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How to watch ESPN, ABC 2021 NFL Draft TV & digital coverage

We break down everything you need to know to watch the 2021 NFL Draft on ABC and the ESPN network of channels.

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The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 29, and it will bring with it a nationally televised network affair. ABC will once again join ESPN in broadcasting all three days of the draft.

The first two days will feature distinctive broadcasts on each channel, and then day three will feature an ESPN broadcast simulcast on ABC. ESPN will feature a broadcast focused more on the NFL side of things while ABC will feature a more college-centric broadcast that includes the College GameDay team.

Hosts & analysts

ESPN: Mike Greenberg (host), Mel Kiper (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst), Booger McFarland (analyst), Chris Mortensen (NFL Insider), Adam Schefter (NFL Insider), and Suzy Kolber (draftee interviews)

ABC: Main broadcast will include Rece Davis (host), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Desmond Howard (analyst), and Todd McShay (analyst). A second set will feature Maria Taylor (host), Jesse Palmer (analyst), and David Pollack (analyst).

ESPN Deportes: Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Rebeca Landa, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen

ESPN Radio: April 29-30 coverage will include Elle Duncan and Kevin Negandhi as hosts, former GM Mike Tannenbaum, former player Bart Scott, and reporter Ian Fitzsimmons. May 1 coverage will include host Jason Fitz, analyst Jim Nagy, Tannenbaum and Fitzsimmons.

ESPN reporters on location:

Jeff Darlington: Covering the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jaguars, Packers
Dan Graziano: Bengals, Chargers, Giants, Lions, 49ers
Kimberley A. Martin: Bills, Browns, Panthers, Vikings, Washington
Sal Paolantonio: Colts, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Steelers
Mike Reiss: Patriots
Dianna Russini: Bears, Falcons, Raiders, Saints, Titans
Lindsey Thiry: Rams
Ed Werder: Broncos, Cardinals, Cowboys, Seahawks, Texans

How to live stream

If you aren’t around a TV to watch the draft, you can stream it with ABC, WatchESPN or via their mobile apps. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable login to access either channel for a live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV.

TV schedule

Thursday, April 29

12-3 p.m.: Sportscenter (segments)
3-5 p.m.: NFL Live
5-7 p.m.: College GameDay
7-8 p.m.: NFL Draft Countdown
8-11:30 p.m.: Round 1

Friday, April 30

12-3 p.m.: Sportscenter (segments)
3-5 p.m.: NFL Live
5-6 p.m.: College GameDay
6-7 p.m.: NFL Draft Countdown
7-11:30 p.m.: Rounds 2-3

Saturday, May 1

11 a.m.-12 p.m.: College GameDay
12-7 p.m.: Rounds 4-7