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The league sent out a press release yesterday with some key points on the NFL Draft. There is nothing groundbreaking, but it is posted below the jump in case anybody is interested.


 

WHAT:

76th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

 

 

WHERE:

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City (Between 50th and 51st Streets).

 

 

WHEN:

8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 28 (Round 1).

 

6:00 PM ET, Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3).

 

Noon ET, Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7).

 

 

 

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET.  In 2010, the first round consumed three hours and 28 minutes.  The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 10:15 PM ET.  The second and third rounds took four hours and six minutes in 2010.  The draft will conclude at approximately 7:15 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds.  Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and eight minutes in 2010.

 

 

DRAFTING:

Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.

 

 

ROUNDS:

Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 28; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 29; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 30.

 

 

 

There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.

 

 

 

The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds – Round 3:  Carolina, 33.  Round 4:  Tennessee, 33; Green Bay, 34.  Round 5:  Baltimore, 33; Baltimore, 34.  Round 6:  New York Giants, 33; Kansas City, 34; Minnesota, 35; San Diego, 36; New York Giants, 37; Carolina, 38.  Round 7:  San Diego, 33; Miami, 34; Minnesota, 35; Philadelphia, 36; Tampa Bay, 37; San Francisco, 38; Philadelphia, 39; Oakland, 40; Seattle, 41; New Orleans, 42; Carolina, 43; Buffalo, 44; Cincinnati, 45; Denver, 46; Cleveland, 47; Arizona, 48; San Francisco, 49; Tennessee, 50; Dallas, 51; Washington, 52; Houston, 53.

 

 

 

New England (Nos. 17 and 28) has two selections in the first round.  Oakland does not have a first-round pick.  All other teams have one first-round selection.

 

 

TIME LIMITS:

Round 110 minutes per selection.  Round 2Seven minutes per selection.  Rounds 3 through 7Five minutes per selection.

 

 

TELEVISION:

NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 will televise the draft on all three days.

 

 

INTERNET & MOBILE:

Exclusive coverage and behind-the-scenes features on NFL.com and team websites for draft weekend will include:  “Draft Tracker” with real-time selection information as well as exclusive pick-by-pick analysis from NFL.com’s experts; exclusive interactive features, including “Fan War Rooms” where fans can discuss their favorite team’s picks, an aggregation of tweets and Twitter predictor tool enabling fans to follow the Draft conversation happening on Twitter; and polls on the NFL’s Facebook page; NFL.com’s LIVE coverage complementing NFL Network’s telecast with live look-ins, exclusive analysis and reports from New York in primetime on Thursday and Friday, plus all day on Saturday; and in-depth coverage from each team website. In addition, “NFL Mobile only from Verizon” will have extensive coverage leading up to and during the 2011 NFL Draft including a live stream of NFL Network and its 2011 NFL Draft coverage, a live draft tracker and draft pick analysis from NFL experts, and the first mobile “Fan War Rooms” integrated with those of NFL.com.