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NFL Draft '98 basics

What: The 1998 National Football League Draft.

Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.

When: Saturday, April 18 (Rounds 1-3) at Noon (EDT). Sunday, April 19 (Rounds 4-7) at 11 a.m. Saturday's action should conclude by approximately 10 p.m. ET. Sunday should end at approximately 5 p.m. ET.

Drafting: Representatives of the 30 NFL clubs will be in contact with their general managers, head coaches and scouts.

Rounds: Seven (229 total picks). Each team was assigned one pick per round based on the reverse order of finish in the 1997 season. In addition, a total of 19 compensatory choices have been awarded to 14 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year. Two teams will have two selections each in the first round -- Jacksonville (Nos. 9 and 25), Cincinnati (Nos. 13 and 17) and New England (Nos. 18 and 22). Buffalo, Washington and the New York Jets do not have first-round picks.

Time limits: Teams will have 15 minutes to make their picks in the first round, 10 minutes in the second round and five minutes in the remaining rounds.

Tickets: Made available to fans on a first-come, first-served complimentary basis on April 18. Commemorative NFL draft tickets will be distributed at the Madison Square Garden box office beginning at 9 a.m. that day. Any remaining tickets will be made available on Sunday, April 19 beginning at 9 a.m. One ticket will be distributed per person and can be used for admission on both April 18-19. All seating is general admission. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Theater at Madison Square Garden will seat 4,000 for the draft.



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