When does the draft start (and expectations for the conclusion each day)? When are the Vikings scheduled to pick? And how can you find out all about the picks? Get the basics right here.
has spent three months tracking Vikings interests and learning about the whole draft process, from the Senior Bowl to the NFL Scouting Combine to interviews with players, head coach Brad Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman.
Subscribers have gotten to know much more about the prospects and the visits, but what about the basics of the draft? Oh yeah, here are those minor details:
In order to get more prime-time television exposure, the first round this year won't start until 3 p.m. Central on Saturday with the expectation that the second round will conclude at roughly 9 p.m.
On Sunday, the third round will start at 9 a.m. with the draft concluding sometime around 5:30 p.m. Central after seven rounds of selecting (the last five on Sunday).
Teams will be allocated 10 minutes for each pick in the first round, seven minutes in the second and five minutes in each subsequent round.
The Vikings currently have picks in the first round (22nd overall), second (54th), third (86th), fifth (158th), and two in the seventh round (221st and 231st). They traded away their fourth-round pick for quarterback Sage Rosenfels
and sixth-round pick for quarterback Kelly Holcomb
, who hasn't played an NFL down since 2007. They received an extra pick in the seventh round by trading away defensive end Erasmus James last year.
VIKING UPDATE RESOURCES
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NFL DRAFT TIDBITS
This is the 74th annual NFL draft.
The event is held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where teams have representatives to relay their selections, but head coach Brad Childress, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and other team decision-makers and support staff will be camped out at Winter Park for the weekend.
There will be 256 picks in all, including 32 compensatory picks awarded at the end of rounds three through seven based on the previous year's free-agent additions and losses. The Vikings weren't awarded any compensatory picks from their 2008 version of free agency.
Denver (Nos. 12 and 18), Detroit (Nos. 1 and 20) and Buffalo (Nos.11 and 28) have two selections each in the first round because of trades. Carolina, Chicago and Dallas do not have first-round picks. All other teams have one first-round selection.
The following players will be at the draft at Radio City on Saturday: Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry , USC LB Brian Cushing, Kansas State QB Josh Freeman, Virginia T Eugene Monroe, Mississippi T Michael Oher, Texas DE Brian Orakpo, Baylor T Jason Smith and Georgia QB Matthew Stafford.