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What time does 2021 NFL Draft start today? Live TV coverage, schedule for Thursday’s Round 1

You’ve got questions, the 2021 NFL Draft will finally provide answers.

After a wild and winding few months of the pre-draft process, the NFL Draft is finally here, with no shortage of mysteries or questions entering this year’s edition. It’s felt like an eternity since the 49ers shook up the top of the draft with their blockbuster deal that netted them the No. 3 overall pick.

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Now, we get to all take in and get our questions answered entering the 2021 season. Luckily for you, fair viewer, the 2021 draft will be available on multiple platforms, networks and is kind for cord cutters, as well.

Here’s what you need to know about the start of the 2021 NFL Draft tonight:

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What time does the NFL Draft start today?

  • Date: Thursday, April 29
  • Round 1 start time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channels: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
  • Live stream: ESPN app | NFL app | fuboTVDAZN (in Canada)

Thursday’s first round of the 2021 NFL Draft gets underway in primetime at 8 p.m. ET. The draft is being held in Cleveland, Ohio, and 13 NFL Draft prospects will be in attendance in Cleveland, while another 45 are expected to make their appearances virtually.

Each team will have 10 minutes to make a selection, meaning the draft should finish up around midnight, give or take a bit, on the east coast. 

What channel is the NFL Draft on today?

  • TV channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network

ABC, ESPN and NFL Network will be carrying all three days of the NFL Draft. 

NFL Network’s broadcast group features Rich Eisen, Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis and David Shaw at the desk. ESPN counters with Mike Greenberg, Louis Riddick, Mel Kiper, Booger McFarland, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Suzy Kolber will also be on set.

Rece Davis and college football analysts Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit will bring the ABC broadcast on all three days. Davis hosts an ESPN/ABC simulcast on Day 3.

NFL Draft TV schedule

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 May 1 Noon ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network

All three networks will be carrying all three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft from first pick to last, starting on Thursday, April 29 and ending on Saturday, May 1.

Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft should end around midnight ET, with teams 

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NFL Draft live stream

Cord cutters have a few different options for to catch the NFL Draft at cost. fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu+ Live TV, Sling TV and ATT&T TV each have options for NFL Network, ESPN and ABC so you can keep your eyes glued to your TV, computer, phone or tablet.

NFL, ABC and ESPN apps are also available on selecting gaming consoles and streaming devices, including (but not limited to) Roku, FireTV and Apple TV.

Platform NFL Draft? Cable/satellite login needed?
fuboTV Yes No
YouTube TV Yes No
Hulu + Live TV Yes No
Sling TV Yes No
AT&T TV Now Yes No
AT&T 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, ESPN.com/Watch, ABC.go.com) Yes Yes

NFL Draft order 2021

The Jets, Jaguars and Ravens all have multiple first-round picks this year. Many expect the Jaguars to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick, while the Jets will likely select BYU passer Zach Wilson at No. 2.

Jacksonville kicks off the 2021 NFL Draft:

Round Pick Overall Team
1 1 1 Jacksonville Jaguars
1 2 2 New York Jets
1 3 3 San Francisco 49ers (via MIA from HOU)
1 4 4 Atlanta Falcons
1 5 5 Cincinnati Bengals
1 6 6 Miami Dolphins (from PHI)
1 7 7 Detroit Lions
1 8 8 Carolina Panthers
1 9 9 Denver Broncos
1 10 10 Dallas Cowboys
1 11 11 New York Giants
1 12 12 Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA via SF)
1 13 13 Los Angeles Chargers
1 14 14 Minnesota Vikings
1 15 15 New England Patriots
1 16 16 Arizona Cardinals
1 17 17 Las Vegas Raiders
1 18 18 Miami Dolphins
1 19 19 Washington Football Team
1 20 20 Chicago Bears
1 21 21 Indianapolis Colts
1 22 22 Tennessee Titans
1 23 23 New York Jets (from SEA)
1 24 24 Pittsburgh Steelers
1 25 25 Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
1 26 26 Cleveland Browns
1 27 27 Baltimore Ravens
1 28 28 New Orleans Saints
1 29 29 Green Bay Packers
1 30 30 Buffalo Bills
1 31 31 Baltimore Ravens (from KC)
1 32 32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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