The 2023 NFL draft will start later this week and we will take a look to see what chances there are to have an Australian hear their name be called.
The NFL have made the draft an event so big that the league moves it around between cities each year and in 2023, it lands at Union Station in Kansas City.
The NFL said it will is the largest set it has ever built for a draft. Located right in front of the iconic Union Station, the massive theater is approximately the size of a football field and has taken about six weeks to build.
The NFL predicted around 300,000 fans will attend the free event, which is in line with numbers for last year’s draft. It is expected to have an economic impact on the city of more than $100 million, according to Visit KC’s calculations.
When is the 2023 NFL Draft?
FRIDAY APRIL 28 – SUNDAY APRIL 30 (AEST)
This is a major three-day event. Round 1 draws major attention on the first night, the second day features Rounds 2 and 3, and the third rips through the rest of the picks – Rounds 4-7.
- DAY 1 START TIME: Friday 10:00am AEST
- DAY 2 START TIME: Saturday 9:00am AEST
- DAY 3 START TIME: Sunday 2:00am AEST
How to watch the 2023 NFL Draft in Australia?
The 2023 NFL Draft will be broadcast on live ESPN Australia Via Foxtel, Fetch or Kayo. No pay TV no problem round 1 will also be on free to air on 7Mate.
If you have NFL Gamepass you will also be able to watch the draft via their app.
Will we see an Australian drafted in 2023?
I think the best chance of seeing an Australian being drafted is Adam Korsak, punter from Rutgers.
Korsak from Melbourne was named to the coach’s 2021 First Team All-Big Ten, he then decided to use his extra year of eligibility to return for a 5th season at Rutgers.
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During the 2022 season, he played in all twelve games, totaling thirty-two punts inside the twenty-yard line, which was the best in the nation.
He then won the 2022 Ray Guy Award for his efforts, which is given to the best punter in the country.
Which Australians have been drafted into the NFL?
There has been eight Australians drafted:
- 2022 – Daniel Faalele – Ravens 4th Round, 110th Overall
- 2019 – Mitch Wishnowsky – 49ers 4th Round, 110th Overall
- 2018 – Jordan Mailata – Eagles 7th Round, 233rd Overall
- 2018 – Michael Dickson – Seahawks 5th Round, 149th Overall
- 2016 – Lachlan Edwards – Jets 7th Round, 235th Overall
- 2016 – Adam Gotsis – Broncos 2nd Round, 63rd Overall
- 2013 – Jesse Williams – Seahawks 5th Round, 137th Overall
- 1987 – Colin Scotts – Cardinals 3rd Round, 70th Overall
What is the current 2023 NFL Draft Order for Round 1?
1) Carolina Panthers (from Chicago)
2) Houston Texans
3) Arizona Cardinals
4) Indianapolis Colts
5) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)
6) Detroit Lions (from L.A. Rams)
7) Las Vegas Raiders
8) Atlanta Falcons
9) Chicago Bears (from Carolina)
10) Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)
11) Tennessee Titans
12) Houston Texans (from Cleveland)
13) New York Jets
14) New England Patriots
15) Green Bay Packers
16) Washington Commanders
17) Pittsburgh Steelers
18) Detroit Lions
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20) Seattle Seahawks
21) Los Angeles Chargers
22) Baltimore Ravens
23) Minnesota Vikings
24) Jacksonville Jaguars
25) New York Giants
26) Dallas Cowboys
27) Buffalo Bills
28) Cincinnati Bengals
29) New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco through Miami and Denver)
30) Philadelphia Eagles
31) Kansas City Chiefs