The 2016 NFL Draft is upon us.
No more mock drafts, debating prospects or reporting every little rumor teams put out to muddy the waters ahead of Draft Day. We'll soon be seeing teams making their draft picks and forever changing the lives of the players fortunate enough to be drafted into the best sports league on earth.
That's what makes the draft so special every year: The journey these players go on just to make it to the point that a professional team would invest a draft pick and millions of dollars in them, hoping said player can help elevate his new franchise and eventually win a Super Bowl.
While the draft features seven rounds, Day 1 is typically when we see the best players hear their names called as NFL teams look to address their biggest needs with the best talent in this year's draft class. Many of the best players in the NFL today heard their names called in Round, including J.J. Watt, A.J. Green, Aaron Rodgers, Luke Kuechly, Julio Jones, Darrelle Revis, Patrick Peterson, Joe Thomas and Earl Thomas among many others.
Who's the next guy to join that class of elite, game-changing players? Read our NFL Draft profiles here! Here's everything you'll need to watch the draft.
How to Watch the NFL Draft, Round 1
When: Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
TV Info: ESPN and NFL Network will both broadcast the first-round live.
Radio: You can listen to coverage of the draft on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88.
When to expect the Bengals to pick: Pick No. 24 should be no later than 11:50 p.m. ET.
Full First-Round Draft Order:
Full NFL Draft Order:
|Round||Pick #||NFL team||Notes|
|1||1||Los Angeles Rams||from Tennessee|
|1||2||Philadelphia Eagles||from Cleveland|
|1||3||San Diego Chargers|
|1||7||San Francisco 49ers|
|1||8||Cleveland Browns||from Miami via Philadelphia|
|1||9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|1||10||New York Giants|
|1||12||New Orleans Saints|
|1||13||Miami Dolphins||from Philadelphia|
|1||15||Tennessee Titans||from Los Angeles|
|1||20||New York Jets|
|1||27||Green Bay Packers|
|1||28||Kansas City Chiefs|
|1||-||New England Patriots|
How to Watch the NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network, ESPN
When to expect the Bengals to pick: Pick No. 55 should be made no later than 9:41 p.m. ET; pick No. 87 should be made no later than 12:39 p.m. ET. (Estimated times are considering each team takes the maximum allotted time per pick, which won't happen.)
How to Watch the NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7
Date: Sat., April 30
Time: 12 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network, ESPN
Bengals picks: Pick No. 122, No. 161, No. 199, No. 245.