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The Draft moves to Chicago

The NFL Draft is in Chicago for the first time since 1964

The 80th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting
2015 NFL Draft

Thursday April 30 - Saturday May 2, 2015

Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL

Round 1: Thursday, 8 p.m., Eastern Time
Rounds 2-3: Friday, 7 p.m., Eastern Time
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, 11 a.m., Eastern Time

The NFL Draft moves away from New York City for the first time in 50 years, with it going to Chicago for the first time since 1964. In 1962, 63 and 64, the Draft was held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. The first round kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday, and to coin a phrase, right now, as holder of the number one selection, Tampa Bay is on the clock.

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Atlanta Falcons (6-10)

LAST SEASON: Despite losing record, Falcons were in weak NFC South race into final week. Season-ending 34-3 loss to Carolina capped second-straight losing season and cost coach Mike Smith his job. Injuries on offensive line were costly for second straight year. Strong season by WR Julio Jones, QB Matt Ryan's top target, could not overcome poor defense. Atlanta allowed most total yards and yards passing in league and finished second to last in sacks.

THEY NEED: DE, RB, OLB, TE, OT, OG.

THEY DON'T NEED: QB, CB, K, WR, MLB.

THEY GOT: Vic Beasley, a linebacker from Clemson. Beasley went to school at Adairsville High.

First round draft picks

All of the Falcons 1st round draft picks from throughout their history

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Over their 50-year history, the Atlanta Falcons have had a wide variety of selections in the first round of the NFL Draft.

In their first draft, in 1966, the Falcons selected linebacker Tommy Nobis from Texas as the number one overall pick. As an expansion team, they also were able to select quarterback Randy Johnson from Texas A&I as the number 15 overall pick in the first round. They've had four number one selections overall – Nobis in 1966, quarterback Steve Bartkowski in 1975, linebacker Aundray Bruce in 1988 and quarterback Michael Vick in 2001.

Where do their top picks come from? Nebraska and Florida State have supplied the most first round picks for the Falcons, with three each. Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Washington have supplied two first rounders each.

The Falcons have only selected one player from a school in the state of Georgia as their first pick: linebacker Keith Brooking from Georgia Tech in 1988.

Who will the Falcons select in the 2015 NFL Draft? We'll have to wait until Thursday night to find out!

First Round NFL Draft picks by the Atlanta Falcons

1966 – Tommy Nobis, LB – Texas

1966 – Randy Johnson, QB – Texas A&I (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville)

1967 – No selection

1968 – Claude Humphrey, DE – Tennessee State

1969 – George Kunz, OT – Notre Dame

1970 – John Small, LB – The Citadel

1971 – Joe Profit, RB – Northeast Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Monroe)

1972 – Clarence Ellis, S – Notre Dame

1973 – No selection

1974 – No selection

1975 – Steve Bartkowski, QB – Cal-Berkeley

1976 – Bubba Bean, RB – Texas A&M

1977 – Warren Bryant, OT – Kentucky

1977 – Wilson Famuina, DT – San Jose State

1978 – Mike Kenn, OT – Michigan

1979 – Don Smith, DE – Miami (Fla.)

