Sources: Browns plan on taking Garrett at No. 1
The Browns are planning to select DE Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick in tonight's draft, sources told Adam Schefter. Watch the draft live on ESPN and the ESPN app at 8 ET.
49ers general manager John Lynch has been saying the team is "open for business" to trade down from the No. 2 pick for weeks. With the strong likelihood that the Cleveland Browns will take Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick, that business is picking up. The Niners will likely keep looking for the right deal all the way until they are on the clock.
Halas Hall is already buzzing with activity because the Bears pick so early tonight. This is only Chicago's 2nd top-3 choice in the Common Draft Era -- they chose OT Lionel Antoine 3rd overall in 1972. But it will be the 3rd straight year the Bears make a pick in the top-10. How important is tonight? Well, the Bears have missed the playoffs six straight seasons, and their 13 losses last season were tied for most in franchise history. Absent a home run at No. 3, the Bears could be in deep trouble again in 2017.
Mock draft: Updates based on latest info
Before the first round gets rolling on Thursday, Todd McShay takes one more stab at predicting the picks. Watch the NFL draft unfold live on ESPN and the ESPN App at 8 p.m. ET.
Rankings: Top 300 prospects for draft
Todd McShay sets his board one final time before the 2017 NFL draft gets underway. It's a class rich in defenders, running backs and tight ends. Quarterbacks and offensive line? Not so much.
Where does Clemson's Deshaun Watson rank among the QBs in the 2017 draft? Todd McShay ranks the prospects at every position one last time.
Predictions: Round 1's talker, reaches, more
As the hours before the start of tonight's draft melt into minutes, Kevin Seifert throws out his best guesses for how it'll go down. Watch the NFL draft unfold live on ESPN and the ESPN App at 8 p.m. ET.
Mock draft: Changes in top 12
Here's how picks 1-32 look right now in Mel Kiper's final first-round projection. Watch the NFL draft unfold live on ESPN and the ESPN App at 8 p.m. ET.
Position rankings: More than 750 prospects
More than 100 receivers. Sixty-seven cornerbacks. Even 50 guards. Mel Kiper's final position rankings for the 2017 NFL draft are here, covering more than 750 prospects.
Big Board: Top 300 NFL draft prospects
Mel Kiper's final rankings of the best prospects in the 2017 draft go much deeper than his usual 25. This one goes to 300, with surprises galore. Dig in.
McNabb: Jonathan Allen is a Suh-type player.
Donovan McNabb shuts down Max Kellerman's No. 1 draft pick and explains why former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is his overall top pick.
Schefter's draft notebook: Some final nuggets
Adam Schefter says that Oakland has turned it around, but its not-so-distant past offers a draft reminder. Plus, trade talk, QB questions, and more.
Mock draft: Send these first-round picks to your team's GM
Drafting the right football talent is the only NFL game this time of year. This is a look at how Domonique Foxworth thinks the first round should go.
Ravens fan excited to announce team's pick.
Make-A-Wish recipient TJ Onwuanibe talks to Kevin Negandhi about finding out that he would be announcing the Ravens' first-round draft pick.
Mystery vs. history: New regime brings unpredictability to draft
The Niners' ability to operate in relative secrecy and keep pundits guessing at such a lofty spot in the draft order is the product of a few things.
49ers open to potentially trading down.
Field Yates says San Francisco is "open for business" if another team wants to move up to draft a quarterback.
Ryan Leaf opens up about football career.
The former No. 2 overall pick joins OTL at the NFL Draft to discuss his journey and being considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time.
NFL execs buy and sell biggest draft storylines
Will Mitchell Trubisky actually be the first QB selected in the 2017 draft? Is Leonard Fournette the consensus No. 1 RB? NFL insiders answer the draft's biggest questions.
Christian McCaffrey could be 'perfect football player' for Panthers
He has an NFL pedigree, the speed and the smarts. It's hard for anybody who's been around McCaffrey to be skeptical about his potential.
2017 NFL draft cheat sheet: Mocks, rankings, top needs, more
Need a last-minute crash course on the draft? We have you covered with expert analysis from Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and others.
If you draft a running back in Round 1, he better be awesome
Years of data show there's little margin of error for teams that draft running backs in the first round. Kevin Seifert explains the tricky calculus teams will face in a draft rich with RB talent.
The big 3 running backs.
Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey head into the NFL draft with record-breaking resumes and first-round potential.
The allure of the 'Zeke Effect' in this year's NFL draft
Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott opened up some eyes last year to the possible value of drafting a running back early.
Social scouting: How teams track prospects online
NFL draft prospects can't hide online. Teams are monitoring future players on social media in a variety of ways as part of the evaluation process.
Best fits for draft's biggest wild cards
McCaffrey. Peppers. Dobbs. This draft is full of intriguing prospects who could pop in the pros ... if they land in the right spot. Matt Bowen pairs eight wild cards with the ideal landing spots.
This black sports agency reps more HBCU players in NFL than any other firm
Overall, their agency represent 43 pro football players, and they tell all of them 'be exceptional in what you do.'
The top HBCU prospects in the NFL draft
Tarik Cohen, N.C. A&T running back, is likely to be the first black college player taken.
Marshawn Lynch fills Raiders' need in backfield, but is he the old Beast Mode?
If Lynch plays like his old self -- he rushed for 1,306 yards in 16 games in 2014 -- he could push the Raiders over the top for AFC supremacy.
He's back in Oakland.
Beast Mode is ready to lace 'em up for the Silver & Black.
His ceiling in Oakland?
By the time Lynch plays his first game for the Raiders, 20 months will have passed since his last carry in the NFL. But it's not hard to imagine him thriving behind Oakland's O-line.
The un-retired All-Stars: Who Marshawn Lynch joins in returning to NFL
Randall Cunningham and Deion Sanders lead a list of players who came out of retirement. Can Lynch emulate their success?
NFL Nation mock draft: McCaffrey, Fournette in top 10
NFL Nation reporters played general manager for the teams they cover and picked a first-round mock draft, featuring Cleveland snagging two potential franchise-changing players.
Jaguars pick Fournette No. 4 in mock draft.
Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco selects LSU RB Leonard Fournette for Jacksonville in the NFL mock draft.
On a roll: TE Butt gets dump truck full of TP
In a nod to his last name, Charmin had a dumptruck full of toilet paper delivered to NFL draft prospect Jake Butt on Wednesday.
NFL rosters in black and white
Race plays a complex role in determining who lines up where.
Green-room nightmare: Inside Aaron Rodgers' draft-day fall
Former NFL coach Jon Gruden calls passing on Aaron Rodgers in 2005 "one of the greatest regrets in my lifetime." This is the oral history of Rodgers' draft-day fall -- and the awkward green-room scene that ensued.
The truth behind Rodgers' draft-day fall.
Rob Demovsky explains why the 49ers and Buccaneers passed on Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 draft.
Why it took two months before Adrian Peterson found a team
Sure, the Saints are getting a power runner to add to their prolific offense, but there are limitations to consider for the veteran's potential in 2017.
Mark Ingram, Drew Brees embrace Saints' addition of Adrian Peterson
Mark Ingram said he's fine with sharing carries with Adrian Peterson, while Drew Brees said the veteran RB will be motivated to show he can still play.
Adrian Peterson joins Drew Brees, Saints for fresh start.
Josina Anderson, Dan Graziano, Mark Schlereth and Herm Edwards examine what led former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to New Orleans
At the game or at the bar, Chicago fans are always intense.
On "We The Fans," loyal followers of the Cubs and Bears go to extremes just to see their teams play.
Do you love your team this much?
They live in different worlds, but come Sunday they are one. A section of an NFL stadium bound by faith, in their team and each other.
You could be featured on the next season
Tell us why you should be a character in the next season of "We The Fans."
Patriots corner Malcolm Butler on the move? Running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Deshaun Watson to ... ? NFL Nation reporters offer up draft predictions for every team.
Jon Gruden calls passing on Aaron Rodgers in 2005 "one of the greatest regrets in my lifetime." This is the oral history of Rodgers' draft-day fall and the awkward green-room scene that ensued.
Watch "We The Fans" to follow the stories of the Chicago Bears faithful of Section 250 in an eight-episode documentary series on ESPN.
By the time Marshawn Lynch plays his first game for the Raiders, 20 months will have passed since his last NFL carry. But it's not hard to imagine Beast Mode thriving behind Oakland's O-line.
Just when the former NFL star, a convicted murderer, was told he might have something to live for, he's gone. It's one more thing we don't understand.