KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Check back throughout Thursday as the KSHB 41 team brings you the best stories and coverage from the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City!
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m. |The Kansas City Chiefs selected K-State defensive Felix Anudike-Uzomah in the first round of the NFL Draft.
UPDATE, 10:47 p.m. | Linebacker Nolan Smith from Georgia adds to a collection of Bulldogs draft picks after the Philadelphia Eagles select him 30th overall.
UPDATE, 10:38 p.m. | Clemson has back-to-back picks in the first round after the New Orleans Saints selected DT Bryan Bresee at No. 29.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m. | Defensive end Myles Murphy from Clemson will still be wearing orange and white after the Cincinnati Bengals selected him at No. 28.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m. | The Jaguars take LT Anton Harrison from Oklahoma with the 27th overall pick.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. | The Dallas Cowboys add to their defense with the selection of defensive tackle Mazi Smith from Michigan at No. 26.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m. | The first tight end is off the board after the Buffalo Bills take Dalton Kincaid from Utah at No. 25. The Bills traded picks 27 and 130 to the Jaguars to get the 25th pick.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m. | Cornerback Deonte Banks from Maryland ends the wide receiver streak at four as the New York Giants trade up to No. 24 to select him. The Giants sent the Jacksonville Jaguars picks 25, 160 and 240 to get the 24th pick in return.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m. | The streak of wide receivers continues as the Minnesota Vikings select Jordan Addison from USC with the 23rd overall pick.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m. | Baltimore gets QB Lamar Jackson, who signed a five-year, $260 million deal earlier Thursday, some more offensive help after selecting WR Zay Flowers 22nd overall.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m. | The second wide receiver is off the board as the Los Angeles Chargers select Quentin Johnston from TCU at No. 21.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m. | The Seattle Seahawks select wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigbaa from Ohio State 20th overall to pair with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m. | With the first pick in the post-Tom Brady era for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they select defensive end Calijah Kancey from Pittsburgh at No. 19.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m. | The Detroit Lions switch to the defensive side of the ball with their second pick of the first round, selecting linebacker Jack Campbell from Iowa 18th overall.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m. | Back-to-back cornerbacks have been selected after the New England Patriots pick Christian Gonzalez from Oregon 17th overall.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m. | With the 16th overall pick, the Washington Commanders selected cornerback Emmanuel Forbes from Mississippi State, where he set the FBS career record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown with six.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m. | Linebacker Will McDonald IV from Iowa State is heading to the New York J-E-T-S at No. 15.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m. | Three of the last five picks have been offensive linemen after the Pittsburgh Steelers trade up to draft offensive tackle Broderick Jones from Georgia with the 14th overall pick.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m. | The Green Bay Packers focus on defense with the 13th overall pick, selecting linebacker Lukas Van Ness from Iowa.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m. | Running back Jahmyr Gibbs from Alabama is Detroit bound as two running backs have been selected in the top 12 of the draft.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m. | Another offensive lineman is off the board as the Tennessee Titans select Peter Skoronski from Northwestern with the 11th overall pick.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m. | The Chicago Bears shore up their offensive line by picking offensive tackle Darnell Wright from Tennessee 10th overall.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m. | Defensive tackle Jalen Carter, a two-time CFP national champion with the Georgia Bulldogs, has been selected by the Philadelphia Eagles after they moved up one spot to pick him.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m. | Standout Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson will be heading to the Atlanta Falcons as the eighth overall pick.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m. | One of the Chiefs' division rivals, the Oakland Raiders, selected LB Tyree Wilson from Texas Tech with the seventh overall pick.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m. | After trading up to No. 6, the Arizona Cardinals have selected offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. from Ohio State.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m. | Fifth overall pick CB Devon Witherspoon from Illinois will be a Seattle Seahawk. 'Captain Seahawk' must be proud!
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m. | The Indianapolis Colts select QB Anthony Richardson from Florida with the fourth overall pick.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m. | QB CJ Stroud from Ohio State goes second overall to the Houston Texans and, after a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, also picks LB Will Anderson Jr. from Alabama third overall.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m. | With the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers selected QB Bryce Young from Alabama.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m. | As we await the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, here's a look back at the history of Kansas, Kansas State and Mizzou first-round picks in the draft.
