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It's the day football fans have been waiting for that's NFL Draft Day! The first round of the 79th NFL Draft will begin at 8:00 p.m. Thursday from none other than New York's Radio City Music Hall. But first to be on the clock the Houston Texans with the No. 1 pick.

The night will be one where dreams are made for an elite group of athletes entering into the NFL with hopes for even more of a successful career on the gridiron. Among that group of men are three with strong ties to the Carolinas. Tight end, Eric Ebron who's from Greensboro played for North Carolina Chapel Hill, defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney from Rock Hill, S.C. played at South Carolina, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins with Clemson.

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You will want to keep your eye on Ebron and where he'll fall in the draft pick. Before starring at UNC, he attended Smith High School. He's projected to be taken before the 20th pick but you never know with the NFL Draft, anything can happen.

PANTHERS & DRAFT SELECTION

The Carolina Panthers have seven selections in the draft:

Round Overall

1 28

2 60

3 92

4 128

5 168

6 204

7 225

The Panthers gained the seventh round pick from the New York Giants last October in exchange for linebacker Jon Beason after trading seventh-rounder to San Francisco for safety Colin Jones prior to the start of the 2012 season.

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About the Draft

The 79th NFL Draft will take place over three days with the first round at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday. Then on Friday get ready for rounds 2-3 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET and Saturday rounds 4-7 beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Drafting: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches, and scouts

Rounds:

Round 1- 10 minutes per selection

Round 2– 7 minutes per selection

Round 3-7 – 5 minutes per selection

How It Works

Each NFL team gets one selection per round to select a player who played in college the previous season. Draft choices may be traded for players or for draft choices.

First Pick

The team with the worst regular season record selects first.

Other Team Selections

The other 30 teams are placed in order of season record and if they reached the playoffs.

Super Bowl Outcome Selection Process

The team that wins the super bowl selects last in each round

The team that loses the super bowl selects next to last in each round

Join WFMY News 2 online, Twitter @WFMY for live updates during the draft for Panthers information, ACC Players and other palyers from North Carolina and what team selects them. Also follow @LizCrawfordWFMY and @BrianFormica for player stats, facts and summations of the draft.

Click on USA Today Sports to see their 'mock draft'

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