When the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday evening in Chicago, the Texas Longhorns hope to start another long draft streak after the school failed to have any players picked in 2014 for the first time since 1937.
Moved from its traditional location in New York back to Chicago for the first time since 1964, the draft will begin at 7 p.m. CT and conclude roughly three and half hours later, as each team will have a maximize of 10 minutes to make the selections.
Early entrant defensive tackle Malcom Brown will be the first Longhorn to hear his name called and that will almost certainly happen on Thursday. Projected to land anywhere from the 15th pick by the San Francisco 49ers to the first round's final pick by the New England Patriots, Brown was connected to no fewer than seven other teams in various mock drafts..
The draft will continue with Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday at 6 p.m. CT and conclude on Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7 beginning 11 p.m. CT. Other Longhorns expected to come off the board include linebacker Jordan Hicks and cornerback Quandre Diggs, with running back Malcolm Brown and defensive end Cedric Reed also having a shot to avoid becoming undrafted free agents.
ESPN and the NFL Network will both provide live coverage of the draft. Which to watch? Those with access to the NFL Network might be well advised to avoid watching the annoying Chris Berman and tune in to Rich Eisen and a host of other draft experts
NFL.com will once again offer a live stream of the draft with every pick. As usual, the coverage will feature a separate panel of experts for the live stream and a simulcast of what's playing on the NFL Network. ESPN will also offer a live stream at WatchESPN.
Exclusively for Verizon customers, NFL Mobile offers a live stream of the NFL Network's 2015 NFL Draft coverage. Other features available through NFL Mobile include a live draft tracker, along with news and on-demand video featuring draft and team analysis.
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Live streaming of the 2015 NFL Draft will be available on mobile phones via NFL Mobile from Verizon and on tablets, PCs and Xbox One via Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/Watch), available today for AT&T U-Verse, Cox, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more providers, and on Windows, IOS 7 Android devices.