11:55 p.m.: The Patriots drafted a wide receiver in the first round for the first time under Bill Belichick, selecting N’Keal Harry out of Arizona State.
11:47 p.m.: The Falcons used the 31st pick to select Kaleb Mcgary, a tackle from Washington.
11:43 p.m.: Just kidding — the Seahawks traded No. 30 to the Giants, who took Deandre Baker, cornerback from Georgia.
The Falcons also just made a trade with the Rams to jump in front of the Patriots before this night ends.
11:42 p.m.: The Seattle Seahawks took L.J. Collier, defensive end from TCU, with the 29th pick. The Seahawks will also make the 30th pick.
11:26 p.m.: The Los Angeles Chargers have spent the 28th pick on defensive tackle Jerry Tillery from Notre Dame.
11:19 p.m: Hey look, it’s the Oakland Raiders again. They’re taking Jonathan Abram, safety out of Mississippi State.
11:13 p.m.: The Colts traded out of No. 26 to the Redskins, who selected linebacker Montez Sweat out of Mississippi State.
11:05 p.m.: Getting late now. No. 25 overall — the Ravens select wide receiver Marquise Brown out of Oklahoma. A fun target for Lamar Jackson.
10:59 p.m.: As we approach the 11 p.m. hour in the East, we’ve got a running back off the board. The Oakland Raiders have taken running back Josh Jacobs out of Alabama with the 24th pick.
10:50 p.m.: The Texans have selected tackle Tytus Howard out of Alabama State.
10:44 p.m.: The Eagles traded up to select tackle Andre Dillard out of Washington State at No. 22 overall.
10:39 p.m.: The Packers traded up with the Seahawks in order to draft safety Darnell Savage out of Maryland at 21 overall.
10:34 p.m.: Here’s a rapid-fire recap of the past several picks.
No. 16, Carolina Panthers: EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
No. 17, New York Giants: DT Dexter Lawrence, CLemson
No. 18, Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State
No. 19, Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
No. 20, Denver Broncos: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
10 p.m.: Everyone was excited to see what the Redskins would do. They ended up going with quarterback Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State with the 15th overall pick.
9:53 p.m.: The Atlanta Falcons took Chris Lindstrom, a guard out of Boston College, with the 14th pick.
9:47 p.m.: The Miami Dolphins selected tackle Christian Wilkins with the 13th pick.
9:41 p.m.: The Green Bay Packers have taken defensive end/linebacker Rashan Gary out of Michigan with the 12th pick.
9:35 p.m.: The Bengals have taken tackle Jonah Williams out of Alabama with the 11th pick.
9:27 p.m.: We finally have our first trade. The Broncos traded the 10th overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who used it to select linebacker Devin Bush.
9:21 p.m.: The Buffalo Bills have taken DT Ed Oliver with the ninth pick.
9:16 p.m.: With the eighth pick, the Detroit Lions select TE T.J. Hockenson. He was thought to be an ideal replacement for Rob Gronkowski in New England, but he was also supposed to go this early.
9:09 p.m.: The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked defensive end Josh Allen out of Kentucky.
9:03 p.m.: We might have our first “wow” moment of the night. The New York Giants have used the sixth overall pick to select quarterback Daniel Jones out of Duke. To draft a QB that high, the Giants must view him as the successor to Eli Manning.
8:59 p.m.: With the fifth overall pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected LB Devin White out of LSU.
8:48 p.m.: With the fourth overall pick, the Oakland Raiders select DE Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson. Ferrell was not expected to go in the top five, but Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden must be in love with the guy.
8:40 p.m.: The third pick is in. The New York Jets have selected DT Quinnen Williams out of Alabama.
8:31 p.m.: No surprise here — the San Francisco 49ers have selected Nick Bosa with the second overall pick.
8:24 p.m.: The pick is in, and the Arizona Cardinals have selected Quarterback Kyler Murray as the first overall pick.
Not a total surprise.
Quarterback Josh Rosen is now officially available for whatever team wants to acquire him via trade.
Murray was asked by NFL Network’s Deion Sanders about the QB situation.
“I’m ready to go,” Murray said. “No matter what the situation is. I’m a winner, I love the game. One thing they’ll get out of me is I’m gonna go hard every time I touch the field.”
8:15 p.m.: The Arizona Cardinals are on the clock…
8:05 p.m.: It’s about that time. The Cardinals are moments away from being officially on the clock.
2:05 p.m.: The Patriots have 12 picks at their disposal this weekend, which should allow Bill Belichick and company to move up or down or in and out of any round they like.
They may not wait too long to do so, according to draft analyst Tony Pauline. He said on his podcast Thursday afternoon that the Patriots would give serious consideration to trading up for Iowa tight end Noah Fant.
“I’ve been told the Patriots would seriously consider trading up for Fant. That’s how much they like him,” said Pauline.
The Pats could certainly use a tight end with Rob Gronkowski now enjoying his retirement. Fant caught seven touchdowns for the Hawkeyes last season and 19 overall in his three-year collegiate career.
He’s expected to go somewhere in the middle of the first round, and the Patriots have the ammo to move up if they please. It would just be a matter of how much it would cost from their bounty of picks.
Pauline also said the Patriots really like Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown, but he could be the first receiver off the board Thursday night. He also likes UMass receiver Andy Isabella to end up on the Patriots in the third-round, but if he doesn’t make it that far, could see New England taking Toledo’s Diontae Johnson in the third.
9:30 a.m.: It’s finally here. The months and months of chatter, speculation, analysis, rumors, whispers and — of course — mock drafts are over. It’s time for the real thing.
No matter what happens, the night is going to start off with some element of surprise, as we’ve heard just about everything by now about what the Arizona Cardinals plan to do with that No. 1 overall pick. Do they go Kyler Murray and then work a trade to get rid of Josh Rosen, or do they look elsewhere to build the roster and stick with last year’s top pick?
After that, well, no matter how man mocks you’ve read (or written), you know that we’re going to see some picks, trades and decisions that nobody predicted. (Some people have said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell might even get cheered by the Nashville crowd instead of booed; now that would be a shocker.) That is why this night draws so much attention and intrigue.
Here’s the draft order for this evening:
1. Arizona Cardinals
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New York Jets
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. New York Giants
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Detroit Lions
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Denver Broncos
11. Cincinnati Bengals
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Miami Dolphins
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. Washington Redskins
16. Carolina Panthers
17. New York Giants
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Tennessee Titans
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Houston Texans
24. Oakland Raiders
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Oakland Raiders
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Seattle Seahawks
30. Green Bay Packers
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots
When it all start to happen at 8 p.m., you know it’ll all be covered right here in the live blog, so check back throughout the day and night as 32 NFL teams hope to reshape and rebuild their franchises in an effort to bring home a Lombardi Trophy.