The NFL draft will return to a live, in-person event in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a virtual presentation in 2020. Cleveland will serve as the backdrop for the latest group of NFL hopefuls.
Though the draft can now be held in person, one thing that won’t change from 2020 is the surplus of live streaming options, whether through cable subscriptions, apps or dedicated streaming sites. The 2021 NFL Draft — comprising 259 picks and seven rounds — will begin Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, running through Saturday. The event will be carried on cable via ABC, ESPN and NFL Network, depending on your viewing preferences. That means viewers will have multiple streaming options for the draft as well, including through ESPN and NFL’s digital platforms.
ABC, ESPN and NFL Network will carry their own coverage of the event through the first two days, with ABC simulcasting ESPN’s coverage on Day 3. Mike Greenberg will debut as NFL draft host on ESPN. The broadcast will feature draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., NFL analysts Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland, NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and NFL host Suzy Kolber.
The NFL Network broadcast team will consist of Rich Eisen, Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis on the main set, with guest hosts appearing on different days of the draft.
The ABC broadcast will feature a more college football-friendly broadcast, with the “College GameDay” cast of Rece Davis, Maria Taylor, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack providing coverage. Todd McShay and Jesse Palmer will also be a part of the ABC broadcasts as well.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2021 NFL Draft, regardless of your platform of choice:
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NFL Draft live streams 2021
NFL Draft TV live streams can be found on YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now and fuboTV. All carry at least one of the channels broadcasting the 2021 NFL Draft.
Those with connected TV devices (such as Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku) can stream the NFL draft with the NFL, ABC or ESPN apps (with authentication from participating TV providers). Similar options are available for those with mobile devices and tablets, which also includes the NFL Network App.
Live streams of the NFL Draft will be available on computers and laptops, with authentication from participating TV providers, at NFL.com/Watch, WatchESPN and ABC.go.com.
|Platform||NFL Draft?||Cable/satellite login needed?|
|Hulu + Live TV||Yes||No|
|AT&T TV Now||Yes||No|
|AT&T Watch TV||No||—|
|Xbox (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)||Yes||Yes|
|PS4 (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)||Yes||Yes|
|Amazon Fire TV (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)||Yes||Yes|
|Android TV (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)||Yes||Yes|
|Apple TV (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)||Yes||Yes|
|Roku (NFL/ABC/ESPN Apps)||Yes||Yes|
|Mobile devices/tablets (NFL/NFLN/ABC/ESPN Apps)||Yes||Yes|
|Computers (NFL.com/watch, WatchESPN, ABC.go.com)||Yes||Yes|
In Canada, the NFL Draft can be streamed live on DAZN. It includes NFL Network coverage and offers a free-trial period for new subscribers.
How to live steam the 2021 NFL Draft for free without cable
Anybody with access to ABC, a broadcast TV network, can watch the entire NFL Draft for free without cable.
Those without a broadcast TV can stream the draft for free with YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV and fuboTV using the services’ trial options. (Cancel the subscription after the draft and be charged nothing).
NFL Draft TV schedule 2021
|Round||Day||Date||Start time||TV channels|
|1||Thursday||April 29||8 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
|2-3||Friday||April 30||7 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
|4-7||Saturday||April 31||Noon ET||ESPN (ABC simulcast), NFL Network|
The entire 2021 NFL Draft will broadcast live on three different TV networks: ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN Deportes also will present a Spanish edition of ESPN’s broadcast.
Anyone with broadcast TV can watch the draft on ABC, regardless of whether they have a cable subscription. All major cable networks carry ESPN (Xfinity channel 49) and NFL Network (Xfinity channel 265). Check your cable provider for channel listings in your specific viewing area.
ESPN Radio will provide full draft coverage, with Dari Nowkhah hosting NFL Front Office Insider Mike Tannenbaum and ESPN Radio’s Bart Scott on Days 1 and 2 and NFL Draft analyst Jim Nagy (Day 3). Reporter Ian Fitzsimmons will be featured throughout the three-day coverage.