NFL Network celebrates draft with most comprehensive coverage

Record 38 hours of live draft coverage featuring more than 18 personalities

NFL Draft Round 1 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Rounds 2-3 on Friday at 6 p.m. ET with Rounds 4-7 unveiled on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET

The bright lights of New York City once again are the backdrop for the introduction of the NFL's next generation of talent and, for the first time ever, the NFL Draft goes primetime and expands to a three-day all-star showcase celebrating the 75th NFL Draft beginning Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall.

NFL Network is in the center of NFL Draft with a record 38 hours of live, high-definition coverage over four days with more than 18 on-air personalities offering fans exclusive interviews and analysis of their favorite teams and players. Called "the E.F. Hutton of draft experts" by the Buffalo News, Mike Mayock headlines NFL Network's team from New York that also includes: Brian Billick, Charles Davis, Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Jason La Canfora, Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders.

Eight and a half hours of Day One pre-draft coverage begins Thursday, April 22 with Paul Burmeister, Steve Wyche, Charley Casserly and The Sporting News' Matt Hayes on a two-hour Path to the Draft Presented by GMC Sierra at 11 a.m. ET followed by Casserly, Fran Charles, Jamie Dukes, Michael Lombardi, Jim Mora and Tom Waddle joining NFL Network's team in New York for a split edition of Total Access Pre-Draft Presented by Lexus at 1 p.m. ET.

Both Path to the Draft Presented by GMC Sierra and Total Access Pre-Draft Presented by Lexus gives viewers all the latest information before the Rams hit the clock for the 2010 NFL Draft Presented by Verizon at 7:30 p.m. ET. The pre-draft show also features Sanders conducting interviews with draft prospects and special guests from the brand new red carpet outside Radio City Music Hall. Casserly, Charles, Dukes, Lombardi, Mora and Waddle wrap up all the first-round selections at 11 p.m. ET with the NFL Total Access Post-Draft.

NFL Network's coverage of rounds two and three begin at 11 a.m. ET Friday, April 23 with Path to the Draft Presented by GMC Sierra. A five-hour Total Access Pre-Draft Presented by Lexus begins at 1 p.m. ET, leading into day two of the 2010 NFL Draft Presented by Verizon at 6 p.m. ET and the NFL Total Access Post-Draft following at 10:30 p.m. ET. Total Access Pre-Draft Presented by Lexus kicks off day three at 9 a.m. ET, followed immediately by the Rounds 4-7 of the 2010 NFL Draft Presented by Verizon at 10 a.m. ET. NFL Network puts the bow on the entire 2010 NFL Draft with a 90-minute NFL Total Access Draft Recap Saturday at the conclusion of round seven, as well as back-to-back Path to the Draft and NFL Total Access recap shows Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

NFL Network reporters will also be stationed at various team headquarters across the country, providing live reports and inside access viewers have come to expect from NFL Network (see talent coverage line-up below). A staple of the network's live draft coverage since its inception in 2006, exclusive access into team war rooms returns for 2010. The teams, who will be announced prior to the draft, allow NFL Network cameras inside for live shots as presidents, general managers and coaches convene, making the selections to build their franchises, right before the viewers eyes.

New this year, NFL Network enlists the support of team beat media from around the league who will offer live reports and analysis from their respective club facilities throughout the weekend.

Breakdown of NFL Network's coverage of the 75th NFL Draft:

Thursday, April 22 -- 13 Live Hours
11 a.m. ET: Path to the Draft Presented by GMC Sierra
1 p.m. ET: Total Access Pre-Draft Presented by Lexus
7:30 p.m. ET: 2010 NFL Draft Presented by Verizon
11 p.m. ET: NFL Total Access Post-Draft

Friday, April 23 -- 12 ½ Live Hours
11 a.m. ET: Path to the Draft Presented by GMC Sierra
1 p.m. ET: Total Access Pre-Draft Presented by Lexus
6 p.m. ET: 2010 NFL Draft Presented by Verizon
10:30 p.m. ET: NFL Total Access Post-Draft

Saturday, April 24 -- 10 ½ Live Hours
9 a.m. ET: Total Access Pre-Draft Presented by Lexus
10 a.m. ET: 2010 NFL Draft Presented by Verizon
6 p.m. ET: NFL Total Access Post-Draft

Sunday, April 25 -- 2 Live Hours
6 p.m. ET: Path to the Draft Presented by GMC Sierra
7 p.m. ET: NFL Total Access Draft Recap
8 p.m. ET: 2010 NFL Draft Presented by Verizon - ENCORE of Day 1

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