Fans can watch the 2016 NFL Draft live online and see if the event itself can match the excitement of all the pre-draft drama.
In one of the busiest build-ups to the draft in recent memory, both of the top picks in the NFL Draft have been traded, with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles moving up to select quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz at 1 and 2.
The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will start Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. The second and third rounds will start Friday at 7 p.m. ET, and the remainder of the draft (all the way to the final pick of the seventh round) will start Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. The draft will be broadcast in full on the NFL Network while ESPN will cover all of the draft except for the action after 8 p.m. on Friday when it will turn over to ESPN2. Coverage of the 2016 NFL Draft will also be available live online (a link to the streaming video can be found below).
As Yahoo Sports noted, the 2016 NFL Draft is coming out of nowhere. The top two picks both had little national stature last year, with Goff going 8-5 on an otherwise unremarkable Cal team, and Wentz winning but on the FCS level.
And as late as December, mock drafts placed Goff somewhere around the edge of the first round. But he shot up the boards as the winter went on — as quarterbacks tend to do — and now is all but assured to be the top pick in the draft.
Goff played on some very bad Cal teams, but they steadily improved, making a bowl last year. Along the way, he developed into a quarterback that NFL scouts believe will be a solid starter in the league.
“I think you have to just go in there and work hard, keep your head down, stay under the radar and be low-key about things,” Goff said. “I know for all of us, there’s a preconceived notion for a first-round draft pick that you’re a prima donna, so you kind of want to dispel that right away. … First one there, last one to leave, show them you’re the real deal.”
Fans who watch the 2016 NFL Draft live online will likely see a few other signal-callers get picked early. Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch is projected to be a first-round pick, although mock drafts have him all over the board, anywhere from San Francisco 49ers at No. 7 all the way to the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos at No. 31.
The Broncos would likely be thrilled if Lynch were to fall that far and offer a path out of their quarterback quagmire, but even if he’s off the board, they could have a few other choices. Connor Cook and Christian Hackenberg could both end up being taken in the first round — or anywhere down to the third depending on how the rush for quarterbacks goes this year.
Fans who want to watch the 2016 NFL Draft live online can find the action at the NFL Network, and mobile users can watch through the network’s apps. Live streaming video of the draft can also be found through Watch ESPN and the Watch ESPN apps.
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