Round one starts at 8 p.m. Thursday night with rounds 2-3 beginning at 8 p.m. Friday night.
2. The Cincinnati Bengals pick 11th.
Will the first draft since Zac Taylor replaced Marvin Lewis as coach also bring a new potential franchise quarterback?
Multiple draft analysts think so, but Taylor and the organization remain committed to Andy Dalton, at least publicly.
After three consecutive losing seasons, there is no shortage of needs, a list that has offensive tackle and linebacker at the top.
3. The Cleveland Browns don’t pick until night two (probably).
Cleveland traded its first round pick to the New York Giants for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., so the team will have to engineer a trade to get involved before the 49th pick in the second round.
Don’t rule out that happening, of course, as the team might see someone as a vital piece toward reaching high expectations that are building for the season.
4. More than a half-dozen Ohio State players are likely to be drafted.
Defensive end Nick Bosa is likely to be taken No. 2, if not No. 1 overall.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been slotted as the Bengals’ pick on many mock drafts, but he might already be gone by that point.
Receivers Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell, defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones and offensive lineman Michael Jordan are all potential night two picks while a handful of other Buckeyes could hear their names called Saturday.
5. Several players from local high schools hope to hear their names called, too.
Kentucky offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei (Lakota West), Tiffin’s Tyler Denton (Hamilton), Northern Illinois’ Andrew Gantz (Centerville), Akron’s Jordan George (Alter), Miami’s Jordan Rigg (Springboro) and Dayton’s Matt Tunnacliffe (Fenwick) were among those invited to a local draft workout for the Bengals earlier this month.
Wayne's Tyree Kinnel, a two-year starter in the Michigan secondary, Milton-Union's Wes Martin, a multi-year starter on the offensive line at Indiana, Alter's Nick Coleman, a Notre Dame defensive back, Centerville's Jared Weyler, a Minnesota offensive lineman, and Covington's A.J. Ouellete, a running back from Ohio, are also among those on the NFL radar who could sign as free agents over the weekend even if they are not drafted.
Wayne grad Tyree Kinnel is preparing for his senior season at Michigan. Why did he become a fan of the Wolverines and what will he do after he??s done playing?
Indiana offensive lineman Wes Martin describes his journey from 3-star recruit who spent his summers working on a dairy farm to a multi-year starter in the Big Ten with hopes of playing in the NFL.