Who's going No. 1 overall? Who will be Mr. Irrelevant? Those two questions and others will be answered beginning on Thursday, May 8 when the 2014 NFL draft begins.
It's a three-day event that could play a role in crowning the 2015 Super Bowl champion and beyond.
Here's how you can watch all three days of action:
|Thursday, May 8||8 p.m.||1||ESPN, NFL Network||WatchESPN, NFL.com|
|Friday, May 9||6:30 p.m.||2-3||ESPN, NFL Network||WatchESPN, NFL.com|
|Saturday, May 10||Noon||4-7||ESPN, NFL Network||WatchESPN, NFL.com|
Per NFL.com, ESPN.com
Overview of Day 1
Only the first round of the draft occurs on Thursday.
Traditionally, Day 1 picks are the players most would expect to make an immediate impact. From the moment the Houston Texans select—or trade—the top pick, the majority of the NFL universe will have their eyes glued to the television or social media.
Teams have 10 minutes to make their selections.
So if you're a New England Patriots fan, you may be waiting until around 11 p.m. ET—or later—for the Pats' 29th overall pick.
Overview of Day 2
The second and third rounds take place on Friday. The time for selections drops to seven minutes for all teams.
Keep an eye on the San Francisco 49ers on Friday. The team has stockpiled five draft picks between the second and third rounds. They will spend a good amount of time on the clock on Day 2.
The Niners have a really good opportunity to address several positions within the first two days of the draft.
Overview of Day 3
On the final day, teams will have just five minutes to make their selections. The picks come in faster than the commentating team can react to, so expect a ton of backtracking.
This is also the day when a lot of well-known, top performers from college will hear their names called.
Players like Auburn's Tre Mason, Alabama's A.J. McCarron, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Clemson's Tajh Boyd are all likely to be picked on Day 3.
What does Mason have to say about being seen as a Day 3 selection?
First they hated then I turn them into believers!— Tre Mason (@TreMason21) April 24, 2014
Without a doubt, he and others have something to prove in the NFL. Unfortunately, Mason will need wrist surgery, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
We've seen several instances where players picked on Day 3—or at least in these rounds—have become solid contributors in the NFL.
Don't sleep on the third day.