The 2021 NFL Draft is drawing nearer by the day, and with it comes a way of normalcy is coming with it. Last yr’s draft weekend festivities have been canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak and as a substitute, groups performed distant scouting whereas the draft was held remotely and hosted within the basement of the M&M-devouring NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
But in ’21, the NFL Draft will likely be hosted in Cleveland. There will likely be some occasions with restricted capability to make sure security amid the continued pandemic, and a few prospects will likely be invited to attend. Not all will go, together with presumptive No. 1 total pick Trevor Lawrence, however once more, this represents a little bit of a return to normalcy for the league after a making an attempt yr.
As normal, the draft will likely be held over a three-day span. It will start on a Thursday (April 29) and run by way of Saturday (May 1). There are a number of methods to observe the draft, as ESPN, NFL Network, and ABC will all be broadcasting the occasion. Round 1 will start at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 29. Rounds 2-3 of the 2021 NFL Draft are scheduled to happen on Friday, April 30 and can start at 7 p.m. ET. Finally, Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft, which incorporates Round 4-7, will start at 12 p.m. ET.
The 2021 NFL Draft additionally may be streamed dwell on the ESPN app or the NFL app (amongst different streaming choices) throughout a number of units. In Canada, your complete 2021 NFL Draft may be streamed on DAZN.
Below is all you want to know concerning the 2021 NFL Draft, together with TV channels and start instances for all three days, plus the order of all 259 picks, SN’s newest mock draft, a giant board of the highest 100 prospects and extra.
When is the NFL Draft in 2021?
- Dates: Thursday, April 29 (Round 1) | Friday, April 30 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, May 1 (Rounds 4-7)
- Start instances: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
- TV channels: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
- Live stream: ESPN app | NFL app | fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to start on Thursday, April 29 with the primary of seven rounds kickstarting the occasion. Friday will see the second and third rounds happen whereas Saturday, May 1, will function the ultimate 4 rounds.
The three days will function 259 picks in complete. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the primary choice whereas the ultimate choice, often called Mr. Irrelevant, presently belongs to the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What time does the NFL Draft start?
The start time for the 2021 NFL Draft will likely be 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 29. All 32 first-round picks will likely be made throughout that time-frame with groups having 10 minutes to make their picks. Few groups use the absolutely allotted 10 minutes early within the draft, as they often have a imprecise thought of what they’ll do within the first spherical.
On Friday, the motion begins at 7 p.m. Teams may have seven minutes to make a pick for Rounds 2 and three. And lastly, on Saturday, the motion begins at 12 p.m. ET and every staff may have 4 minutes to make their choice. The fourth day will function probably the most picks, as greater than half of the picks (153 of 259) will happen within the last 4 rounds.
Here’s a take a look at the start instances for the 2021 NFL Draft.
|1||Thursday||April 29||8 p.m. ET|
|2-3||Friday||April 30||7 p.m. ET|
|4-7||Saturday||May 1||Noon ET|
Additional notice: If a staff does not go of their card earlier than the time on the clock expires, they will nonetheless select. It simply implies that the staff behind them has an opportunity to leapfrog them within the draft order and scoop the participant that they have been taking a look at.
NFL Draft TV schedule
|Round||Day||Date||Start time||TV channels|
|1||Thursday||April 29||8 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
|2-3||Friday||April 30||7 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
|4-7||Saturday||May 1||Noon ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
The 2021 NFL Draft will likely be broadcast throughout a number of TV networks for one more yr. ABC, ESPN and NFL Network will likely be internet hosting their very own draft day exhibits after working one mixed present throughout the three networks final yr as a result of pandemic. ESPN Deportes will current a Spanish model of the ESPN broadcast.
WIth or with out cable, it is possible for you to to observe the NFL Draft on ABC. The main cable networks carry each ESPN and NFL Network, and they’re channels 49 (ESPN) and 265 (NFL Network) on Xfinity, or 849 and 853 for HD protection of the occasion. Channels for different cable networks together with Spectrum, Cox and Optimim rely based mostly on the viewing space.
In Canada, TSN will air the NFL Draft on Thursday, and TSN4 will air Rounds 2-3 on Friday.
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How to dwell stream the NFL Draft
There are numerous methods to stream the NFL Draft. First and foremost, the NFL App, the ABC App, and the ESPN App will all carry the printed inside them. You’ll must authenticate your TV supplier with a view to entry them, however the choice will likely be there to observe on cellular and by way of different sensible units (like Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku) in addition to gaming consoles (like Xbox and PS4s and a PS5s).
Of course, watching it on the pc can also be an choice, however you may must authenticate your TV supplier there as nicely.
There are additionally loads of dwell TV streaming companies that will likely be carrying the draft, for these cord-cutters that do not wish to pay for cable. Notably, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now will likely be carrying the draft
In Canada, the NFL Draft can be streamed live on DAZN, which incorporates NFL Network protection and provides a free trial interval for brand new subscribers.
