The sports calendar's biggest non-sports event has arrived: after countess mock drafts, player evaluations and trade rumors, the 2011 NFL Draft is finally here.
The three-day event begins Thursday night, with the First Round, at 8 p.m. ET. The Carolina Panthers officially go on the clock at 8:04 p.m., followed by the Denver Broncos and then the Buffalo Bills. Here's the complete NFL draft order, all seven rounds of it.
The New England Patriots have two first-round picks, three of the first 33 selections and six picks in the first three rounds.
Patriots Draft Picks:
Round 1, No. 17
Rounds 1, No. 28
Round 2, No. 33
Round 2, No. 60
Round 3, No. 74
Round 3, No. 92
Round 4, No. 125
Round 5, No. 159
Round 6, No. 193
2011 NFL Draft Schedule:
Friday, April 28, 8 p.m. -- Round 1
Saturday, April 29, 6 p.m. -- Rounds 2 and 3
Sunday, April 30, 12 p.m. -- Rounds 4-7
Television: ESPN and NFL Network will both air the entire draft, from pick No. 1 to 254 (Mr. Irrelevant)
The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - NFL mock drafts, draft proje