How to Watch NFL Draft Without Cable for Free

2020 NFL Draft Watch

Getty NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce draft picks from his home this year.

The 2020 NFL Draft is finally here, and it will come in virtual form for the first time in history.

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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Watch NFL Network on Sling TV

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 don’t need a credit card (only an email address) to sign up for Sling Blue:

Watch Sling TV 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.

Watch NFL Network on FuboTV

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:

FuboTV Free 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.

Watch ESPN on Hulu With Live TV

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:

Get Hulu With Live TV

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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the draft will have a new format this year. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be reading draft picks off from his basement, and 58 of the nation’s top prospects will have cameras set up in their homes in order to capture their respective reactions.

Heisman Trophy winner and expected No. 1 overall pick, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, will be one of the 58. He has heard the hype surrounding him, and he says that while he’s expecting to be taken with the first overall pick, he’s prepared for anything. “I have been watching the draft enough years that I know crazy things have happened and I have watched people on camera slip and then the camera stays in their face and all that stuff so I am keeping everything on the table,” Burrow said. “I expect to be number one, but you know I am not positive about it.”

While most are certain the Cincinnati Bengals will grab Burrow with the No. 1 pick, but what happens after that remains a mystery. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has experts divided about where he’ll be taken, with some predicting he’ll be a top-three pick, and others saying he could fall out of the top 10.

Here’s a list of who picks when in the first round:

  1. 1. Cincinnati Bengals
  2. 2. Washington Redskins
  3. 3. Detroit Lions
  4. 4. New York Giants
  5. 5. Miami Dolphins
  6. 6. Los Angeles Chargers
  7. 7. Carolina Panthers
  8. 8. Arizona Cardinals
  9. 9. Jacksonville Jaguars
  10. 10. Cleveland Browns
  11. 11. New York Jets
  12. 12. Las Vegas Raiders
  13. 13. San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts)
  14. 14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  15. 15. Denver Broncos
  16. 16. Atlanta Falcons
  17. 17. Dallas Cowboys
  18. 18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
  19. 19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears)
  20. 20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
  21. 21. Philadelphia Eagles
  22. 22. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills)
  23. 23. New England Patriots
  24. 24. New Orleans Saints
  25. 25. Minnesota Vikings
  26. 26. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)
  27. 27. Seattle Seahawks
  28. 28. Baltimore Ravens
  29. 29. Tennessee Titans
  30. 30. Green Bay Packers
  31. 31. San Francisco 49ers
  32. 32. Kansas City Chiefs
  33. Six teams don’t have a pick in the first round at all: the Houston Texans, the Chicago Bears, the Indianapolis Colts, the Los Angeles Rams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills.

Something else new this year? Alongside the draft, there will be a Draft-A-Thon, a fundraising effort to raise money for COVID-19 relief. According to the league, “donations can be made at NFL.com/RELIEF … There is also a text-to-donate option. In addition to raising funds, the Draft-A-Thon will pay tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19.”


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