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NFL Draft 2016 TV Schedule: Dates, Times, TV Coverage, & Players in Attendance

Get ready for the Draft with a full schedule of events and TV broadcasts.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 NFL Draft is almost upon us, so ti's time to take a close look at the draft schedule and TV broadcasts in order to plan out the week. 2016 marks the seventh year that the draft takes place over three days and occupies prime time slots, a process that started with the 2010 Draft.

This is also the second year that the draft will be held in Chicago. The event was moved there last season after a long tenure at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Green Bay Packers are currently scheduled to be on the clock late in the first round on Thursday, with pick #27 likely coming up sometime around 9:00 PM Central time.

Click here for a full seven-round draft order.

Round One: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

7:00 PM Central

The first round of the draft gets underway Thursday evening, when 31 picks will be announced. Each team will have ten minutes on the clock, a reduction from the 15-minute clock that used to exist several years ago. Both ESPN and NFL Network will be covering the draft, with plenty of pre-draft coverage taking place throughout the day.


12:30-1:30 - NFL Insiders (ESPN)
1:30-2:30 - NFL Live (ESPN)
6:00-7:00 - SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown (ESPN)
7:00-10:30 - NFL Draft (ESPN)

NFL Network

12:00-7:00 - NFL Kickoff
7:00-10:30 - NFL Draft

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 29th, 2016

6:00 PM Central

The second day starts an hour earlier than day one, and it covers the next two rounds. Teams will have time limits of seven minutes (for round two) and five minutes (round three). At the current time, ESPN's draft coverage of day two is scheduled to start on ESPN for the first hour, then move over to ESPN2 for the second.


12:30-1:30 - NFL Insiders (ESPN)
1:30-2:30 - NFL Live (ESPN)
6:00-7:00 - NFL Draft (ESPN)
7:00-10:30 - NFL Draft (ESPN2)

NFL Network

12:00-6:00 - NFL Draft Kickoff
6:00-10:00 - NFL Draft

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 30th, 2016

11:00 AM Central

The fourth through seventh rounds take place during the day on Saturday, with five-minute time limits for each pick. Currently the Packers hold six picks on day three - one in each round, plus an extra two compensatory picks in round 4. Undrafted free agent signings will likely come fast and furious following the conclusion of round seven. As always, stay tuned to either ESPN or NFL Network for your favorite analysts' takes on the late-round picks.


11:00 AM-7:00 PM: NFL Draft (ESPN)

NFL Network

9:00-11:00 - NFL Draft Kickoff
11:00-6:30 - NFL Draft

Players Attending NFL Draft

Finally, here is the complete list of players who will be in attendance in Chicago this week, as announced by

  • QB Jared Goff, California
  • QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  • RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  • OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
  • OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
  • OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  • OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
  • WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
  • WR Josh Doctson, TCU
  • WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
  • DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  • DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
  • DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
  • DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
  • DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
  • DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
  • DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
  • DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
  • LB Myles Jack, UCLA
  • LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
  • LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
  • CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
  • CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
  • CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  • S Keanu Neal, Florida