NFL Draft Primer: Facts and Figures

The Patriots are loaded with picks in the first two rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft. What will they do? According to Bill Belichick, there's a lot of interest in their multiple picks. Here's a breakdown of the where, when and what to look for.

WHAT: 75th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York (Between 50th and 51st Streets).

WHEN: 6:30 PM CT Thursday, April 22 (Round 1); 5:00 PM CT, Friday April 23 (Rounds 2-3); 9:00 AM CT, Saturday April 24 (Rounds 4-7).

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 10:00 PM CT. In 2009, the first round consumed three hours and 23 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 9:30 PM CT. The second and third rounds took four hours and 30 minutes in 2009. The draft will conclude at approximately 4:30 PM CT on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and 22 minutes in 2009.

DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.

ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 22; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 23; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 24.

There will be 255 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.

The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 223 regular choices in the seven rounds – Round 3: Cincinnati (33), Tennessee (34), Atlanta (35). Round 4: Cincinnati (33). Round 5: Pittsburgh (33), Atlanta (34), Pittsburgh (35), Minnesota (36), San Diego (37), Green Bay (38). Round 6: Carolina (33), Jacksonville (34), Carolina (35), New England (36), San Francisco (37), Tennessee (38). Round 7: Indianapolis (33), Tennessee (34), Pittsburgh (35), Philadelphia (36), Philadelphia (37), Seattle (38), Indianapolis (39), New England (40), New England (41), Carolina (42), New England (43), Oakland (44), Miami (45), Tampa Bay (46), St. Louis (47), Detroit (48).

Seattle (Nos. 6 and 14) and San Francisco (Nos. 13 and 17) have two selections each in the first round. Carolina and Chicago do not have first-round picks. All other teams have one first-round selection.

TIME LIMITS: Round 1 – 10 minutes per selection. Round 2 – Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3-7 – Five minutes per selection.

TELEVISION: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 will televise the draft on all three days.


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