The 2021 NFL Draft is on the schedule.
The road traveled to reach the 2021 project has been long and winding, with the coronavirus pandemic dramatically changing the way viewers – and teams – have operated for 2020.
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This year, however, the NFL draft is returning to a semblance of normalcy, with Cleveland, Ohio hosting the draft after an entirely virtual affair in 2020. While only 13 prospects will be in attendance this year, 58 in total are expected to be involved in a 2020. one way or another, which means there will be a lot of night time shenanigans around bad wifi signals this Thursday.
So, get ready to squat in front of your TV and watch the unfortunate slide of one – or more – prospects entering this week’s first round.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s NFL Draft broadcasts:
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What channel is the NFL Draft airing on today?
- tv channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
- Direct: ESPN app | NFL App | fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
All three days of the NFL Draft will air on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN Deportes will broadcast the show in the Spanish language.
The league’s media arm is pulling out all the stops for this year’s draft.
Day 1: At the office will be host Rich Eisen (his 17th NFL Draft covered), Draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis and Stanford head coach David Shaw for Thursday’s first round. Kurt Warner, Joel Klatt, Ian Rapoport and Melissa Stark round out the group for the day.
Day 2: Friday night’s Day 2 features a few changes: Eisen, Jeremiah and Davis return to the table, while Klatt joins them for the second and third rounds. Chris Rose and Peter Schraeger join Rapoport and Stark for ancillary content.
Day 3: Rounds 4-7 feature a five-man squad from Eisen, Jeremiah, Davis, Schraeger and Rapoport.
The Mouse Network Family will also be sending some of their best to this year’s project, starting with the Mothership:
Day 1 and 2: Mike Greenberg wins the hosting duties for this year’s draft, and he’ll be joined by senior draft analyst Mel Kiper and analysts Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland. Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Suzy Kolber complete the team.
Day 3: Rece Davis is hosting both the ABC and ESPN editions on Series 4-7, and he will be surrounded by Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen and Schefter.
ABC will broadcast the NFL Draft again in 2021, with talent from ESPN taking to the cable network to host:
Day 1 and 2: Rece Davis, host of College Gameday, will lead the show alongside Maria Taylor on Days 1 and 2 for ABC. He will be joined by college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, as well as ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay. Jesse Palmer and David Pollack will complete the broadcast team.
Day 3: Davis hosts the ABC / ESPN simulcast on Saturday, with Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen and Schefter providing analysis for the closing rounds.
ESPN Deportes will also host a Spanish-language show over the three days, with Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega providing coverage.
What time does the NFL draft start today?
Three different days and seven different rounds of the NFL Draft have three different start times:
|1||Thursday||April 29||8 p.m. ET|
|2-3||Friday||April 30||7 p.m. ET|
|4-7||Saturday||May 1||Noon ET|
Thursday’s first round begins in prime time, with a start time of 8 p.m. ET across all levels. Each team will have 10 minutes to make their choice, which means the first round will end around midnight ET, plus additional broadcast time.
Friday’s second and third rounds begin at 7 p.m. ET. Each team will have seven minutes to make a selection in the second round, rising to five minutes in the third round.
The fourth to seventh rounds on Saturday will start at noon. Rounds 3-6 allow teams five minutes to make a selection, with Round 7 dipping to four minutes per selection.
2021 NFL Draft TV Show
|Round||Day||Dated||Start time||tv channels|
|1||Thursday||April 29||8 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes|
|2-3||Friday||April 30||7 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes|
|4-7||Saturday||May 1||Noon ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes|
Thursday’s first round begins at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes.
Saturday rounds 4-7 will air simultaneously on ABC and ESPN. NFL Network completes its coverage
Live stream of the 2021 NFL Draft
There are a number of different streaming services and platforms that offer ESPN, NFL, and ABC networks and apps. Most video game consoles offer apps, as well as smart TVs (internet connection required).
For those without cable, several streaming service options are available to you below:
In Canada, the NFL Draft can be streamed live on DAZN, which includes coverage of the NFL Network and offers a free trial period to new subscribers.