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NFL draft guide: How to watch, and what to watch for in first round

The NFL draft, virtual style, begins Thursday at 5 p.m. PT. Here’s everything you need to know to be ready when the first round goes on the clock.

The format: Originally scheduled as a three-day NFL celebration in Las Vegas, new home of the Raiders, the 2020 draft has been altered in the wake of coronavirus restrictions. The “virtual” draft will feature NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the first-round picks from the basement of his home in Bronxville, N.Y., with team general managers and coaches working from makeshift draft “war rooms” from their homes. So no bro hugs from the Commish this year.

The first round is Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m. PT. Rounds 2 and 3 are on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m., with rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

How to watch: The draft will be carried by ESPN, the NFL Network and ABC. ESPN and the NFL Network are jointly producing a telecast, and ABC will produce its own coverage of the first three rounds. Streaming options include the WatchESPN app, the NFL Mobile app and YouTube TV.

The draft board: Here’s the order of selection for rounds 1 through 7

SCNG Mock drafts: Version 1.0 | Version 2.0

 


Chargers coverage:

• Chargers may covet LB Isaiah Simmons if they pass on QB, OT

• Alexander: Tua Tagovailoa should be the Chargers’ pick

• Chargers GM prepared for draft scenarios … Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert?

• Justin Herbert ‘checks all the boxes’ to potentially be Chargers’ next franchise QB

• Analysis: Are Chargers targeting Tua Tagovailoa?

Rams coverage:

• No 1st-round pick? Rams GM Les Snead still can ply his trade

• NFL draft loaded with wide receivers, but should Rams go that route?

• Rams do the draft differently, and it has mostly paid off for them

• Modesti: ‘Remote’ describes NFL draft and chances for a normal season

• Rams’ needs in 2020 NFL draft have changed

UCLA:

• UCLA RB Joshua Kelley ready to hear his name

• UCLA players – who may get drafted and when

USC:

• Former USC WR Michael Pittman ready to start NFL career

• USC players – who may get drafted and when