Hey folks. You're probably sitting at work or in class right now, itching to get out so you can get home and watch NFL Draft coverage on your television machine. Unfortunately for you, there's probably a good deal of time between when you get home and when the draft starts. Sorry about that! You have to wait another six hours from when this post went up to see anything. Sucks for you.
Both NFL Network and ESPN have live coverage of the draft, starting at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN's keeping their personnel a bit light on site at Radio City Music Hall, while NFL Network has decided to bring the entire gang along for the ride. The info on the broadcast teams, from a post by me at SBNation.com, can be found after the jump.
ESPN's coverage will feature Chris Berman as the host. He'll be joined by reporters Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, draft analyst Mel Kiper, and Suzy Kolber, who will conduct interviews. Todd McShay and Bill Polian will not be on site, but will offer their insight from ESPN studios.
NFL Network's coverage will be hosted by Rich Eisen. He'll be joined by NFL Draft expert Mike Mayock, former players Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, and former coach Steve Mariucci. Jason La Canfora and Michael Lombardi will be scouring for news, while Deion Sanders and Melissa Stark conduct interviews.
Personally, I'm going to be watching the NFL Network coverage because I think Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock are the best NFL guys on TV, whether it be for the draft, news shows or at games.
If you live in the greater Green Bay area, you should head over to the official team NFL Draft watch party. Here's the information, from Packers.com.
The Green Bay Packers today reminded fans about Thursday night's official 2012 NFL Draft Party, presented by New Era, being held at Curly's Pub located in Lambeau Field. The event will feature appearances by Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, General Manager Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, tackle Bryan Bulaga, and fullback John Kuhn.
The party is free to the public and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with activities beginning at 6 p.m.
We'll keep the open thread currently on top of the site going through the end of the first round. We'll also have a constantly updating post that has the picks for every team, and we'll have new articles whenever the Green Bay Packers do anything of note, like make a pick or a trade.