The 2021 NFL Draft is finally here. And it’s going to change the lives of many young men, coming out of the world of College Football.
Last year, the NFL Draft was virtual, since it was held at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But this year, the NFL is going live and in-person. However, unlike in previous years, the Draft won’t be done in a single location, and attendees will be limited.
The NFL is still going to allow up to 50,000 fans to attend the draft in person, and a limited number of draft prospects will also be there.
As mentioned the NFL Draft will be taking place in multiple locations, within the city of Cleveland, OH. It’ll be at the FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. And it all gets started tonight, April 29 at 8PM ET.
How the 2021 NFL Draft will work
It’s mostly back to the way the draft has always been, with the exception of it being held in three locations this year. Unlike last year where it was completely virtual.
In the first round, teams will get about 10 minutes per selection. So they can quickly decide who they want to draft. Let’s not forget that teams have been looking for months, at who they want to draft, and have their selections made. For the most part. The only real variables here are any trades being made, and if a team took someone early that was unexpected.
In the second round, teams will get seven minutes to make their picks. In rounds three through six, that drops to five minutes. And in the final round it’s four minutes. The decrease in time to pick your draft picks happens because the first round is when most of the bigger names are going to go. Typically once you get to the seventh round, there’s not many people that can make or break your team. With the exception being Tom Brady, who was the 199th pick in 2000, and now has seven Super Bowl rings. So don’t count anyone out.
The NFL Draft can be pretty exciting for fans, as they get an early peak at what their team may look like in the next season.
How to watch the 2021 NFL Draft
You can watch the 2021 NFL Draft virtually anywhere. And that’s good news for cord cutters that still want to catch the big night. The NFL Draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the NFL Network. So as long as you have a package that has one of those channels, you’ll be able to watch the big night. Here are some of our picks for the best way to watch the NFL Draft this year.
Since the draft is going to be airing on ABC, you don’t actually need to subscribe to anything. And if you have an OTA antenna, you can watch the draft for free. If not, you can purchase one from Amazon, and get all of your locals for free.
You could also use the OTA Antenna to watch on Plex Live TV which is currently free. Plex Live TV does still require that your TV have an antenna, but you’ll be able to DVR shows on your local channels, as well as watch on other devices that use your Plex account. Which can really be a lot more useful than just a regular antenna.
AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now is the most expensive option on this list, but it does offer up some premium networks in addition to ABC and ESPN. That includes HBO and even Cinemax. AT&T TV Now allows you to watch over 45 live TV channels, and can also DVR up to 20 hours content, that you can watch anytime and anywhere. AT&T TV Now does allow you to watch on many different devices including Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Fire TV and much more.
Pricing for AT&T TV Now starts at $65 per month. And offers a seven-day free trial.
fuboTV is also on the more expensive list, but still worth signing up for. It is a must-have for sports fans – even though there really aren’t any sports happening right now. There are over 90 live TV channels available on fuboTV. While you won’t get any locals like ABC and ESPN is also not available, you can still watch the draft on the NFL Network. fuboTV also offers up to 30 hours of DVR space for recording shows and movies.
fuboTV starts at $54.99. And it also offers a free seven-day trial.
Hulu with Live TV
When it comes to streaming TV services, Hulu with Live TV is actually one of the better options out there. In addition to over 60 channels, you also get the on-demand library that Hulu offers, as well as originals. Hulu does give you access to ABC and ESPN, but no access to the NFL Network, unfortunately.
Hulu with Live TV is going to cost you $55 per month. And there is also a free seven-day trial available.
Sling TV is going to be the cheapest option here, besides grabbing an OTA Antenna. Sling TV starts at just $20 per month and offers access to ESPN on the Sling Orange plan. And NFL Network on the Sling Blue plan. Now you can combine these two plans for $45 per month to get even more channels. You can also watch this on three screens simultaneously, and there is also the ability to record with cloud DVR.
When does it start?
The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in the city of Cleveland, Ohio and it all starts on April 29, 2021 at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Round 1 is on Thursday at 8PM ET/5PM PT, with rounds 2 and 3 on Friday starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT. And rounds four through seven will take place Saturday starting at 12PM ET/9AM PT.
As usual, the draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the NFL Network in the US. In Canada, you can watch it on Sky Sports, and on Sky Sports in the UK. If you’re in Australia, you can watch it on ESPN via Foxtel.