For the first time ever, this Thursday, the 2020 NFL Draft will begin as part of a completely virtual event. Originally planned to take place in Vegas, the NFL his shifted said plan due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Fear not — your team will still be making all of their picks over a three-day span. As commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted repeatedly, the show will, in fact, go on.
So when, exactly, is the 2020 NFL Draft? And how long does it last? And where can you watch it? We’re so glad you asked. Let’s review everything you need to know about the upcoming rookie showcase right here:
When is the 2020 NFL Draft?
This year’s draft starts on Thursday, April 23, and runs through Saturday, April 25.
Thursday, April 23: Round 1 (8 p.m.)
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m.)
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m.)
Where is the 2020 NFL Draft?
Due to local and national restrictions stemming from the pandemic, the planned physical Las Vegas location was scrapped in favor of a remote, virtual selection process that will see all 32 NFL teams operating from their homes. Commissioner Goodell is set to announce picks from his home in New York.
After 50 straight years in New York City, where it was most recently held at Radio City Music Hall, the draft has been physically held in Chicago (Auditorium Theatre), Philadelphia (Museum of Art), Arlington (AT&T Stadium) and Nashville (Lower Broadway) since 2015.
How do I watch the draft?
Here are all your options to catch the draft on TV or via live stream:
Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
2020 NFL Mock Drafts
If you want the best of the best draft projections, don’t miss our dozens of mocks at CBSSports.com, including R.J. White’s seven-round monster featuring 18 projected trades and team-by-team analysis. Want a two-round prediction, with some surprise QB selections? Want analysis of CBS Sports HQ’s live mock draft, with all 32 teams represented by different “GMs?” You can find it all right here at CBSSports.com.
This article was first published by CBS Sports.