When you sit down to watch the 2016 NFL Draft tonight there are many things going on behind the scenes that you will not see on either of the networks broadcasting the event live.
Local media who cover the Tennessee Titans will have their work cut out for them especially in the first two rounds when they have six selections in the first 76 overall picks. That means that there will be a big amount of activity, especially in the second and third round where five of those six picks will come off the board.
Of course there could be a trade that could send some of that "currency" general manager Jon Robinson has spoken about to another team and trim the number of picks the team will make.
So how does the process of the draft take place behind the scenes that is not scene, or talked about on television?
Here are a few insights into what goes on behind the scenes.
The Titans’ personnel staff, coaches and other staff members are stationed in the draft room on the second floor of Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, monitoring the draft as their selection nears and updating their draft board. The team has a separate, direct phone line dedicated to each of the other 31 NFL clubs for use in discussing trades.
The Titans go “on the clock” (10 minutes for Round 1, seven minutes for Round 2, five minutes for Rounds 3-6, four minutes for Round 7 and every compensatory pick) immediately following the announcement of the previous team’s pick.
After the organization decides upon the pick, Mike Mularkey calls the player on the phone to inform him of the selection.
Jon Robinson communicates the pick to the team’s draft representatives (Anthony Pastrana and Joey Barranco) at the Titans’ draft table in Chicago.
The team representatives in Chicago submit a card to NFL personnel with the player’s name, school and position.
During the first three rounds, the selection is announced at the Auditorium Theatre podium in Chicago. First-rounders are announced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and second-round picks are read by NFL alumni. For Rounds 4-7 on Day 3, teams appoint a representative to announce their picks from a location of the team’s choosing.
Nashville media at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville receive bios and other information on the selection and are placed on a conference call with the player.
Mularkey and/or Robinson meet with the media in the Saint Thomas Sports Park auditorium to answer questions on the player who was just selected.
The process repeats itself until the end of the draft day. During the second day, the team’s top pick is typically brought to Nashville to meet with the media.
The draft prospects confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft: Name Position School
Eli Apple CB Ohio State
Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
Corey Coleman WR Baylor
Jack Conklin T Michigan State
Taylor Decker T Ohio State
Josh Doctson WR Texas Christian
Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
Jared Goff QB California
Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida
Myles Jack LB UCLA
Chris Jones DT Mississippi State
Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
Darron Lee LB Ohio State
Keanu Neal S Florida
Robert Nkemdiche DT Mississippi
Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State
Jarran Reed DT Alabama
A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
Ronnie Stanley T Notre Dame
Laquon Treadwell WR Mississippi
Laremy Tunsil T Mississippi
Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
Will one of those names be the name of the newest Tennessee Titan? We'll all find out very soon.