UPDATE, 6:50 p.m. | The NFL Draft Experience, which can host around 60,000 people, has reached capacity as the 2023 NFL Draft is set to begin.
KSHB 41 spoke to security at the north lawn of the World War I Museum and Memorial who said KCFD officials said it's at capacity.
UPDATE, 6:42 p.m. | Olathe South and Kansas graduate Don Davis had a long and winding road to an 11-year NFL career, which included exchanging a promising career at Foot Locker to keep his pro-football dream alive and an awkward exchange between his wife and Adam Vinatieri.
Davis' career, which started as an undrafted player out of college, ended with two Super Bowl championships.
UPDATE, 6:33 p.m. | NFL fans wore their team’s gear with pride as they headed for the NFL Draft.
NFL fans from across the country donned their team’s battle gear and headed for the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City. Trust us - they’re quite the passionate bunch.https://t.co/QLxgS7CKQw— KSHB 41 News (@KSHB41) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 6:20 p.m. | KSHB 41's JuYeon Kim shines a light on card collectors and business owners taking advantage of the NFL Draft.
The trading card industry is serious business!! Market research shows it’ll be worth $98 billion by 2027.— JuYeon Kim (@JuYeonKimTV) April 27, 2023
I had the fun assignment of talking to local collectors and business owners about the impact of the NFL Draft on their passion.
Should I get into it? 🤔 @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/7GtM3tLD0Y
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m. | Our cameras were rolling all afternoon as fans flowed onto the north lawn of the National World War I Museum and Memorial ahead of opening night of the 2023 NFL Draft.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m. | The weather won't be an issue today for anyone attending the NFL Draft, according to KSHB 41 Chief Meteorologist Mike Nicco.
Happy #NFLDraft2023 Day!— Mike Nicco (@MikeNiccoKSHB41) April 27, 2023
More than 40,000 already visiting the #NFLDraft Experience.
Comfy & dry this evening. Clouds hold onto their drops & keeps us from cooling much. @KSHB41 #KCwx #kswx #mowx pic.twitter.com/m9UxixMayR
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m. | KU, K-State and Mizzou have all had a history of sending players to the next level. How many of these players do you remember?
There have been nearly three dozen players from @KU_Football, @KStateFB and @MizzouFootball picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. See how many of these players you remember: https://t.co/p9iIVc3q2C pic.twitter.com/HkzespoeQO— KSHB 41 News (@KSHB41) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. | Clark Hunt and the rest of the crew walk in stride on the red carpet.
UPDATE, 5:19 p.m. | If you look closely, you can see Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt wearing an important piece of jewelry.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m. | Potential Chiefs first-round pick Zay Flowers is dressed to impress as well.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m. | KSHB 41's Dia Wall gets a chance to speak with Gracie Hunt, the daughter of Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt. Both are looking sharp!
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m. | Don't expect to get any secrets out of Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton regarding who the team is going to pick in the first round later tonight.
Talked with Nick Bolton moments ago. He doesn’t know who the Chiefs are taking in the first round… #ChiefsKingdom #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/cw4dcIeGLT— McKenzie Nelson (@McKenzieMNelson) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 4:58 p.m. | Former Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson was the first prospect to walk the red carpet.
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m. | Randi Mahomes and Variety, the Children's Charity pulled up to the red carpet.
UPDATE, 4:38 p.m. | Fans continue to roam around at the NFL Draft Experience.
The #NFLDraft fan experience is happening now. Thousands of fans are at the WWI Museum & Memorial. I’ll have live reports at 5 & 6 on @KSHB41. pic.twitter.com/cZ6y59NhXO— Bryant Maddrick (@BryantOnTV) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. | A couple of Chiefs season ticket holders will get the opportunity to walk the red carpet Thursday, just like some NFL prospects will do in a few minutes.
UPDATE, 4:06 p.m. | Speaking of the Chiefs, KSHB 41 sports reporter McKenzie Nelson is at the team's media room where head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach will discuss the draft later tonight.