1980 – Junior Miller, TE – Nebraska

1981 – Bobby Butler, CB – Florida State

1982 – Gerald Riggs, RB – Arizona State

1983 – Mike Pitts, DE – Alabama

1984 – Rick Bryan, DT – Oklahoma

1985 – Bill Fralic, OT – Pittsburgh

1986 – Tony Casillas, DT – Oklahoma

1987 – Chris Miller, QB – Oregon

1988 – Aundray Bruce, LB – Auburn

1989 – Deion Sanders, CB – Florida State

1989 – Shawn Collins, WR – Northern Arizona

1990 – Steve Broussard, RB – Washington State

1991 – Bruce Pickens, CB – Nebraska

1991 – Mike Pritchard, WR – Colorado

1992 – Bob Whitfield, OT – Stanford

1992 – Tony Smith, RB – Southern Miss

1993 – Lincoln Kennedy, OT – Washington

1994 – No selection

1995 – Devin Bush, S – Florida State

1996 – No selection

1997 – Michael Booker, CB – Nebraska

1998 – Keith Brooking, LB – Georgia Tech

1999 – Patrick Kerney, DE – Virginia

2000 – No selection

2001 – Michael Vick, QB – Virginia Tech

2002 – T.J. Duckett, RB – Michigan State

2003 – No selection

2004 – DeAngelo Hall, CB – Virginia Tech

2004 – Michael Jenkins, WR – Ohio State

2005 – Roddy White, WR – UAB

2006 – No selection

2007 – Jamaal Anderson, DE – Arkansas

2008 – Matt Ryan, QB – BC

2008 – Sam Baker, OT – USC

2009 – Peria Jerry, DT – Ole Miss

2010 – Sean Witherspoon, LB – Missouri

2011 – Julio Jones, WR – Alabama

2012 – No selection

2013 – Desmond Trufant, CB – Washington

2014 – Jake Matthews, OT – Texas A&M

2015 – Vic Beasley, DE – Clemson

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Regular and preseason schedules

2015 NFL REGULAR SEASON AND PRESEASON SCHEDULES

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The NFL released the 2015 schedule for all 32 NFL teams Tuesday evening, and the Falcons' schedule looks very strong.

The new schedule includes a Monday night season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and their newly-signed quarterback, Tim Tebow, on September 14 at the Georgia Dome. That game will be part of the League's customary opening weekend Monday night doubleheader, with an earlier start time of 7:10 pm.

In addition, the Falcons get a Thursday night showing in New Orleans in Week 6, on Thursday night October 15. All of the other games are Sunday affairs, with the traditional Bye Week coming in Week 10, the week of November 15.

This season, along with the home-and-home games against NFC South opponents, the in-conference schedule is against the NFC East with games against the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and Redskins; the cross-conference schedule is against the AFC South, with games against the Texans, Titans, Colts and Jaguars. The two odd-out games this season are against the Vikings and 49ers.

Beginning in Week 5, NBC has the freedom of "flexing" scheduled games, permitting the network to select more competitive match-ups from across the League to move from a Sunday afternoon start time to a Sunday night prime time start for Sunday Night Football. As a result, game times from Week 5 on are subject to change.

11Alive will carry NBC's prime-time football schedule with Sunday Night Football, and two Thursday night games: the opening night broadcast with the Super Bowl XLIX champion New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Thanksgiving night game with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears.

The remainder of the NBC prime-time schedule is as follows:

Week 1 - Pittsburgh at New England - Thu., Sept. 10 - Gillette Stadium (NFL Kickoff)
Week 1 - NY Giants at Dallas - Sun., Sept. 13 - AT&T Stadium
Week 2 - Seattle at Green Bay - Sun., Sept. 20 - Lambeau Field
Week 3 - Denver at Detroit - Sun., Sept. 27 - Ford Field
Week 4 - Dallas at New Orleans - Sun., Oct. 4 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Week 5 - San Francisco at NY Giants - Sun., Oct. 11 - MetLife Stadium
Week 6 - New England at Indianapolis - Sun., Oct. 18 - Lucas Oil Stadium
Week 7 - Philadelphia at Carolina - Sun., Oct. 25 - Bank of America Stadium
Week 8 - Green Bay at Denver - Sun., Nov. 1 - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Week 9 - Philadelphia at Dallas - Sun., Nov. 8 - AT&T Stadium
Week 10 - Arizona at Seattle - Sun., Nov. 15 - CenturyLink Field
Week 11 - Kansas City at San Diego - Sun., Nov. 22 - Qualcomm Stadium
Week 12 - Chicago at Green Bay - Thu., Nov. 26 - Lambeau Field (Thanksgiving)
Week 12 - New England at Denver - Sun., Nov. 29 - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Week 13 - Indianapolis at Pittsburgh - Sun., Dec. 6 - Heinz Field
Week 14 - Seattle at Baltimore - Sun,. Dec. 13 - M&T Bank Stadium
Week 15 - Cincinnati at San Francisco - Sun., Dec. 20 - Levi's Stadium
Week 16 - Pittsburgh at Baltimore - Sun., Dec. 27 - M&T Bank Stadium
Week 17 - TBD (based on flex scheduling)

All of the NBC Sunday Night Football games will be aired on 11Alive.

