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NFL Draft 2016: Dates, schedule, times, order, TV channels, more

The 2016 NFL Draft is upon us, kicking off with the first round at 5 p.m. PT on Thursday evening. We break down all the details of TV coverage you need to get you ready for the event.

The 2016 NFL Draft is finally here! The draft kicks off Thursday evening at 5 p.m. PT, and we get to see how the San Francisco 49ers roster will continue to unfold. The 49ers currently have 12 draft picks, with eight regular picks and four compensatory picks. We know Trent Baalke likes to wheel and deal, so it should make for an interesting few days of action. By the end of Sunday, we'll have a pretty good idea of most of the team's 90-man roster.

Once again, the NFL Draft will feature two options for televised coverage. ESPN and NFL Network are back for another year of coverage. ESPN will feature their usual crew of Chris Berman (Trey Wingo on day 2, 3), Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and others. NFL Network is anchored by Rich Eisen, and features plenty of Mike Mayock.

Niners Nation site decorum rules for the next three days

Since this is three days of live news, site decorum is off. I'll just shut off this morning and it will remain off through Sunday. One thing related to site decorum though is this: no tipping of picks in the comments. ESPN and NFL Network media will not be tweeting picks ahead of the commissioner's announcements, but I believe Jason LaCanfora and Jay Glazer will. Do not post those tweets in here.

Here is a full rundown of the broadcast schedule for the next three days. The entire draft can be streamed online at

Round 1: Thursday, April 28

5:00 PM PT, ESPN/NFL Network

The first round kicks off at 5 p.m. PT, televised on both ESPN and NFL Network. Teams will have 10 minutes on the clock for each pick in the first round.

Rounds 2, 3 - Friday, April 29

4:00 PM PT, ESPN2/NFL Network

Everything gets going an hour earlier on Friday so the league can fit two rounds of the draft into Prime Time. The second round will have 7 minutes per pick, and the third round 5 minutes. The one exception to this is the three compensatory picks after the third round, which get 4 minutes each). ESPN's coverage switches to ESPN2 on Friday.

Rounds 4-7 - Saturday, April 30

9:00 AM PT, ESPN/NFL Network

The draft wraps up on Saturday with the final four rounds. Picks in rounds four through six are five minutes each, while the seventh round and all compensatory picks are four minutes apiece. ESPN has the coverage instead of ESPN2.

49ers draft picks

1. First round: DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon
2. Second round: Own pick  - No. 6 (37 overall)
3. Third round: Own pick - No. 5 (68)
4. Fourth round: Own pick - No. 7 (105)
5. Fourth round: Comp pick - No. 35 (133)
6. Fifth round: San Diego Chargers (2015 draft-day trade) - No. 3 (142)
7. Fifth round: Own pick - No. 6 (145)
8. Fifth round: Comp pick - No. 37 (174)
9. Sixth round: Dallas Cowboys (2015 draft-day trade) - No. 3 (178)
10. Sixth round: Denver Broncos (Vernon Davis trade) - No. 32 (207)
11. Sixth round: Comp pick - No. 36 (211)
12. Sixth round: Comp pick - No. 38 (213)

Players Attending Draft

The NFL has extended invitations to numerous players to attend the draft in Chicago, and 25 players will be in attendance. Here's the list of players who will be in attendance, as announced by the NFL.

QB Jared Goff, California
QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

Running Backs
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Wide receivers
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
WR Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi

Offensive line
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi

Defensive line
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

LB Myles Jack, UCLA
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

S Keanu Neal, Florida