The 2015 NFL Draft is (finally!) almost here. In just a few hours, that will probably feel like an eternity, we will finally know what the Tennessee Titans decide to do with the #2 pick. Will they draft Marcus Mariota? Will they trade the pick to the Cleveland Browns or Philadelphia Eagles? Will they trade the pick to the San Diego Chargers for Philip Rivers? Trust me, no one is more tired than I am of thinking about the answer to those questions. We will know soon.
As always, we will have 2 choices of where to watch the draft- ESPN and the NFL Network. I don't have the NFL Network, so I will be watching the stylings of Mel Kiper and Chris Berman. You can also follow the draft on Twitter. The ESPN and NFL Network analysts have agreed not to post the picks on Twitter before they are announced on TV. You can believe that guys like Jason LaCanfora and Jay Glazer have made no such agreements.
Here is everything you need to know about watching the 2015 NFL Draft:
Round One: Thursday, April 30th
7:00 PM Central
The first round begins at 7 and will of course be televised on both ESPN and NFL Network. Time on the clock for each pick will be ten minutes. But as one would expect both networks will have coverage leading up to the first round much of the day.
Rounds Two and Three - Friday, May 1st
6:00 PM Central
Everything gets going an hour earlier on Friday so the league can fit two rounds of the draft into Prime Time. The second round will have seven minutes per pick, and the third round five minutes (with the exception of the three compensatory picks after the third round, which get four minutes each).
Rounds Four through Seven - Saturday, May 2nd
11:00 AM Central
On Saturday, the draft wraps up with the final four rounds. ESPN is showing just the draft itself, as it has other non-NFL-specific programming (read: lots and lots of SportsCenter) planned for the morning. Picks in rounds four through six are five minutes each, while the seventh round and all compensatory picks are four minutes apiece.
Players Attending Draft
The NFL has extended invitations to numerous players to attend the draft in Chicago, and 28 players accepted. Here's the list of players who will be in attendance, as announced by NFL.com.
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
WR Devin Smith, Ohio State
WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
WR Kevin White, West Virginia
OL La'el Collins, LSU
OL Cameron Erving, Florida State
OL D.J. Humphries, Florida
OL Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
OL Andrus Peat, Stanford
OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OL Donovan Smith, Penn State
OL Laken Tomlinson, Duke
S Landon Collins, Alabama
CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
CB Byron Jones, Connecticut
CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
LB Benardrick McKinney
LB/DE Vic Beasley, Clemson
LB/DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Kentucky
LB/DE Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida
LB/DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska
LB/DE Shane Ray, Missouri
DL Arik Armstead, Oregon
DL Danny Shelton, Washington
DL Leonard Williams, USC