The NFL's post-season will lead up to Super Bowl 50, which will be played on Sun., Feb. 7, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The full Atlanta Falcons schedule for the 2015 season -- including preseason dates -- are listed below:

Preseason Week 1 - Tennessee at Atlanta - Fri., Aug. 14, 7 pm - Georgia Dome
Preseason Week 2 - Atlanta at NY Jets - Fri., Aug. 21, 7:30 pm - MetLife Stadium
Preseason Week 3 - Atlanta at Miami - Saturday, Aug. 29, 7 pm - Sun Life Stadium
Preseason Week 4 - Baltimore at Atlanta - Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 pm - Georgia Dome

Week 1 - Philadelphia at Atlanta - Mon., Sept. 14, 7:10 pm - Georgia Dome
Week 2 - Atlanta at NY Giants - Sun., Sept. 20, 1 pm - Met Life Stadium
Week 3 - Atlanta at Dallas - Sun., Sept. 27, 1 pm -- AT&T Stadium
Week 4 - Houston at Atlanta - Sun., Oct. 4, 1 pm - Georgia Dome
Week 5 - Washington at Atlanta - Sun., Oct. 11, 1 pm - Georgia Dome
Week 6 - Atlanta at New Orleans - Thu., Oct 15, 8:25 pm - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Week 7 - Atlanta at Tennessee - Sun., Oct. 25, 1 pm - LP Field
Week 8 - Tampa Bay at Atlanta - Sun., Nov. 1, 1 pm - Georgia Dome
Week 9 - Atlanta at San Francisco - Sun., Nov. 8, 4:05 pm - Levi's Stadium
Week 10 - Bye
Week 11 - Indianapolis at Atlanta - Sun., Nov. 22, 1 pm - Georgia Dome
Week 12 - Minnesota at Atlanta - Sun., Nov. 29, 1 pm - Georgia Dome
Week 13 - Atlanta at Tampa Bay - Sun., Dec. 6, 1 pm - Raymond James Stadium
Week 14 - Atlanta at Carolina - Sun., Dec. 13, 1 pm - Bank of America Staidum
Week 15 - Atlanta at Jacksonville - Sun., Dec. 20, 1 pm - Everbank Field
Week 16 - Carolina at Atlanta - Sun., Dec. 27, 1 pm - Georgia Dome
Week 17 - New Orleans at Atlanta - Sun., Jan. 3, 2016, 1 pm - Georgia Dome

NFL first round draft order

The Falcons have the 8th pick

The draft order for the 2015 NFL Draft's first round:

1 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - James Winston/Quarterback/Florida State
2 - Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota/Quarterback/Oregon
3 - Jacksonville Jaguars - Dante Fowler/DE-OLB/Florida
4 - Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper/WR/Alabama
5 - Washington Redskins - Brandon Scherff/OG-OT/Iowa
6 - New York Jets - Leonard Williams/DE/USC
7 - Chicago Bears - Kevin White/WR/West Virginia
8 - Atlanta Falcons - Vic Beasley/LB/Clemson
9 - New York Giants - Ereck Flowers/OT/Miami (Fla.)
10 - St. Louis Rams - Todd Gurley/RB/Georgia
11 - Minnesota Vikings - Trae Wyanes/CB/Michigan State
12 - Cleveland Browns - Danny Shelton/DT/Washington
13 - New Orleans Saints - Andrus Peat/OT/Stanford
14 - Miami Dolphins - DeVante Parker/WR/Louisville
15 - San Diego Chargers (via San Francisco 49ers) - Melvin Gordon/RB/Wisconsin
16 - Houston Texans - Kevin Johnson/CB/Wake Forest
17 - San Francisco 49ers (via San Diego Chargers) - Arik Armstead/DE/Oregon
18 - Kansas City Chiefs - Marcus Peters/CB/Washington
19 - Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Cameron Ervin/OT/Florida State
20 - Philadelphia Eagles - Nelson Agholor/WR/USC
21 - Cincinnati Bengals - Cedric Ogbeuhi/OT/Texas A&M
22 - Pittsburgh Steelers - Alvin Dupree/DE/Kentucky
23 - Denver Broncos (via switch with Detroit Lions) - Shane ray/DE/Missouri
24 - Arizona Cardinals - DJ Humphries/OT/Florida
25 - Carolina Panthers - Shaq Thompson/LB/Washington
26 - Baltimore Ravens - Breshad Perriman/WR/University of Central Florida
27 - Dallas Cowboys - Byron Jones/CB/Connecticut
28 - Detroit Lions (via switch with Denver Broncos) - Laken Tomlinson/OG/Duke
29 - Indianapolis Colts - Phillip Dorsett/WR/Miami (Fla.)
30 - Green Bay Packers - Demarious Randall/S/Arizona State
31 - New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) - Stephone Anthony/LB/Clemson
32 - New England Patriots - Malcom Brown/DT/Texas

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