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The 2018 NFL Draft starts tonight. Here’s the TV schedule and everything you need to know

The Atlanta Falcons will be on the clock sometime late tonight.

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Today’s the day. No more speculation, no more mock drafts for like four-to-five months, and plenty of clarity about where the Falcons are going next once we see their selections.

You can expect the team to tackle defensive tackle, whether it’s in the first round or the third, in order to fill in their biggest remaining weakness. Otherwise, they’ll likely go for self-identified short and long term solutions on defense and at skill positions on offense who fit their preferred athletic profiles. It sounds dull on paper, and the draft can be interminable, but the Falcons could get difference makers for years to come over the next three days. That is exciting.

Here’s what you need to know for tonight and the next two days.

Key NFL Draft Info

Where: A&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Channel: NFL Network & ESPN, with FOX handling a simulcast of Rounds 1-3 on Thursday and Friday night and ABC handling Rounds 4-7 on Saturday


Round 1

Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. EST

Rounds 2-3

Friday, April 27, 7 p.m. EST

Round 4-7

Saturday, April 28, 12 p.m. EST

2018 Falcons Draft Picks

Round 1: #26

Round 2: #58

Round 3: #90

Round 4: #126

Round 6: #200

Round 7: #244

Round 7: #256

Top Draft Needs

#1: Defensive Tackle

#2: Linebacker

#3: Wide Receiver

#4: Safety

#5: Cornerback