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How to watch the 2020 NFL Draft live in New Zealand

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 24–26 April NZST. 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 American football prospects.

With professional sport 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?

The Draft is being held over 3 days, from 24–26 April. Coverage begins on Friday 24 April with the first round officially getting underway at 12pm NZST on Friday 24 April. 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

In New Zealand, you can watch the NFL Draft on ESPN via Sky NZ. If you have a Sky subscription with Sky Sport, you are all set. If not, you need to sign up to the Sky Starter Pack ($25.99/month) and add Sky Sport ($31.99/month). With your subscription you also get access to the SkyGo app and the Sky Sports Highlights app.

Watch the NFL Draft on NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass is a subscription streaming service combining the latest NFL news with on-demand replays and plenty more content. To get access to all the draft coverage, right now you need an annual subscription for $9.99. The rest of the content – 2019 replays, NFL Network Live 24/7 and more – is currently available for free.

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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