2016 NFL Draft 101

Pro Talk

Finally, my friends, the NFL draft is here. The draft is a little crumb to our starved and hungry football souls. The offseason sometimes feels like a game of frogger. You intently watch your team move ahead one space only to be crushed by an oncoming car in the form of a favorite player leaving or the long-term signing of an unwanted player.

First thing we’re going to do is talk about the rules of the draft, what goes on, and how it goes on. Second, I’m going to provide the link where you can view this years’ draft order.

An interesting tidbit is that the NFL requires a player be out of high school for at least 3 years before being eligible to enter the draft. If you’re into useless trivia you’ll be interested to know that the first draft took place February 8, 1936. The first pick of the first draft ever was Jay Berwanger. He was picked by the Eagles who then traded him to the Bears, but he never signed with them because Berwanger wanted a salary of $15,000 and the Bears’ owner George Halas was only willing to pay him $13,500. So he took a job at a rubber company. Berwanger later said he regretted not taking Halas’ offer.

There are 7 rounds in the draft, which means each team gets a total of 7 selections when the draft is completed. This usually isn’t the case however since draft picks have been used as a currency of sorts. Draft picks can be attached to players in trades or if a team wants a player bad enough, they will give the retaining team certain picks in exchange for the player. If a player is an RFA (Restricted Free Agent), the original team gets compensatory draft picks if they decide not to retain rights and allow them to sign with another team. Teams can trade draft picks, unless they are compensatory picks. The draft order is determined by which team sucked the most the previous season. So, the Super Bowl Champions get last pick.

Here is something you’re going to hear often in relation to the draft. There is a difference between an overall pick and a pick where they put a number in front of it. For example, if Goff is taken 1st in the 1st round, he is the 1st overall pick of the 2016 draft. If DeForest Buckner is taken as the 1st pick in the 2nd round of the draft, he is still a number 1 pick, just not the overall number 1 pick. He’d be the 33rd overall pick. So if somebody is the 5th overall pick of the draft it means they were taken as the 5th pick in the first round. See how that works? I seriously hope I didn’t confuse the heck out of you.

Side note: there are only 31 picks in the first round of the draft this year because the NFL took the Patriots’ first round pick away for their role in Deflategate (don’t even get me started on it).

There is a time limit that each team gets to make their selection. If they fail to make their selection in the allotted time, the team behind them can turn in their selection and essentially move ahead of the idiot late team. The time limits are as follows:

Round 1 – 10 minutes

Round 2 – 7 minutes

Round 3 – 5 minutes

Round 4 – 5 minutes

Round 5 – 5 minutes

Round 6 – 5 minutes

Round 7 – 5 minutes

The draft is being held at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater, round 1 starts Thursday April 28th at 8 pm EST. You can watch the draft on ESPN and NFL Network. Rounds 2 and 3 are Friday April 29th at 7 pm EST, you can’t watch them on the same channel, note though that ESPN’s coverage moves to ESPN 8 “The Ocho” (just kidding it’s ESPN 2) at 8 pm EST. Rounds 4 – 7 are on Saturday April 30 at Noon EST on the same channels.

A lot of the players come to the actual event, but some of them decide to stay home and watch it with their families. From what I understand and have seen, the prospect will get a call from the owner, coach, or whoever, that tells them they want to draft them. The kid obviously says yes and everybody celebrates.

What I want to know is, what if your most hated team calls you? You have to say yes because it’s the NFL calling, but inside you’re lamenting the fact that you have to wear their ugly colors and live in a city you could potentially hate! There’s always the chance they’ll trade you (you hope).

OK so on to draft order. Click the link below and it will take you to the NFL’s website with the complete draft order. Take a look at where your team falls in the draft order and how many picks they get. If a team plays it right, they could clean up at the draft and really boost their team.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles who traded their souls to the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns for the 1st and 2nd overall picks this year, better make these picks count considering what you gave up to get them.

2016 NFL Draft Order

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