How to stream the 2019 NFL Draft for free

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Three days, seven rounds, and history in the making.

The 2019 NFL Draft takes place from April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee, ushering in the next class of talent looking for gridiron greatness.

Questions abound: Where will undersized but mercurial University of Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray end up? How will the rebuilding Oakland Raiders use their three first-round picks? And will the New York Giants finally select a quarterback to replace their aging superstar, Eli Manning? The three days of the 2019 NFL Draft will answer all of these questions and more. And luckily for you, there are plenty of options to stream the NFL Draft.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the 2019 NFL Draft, including the complete draft order, time, the number of rounds, and more.

When is the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft will take place over the course of three days from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. Thursday is dedicated to the first round, while the second and third rounds will commence on Friday. The latter rounds, 4-7, will take place on Saturday. The practice of holding the NFL Draft over three days began in 2010. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to capitalize on a heavily watched Thursday night primetime spot for the first round and spread the rest of the event out over the next two days to increase ratings.

What time is the 2019 NFL Draft?

For the first round on Thursday, the NFL Draft will officially start at 8pm ET. Friday’s second and third rounds begin at 7pm ET. The NFL Draft will then plunge into the latter rounds, 4-7, on Saturday at 12pm ET, which makes for a nice time to kick back, drink a beer, and perhaps witness the next Tom Brady get drafted.  

How many rounds are in the NFL Draft?

The 2019 NFL Draft consists of seven rounds. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, early NFL Drafts included many more rounds, as the first draft in 1936 included nine and the second draft in 1937 included 10. The number of rounds ballooned to 20 rounds in 1939 before scaling down to 12 in the 1970s. Eventually, the NFL cut back the number of rounds to its current seven to create the best possible TV product.

What channel is the NFL Draft on?

ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network will all show the 2019 NFL Draft. The ABC broadcast will be different from what you’ll find on ESPN and NFL Network for the first two days, with coverage hosted by ESPN’s College GameDay crew. Day 3’s coverage, however, will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN. ESPN2 will also provide coverage of the second and third rounds on Friday.

Besides viewing on TV, people with qualifying cable or live TV streaming packages can watch the NFL Draft on their laptop and mobile devices via both the WatchESPN and NFL Network apps. Spanish-language viewers can also watch the 2019 NFL Draft on ESPN Deportes.

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How to watch the 2019 NFL Draft for Free

Considering its 2019, you don’t have to be tethered to a cable package in order to watch the NFL Draft. We’ve detailed which services provide ESPN and/or NFL Network and the benefits that come with subscribing to each of them. Of course, your budget and content tastes will determine which service works best for you, but all of them provide 7-day trials, so you can watch the 2019 NFL Draft for free.

1) Sling TV

With Sling TV, you have three options in order to stream the NFL Draft (and other live TV programming). First, you’ll want to decide if you want to watch on NFL Network or ESPN (or both). Both the Sling Orange and Sling Blue packages run customers $25 per month, but the offerings within each differs slightly. With Sling Orange, you’ll receive ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, as well as the Disney Channel and other sports channels like the ACC Network. With Sling Blue, you’ll get the NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and select regional FOX Sports and NBC Sports affiliates (both packages come with non-sports channels like CNN, TNT, and AMC). However, you can combine the two, Sling Orange + Blue, to get all of the channels you see above for $40 per month. Also, for an additional $10 per month, subscribers can add the Sports Extra: Sling Blue bundle to gain NFL RedZone. No matter how you cut it, Sling TV has NFL fans covered for the NFL Draft and beyond. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)

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2) PlayStation Vue

You can sign up for PlayStation Vue even if you don’t own a PlayStation. Which is great because Playstation Vue’s four-tiered subscription system gives new subscribers plenty of sports and NFL-related options for the cost. The Access level, which runs $44.99 per month, provides ABC and ESPN for your NFL Draft needs (as well as FOX and CBS for NFL league games, and FS1, FS2, and NBCSN for other sports), but the Core level provides so much more for only $49.99 per month. With Core, subscribers get NFL Network, as well as NBA TV, the SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network. Core also permits users to subscribe for the Sports Pack add-on for an additional $10 per month, which includes NFL RedZone for maximum pro football action (Access subscribers cannot order the Sports Pack). That’s a heck of a deal, but PlayStation Vue is sweetening the pot. From now until May 6, new subscribers can receive 20% off their first two months of the Core plan—after their free trial. (Here are all of the PlayStation Vue channels.)

