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How to watch the 2020 NFL Draft live

The 2020 NFL Draft is going ahead as scheduled, with players to be selected via video conferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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This year’s NFL Draft is going ahead as scheduled, from April 23–25. But instead of players, coaches and team officials gathering in Las Vegas as originally planned, it is all being conducted via video conferencing.

The names will be read out by commissioner Roger Goodell from his home in New York. Players will also be in their own homes surrounded by friends and family for the potentially life-changing event for this year’s top prospects.

With professional sports grinding to a halt due to coronavirus, it’s an opportunity for fans to tune in to a traditional part of the sports calendar live.

When is the NFL Draft?

Once again the NFL Draft is being held over 3 days, from April 23–25. Typically a major event with thousands of fans, players, families, coaches and officials, this year it is all being held over video conferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How to watch the NFL Draft

You have a wide range of viewing and streaming options to tune in to some or all of this year’s NFL Draft. ABC is showing some of the action, while ESPN and the NFL Network will show every minute of the draft over the three days.

Hulu Plus Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now and Fubo TV will all be streaming channels that broadcast the draft. There are also options via the WatchESPN app, NFL app or ABC app.

Where to stream the NFL Draft

One of your streaming options for the NFL Draft is Hulu if you have the Hulu + Live TV package. Charged at $54.99/month, it has a 7-day free trial and you can switch plans or cancel your subscription at any time. The Hulu + Live TV option has a massive amount of content you don’t get with Hulu or Hulu (no ads), including sports, news and entertainment.

It is compatible with Apple iOS, Apple TV (fourth generation), Android, Mac and PCs, Chromecast, Echo Show, Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire Stick, Roku, LG TV and Samsung TV (select models), Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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NFL Draft broadcasters breakdown

Provider Coverage Free trial Monthly price More info
ESPN Full coverage No Free More info
ABC Partial coverage No Free More info
NFL Network Full via NFL Network Yes 7 days Currently free More info
Hulu Full via ESPN $55 More info
Sling TV Full via ESPN $30 More info
Fubo TV Full via NFL Network $54.99 More info
AT&T TV Now Full via ESPN $59.99 More info
YouTube TV Full via ESPN 5 days $49.99 More info

What is the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft is an annual event for the best young football talent in the United States and internationally to be selected by the league’s 32 teams. The vast majority of the selections are college footballers.

NFL Draft 2020 preview

With the NFL Draft being so large, predicting even the top five can be an inexact science and that’s without factoring in trades. LSU’s star quarterback Joe Burrow is at least expected to be the number one pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. He isn’t the only highly rated QB, with Oregon senior Justin Herbert and Alabama standout Tua Tagovailoa tipped to be top 10 selections. Other names high on mock draft boards include Ohio State duo Chase Young and Jeff Okudah, Derrick Brown, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Isaiah Simmons.

Coronavirus also impacted the traditional scouting period. Players were able to undergo physical examinations at the NFL Combine in late February and early March. But players were unable to have face-to-face meetings or have individual workouts with clubs.

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