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Welcome to the 2015 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Online Streaming, Draft Order etc.

The NFL Draft takes place this weekend. You'll find all necessary information here.

Get this party started.
Get this party started.
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It seems like yesterday that the New England Patriots have lifted the Lombardi Trophy toward the Arizona sky after winning their fourth Super Bowl in dramatic fashion. Yet, here we are almost exactly three months removed from that memorable day.

Welcome to the 2015 NFL College Player Draft.

The first of three days full of analysis, reaches and steals is today and this is the article aimed to inform you about the event.

General Information

Day One (Round 1): April 30, 8 p.m. ET
Day Two (Rounds 2-3): May 1, 7 p.m. ET
Day Three (Round 4-7): May 2, 12 p.m. ET

Venue: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago IL

Broadcast: NFL Network, ESPN (ESPN2 broadcasts all three days)

Online: Live Stream, WatchESPN

Draft Rules

Today, the first round of the 2015 draft takes place, this means that 32 players will get selected today. Each team has 10 minutes to make or trade its selection. In general, the allotted times look as follows:

Day 1:
Round 1: 10 minutes per pick

Day 2:
Round 2: 7 minutes
Round 3: 5 minutes (compensatory picks: 4 minutes)

Day 3:
Rounds 4-6: 5 minutes (compensatory picks: 4 minutes)
Round 7: 4 minutes (compensatory picks: 4 minutes)

When a team fails to submit its pick during the allotted time, the selection will defer to the next team. The initial team can pick at any point after, but lower ranked teams might draft players before the initial team is able to hand in its pick.

Draft Order

Teams pick in the reversed order of their 2014 season. The worst team -- the 2-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- picks first, the Super Bowl Champion Patriots pick last. Teams that made the playoffs last year are ordered by which round they are eliminated, while teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular season record.

If two teams happen to have the same 2014 record and elimination point, strength of schedule becomes the tiebreaker. The team with the lower strength of schedule picks first. If two teams' strength of schedule is the same, the order will be decided by division tiebreakers, conference tiebreakers or, if everything else is identical, by coin flip.

Due to trades, the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks are not scheduled to pick today, while the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to pick to twice.

The first round order looks as follows:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2 Tennessee Titans

3 Jacksonville Jaguars

4 Oakland Raiders

5 Washington Redskins

6 New York Jets

7 Chicago Bears

8 Atlanta Falcons

9 New York Giants

10 St. Louis Rams

11 Minnesota Vikings

12 Cleveland Browns

13 New Orleans Saints

14 Miami Dolphins

15 San Francisco 49ers

16 Houston Texans

17 San Diego Chargers

18 Kansas City Chiefs

19 Cleveland Browns (from the Buffalo Bills)

20 Philadelphia Eagles

21 Cincinnati Bengals

22 Pittsburgh Steelers

23 Detroit Lions

24 Arizona Cardinals

25 Carolina Panthers

26 Baltimore Ravens

27 Dallas Cowboys

28 Denver Broncos

29 Indianapolis Colts

30 Green Bay Packers

31 New Orleans Saints (from the Seattle Seahawks)

32 New England Patriots

Patriots-related Information

New England's 2015 draft selections look, as of now, as follows:

Round Overall Pick How Acquired
1 32 Assigned Selection
2 64 Assigned Selection
3 96 Assigned Selection
97 Compensatory Selection
4 101 Obtained from Tampa Bay

131 Assigned Selection
6 178 Obtained from Tampa Bay
7 219 Obtained from Tennessee
253 Compensatory Selection

The Patriots have traded their fifth round selection to the Buccaneers for linebacker Jonathan Casillas and Tampa Bay's sixth round pick (#178). The team has also traded its original sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans for linebacker Akeem Ayers and the Titans' seventh round selection. New England has also traded its original seventh round pick to the St. Louis Rams in 2012 for wide receiver Greg Salas.

The Patriots are familiar with the position they are in, having held each round's last pick three prior times. In 2002, the team traded up in the first round to select tight end Daniel Graham, while in 2004 and 2005, New England selected tight end Benjamin Watson and offensive tackle Logan Mankins, respectively, with the 32nd overall pick.


With all the information, one question still remains: what will the Patriots do today?