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3) Hulu with Live TV

For around $45 per month, Hulu with Live TV gives you nearly the whole suite of ESPN options: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, and ESPN Goal Line. So not only will you receive the NFL Draft, but all of ESPN’s ancillary content (like on ESPNews), too. Unlike Sling TV’s cheaper packages, Hulu with Live TV also provides other sports networks like FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and SEC Network, among others. This set-up is perfect for NFL fans who are also big college football fans, as watching potential members of the 2020 NFL Draft class (and beyond) becomes even easier. You’ll also get complimentary access to Hulu‘s complete on-demand catalog. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)

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4) FuboTV

FuboTV is perfect for the omnivorous sports fan. You won’t get ESPN or ABC, but you’ll get nearly everything else. There’s the NFL Network for the NFL Draft and for Thursday Night Football; NBA TV for pro basketball action; NBCSN for everything from the English Premier League to the NHL and PGA; and every beIN channel for international soccer matches (including Spain’s La Liga and France’s Ligue 1), among others. And if you’re wanting to re-watch your team drafting their future Hall of Fame quarterback and all of the subsequent analysis of the selection, FuboTV gives you 30 hours of free DVR to record it all. That’s pretty cool. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)

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5) YouTube TV

YouTube TV gives subscribers all of the ESPN channels, but similar to Hulu with Live TV, it also provides all of your local broadcast networks. So the official ABC broadcast of the NFL Draft, which ABC announced will differ from ESPN’s, can be viewed via the app. Also, once the NFL season rolls around, subscribers can watch games on FOX, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. The beauty of YouTube TV is that, despite its $50 price tag, up to six people can be registered under one account, easily facilitating group situations where a bill is split with roommates. Oh, and all six people have unlimited cloud storage and can personalize their DVR. You’ll never have to worry about your roommate accidentally deleting your team’s win again before you’re able to view it. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

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2019 NFL draft order

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Here’s when every team selects during the 2019 NFL Draft.

Round 1

  1. Arizona Cardinals
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. N.Y. Jets
  4. Oakland Raiders
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. N.Y. Giants
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars
  8. Detroit Lions
  9. Buffalo Bills
  10. Denver Broncos
  11. Cincinnati Bengals
  12. Green Bay Packers
  13. Miami Dolphins
  14. Atlanta Falcons
  15. Washington Redskins
  16. Carolina Panthers
  17. N.Y. Giants (from Cleveland)
  18. Minnesota Vikings
  19. Tennessee Titans
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers
  21. Seattle Seahawks
  22. Baltimore Ravens
  23. Houston Texans
  24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)
  25. Philadelphia Eagles
  26. Indianapolis Colts
  27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys)
  28. L.A. Chargers
  29. Kansas City Chiefs
  30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans)
  31. L.A. Rams
  32. New England Patriots

Round 2

  1. Arizona
  2. Indianapolis (from N.Y. Jets)
  3. Oakland
  4. San Francisco
  5. N.Y. Giants
  6. Jacksonville
  7. Tampa Bay
  8. Buffalo
  9. Denver
  10. Cincinnati
  11. Detroit
  12. Green Bay
  13. Atlanta
  14. Washington
  15. Carolina
  16. Miami
  17. Cleveland
  18. Minnesota
  19. Tennessee
  20. Pittsburgh
  21. Philadelphia (from Baltimore)
  22. Houston (from Seattle)
  23. Houston
  24. New England (from Chicago)
  25. Philadelphia
  26. Dallas
  27. Indianapolis
  28. L.A. Chargers
  29. Kansas City
  30. New Orleans
  31. Kansas City (from L.A. Rams)
  32. New England

Round 3

  1. Arizona
  2. Pittsburgh (from Oakland)
  3. San Francisco
  4. N.Y. Jets
  5. Jacksonville
  6. Tampa Bay
  7. Denver
  8. Cincinnati
  9. New England (from Detroit)
  10. Buffalo
  11. Green Bay
  12. Washington
  13. Carolina
  14. Miami
  15. Atlanta
  16. Cleveland
  17. Minnesota
  18. Tennessee
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Seattle
  21. Baltimore
  22. Houston
  23. Chicago
  24. Detroit (from Philadelphia)
  25. Indianapolis
  26. Dallas
  27. L.A. Chargers
  28. Kansas City
  29. N.Y. Jets (from New Orleans)
  30. L.A. Rams
  31. N.Y. Giants (from New England through Cleveland)
  32. Washington
  33. New England
  34. Jacksonville (from L.A. Rams)
  35. L.A. Rams
  36. Carolina
  37. New England
  38. Baltimore