The party may be at Union Station but this is where the magic happens #ChiefsKingdom #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/woEGcLTPdV— McKenzie Nelson (@McKenzieMNelson) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m. | Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was drafted six years ago today, but some NFL fans are less excited about his success than others.
The #Mahomes slander overheard in the crowd from other teams’ fans at the #NFLDraft is the funniest, saddest thing I’ve heard in a while.— Taylor Hemness (@taylorhemness) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. | Fans of many different NFL teams are outside to soak in the environment before the NFL Draft begins.
The people are out and about #NFLDraft @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/RISES6upJW— Kevin Holmes (@kholmesKSHB) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 3 p.m. | Here's some pictures of kids showing off their skills on the field before the start of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Look at kids showing off their skills as the clock ticks down for the start of the #NFLDraft2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.https://t.co/dXLIhwosbF— KSHB 41 News (@KSHB41) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 2 p.m. | As crowds continue to gather in-person at the 2023 NFL Draft, millions more will tune in to one of several broadcasts.
Earlier this month, KSHB 41 anchor Dia Wall spoke with Sada K., the singer who will have the mic at the start of Thursday night's events for the NFL Draft opening song.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m. | Despite it being several hours before the start of the draft, fans are already filling up the north lawn of the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Here's some video we shot from our camera position looking back at the Liberty Memorial:
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m. | Barbecue is basically the official food of the 2023 NFL Draft (some are wondering what the "official" food will be at next year's NFL Draft in Detroit).
On Thursday, members of the ESPN draft coverage team took a sampling of barbecue from Joe's KC.
When in Kansas City...@danorlovsky7, @RGIII, @nfldraftscout & @tyreewilson77 sample @joeskc pic.twitter.com/zpvcx34gIP— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 1 p.m. | Not one to miss out on an opportunity to return to Kansas City, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill was among those at the NFL Draft Experience Thursday.
While we countdown to the NFL Draft, Former Chief Tyreek Hill is also here showing fans some love. @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/RDPulPknSZ— Alyssa Jackson KSHB 41 (@thealyssaj) April 27, 2023
KSHB 41 reporter Alyssa Jackson caught Hill as he signed autographs for fans.
UPDATE, 12:40 p.m | KSHB 41 reporter Alyssa Jackson has made her way inside the NFL Draft experience and captured this time lapse as fans start to enjoy the festivities.
THE NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE: It’s open. It’s packed! People are bringing the energy early! Here’s a time lapse of us walking through. @KSHB41 has live coverage for you all day. Tune in. pic.twitter.com/AzWimfQokH— Alyssa Jackson KSHB 41 (@thealyssaj) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 12:20 p.m. | KSHB 41 reporter Daniela Leon is finding fans from across the country, including this Seahawks fan donned in a "customized" Russell Wilson jersey.
This guy and his @DangeRussWilson Seahawk jersey 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/l7HR1BA1tn— Daniela Leon (@danielaleontv) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, Noon | Earlier today, KSHB 41 anchor Talyor Hemness spoke with ESPN Draft Analyst and Missour-native Matt Miller about what Chiefs fans should expect from the team during this week's draft.
Thanks again to @nfldraftscout for his time. Spoiler alert: he says don’t be shocked when #ChiefsKingdom trades up. https://t.co/U6ia69JoCI— Taylor Hemness (@taylorhemness) April 27, 2023
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m. | KSHB 41 reporter Daniela Leon is hanging out with fans waiting to get into the NFL Draft Experience at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
While the opening of the NFL Draft Experience was originally slated for noon, security teams were considering opening it slightly earlier.
It opened at 11:32! What a good day to be a Kansas Citian! @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/fwXN6Of7BV— Daniela Leon (@danielaleontv) April 27, 2023
The NFL Draft Experience is set to run through 10 p.m. tonight.
LEARN MORE | What to expect at the NFL Draft Experience
UPDATE, 11 a.m. | Here’s a look at the scene outside the entrance of the NFL Draft Experience.
We are a little over an hour until the @NFLDraft experience opens its doors! We will have all the details on @KSHB41 at 11! pic.twitter.com/bA1Z3Nwyw7— Daniela Leon (@danielaleontv) April 27, 2023
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