The Buffalo Bills are picking 30th in the 2021 NFL Draft—the latest they’ve ever picked in the first round. With changes made to the NFL Draft since the Bills picked 27th in the last few picks of the first round, moving the event from Saturday afternoon to Thursday night in primetime, it’s also going to mean Bills fans are sleepy at work on Friday morning. (Note: for clarity, all times are EDT.)
In 2020, the Miami Dolphins selected Noah Igbinoghene at 11:55 p.m. and The Phinsider published their article at 11:59. In 2019, it was 11:42 p.m. when the New York Giants traded up to get Deandre Baker with Big Blue View being slow on the draw due to the trade up, publishing just after midnight. In 2018, things moved quicker, and at 11:25 p.m. the Minnesota Vikings took Mike Hughes and the Daily Norseman published two minutes later. In 2017, it was even earlier at 11:23, when the Pittsburgh Steelers took T.J. Watt and Behind the Steel Curtain published at 11:30.
If you’re worried about a trade up, it’s pretty reasonable that you don’t have to tune in until at least 10 p.m. That when the Denver Broncos picked at number 15 last year. Buffalo would have to give up massive assets to move up that far and that feels unlikely.
While Friday night starts earlier at 7:00 p.m., it also includes the third round. It was almost 10 p.m. EDT when the Kansas City Chiefs picked Willie Gay 63 overall in 2020 and 11:24 p.m. when the Titans picked Darrynton Evans at 93.
Put on a pot of coffee and keep it locked into Buffalo Rumblings.