Round 4

  1. Arizona
  2. San Francisco
  3. N.Y. Jets
  4. Oakland
  5. Tampa Bay
  6. N.Y. Giants
  7. Jacksonville
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Detroit
  10. Buffalo
  11. Baltimore (from Denver)
  12. Green Bay
  13. Carolina
  14. Miami
  15. Atlanta
  16. Green Bay (from Washington)
  17. Cleveland
  18. Minnesota
  19. Tennessee
  20. Pittsburgh
  21. Baltimore
  22. Seattle
  23. Denver (from Houston)
  24. Chicago
  25. Philadelphia
  26. Dallas
  27. Indianapolis
  28. L.A. Chargers
  29. Buffalo (from Kansas City)
  30. N.Y. Giants (from New Orleans)
  31. L.A. Rams
  32. New England
  33. Indianapolis
  34. Dallas
  35. Atlanta
  36. Philadelphia

Round 5

  1. Arizona
  2. Oakland (from N.Y. Jets)
  3. Pittsburgh (from Oakland)
  4. N.Y. Giants (from San Francisco through Detroit)
  5. N.Y. Giants
  6. Cleveland (from Jacksonville)
  7. Tampa Bay
  8. Detroit
  9. Buffalo
  10. Denver
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Green Bay
  13. Miami
  14. Atlanta
  15. Washington
  16. Carolina
  17. Cleveland
  18. Denver (from Minnesota)
  19. Tennessee
  20. Buffalo (from Pittsburgh through Oakland)
  21. Seattle
  22. Baltimore
  23. Houston
  24. Chicago
  25. Philadelphia
  26. Indianapolis
  27. Dallas
  28. L.A. Chargers
  29. Kansas City
  30. New Orleans
  31. L.A. Rams
  32. Cleveland (from New England)
  33. N.Y. Giants
  34. Atlanta
  35. Washington

Round 6

  1. Arizona
  2. Pittsburgh (from Oakland)
  3. San Francisco
  4. New Orleans (from N.Y. Jets)
  5. Jacksonville
  6. Arizona (from Tampa Bay)
  7. N.Y. Giants
  8. Buffalo
  9. Denver
  10. Cincinnati
  11. Detroit
  12. Green Bay
  13. Atlanta
  14. Carolina
  15. Tennessee (from Miami)
  16. Cleveland
  17. Minnesota
  18. Baltimore (from Tennessee)
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Baltimore
  21. Green Bay (from Seattle)
  22. Houston
  23. N.Y. Jets (from Chicago through Oakland)
  24. Philadelphia
  25. Cincinnati (from Dallas)
  26. Indianapolis
  27. L.A. Chargers
  28. Kansas City
  29. New Orleans
  30. L.A. Rams
  31. Detroit (from New England)
  32. New England
  33. Washington
  34. Pittsburgh (from Arizona)
  35. Tampa Bay (from Philadelphia)
  36. Minnesota
  37. Cincinnati
  38. Cincinnati
  39. San Francisco
  40. Cincinnati
  41. Kansas City

Round 7

  1. Tampa Bay (from Arizona)
  2. Kansas City (from San Francisco)
  3. N.Y. Jets
  4. Oakland
  5. Pittsburgh (from Tampa Bay)
  6. Houston (from N.Y. Giants through Denver)
  7. Cleveland (from Jacksonville)
  8. Chicago (from Denver through Philadelphia)
  9. Cincinnati
  10. Detroit
  11. Buffalo
  12. Green Bay
  13. Washington
  14. Buffalo (from Carolina)
  15. Detroit (from Miami)
  16. Atlanta
  17. New Orleans (from Cleveland)
  18. N.Y. Giants (from Minnesota)
  19. Miami (from Tennessee)
  20. Miami (from Pittsburgh through Cleveland)
  21. Oakland (from Seattle)
  22. Jacksonville (from Baltimore)
  23. Denver (from Houston)
  24. Chicago
  25. New England (from Philadelphia)
  26. Indianapolis
  27. Dallas
  28. L.A. Chargers
  29. New England (from Kansas City through San Francisco and Cleveland)
  30. New Orleans
  31. N.Y. Giants (from L.A. Rams)
  32. New England
  33. Minnesota
  34. Arizona
  35. Arizona
  36. Minnesota
  37. L.A. Rams
  38. New England
  39. Washington
  40. Arizona

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Ryan Joseph

Ryan Joseph

Ryan Joseph is a sports and streaming entertainment reporter. His work has been published in the New York Times, First We Feast, Thrillist, CityLab, Uproxx, and Esquire.