The draft was shown on ESPN both days and eventually moved to ESPN2 both days. The draft began with the San Diego Chargers selecting Eli Manning who was later traded to the New York Giants in the Manning-Rivers trade. There were 32 compensatory selections distributed among 16 teams, with the Eagles, Rams, and Jets each receiving 4 compensatory picks. The draft set several records, including the most wide receivers selected in the first round, with seven. Another record set by the draft was the most trades in the first round, with twenty-eight trades. The University of Miami set an NFL record for the most first rounders drafted with 6. Ohio State set an NFL draft record having 14 total players selected through all rounds. The 255 players chosen in the draft were composed of:
↑#1: San Diego → New York Giants. San Diego traded Manning to the New York Giants in exchange for Philip Rivers and the Giants' third round selection in this draft (#65) and their first and fifth-round selections in 2005
↑ Oakland → Houston (PD). Houston acquired this pick from Oakland in exchange for Houston's extra expansion third-round pick (#Pick 83|#83) and Houston's seventh-round selection (#Pick 262|#262) in the 2003 draft. 
↑The Cowboys received this pick from the Buffalo Bills as well as the Bills' fifth round pick (144th overall) and first round pick in 2005 in exchange for the Cowboys' first round pick in this draft (22nd overall).
↑The Cowboys received this pick from the Buffalo Bills as well as the Bills' second round pick (43rd overall) and first round pick in 2005 in exchange for the Cowboys' first round pick in this draft (22nd overall).