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NFL Draft 2016: Dates, Times, TV Schedule & Channels, Radio, Draft Order & More

When and how to watch the 2016 NFL draft.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Our long national nightmare is almost over, the NFL draft is almost here. On Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys will finally, truly start turning the page on a dreadful 4-12 season. The draft will begin at 8 PM EST on Thursday night (April 28th) in Chicago, and we won't have to wait long for the Cowboys to pick. Sure, a 4-12 season was torture to sit through, but the silver lining is that Dallas gets to pick fourth overall. Given that the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles pretty much know who they are picking in spots one and two, the Cowboys pick could come within the first 30 minutes of the draft.

As things stand right now, it appears the Cowboys are looking at the trio of Jalen Ramsey, Ezekiel Elliott or Joey Bosa. Conventional wisdom holds that Jalen Ramsey is at the top of the Cowboys board, so if the San Diego Chargers pass on him and select tackle Laremy Tunsil, then Dallas will pounce. If the Chargers do take Ramsey Dallas will look to either Elliott or Bosa, or pull off a trade down. That is something that could be very popular among the fanbase, allowing the Cowboys to load up on draft picks in the first few rounds.

Dallas will also be picking early in the second round so on day two they will be third pick, an enviable position. The top of the second round is another spot where teams like to trade up to get a player they feel has slipped out of the first round. The Cowboys have never been afraid to trade in the draft, so they could be very active.

Cowboys draft picks:

(Round-pick in the round-overall pick)

1- 4- 4 Dallas
2- 3-34 Dallas
3- 4-67 Dallas
4- 3-101 Dallas
4-37-135 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-14-189 Dallas from Oakland
6-37-212 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-41-216 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-42-217 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)

How to watch the 2016 NFL Draft

Round 1 - Teams are allowed 10 minutes per pick.

Date: Thurs., April 28

Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: NFL Network, ESPN

Radio: Sirius (Channel 88), 105.3 The Fan

Rounds 2-3 - Teams get 7 minutes per pick in the second round, and 5 minutes per pick in the third round. Compensatory picks begin at the end of the third round, and teams get 4 minutes per compensatory pick.

Date: Fri., April 29

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: NFL Network, ESPN

Radio: Sirius (Channel 88), 105.3 The Fan

Rounds 4-7 - Rounds 4, 5 and 6 get 5 minutes per pick, with 4 minutes allowed for round 7.

Date: Sat., April 30

Time: 12 p.m. ET

TV: NFL Network, ESPN

Radio: Sirius (Channel 88), 105.3 The Fan

Draft Order - Round 1

1. Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee Titans)
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns)
3. San Diego Chargers
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. San Francisco 49ers
8. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles through Miami Dolphins)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. New York Giants
11. Chicago Bears
12. New Orleans Saints
13. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles)
14. Oakland Raiders
15. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)
16. Detroit Lions
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Indianapolis Colts
19. Buffalo Bills
20. New York Jets
21. Washington Redskins
22. Houston Texans
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Pittsburgh Steelers
26. Seattle Seahawks
27. Green Bay Packers
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. New England Patriots (Forfeited)
29. Arizona Cardinals
30. Carolina Panthers
31. Denver Broncos

For rounds 2-7, go here.

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How compensatory picks work

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