It's finally here.
After months of speculation, countless mock drafts, hours spent watching film on YouTube, even more hours spent at the bar debating with your buddies about who your favorite team should draft and every Mike Mayock, Matt Miller or Mel Kiper, Jr. scouting report you surely read, the NFL draft is here.
It's like Christmas morning, only in April and at night. Okay, it's only sort of like Christmas morning.
I know you don't want to miss a single selection, trade—and I believe there will be quite a few in the first round, maybe as many as last year—or argument between the NFL Network crew or ESPN talking heads about a player picked "too early."
Unless you are watching on Twitter, of course—spoiler alert! Below I've listed all of the information you'll need to ensure you can watch every round of this year's draft
|Round||When (All Times Eastern)||Watch||Streaming|
|Round 1||Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m.||ESPN; NFL Network||NFL.com|
|Rounds 2-3||Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.||ESPN; NFL Network||NFL.com|
|Rounds 4-7||Saturday, April 27, 12 p.m.||ESPN; NFL Network||NFL.com|
Mock Drafts to Keep You in the Loop
Want to know what to expect tonight? How about a few last-minute mocks to keep you up-to-date?
We start with Bleacher Report expert Timothy Rapp and his latest mock draft. Wait a second—I'm Timothy Rapp! Who snuck that mock in here?
For the real Bleacher Report draft expert, be sure to take a look at Matt Miller's full seven-round mock. Does anybody work harder than that guy?
Mike Mayock finally released his mock draft, which is definitely worth a look as Mayock is normally on point at the draft.
A Quick Preview
Here are a few quick-hit thoughts on tonight's draft:
- Don't be surprised if the Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns all trade back. With a number of teams interested in offensive tackles, gaining a top-six pick is vital.
- Three offensive tackles—Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson—will be taken in the first seven picks.
- Don't be surprised when the Buffalo Bills select a quarterback with the No. 8 pick. And don't be surprised if it's—gasp!—Matt Barkley.
- While I think he's risky given his size, Tavon Austin very well may end up being a top-10 pick.
- The Jets will use both first-round picks to improve the defense. Mark it down.
- Manti Te'o will be selected in the first round, and could be selected as high as the late teens.
- The biggest name that could drop more than you think? Cornerback Dee Milliner, who has had five surgeries in his career.
- The sleeper that may be selected way earlier than expected? Cornerback D.J. Hayden, who could sneak into the first round after being medically cleared.
- The pick that could end up defining this draft in years to come? E.J. Manuel to the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (or late first round if they trade up to select him). Manuel in Chip Kelly's offense seems like a match made in heaven.