The NFL Draft kicks off in two hours, and we finally will find out whether all the rumors and reports meant anything for the 2014 class.
The Atlanta Falcons currently have ten picks, with selections in all seven rounds plus three compensatory picks in the fourth and seventh rounds. Tonight, they have the #6 selection unless they elect to trade up or down from that position. Use this blog to discuss the draft, keep up-to-date on selections and predict the pick for the Falcons. We'll write separate stories for each pick as it is made over the next three days.
Here's the schedule, channel and timing for tonight's first round:
Join us for an evening of 2014 NFL Draft action, friends, with our live blog kicking off shortly after 7 p.m. We've waited a long time.
2014 Atlanta Falcons NFL Draft Live Blog - Day 1
11:45 p.m. - The Vikings make Teddy Bridgewater the last pick of the first round. The Falcons are back on the clock tomorrow.
11:32 p.m.- Falcons don't get a shot at Jimmie Ward, either.
11:20 p.m.- Deone Bucannon goes to Arizona, while the Panthers select Kelvin Benjamin. No reason to be nervous about free safety.
10:58 p.m. - Dee Ford is off the board. The Falcons may still be trying to move up, but Ford was their dude.
10:42 p.m. - The Cleveland Browns move up to #22 to pick Johnny Manziel. Good luck in Cleveland, Johnny Furtball.
10:20 p.m. - After a run that Falcons fans weren't likely to care too deeply about, the Saints have traded up to #20 to take...Brandin Cooks, one of the best receivers of the draft class. Not the pick I expected.
9:37 p.m. - We're back! Aaron Donald to the Rams, who are having a fine draft in the trenches.
8:58 p.m. - The Buccaneers pick Mike Evans, because Josh McCown is a stellar quarterback.
Seriously, though, he could be great for them.
8:52 p.m. - Before I got trade up fever, I believed Jake Matthews would be the pick at #6. Here it is! Matthews to the Atlanta Falcons.
8:43 p.m. - Khalil Mack to the Oakland Raiders. The Falcons are looking at Taylor Lewan, Jake Matthews or a trade down.
8:35 p.m. - The Cleveland Browns traded the #4 to the Buffalo Bills, and the Bills pick Sammy Watkins!
8:31 p.m. -The Jaguars deliver the first surprise of the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting QB Blake Bortles with the #3 overall pick. If everything breaks right, he might be great, but this is a mild surprise.
8:29 p.m. -Texans go Clowney, St. Louis goes for Greg Robinson. Two very good picks to start off the draft.
8:13 p.m. - It's official:
Falcons not trading to first pick. They moved on before draft commenced.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) May 9, 2014
8:02 p.m. - We are underway!
6:35 p.m. - As you've probably heard, Thomas Dimitroff is saying it's unlikely the Falcons will go up to #1: