The nuts and bolts for this year's NFL draft, which is taking place at AT&T Stadium – home of the Dallas Cowboys. It includes the television schedule, draft order, a picture of a macaw and a link to a fine piece about the very first draft, which was held in Center City.
Round 1: Thursday, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network/Fox, ESPN
Time per pick: 10 minutes
Rounds 2 and 3: Friday, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network/Fox, ESPN (7-8 p.m.), ESPN2 (8 p.m.-conclusion)
Time per pick in Round 2: 7 minutes
Time per pick in Round 3: 5 minutes
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, Noon ET
TV: NFL Network, ESPN/ABC
Time per pick in Rounds 4-6: 5 minutes
Time per pick in Round 7: 4 minutes
Note: Fox will simulcast the NFL Network's coverage the first two days. ABC will simulcast ESPN's coverage on the final day.
As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday
*Eagles' 2018 opponent (L.A. Rams, Houston do not have first-round picks)
Projections via various mock drafts as of Tuesday
A look at where the experts think Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey (Penn Charter) and Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore (Imhotep) will be taken:
• The NFL Network will feature Penn State's record-setting wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and his relationship with his autistic older brother. Fox will simulcast the first two days of NFLN's coverage.
• Zsa Zsa, an 8-year-old Catalina Macaw, will announce the Buccaneers fourth-round pick. Being a parrot, bet she picks a player from Cal-State Polly (groan).
• Sean Chandler, Temple's only participant at February's NFL Combine, is a local kid who just needs a chance.
• The first NFL draft, in 1936, was held in a swanky Philadelphia hotel at Broad & Walnut – where the Wawa now is. Deep in our archives is Frank Fitzpatrick's wonderful report which notes that, while the original draft was groundbreaking, there was plenty of liquor and even more flaws. Bear Bryant was among those selected that year … and among those who declined to sign an NFL contract.
• The website SportsBettingDime.com notes the consensus line for number of Penn State players drafted is 7.5. Only Alabama (10.5), Georgia (8.5) and Ohio State (8.5) have higher lines.
Home teams in caps
• "Flexible scheduling" will be used in Weeks 11-17. During Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used, but in no more than two weeks.
In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to the evening, in which case the tentatively scheduled night game would be moved to the afternoon. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game.
• Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Weeks 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.
• For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 30. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives "surprise" teams a chance to play their way into primetime.