NFL Draft 2021 order of picks
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the primary pick within the 2021 NFL Draft and past that, the draft has been shaken up fairly a bit by trades. Most not too long ago, the San Francisco 49ers moved as much as the No. 3 spot with the Miami Dolphins transferring right down to No. 6 and the Philadelphia Eagles dropping to 12.
Speaking of the Eagles, they’ve an NFL-high 11 picks on this yr’s draft. At the alternative finish of the spectrum, the Seattle Seahawks have simply three picks thanks partly to trades for Jamal Adams and Gabe Jackson.
There are 259 picks within the 2021 NFL Draft now that compensatory picks (and a few particular compensatory picks) have been added to Rounds 3-7.
|2||New York Jets|
|3||San Francisco 49ers from Dolphins by way of Texans|
|6||Miami Dolphins from Eagles|
|11||New York Giants|
|12||Philadelphia Eagles from Dolphins by way of 49ers|
|13||Los Angeles Chargers|
|15||New England Patriots|
|17||Las Vegas Raiders|
|19||Washington Football Team|
|23||New York Jets from Seattle Seahawks|
|25||Jacksonville Jaguars from Los Angeles Rams|
|28||New Orleans Saints|
|29||Green Bay Packers|
|31||Baltimore Ravens from Kansas City Chiefs|
|32||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
2021 NFL mock draft
With NFL free company largely within the rearview mirror, our expectations for the 2021 NFL Draft have modified. That’s very true because the San Francisco 49ers moved up from the No. 12 total pick to the No. 3 spot and seem like focusing on their quarterback of the longer term with that choice.
SN’s Vinnie Iyer not too long ago launched a 2021 NFL mock draft, and this is a take a look at his projections for the primary 5 picks.
- 1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15): Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
“Lawrence lived up to expectations of being a generational talent at the position, the second in a row after Joe Burrow. He’s a great leader and winner on top of being a strong-armed passer and capable tough runner. Lawrence will clean up the Jaguars QB mess, attached to a new coach, big college winner Urban Meyer. Lawrence can have success right away with the Jaguars having a decent line and solid skill players such as James Robinson, Marvin Jones, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault. Forget that talk about Meyer taking someone else, especially another QB.”
- 2. New York Jets (2-14): Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
“Wilson had an exceptional season with his accuracy and downfield passing to emerge as the draft class’ second-best QB prospect after Lawrence. Wilson would be a strong, cerebral fit for Mike LaFleur’s offense replacing Sam Darnold as the face of the franchise. Darnold should still be considered firmly on the trading block and it’s looking less likely the Jets will be aggressive enough to make a trade for Deshaun Watson. Why would they, when they can get a high-upside passer without sacrificing any extra first-rounders?”
- 3. San Francisco 49ers (by way of Dolphins by way of Texans): Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
“The 49ers have talked up that they’re still rolling with Jimmy Garoppolo but it’s hard to see them trading up nine spots for a position other than quarterback, especially when tackle, wide receiver and tight end aren’t key needs. They’re likely going high upside with a younger option who could sit a year to develop if needed, making Lance the best bet. Lance has climbed back up boards with his his massive upside. As more teams look back on his fine pro day and see tapes of his statistically brilliant lone season as a starter (2,786 yards passing, 28 TDs, no INTs, 1,100 yards rushing, 14 TDs) it’s harder to ignore the impressive physical and athletic skills, including his blazing speed. Lance is raw and inexperienced and needs some polish in many areas, but the dual-threat tools can be blended together nicely for Kyle Shanahan.”
- 4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12): WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
“The Falcons are good candidates to trade down for some defensive help at cornerback or edge rusher, and they could still think about stashing a QB behind Matt Ryan, but that chance would be lesser with Lance gone. Staying put, going for the best player available would be awesome for Ryan, as they can slot in Chase in between Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in Arthur Smith’s offense. Chase posted 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs during the national championship season and can join former teammate Justin Jefferson in lighting up the NFL as a versatile playmaker.”
- 5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1): Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
“The Bengals went after Joe Thuney for offensive line help in free agency but weren’t competitive enough to sign the new Chief. Getting Joe Burrow another big-time playmaker at wide receiver or tight end will be tempting but upgrading the pass protection is vital and the run blocking for Joe Mixon could use a big boost, too, as it’s hard to trust the combination of Jonah Williams and newcomer Riley Reiff. Sewell still is the best all-around tackle in this class with his smooth agility for pass protection and rock-like stature for the running game.”
2021 NFL Draft prospects
The finest total gamers are hardly ever chosen so as through the NFL Draft. Teams have particular wants that they should fill, so typically, they go for top-tier prospects however look to fill the most important wants they’ve. That stated, the No. 1 participant on this yr’s draft class, Trevor Lawrence, will go No. 1 total to the Jacksonville Jaguars barring an enormous shock. And it is a good yr for quarterbacks, as there are 4 among the many high 10 prospects this yr.
According to SN NFL author Vinnie Iyer, listed here are the highest 10 prospects within the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
- Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
- DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
- Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
- Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota
- Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
- Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
For an entire rating of the highest 100 prospects within the 2021 NFL Draft, right here is SN’s big board.