2015 NFL Draft: Schedule, TV Channel, Broadcast Teams and More


It’s finally here: the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off tonight in Chicago.

The 2015 installment of the NFL Draft will be the 80th in league history. This year, the draft moves from Radio City Music Hall in New York City (where it has been held since 2006) to the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. This is the first NFL Draft in 50 years that won’t be held in New York.

Here’s everything you need to know about the draft:

• Round 1: Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m. central

Teams will be allotted 10 minutes to make their selections in the first round of the NFL Draft.

• Rounds 2-3: Friday, May 1, 6 p.m. central

Teams will have 7 minutes to select second round prospects, and will have a 5-minute limit in the third round.

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• Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. central

Rounds 4, 5, and 6 will also feature 5-minute time limits, while teams will have 4 minutes to make selections in the 7th round.

• TV Channel

The draft can be seen in its entirety on either ESPN or the NFL Network.

Here’s ESPN’s draft coverage:

"On Thursday, April 30, Chris Berman (covering his 35th draft) will host Round 1 with NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. (his 32nd), Super Bowl winning head coach and Monday Night Footballanalyst Jon Gruden, and two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report from another set inside the theatre and NFL Insiders host Suzy Kolber will conduct interviews on the gold carpet and inside the green room.On Friday, May 1, NFL Live’s Trey Wingo will host Rounds 2 and 3 with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, and NFL Draft analysts Kiper and Todd McShay. Mortensen, Schefter and Kolber will also contribute to the telecast.On Saturday, May 2, Wingo, Kiper, McShay and six-time National Football League Executive of the Year Bill Polian, a 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, will cover Rounds 4-7 with Mortensen and Schefter."

Here’s NFL Network’s draft coverage:

"Rich Eisen hosts the NFL Network’s main set coverage, with analysts Mike Mayock, Steve Mariucci, and Stanford head coach David Shaw. The NFL Network’s outside (Grant Park) desk for the opening round consists of host Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner. Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah will provide additional analysis. Ian Rapoport is the NFL Network insider and will be based in Grant Park for all three days. Deion Sanders will ask questions on stage while Melissa Stark will appear backstage."

• Prospects attending the draft (courtesy NFL.com):

Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon

Vic Beasley, DE/LB, Clemson

La’el Collins, OL, LSU

Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Bud Dupree, LB, Kentucky

Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State

Dante Fowler, DE/LB, Florida

Melvin Gordon, RB Wisconsin

Randy Gregory, DE/LB, Nebraska

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida

Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut

Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Andrus Peat, OL, Stanford

Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

Shane Ray, DL, Missouri

Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

Danny Shelton, DL, Washington

Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Laken Tomlinson, OL, Duke

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Leonard Williams, DL, USC

Stay tuned to Badger of Honor for updates throughout draft weekend.

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