2011 NFL Draft Begins Thursday with Round 1

April 28, 2011

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NEW YORK - History could be made Thursday when the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is held at Radio City Music Hall. One of five schools with multiple attendees, Baylor could have two players drafted in the first round for the first time since 1957. Both Danny Watkins and Phil Taylor are projected by many to hear their names called during Thursday's first round. Watkins and Taylor are among the league-record 25 players that will be in attendance for this week's Draft. The previous high was last year, when 17 prospects were on hand at Radio City.

Thursday is the first of three nights for the NFL Draft, which will be held April 28-30. The NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 will televised the draft all three days. Thursday's coverage begins at 7 p.m. CDT with Round 1; Rounds 2-3 will air Friday at 5 p.m. CDT, while the remaining four rounds will air Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CDT.

Watkins, a former firefighter, brough five of his firefighting friends with him to New York for the Draft. Prior to the start of Thursday's first round, Watkins plans to pay his respects at Ground Zero in Manhattan.

April 28 - "Baylor's Taylor can plug hole on Jets' D-line" - Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post
April 28 - "From Kelowna fire hall to NFL Draft" - Mark Masters, NationalPost.com
April 28 - "Watkins lines up for bright future" - Mike Beamish, Vancouver Sun
April 27 - "Watkins following Hollywood script" - Lowell Ullrich, MontrealGazette.com
April 27 - "NFL teams hot on firefighter-turned-lineman" - Chris Zelkovich, TheStar.com
April 27 - "Canadian offensive lineman to attend draft" - Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
April 27 - "Canadian draft prospect gets presidential approval" - Allan Maki, The Globe and Mail
April 26 - "Baylor hopes to enjoy double dose of respect" - Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Dates: April 28-30
Site: Radio City Music Hall, New York
There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory picks that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents in 2010. For this year's draft, the compensatory selections will be positioned within Rounds 3-7 based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Time Per Selection
Round 1:
10 minutes
Round 2: Seven minutes
Rounds 3-7: Five minutes



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