BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA 9) -- The NFL Draft is being held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, but the lights at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium were also powered up for the occasion on Thursday night. Ravens fans were invited to the stadium for the team's draft party where they were able to watch the first round of the draft directly from the field, meet former and current players, tour the locker room and participate in combine drills.
The Ravens chose Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley 17th overall in this year's draft, and for fans like Baltimore native Jeff Nale and his family, who have been coming to the Ravens Draft Party for years, the selection process and festivities at M&T Bank represent a fresh start for the team.
"This gears things up. I know the Orioles are playing, but this is the thing that puts last season behind us ... [and] gives us something to look forward to. It starts shaping up tonight," said Nale.
Former Ravens players, linebacker Adalius Thomas and wide receiver Qadry Ismail, spoke at the Draft Party and were joined by corner back Chykie Brown, to sign autographs.
Thursday marked eight-year-old Jordan Chavis' first Ravens Draft Party and the young Joe Flacco and Ray Rice fan was so excited to be on the field he could barely stand still.
"[It's] a very cool, interactive thing for any fan," said Jasmine Chavis, Jordan's mom. "This makes it even more exciting to see who gets picked!"
The draft continues on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with rounds two and three, for which the Ravens have the 38th and 79th picks.