Each spring brings hope for National Football League (NFL) teams, especially for those that had poor win-loss records in the previous season. The NFL draft is held in April and is the opportunity for teams to improve their roster by adding those college players considered to be the most talented in the world.

NFL teams develop their player rosters through three methods: free-agent signings, trading their players for players from other teams, and drafting college players who have declared themselves eligible for the NFL draft. The NFL draft is a two-day event in which all 32 teams take their turns selecting these players.

In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll take a closer look at the event that determines the future success of NFL teams by explaining the ground rules of the event, the selection process, and who is eligible to be drafted.

2003 NFL Draft
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York

Doors to the Theater at Madison Square Garden open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. All seating is general admission, with a capacity for the draft of 4,000 people.

April 26 (Rounds 1-3) at noon
April 27 (Rounds 4-7) at 11 a.m.

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