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Jared Goff

California quarterback Jared Goff runs a drill at the NFL scouting combine on Feb. 27.

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For the first time in more than two decades, Los Angeles has a home team participating in the NFL draft. And Angelenos better be sure to tune in on time for the first round Thursday because the Rams have the No. 1 overall pick.

That’s 5 p.m. Pacific on ESPN and the NFL Network.

The Rams started the off-season with the No. 15 overall pick, but earlier this month they traded that pick -- along with two second-round picks, a third-round pick and first- and third-round picks next year -- to Tennessee for the top overall pick, as well as the Titans’ fourth- and sixth-round picks this year.

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Now that the Rams have their choice of all the incoming players this year, they are expected to select California quarterback Jared Goff. That would likely make North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz the No. 2 overall pick for the Philadelphia Eagles, who made a blockbuster trade of their own with the Cleveland Browns to move into that position.

Even with little likely suspense for the first two picks, there’s sure to be plenty of drama throughout the rest of the three-day event at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The second and third rounds take place Friday starting at 5 p.m. on ESPN and NFL Network. Rounds 4-7 are Saturday starting at noon on the same channels.

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