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NFL Draft 2021: What to Expect and Where to Watch in Vegas

Cleveland, Ohio Skyline for 2021 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft in Las Vegas was moved from 2020 to 2022, but that doesn’t mean 2021 isn’t still exciting. Learn more about the 2021 draft being held in Cleveland this year, find the best places to watch the NFL Draft in Vegas, and see some tips on how to bet on the draft to make this year’s activities the best yet.


Details for the NFL Draft 2021


The 86th annual NFL Draft will take place from April 29 to May 1 across iconic downtown Cleveland locations, including FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center. The schedule for each round is:

  • Round 1: Thursday, April 29 beginning at 8 p.m. ET
  • Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 30 beginning at 7 p.m. ET
  • Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 1beginning at 12 p.m. ET

A select number of NFL Draft prospects will take the stage while select fans and media will also be on-site. Building on the success of last year’s virtual draft, additional prospects will also participate in draft events remotely from their homes around the country.

The NFL Draft Main Stage will serve as the central hub for activities, including pick announcements made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The Main Stage will also feature daily performances by headlining acts to honor the spirit of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to picks made in Cleveland, additional selections from across the country will be made on Day 3 for Rounds 4-7.

All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ESPN, and ABC, including two nights of primetime coverage on April 29-30 and streaming on NFL.com


Football Player Catching Football


2021 NFL Draft Basics


Draft Order

The draft order for spots 1-20 is determined by the reverse order of the standings at the conclusion of the regular season. Barring trades, the team which finishes last will make the first pick of each round, while the NFL championship game winner will make the final selection of each round.

Spots 21-32 go to playoff teams with the order determined by which round teams are eliminated from the postseason plus their regular-season record. The NFL championship game winner is given the final pick of each round, as long as they haven’t made any trades.


Round Timing

Each team has up to 10 minutes to make its pick in Round 1, 7 minutes for Round 2, 5 minutes for Rounds 3-6, and 4 minutes for Round 7. If the clock expires before a team makes its selection, they are able to make the selection later but the next team is able to select their desired player.


Player Trades

Draft picks are eligible to be traded in exchange for other picks, future picks, or active NFL players at any point up until that draft spot takes place. Both teams must phone in a trade with the same information for league approval when made during the draft.


People Watching Football at Stadium Swim Pool in Las Vegas


Where to Watch the NFL Draft in Vegas


Circa Stadium Swim®

Grab a drink, lounge by the pool, and watch the NFL Draft at one of the coolest and most unique sports experiences in the world. Watch the NFL Draft in luxury at Stadium Swim where you can enjoy a 14M pixel screen from a perfect vantage point in any of the 6 pools, 337 chaise lounges, 30 cabanas, or 38 day beds. If you don’t want to leave the sun to head to the sportsbook inside the resort, no problem! Do your NFL Draft betting poolside at one of the Circa | Sports betting kiosks.


Circa Sportsbook at Circa Las Vegas

If you’re in Vegas during the draft, the ultimate place to watch and participate in NFL Draft betting, you really can’t beat the Circa | Sports sportsbook at Circa Resort. With the largest sportsbook experience in the world, top technology, high limits, and unbeatable hospitality, there is no better place for football draft needs. On top of the great sports betting experience, you can also enjoy the 78M pixel screen while grabbing a delicious burger from Victory Burger or a handcrafted cocktail from Overhang Bar. Stop by for a luxury NFL Draft viewing experience from every seat with live odds brought to you by Circa | Sports on April 29! For the first round, Circa Sportsbook will be featuring full audio to fully immerse yourself in the event.

In addition to the sportsbook at Circa Las Vegas, you can place your bets over the counter at the D, Golden Gate, Tuscany Suites, or via mobile on your Circa | Sports app anywhere in Nevada and Colorado.


Interior of Circa | Sports Sportsbook in Las Vegas


NFL Draft Betting


The most common bet type for NFL Draft betting is placing a prop bet on who will be the First Overall Pick. Bet options focus on the top draft prospects, especially at the skill positions. Betting options for prospects can include potential landing spots and draft spots. In addition to betting on First Overall Pick, you can place position-related bets. These can include betting on which players will be selected as first quarterback (QB), wide receiver (WR), or running back (RB), or betting on how many of a certain position will be selected in the first round.

In NFL Draft betting, like with betting the moneyline or the spread for games, you’re generally deciding between only two possible outcomes – either the Over/Under on draft position or the number of a certain position to be selected.


Looking Forward to the 2022 NFL Draft in Vegas


As things start to go back to normal and the draft falls back into its regular routine, we cannot wait for the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. After a successful virtual event in 2020 and a promising 2021 draft ahead of us in Cleveland, we know that the 2022 events here in our great city will truly be a sporting event to look forward to. It might be a year away, but we’re already planning how to give you the ultimate draft experience at Circa | Sports next year.

Until then, we look forward to seeing you for the 2021 NFL Draft and being your premier spot for NFL Draft betting in Vegas. See you soon!