The 2016 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 28 with the first round, next two rounds on Friday night and rounds 4-7 will last all day on Saturday. Once the draft wraps up, we'll see undrafted free agents be picked up and invited to rookie mini camps starting that night. NFL Network is having a Red Carpet event live from Chicago, right before Round 1 kicks off.
Where and when?
all times ET
Day 1 (Thursday, April 28)
NFL Network: Red Carpet event- 6:00-7:30 p.m
Draft- 8:00-11:30 p.m.
Day 2 (Friday, April 29)
Draft- 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Day 3 (Saturday, April 30)
Draft- Noon-7:30 p.m.
Will anybody from the MAC be taken in the draft?
I don't see why not. Willie Beavers (OL- Western Michigan) received a lot of early hype and could potentially go as early as Round 3. Tajae Sharpe (WR- UMass) is an impressive skilled player with plenty of speed, could be good enough to be a late Day 2 or even an early Day 3 guy.
There's a good bunch of players that may sit in late round/early UFA purgatory, so Saturday night is going to be fairly busy on that front. Bowling Green's Matt Johnson (QB), Roger Lewis (WR) and Alex Huettel (OL) all fit into that group, Akron's Jatavis Brown (LB) has been a First Team All-MAC player for three years in a row, but he hasn't gotten the hype or praise from national writers and scouts to be seen as a guy who will be drafted.
Be on the look for Kavon Frazier (DB- Central Michigan). Special teams is a given, but there's an argument being made that he was misused as a senior and could fit better in an NFL system with better coaching.
Other guys worth looking out for: Daniel Braverman (WR- Western Michigan), Great Ibe (LB- Eastern Michigan), Paris Logan (DB- Northern Illinois), Boomer Mays (LB- Northern Illinois), Alonzo Russell (WR- Toledo) and Jordan Williams (WR- Ball State). This isn't everybody worth looking out for, it's just a short list.
Thankfully, we'll be having plenty of coverage to go around for this. Refer to our story stream for our draft coverage, filled with news, scouting reports, podcasts, and all that good stuff. Once the draft begins, I'll have a player tracker where we'll be tracking players from the MAC to show where they've been drafted, where they'll be headed for mini camps, and who's still available.
Also, open chats. We'll have an open chat for each day, so feel free to come and join the discussion with us.