The day(s) ahead

This should be one of the more entertaining days of the offseason.

The NFL draft starts Thursday night and here’s the game plan. I plan to head out to One Buccaneer Place in the early evening to get settled in.

You’ll be able to chat with the eight division bloggers and others in Countdown Live, starting at 7 p.m. ET. The draft starts an hour later.

I’ll be with you steadily until Tampa Bay makes its pick at No. 5 overall. I then will provide a quick analysis of the pick on the NFC South blog. Soon after that, there will be media access to coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik and a conference call with whichever player the Bucs take.

The Carolina Panthers will be making their pick at No. 9 and I’ll provide a similar quick analysis on what they do. Then, I’ll get to work on a more in-depth column on whatever turns out to be the NFC South highlight of the night.

We’ll do it all over again Friday night, complete with another edition of Countdown Live. On Saturday, the draft resumes at noon and we’ll weigh in with quick analysis in the final rounds and also will have a draft wrap-up, soon after everything ends.

We will not have our usual NFC South chat Friday afternoon because we’ll have plenty of time to chat in Countdown Live on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

And I’ll be around all day Thursday. I’ll hit you with some stuff to help you get ready for the draft and will weigh in on any news that breaks throughout the day.