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AP file photo: New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans.

The NFL draft is upon us, and the New Orleans Saints are just hours from being on the clock.

With the No. 12 overall pick, the Saints look to take a big step toward putting their disappointing 2015 season behind them. The draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. (all rounds televised on ESPN and NFL Network).

The Saints also have the 47th and 78th overall picks in Rounds 2 and 3, which start at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Saints have the 112th, 152nd and 237 overall selections in Rounds 4-7, which will be held Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

Follow The Advocate's team of reporters, who will be posting and Tweeting throughout the draft: Saints Reporter Nick Underhill, @Nick_Underhill; Saints reporter Joel Erickson, @JoelAErickson; LSU reporter Ross Dellenger, @RossDellenger; LSU reporter Marcus Rodrigue, @RodrigueADV.

You can also follow along live all three days on our live updates page here.

Follow the links below for everything you need to know about how the Saints will approach the draft:

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