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NFL DraftGet in the huddle with millions of other football fans - as the clock ticks down and the speculation heats up on who will be the major picks for the top football teams in this year's NFL draft.

Like last year, the 81st annual meeting of the NFL,will be held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

And, as usual, the 2016 NFL draft will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network, airing live in primetime from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30, 2016.

 

2015 NFL Draft rewind

Jadeveon Clowney on the cover of Sports Illustrated
Top NFL Draft prospects this year include
Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and Florida
Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston.

Buzz surrounding the 2015 NFL Draft has so far included such major prospects as Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, followed by another Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, who in a surprise announcement in January revealed that despite his status as an underclassman he had decided to throw his name into the NFL draft hat.

More college players likely to be swept up in the NFL draft this year include UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, and Colorado State quarterback Garret Grayson.

Along with star quarterbacks, other possible players rounding out the Top 10 include Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory; Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper; Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff; and Stanford's offensive tackle Andrus Peat.

Meanwhile, keep it here for updates as well as the latest speculation and rumors on 2015's hottest NFL prospects.

2014 NFL draft recap

As expected, his No. 1 position in the 2014 NFL draft (he's going to Houston) made Jadeveon Clowney, the 6’5”, 266-pound defensive end from South Carolina, the talk of the town. With an eye-catching ability combining strength, power, and incredible speed for his size, even Sports Illustrated took up Clowney's cause earlier in the year designating him "Football's next bust-out star."

Meanwhile, top three quarterback draft picks this year included the likes of Heismann Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (who ended up in the 22 spot going to the Cleveland Browns), UCF's Blake Bortles (No. 3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater (a surprise at No. 32, to the Minnesota Vikings.)

On the offensive end, top choices among the experts include Auburn's offensive tackle Greg Robinson, (at No. 2 he's going to the St. Louis Rams) as well as Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, (the No. 4 pick to the Buffalo Bills) and Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack (at No. 5 to the Oakland Raiders.)

Amid all the hoopla, maybe the most talked-about player in the 2014 NFL draft was Missouri's defensive lineman Michael Sam who as the No. 249 pick overall still managed to make history as the nation's first openly gay NFL player.


More about the 2016 NFL Draft around the Web:

Around the Web, check out NFL mock drafts, player profiles and rankings, current team needs, positional rankings, the latest rumors, predictions, and a bit of NFL draft history ...



NFL.com - NFL Draft
- Check out the official site with all the latest updates, feature stories, predictions, rumors and analysis, rookie stats & profiles, a complete link list of team draft sites, and extensive NFL draft history from 1982-2014.

NFL Draft - ESPN.com - Get expert opinion on who to keep your eye on, along with top 5 by position, top sophomores, freshmen and more.

Draft Insider's Digest - Stay ahead of the curve with reports from the field on top NFL and NCAA picks from pro football scout Frank Coyle.

The Huddle Report - Player profiles, combine notes, links to radio reports, a team needs index, the top free agents and lots more..

 

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