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How to watch the 2021 NFL Draft: TV channels, live stream, date, time and more

Everything you need to know to watch the draft

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After much anticipation, the 2021 NFL Draft is just hours away. Unlike last year’s first-ever virtual draft, the event will be in person in Cleveland this year with vaccinated fans in attendance. After months of mock drafting and debating, we will soon have answers.

The NFL has announced that it will again host Draft-a-Thon, a fundraiser that drives awareness and action to close critical gaps at the intersection of pandemic recovery and the nation’s hardest hit communities.

ESPN, ABC and NFL Network will have live coverage of all seven rounds of the draft beginning on Thursday, April 29th and ending on Saturday, May 1.

Draft details

What: 2020 NFL Draft

When: April 29 - May 1

Where: Cleveland, Ohio


  • Thurs, April 29 (8-11:30 p.m. ET): NFL Draft, Round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Fri, April 30 (7-11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Sat, May 1 (12-7 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 4–7 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

TV: ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network

Streaming: fuboTV (try for free), NFL app, ESPN app


ESPN: Mike Greenberg (host), Mel Kiper Jr. (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Booger McFarland (analyst)

Senior NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and NFL host Suzy Kolber will interview draftees.

ABC: Rece Davis (host), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Desmond Howard (analyst), Todd McShay (analyst)

From a nearby set, Maria Taylor will host with college football analysts Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. Taylor will also interview the family members of NFL draftees.

The ABC and ESPN teams will combine to present Day 3 of the NFL Draft with Davis, Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen and Schefter offering commentary.

NFL Network: Rich Eisen (host), Daniel Jeremiah (draft expert), Charles Davis (analyst), David Shaw (Stanford head coach), Kurt Warner (analyst), Joel Klatt (FOX Sports’ lead college football analyst) and Ian Rapoport (NFL Network Insider)

Melissa Stark will interview the draftees on-stage following their selection.

The NFL Network’s Peter Schrager and Chris Rose will join Eisen, Jeremiah, Davis, Klatt, Rapoport and Stark on Friday for Rounds 2 and 3. Live coverage of Rounds 4-7 will conclude with Eisen, Jeremiah, Davis, Schrager and Rapoport.

Additional reporters will cover the NFL Draft for ABC and ESPN. Assignments include:

  • Jeff Darlington - Buccaneers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jaguars, Packers
  • Dan Graziano - Bengals, Chargers, Giants, Lions, 49ers
  • Kimberley A. Martin - Bills, Browns, Panthers, Vikings, Washington
  • Sal Paolantonio - Colts, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Steelers
  • Mike Reiss - Patriots
  • Dianna Russini - Bears, Falcons, Raiders, Saints, Titans
  • Lindsey Thiry - Rams
  • Ed Werder - Broncos, Cardinals, Cowboys, Seahawks, Texans

Additional reporters will cover the NFL Draft for NFL Network. Assignments include:

Radio: SiriusXM, Westwood One, and ESPN Radio| Tune-In Premium

Giants online: Twitter — @Giants; Facebook — @newyorkgiants; Instagram — @nygiants

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Posted by SB Nation on Thursday, April 29, 2021