2016 NFL Draft
Where: Auditorium Theatre, Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Round 1: 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 minutes per selection.
Rounds 2-3: 7 p.m. Friday, 7 minutes per selection in Round 2, 5 minutes per selection in Round 3.
Rounds 4-7: Noon Saturday, 5 minutes per selection.
Note: A total of 253 selections will be made, which includes 33 compensatory selections awarded to 13 teams. Compensatory selections begin at the end of Round 3 and are allotted 4 minutes per pick.
By the numbers / As provided by the Buffalo Bills media relations:
Former first-round picks currently on the Bills’ roster: DE Manny Lawson (’06, Bengals), C Eric Wood (’09), DE Jerry Hughes (’10, Colts), DT Marcell Dareus (2011), CB Stephon Gilmore (’12), QB EJ Manuel (’13) and WR Sammy Watkins (’14).
Starts made by rookies for the Bills in 2015: CB Ronald Darby (15), G John Miller (12), RB Karlos Williams (3), LB AJ Tarpley (2).
First-round picks the Bills have made since the start of the common draft in 1967.
Schools the Bills have selected players from in their history.
Pro Bowlers drafted by the Bills since the 1970 season.
Movement at the top
The top two selections in this year’s draft have already been traded. Tennessee moved out of the No. 1 spot in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, while Cleveland dealt the No. 2 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. That makes 2016 the fourth time in the common draft era (since 1967) that the top two picks were traded. On the three other occasions, which came in 1997, 1975 and 1967, the third pick was also traded. The San Diego Chargers hold this year’s No. 3 pick. The last time the first three picks were traded, in 1997, the St. Louis Rams took offensive tackle Orlando Pace, the Oakland Raiders selected defensive tackle Darrell Russell and the Seattle Seahawks drafted cornerback Shawn Springs. Since 2000, there have been a total of 211 trades made in the first round, topping out at a high of 19 in 2012. Last season, however, there were only six first-round trades, the fewest since 2000.
Ohio State will be well represented in Chicago, as five Buckeyes are among the 25 players scheduled to attend the draft. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker, cornerback Eli Apple, defensive end Joey Bosa, running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Darron Lee will be on hand, tying the record of five players Alabama sent in 2012. If all five Buckeyes are taken in the first round, it would tie for second-most from one school in the common draft. Southern California (1968), Miami (2002) and Ohio State (2006) had five players taken, one off the record of six set by Miami in 2004.
FCS rises up
When North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, pictured, hears his name called Thursday night, it will be the first time since 2006 that a player from the Football Championship Subdivision goes in the first round. That year, Tennessee State’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was chosen 16th overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Wentz will also become the fifth quarterback since 1979, and just the second in the last 20 years, from a non-Football Bowl Subdivision school to be picked in the first round, joining Joe Flacco (1998), Steve McNair (1995), Ken O’Brien (1983) and Phil Simms (1979). Wentz might not be the only FCS player to go in the first round, either. Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence might also hear his named called in the first 31 selections.
A one-two punch
Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz are expected to be the first two picks, in some order, of the Rams and Eagles. If that happens, it will be the seventh time since 1967 that quarterbacks have gone 1-2 to start the draft. The last occurrence came just a year ago, when Tampa Bay selected Jameis Winston and Tennessee selected Marcus Mariota.
Sitting this one out
There are 31 picks in the first round this year because the Patriots were penalized a pick by the NFL as part of the punishment for the “Deflategate” scandal. The Chiefs’ third-round selection was stripped for violating the league’s anti-tampering policy, while the Falcons’ fifth-round selection was taken away as punishment for artificially pumping crowd noise into the Georgia Dome during games in 2013 and 2014.
Barring a trade, the Bills will pick at No. 19 overall on Thursday night. The two other times in history they’ve held that selection have not gone well. Buffalo took linebacker Tom Ruud in 1975 out of Nebraska and wide receiver Perry Tuttle in 1982 out of Clemson. Ruud played just 36 games over three seasons with the Bills, making three starts, while Tuttle lasted only two years. He finished his Bills career with just 24 catches for 368 yards and three touchdowns.
What’s in a name
UCLA kicker Ka’Imi Fairbairn should hear his name called on the third day of the draft. Well, at least a shortened version. You see, Fairbairn’s given first name is – to the creator of cut-and-paste, thank you – Ka’iminoeauloameka’ikeokekumupa’a. Imagine trying to stitch that on a jersey.
Next Gronk up
Williamsville North’s Glenn Gronkowski has a good chance at getting drafted, likely somewhere between the fourth and seventh rounds. If he does, Gronkowski will become the fourth member of his famous family to join an NFL team, following older brothers Rob, Chris and Dan. Baby Gronk is a 6-foot-2, 239-pound fullback who made 20 starts and played in 39 games with Kansas State. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2015. “He’s the new-age fullback,” Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said. “A guy that can play a little H-back, play a little fullback, play a little tight end, so that’s game-day versatility. That’s a guy … on your 46-man roster during game day that can play three different positions and special teams.” The record for most brothers to appear in an NFL game is held by the Nesser boys. Al Nesser played for the Akron Pros in 1921, while five of his brothers – Frank, Fred, John, Phil and Ted – played for the Columbus Panhandles in the same year.
Bulls on Parade
The next University at Buffalo player selected in the NFL draft will be the program’s 10th since 1970. The list of UB players who have been selected is as follows:
• OT Ed Ellis, 1997, fourth round, New England Patriots
• WR Drew Haddad, 2000, seventh round, Buffalo Bills
• OT Jamey Richard, 2008, seventh round, Indianapolis Colts
• DE Trevor Scott, 2008, sixth round, Oakland Raiders
• RB James Starks, 2010, sixth round, Green Bay Packers
• CB Josh Thomas, 2011, fifth round, Dallas Cowboys
• DE Steven Means, 2013, fifth round, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• LB Khalil Mack, 2014, first round, Oakland Raiders
• DT Kristjan Sokoli, 2015, sixth round, Seattle Seahawks
“It’s a defensive draft – best interior defensive line I’ve seen maybe since I’ve started doing this. We’re seeing with the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos what started about five years ago, which is all the NFL teams are talking about, ‘we’ve got to find people on defense that can affect the pass offense because it’s a pass-first league.’ ”– NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock
And the awards go to …
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State.