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 staff are huddled for the start of the NFL draft.
The draft room is off limits to reporters, so the Lambeau Field media auditorium is where we wait.
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Barring an unexpected trade up in the first round, it will be a few more hours before the Packers are on the clock at No. 30. And even then, there's no guarantee they will make a pick. It's possible Thompson could trade back.
Here are some things to keep an eye on over the next several hours:
Time doesn't fly: Teams have 10 minutes to make their selections in the first round. If there's a trade, the clock starts over. Last year, the first round took three hours and 39 minutes (six minutes longer than in 2013). That means the Packers can expect to be on the clock between 10 and 10:30 p.m. CT.
History lesson: The last time Thompson went into the draft with the 30th overall pick was 2008, and he moved back. The New York Jets wanted that spot and gave up their second-round pick (No. 36 overall) and a fourth-rounder. Thompson then picked receiver Jordy Nelson at No. 36. It's the only time in his 10 drafts that he didn't pick a player in the first round.
Heavy on D: The Packers have drafted a defensive player with their first pick in seven of the past nine years since they took quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2005. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, last year's first-round pick, made it three straight years that Thompson has picked a defensive player first.
Draft choices in hand: Thompson begins the draft with nine picks. They are Nos. 30 (first round), No. 62 (second), No. 94 (third), No. 129 (fourth), No. 166 (fifth), No. 206 (sixth) No. 210 (sixth), No. 213 (sixth), No. 247 (seventh). The last two sixth-round picks are compensatory selections and cannot be traded.
Draft tracker: To follow the draft pick by pick, go to the ESPN draft tracker here.
More to come: Rounds 2-3 are on Friday, followed by Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.