Officially, with the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA, this is the last scheduled event under that CBA to take place as the 2011 Draft was guaranteed by the agreement between the owners and players.
A total of 25 players will attend Draft weekend to walk the stage to receive their jersey of their new club and congratulations by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Here is the key information about Draft weekend, as supplied by the NFL Communications office with links to the full draft list and compensatory selections published earlier on BlogAndTackle.net:
2011 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES
WHAT: 76th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.
WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City (Between 50th and 51st Streets).
WHEN: 8:00 pm ET, Thursday, April 28 (Round 1); 6:00 pm ET, Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3); Noon ET, Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7).
The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 pm ET. In 2010, the first round consumed three hours and 28 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 10:15 pm ET. The second and third rounds took four hours and six minutes in 2010. The draft will conclude at approximately 7:15 pm ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and eight minutes in 2010.
DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.
ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 28; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 29; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 30.
SELECTION ORDER: 2011 NFL Draft Round-By-Round Selection List (as of March 31). NOTE: As of April 28, only picks for the 2011 and future Drafts can be traded by the clubs. No players can be included in the transactions.
NUMBER OF SELECTIONS: There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.
2011 NFL Draft Compensatory Choices (March 30)
COMPENSATORY CHOICES: The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds:
Round 3: Carolina, 33.
Round 4: Tennessee, 33; Green Bay, 34.
Round 5: Baltimore, 33; Baltimore, 34.
Round 6: New York Giants, 33; Kansas City, 34; Minnesota, 35; San Diego, 36; New York Giants, 37; Carolina, 38.
Round 7: San Diego, 33; Miami, 34; Minnesota, 35; Philadelphia, 36; Tampa Bay, 37; San Francisco, 38; Philadelphia, 39; Oakland, 40; Seattle, 41; New Orleans, 42; Carolina, 43; Buffalo, 44; Cincinnati, 45; Denver, 46; Cleveland, 47; Arizona, 48; San Francisco, 49; Tennessee, 50; Dallas, 51; Washington, 52; Houston, 53.
New England (Nos. 17 and 28) has two selections in the first round. Oakland does not have a first-round pick. All other teams have one first-round selection.
PICK ANNOUNCERS: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce each pick in Round 1 on Thursday, except for Cleveland RB Peyton Hills, who won the Madden 12 cover athlete contest. Hillis will announce his club’s scheduled selection at No. 6. In addition, members of the U.S. Armed Forces from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and the Wounded Warrior Project will be honored on the stage during the round.
Friday, an alumni member of each club will announce the Round 2 selections.
Saturday, three alumni members of teams that do not have a Round 2 pick (Carolina, Miami and New York Jets) will announce their clubs’ selection in Round 3. A military member will also make a Round 3 pick announcement.
Saturday in Round 4, 14 fans who won contests from individual clubs, as well as alumni from Houston and Oakland will help announce the selections.
In Round 5, an alumni player from Washington will call his club’s selection.
In Round 6, a fan from the Radio City Music Hall audience will announce a pick, as well as a fan contest winner from Denver. Dan Lauria, who portrays Packers head coach Vince Lombardi in “Lombardi” on Broadway, will announce Green Bay’s selection at No. 197.
In Round 7, another fan will be picked from the Radio City audience to announce a selection and the founder of the Mr. Irrelevant Award, Paul Salata, will announce the 254th and final selection of the NFL Draft.
TIME LIMITS: Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 7: Five minutes per selection.
TELEVISION: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 will televise the draft on all three days.