutes;
the second, three hours and 15 minutes; and the third, one hour and 30
minutes. The draft will resume on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET for the final
four rounds, ending at approximately 6 p.m. ET.
Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone
communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.
Seven Rounds -- Rounds 1 through 3 on Saturday, April
26; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Sunday, April 27.
There will be 262 selections, including 13 by the second-year
Houston Texans and
32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 15 teams
that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents
last year.The Texans will receive one pick in Rounds 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7,
and two in Round 3. They also will receive a supplemental selection in
Rounds 3 and 4 and two supplemental selections in each of Rounds 6 and 7.
Four teams have two selections each in the first round -- New England
(Nos. 14 and 19), New Orleans (17 and 18), N.Y. Jets (13 and 22) and
Oakland (31 and 32). Atlanta, Miami, Tampa Bay and Washington do not
have first-round picks.
Round 1: 15 minutes each team.
Round 2: 10
minutes each team.
Rounds 3 through 7: Five minutes each team.
The following players will be at Madison
Square Garden on Saturday for the draft: Penn State DT
Jimmy Kennedy, Marshall QB
Byron Leftwich, Kansas State CB
Terence Newman, Southern California QB
Carson Palmer, Michigan State WR
Charles Rogers, Kentucky DT
Dewayne Robertson and Arizona State DE
This year, ESPN will televise the draft in its
entirety. ESPN's coverage on Saturday will run from noon ET to
approximately 10 p.m. ET, and on Sunday will run from 11 a.m. ET to
approximately 6 p.m. ET.
Free tickets to the 2003 NFL Draft will be made
available to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturday, April
26. The tickets will be distributed at the Madison Square Garden box
office beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets also will be available
on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. One ticket will be distributed per person
and can be used for admission on both April 26-27. All seating is
general admission. Doors will open Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday at
10 a.m. The Theater at Madison Square Garden seats 4,000 fans for the
(http://www.nfl.com) will carry complete NFL Draft coverage. The site
features in-depth information on numerous draft prospects. NFL.com will
provide live coverage throughout draft weekend. Fans can
follow every pick of the draft as it occurs and listen to press
conferences with drafted players. Fans can bid on team jerseys,
autographed on-site by newly selected NFL players attending the draft.
Leading up to the draft, fans can read diaries by USC QB
Carson Palmer, Kansas State CB
Terence Newman, Mississippi State LB
Mario Haggan and Northwestern C
Austin King. Fans can also participate in live chats with top picks
and interact with NFL draft experts
Gil Brandt and Pat
Kirwan. NFL.com will also stream a live radio show throughout
the first round, hosted by Brandt and Steve Cohen.
Draft Tracker" will analyze the draft as it unfolds and track
selections by player, position, team and other categories.