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2012 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The countdown to the first round of the NFL Draft is ever-dwindling, so here are the details you need to know before the event kicks off on Thursday night.

The NFL switched to a primetime TV format last season, meaning that just the first round will be held Thursday, with the second and third round occurring on Friday and the final four rounds on Saturday.

The first round begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. EST, and each of the 32 selections must be made within a 10-minute window. Should a team not make its selection before 10 minutes has elapsed, the team behind them in the order may leapfrog them and submit a pick.

Depending on your cable package, you may also have multiple options of networks to view the proceedings on. Both ESPN and the NFL Network will carry the draft, and the two have mutually agreed not to pan to players prior to Commissioner Goodell's announcement of their being selected, so as to maintain the suspense and anticipation involved for fans.

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are sure to go one-two, but after that, it's anyone's guess as to what could happen.

-- See SB Nation's Mocking The Draft for complete draft coverage