While sports are on hold, the 2020 NFL Draft is pushing on in a virtual venue as the league’s 32 teams will select the new crop of NFL stars in a seven-round affair.
Round 1 starts Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, Rounds 2-3 start Friday at 7 p.m. ET and Rounds 4-7 start Saturday at Noon ET. Coverage on all three days will be televised on NFL Network, ESPN and ABC.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch the 2020 NFL draft live on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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The NFL Network is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for your FuboTV free trial, you can then watch the NFL Draft live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch each day’s coverage up to three days after it airs even if you don’t record it.
Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package comes with 47 channels, including the NFL Network. Moreover, as part of Sling’s special “Happy Hour” deal, you can sign up for Sling Blue anytime without a credit card (only email address) and then watch the draft for free:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the NFL Draft live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
ABC (live in select markets), ESPN and ESPN2 are all included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the NFL Draft live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app. You can also watch on the ESPN app if you sign in using your Hulu credentials.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
2020 NFL Draft Preview
The NFL Draft has arrived and the next wave of college hopefuls will be waiting patiently by the phone for the call that will change their future. For struggling franchises at the top of the draft — this year Cincinnati at No. 1, Washington at No. 2 and the Detroit Lions at No. 3 — it’s a chance to turn the tide with a top-tier player.
The assumed No. 1 overall pick is quarterback Joe Burrow, who led LSU to the National Championship during a record-setting season with the Tigers. Here’s how NFL.com breaks down Burrow in his draft profile.
“People’s champ with rags-to-riches story arc culminating in one of the greatest one-year turnarounds in sports history. He’s self-assured and plays with competitive toughness that teammates will gravitate toward instantly. He’s a rhythm passer who benefited from tempo and scheme, but his vision, touch and read recognition made the offense special. He buys time for himself inside the pocket, but creates explosive, off-schedule plays outside of it with his arm or legs.
“His 2018 tape and unremarkable physical traits could clutter his evaluation for some, but he appears to be an outlier who simply developed and blossomed beyond those evaluation concerns. He’s a smart quarterback with special intangibles and could become a Pro Bowler if a team tailors its offense to his specific strengths and comfort level.”
Other top projected picks include pass-rusher Chase Young, QB Tua Tagovailoa and CB Jeff Okudah. The strong class also includes a strong crop of wide receivers and offensive lineman.
And there’s always the opportunity for things to see a huge shake-up if a team decides to move up in the draft.
Here’s the full first-round order:
- 1. Cincinnati
- 2. Washington
- 3. Detroit
- 4. NY Giants
- 5. Miami
- 6. LA Chargers
- 7. Carolina
- 8. Arizona
- 9. Jacksonville
- 10. Cleveland
- 11. NY Jets
- 12. Las Vegas
- 13. San Francisco
- 14. Tampa Bay
- 15. Denver
- 16. Atlanta
- 17. Dallas
- 18. Miami
- 19. Las Vegas
- 20. Jacksonville
- 21. Philadelphia
- 22. Minnesota
- 23. New England
- 24. New Orleans
- 25. Minnesota
- 26. Miami
- 27. Seattle
- 28. Baltimore
- 29. Tennessee
- 30. Green Bay
- 31. San Francisco
- 32. Kansas City
This draft will be like no other because it will be the first help completely virtually. No commissioner bro-hugs, jersey holding on stage or anything like that. General managers and their cohorts will be at the mercy of technology.
However, there will still be boos for commissioner Goodell, thanks to Bud Light, which is asking fans to record their boos on Twitter, then post that video and tag @budlight with the hashtag #BooTheCommish. The company will donate $1 for the NFL Draft-A-Thon up to $500,000, raising money for COVID-19 relief efforts.
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