The 2014 NFL Draft is almost here. After months of speculations, scouting reports and rumors, the 79th annual NFL Draft is set to begin tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
The NFL Draft is broken into three days, meaning tonight is Day 1, and features just the first round. The action begins early if you're into pre-Draft shows, with ESPN and the NFL Network both airing coverage (read: talking heads speculating) in the hours leading up to the Draft. The actual action begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Both ESPN and NFL Network will be covering the Draft live on cable. For those of you who prefer a mobile viewing experience, you can stream the Draft live from NFL.com Live and WatchESPN.
Here's a breakdown of the order of picks in the first round:
|2||St. Louis Rams (from Washington)|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|12||New York Giants|
|13||St. Louis Rams|
|18||New York Jets|
|21||Green Bay Packers|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs|
|25||San Diego Chargers|
|26||Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)|
|27||New Orleans Saints|
|29||New England Patriots|
|30||San Francisco 49ers|
2014 NFL Draft Coverage
A Look At the MAC's Draft Prospects
We've broken down the strengths, weaknesses and likely fits for some of the MAC's top NFL prospects
2014 NFL Draft Coverage
A year after having the first player taken in the NFL Draft (Eric Fisher to Kansas City) the Mid-American Conference is in the running for a repeat. Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack is regarded as the most versatile and complete defensive prospect in this class by many, and is a serious front-runner to be taken No. 1 overall by Houston.
Even if Mack doesn't go No. 1 overall, it's unlikely he slips out of the Top 5, with Jacksonville at No. 3 seeming like a perfect landing spot.
For the first time since Ben Roethlisberger (11th overall) and Jason Babin (27th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, the MAC could produce a pair of first round draft picks. NIU safety Jimmie Ward is considered one of the Top 3 safeties in this Draft class, and the most complete coverage man. Recently his Draft stock has risen, and there's rumors floating around that he could go as high as No. 17 to Baltimore.
Looking for a live pre-and-post NFL Draft show that is actually informative and worth watching? SB Nation is hosting a live pre-Drat and live post-Draft show which you can watch here: