Fooch’s update: We are on to day two of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 49ers spent their first round pick on Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey. That raised some eyebrows, considering they already had Joe Staley and Trent Brown bookending the line. However, Friday morning saw the 49ers rectify that. They traded Brown to the New England Patriots, packaging Brown and a fifth round pick for the Patriots third round pick. Today’s action gets going at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPN2, and NFL Network, with FOX simulcasting the NFL Network coverage.
The 2018 NFL Draft is finally upon us! We’ve made it through months of mock drafts, big boards, and every piece of analysis you can imagine. The draft kicks off Thursday evening at 5 p.m. PT, and we get to see what kind of follow-up general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have for the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers currently have nine draft picks, with no compensatory picks.
A year ago, Lynch and Shanahan were in the beginning stages of the rebuilding process. The team made an early splash, moving down from the No. 2 pick to No. 3. This year, the 49ers hold the No. 9 overall pick, but optimism is high. The team has their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo, while quite a few teams will be scrambling on Thursday hoping they find their guy. The 49ers could very well benefit if a team is desperate enough to move up to No. 9
This year’s broadcast of the NFL Draft will be a little bit different. ESPN and NFL Network will be airing the coverage, but we have some additions to the lineup. FOX purchased the rights to Thursday Night Football, and with those rights they have acquired the right to simulcast NFL Network’s coverage of the draft. They will simulcast the Thursday and Friday coverage, while ABC will simulcast the Saturday coverage. ESPN will have Trey Wingo, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and a host of others analyzing the picks. NFL Network is anchored by Rich Eisen, and features Mike Mayock and plenty others. ESPN2 will also have coverage, with the College GameDay crew offering college insight into the draft.
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 La Canfora 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 NFL.com/Live.
Round 1: Thursday, April 26
5:00 PM PT — ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, FOX The first round kicks off at 5 p.m. PT, televised as usual on ESPN and NFL Network. This year, FOX will simulcast the NFL Network coverage, and ESPN2 will feature the College Gameday crew offering a college football look at the proceedings. Teams will have 10 minutes on the clock for each pick in the first round.
Rounds 2, 3 - Friday, April 27
4:00 PM PT, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, FOX
Everything gets going an hour earlier on Friday so the league can fit two rounds of the draft into primetime. 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.
Rounds 4-7 - Saturday, April 28
9:00 AM PT, ESPN, NFL Network, ABC
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, and ABC will simulcast NFL Network coverage.
49ers draft picks
First round: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Second round: New Orleans Saints (2017 draft trade) - No. 27 (59 overall)
Third round: Chicago Bears (2017 draft trade) - No. 6 (70 overall)
Third round: Own - No. 10 (74 overall)
Third round: New England Patriots (Trent Brown trade) - No. 31 (95 overall)
Fourth round: Pittsburgh Steelers (Vance McDonald trade) - No. 28 (128 overall)
Sixth round: Own - No. 10 (184 overall)
Seventh round: Miami Dolphins (Daniel Kilgore trade) No. 5 (223 overall)
Seventh round: Kansas City Chiefs (Kenneth Acker trade) No. 22 (240 overall)
Players Attending Draft
The NFL has extended invitations to numerous players to attend the draft in Chicago. Here's the list of players who will be in attendance, as announced by the NFL.
QB: Josh Allen (Wyoming), Sam Darnold (USC), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Josh Rosen (UCLA)
RB: Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Derrius Guice (LSU)
OT: Kolton Miller (UCLA), Connor Williams (Texas)
DE: Bradley Chubb (N.C. State), Marcus Davenport (UTSA)
DT: Taven Bryan (Florida), Vita Vea (Washington)
LB: Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech), Rashaan Evans (Alabama), Shaquem Griffin (Central Florida), Roquan Smith (Georgia), Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State)
CB: Jaire Alexander (Louisville), Josh Jackson (Iowa), Denzel Ward (Ohio State)
DB: Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
S: Derwin James (Florida State)