The 2016 NFL Draft is finally upon us. On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Rams will kick the Draft and make the first overall selection. Next, the Eagles will make the second pick. The Chargers are scheduled to be the third team on the clock, but from there, anything's possible. During the first round, each team will have 10 minutes to make their selections. In the second and third rounds they'll have seven minutes. In the fourth round, teams will have five minutes to make their selections, and from then on, teams will only have four minutes on the clock. Additionally, all teams with compensatory selections will only have four minutes to make those selections.
Without further ado, let's get into some interesting statistics and fun facts related to the NFL Draft.
- If an Alabama player is selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide will surpass Pittsburgh (1983-89), Ohio State (1991-97) and Florida (1997-2003) for the third-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. Alabama currently has seven consecutive drafts with at least one first round pick. Miami (1995-2008) currently holds the longest streak, with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round.
- As many as five Ohio State players could be drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft: Corner Eli Apple, defensive end Joey Bosa, offensive tackle Taylor Decker, running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Darron Lee. If all five are selected in the first round, Ohio State would tie USC (1968), Miami (2002) and Ohio State (2006) for the second-most first-round picks since 1967. Miami (2004) is the only schol with six first-round selections in a single draft. Not only did Miami boast six first-rounders in 2004, but four of the six were Pro Bowlers and all six were selected within the top 21 picks.
- NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz can become the fifth quarterback from a non-FBS school to be drafted in the first round since 1979, when Division I-A was formed. When he's selected, Wenz will join Joe Flacco (2008), Steve McNair (1995), Ken O'Brien (1983) and Phil Simms (1979). The four non-FBS quarterbacks have a combined seven Pro Bowl appearances, one NFL MVP award, two Lombardi trophies and two Super Bowl MVP awards.
- There have been three occurrences in NFL Draft history in which two players from the same school who play the same position have been selected with consecutive picks. In 1991, Tennessee offensive tackles Charles McRae and Antone Davis were selected with the seventh and eighth picks. In 1993, Alabama defensive ends John Copeland and Eric Curry were selected with the fifth and sixth picks. In 1997, Miami defensive ends Kenard Lang and Kenny Holmes were taken with picks 17 and 18. This year, Clemson defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, as well as Alabama defensive tackles A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed could potentially become the fourth pair to accomplish this strange feat.
- At 13 hours and five minutes, the 2015 NFL Draft was the shortest seven-round draft in the history of the seven-round draft. The longest, in 2007, took 18 hours and five minutes.
For more facts, be sure to check out the NFL's 2016 NFL Draft Notes.
There will be plenty to look forward to when the NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Cincinnati Bengals hold the 24th overall pick, which will likely be the only selection they make on Thursday, barring a trade. The Draft will continue on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. ET and on Saturday afternoon, starting at 12 p.m. ET.