Welcome to Packers draft headquarters

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Welcome to Lambeau Field, where Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy and the rest of the personnel and coaching staffs are huddled for the first round of the NFL draft.

Barring an unexpected trade up in the first round, which Thompson has never done, it will be several hours before the Packers are on the clock with the 21st pick.

Here are some things to keep an eye on over the next several hours:

Live blog: We've already launched our live blog/chat, where I will be posting updates and answering questions. You can find that here.

Estimated pick time: In the first round, teams have 10 minutes to make a selection. However, not every team will use its allotted time. Last year, the first round took three hours, 33 minutes. If this year follows a similar time frame, expect the Packers to pick sometime between 9 and 9:30 p.m. CT.

History says: The Packers have drafted a defensive player in the first round in six of the past eight drafts since they took quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2005. They have drafted 14 linebackers since 2003, tied for the second most in the NFL during that time period. They have not taken a tight end in the first round since Bubba Franks in 2000.

Draft choices in hand: Thompson begins the draft with nine picks. They are Nos. 21 (first round), 53 (second round), 85 (third round), 98 (third round), 121 (fourth round), 161 (fifth round), 176 (fifth round), 197 (sixth round) and 236 (seventh round).

More to come: Rounds 2-3 are on Friday followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday.