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The 2016 NFL Draft Is Finally Here!!

The 2016 NFL draft starts tonight, April 28 at 8:00 PM ET. The waiting is over and it’ll be interesting, as always, to see how this year’s big event plays out. Thursday night features the first round only. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday night.

The draft is scheduled to be televised on ESPN/ESPN2 and NFL Network. NFL draft analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper(ESPN) and Mike Mayock (NFL Network) anxiously await your choice. Or you could get two screens and go with both.

The first two picks in the draft are already thought to be known. Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are expected to be the first two picks off the board, and perhaps in that order.

Event: 81st Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting (aka 2016 NFL Draft)

Total Picks: 224 regular picks (32 teams over 7 rounds) plus 32 compensatory picks minus three forfeited picks = 253 total selections

Rounds four through seven take place on Saturday. Undrafted free agency begins as soon as the draft is over.


  • Round 1: Thursday, April 28, 8pm ET
  • Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 29, 7pm ET
  • Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 30, 12pm ET

Where: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University – Chicago, Illinois

Television Coverage: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 for all three days

Internet Streams: Live

Selection Time Limits:

  • Day 1: Round 1 – 10 minutes
  • Day 2: Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick
  • Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 – 4 Minutes Per Pick