When does the 2019 NFL Draft start, and how can I watch it? These are the questions fans of all 32 NFL teams ask every year. In 2019, when the NFL Draft will be shown on more TV channels than ever, not to mention multiple live stream options, information like the start time for all three days of the NFL Draft is increasingly important.
For the first time, ABC is an option as a TV channel on which one can watch the entire NFL Draft. As has been the case in previous years, ESPN and NFL Network also will broadcast the 2019 NFL Draft in its entirety. The start time for Round 1 of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25 is 8 p.m. ET. The start time for Rounds 2-3 of the 2019 NFL Draft, scheduled to take place Friday, is 7 p.m. ET. The start time for Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft, which includes Rounds 4-7, is 12 p.m. ET.
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SN’s latest NFL mock draft | Big board of top 100 prospects
A live stream of the 2019 NFL Draft will be available on an authenticated basis via both the ESPN app and the NFL app. The NFL Draft coverage being shown on ESPN’s and the NFL’s TV channels will be the same coverage fans can access via live stream, with the start times all lining up with the TV schedule.
Another aspect new to the NFL Draft this year is its location: Nashville, Tenn. The home city of the Titans is hosting the draft for the first time. The NFL Draft has jumped around to different locations over the last three years, with Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas hosting the last three NFL Drafts, respectively, after 14 straight years of the event being held in New York.
Below is all the info you need to know about the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, including TV channels, and start times for all three days, plus the order of all 254 picks, SN’s latest mock draft, a big board of the top 100 prospects and more.
When is the NFL Draft 2019?
- Date: Thursday, April 25 (Round 1) | Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7)
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
- TV channel: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
- Live stream: ESPN app | NFL app
The 2019 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET with the start of the first round in Nashville. The NFL Draft will continue Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. ET with the start of the second round, immediately followed by the third round. The NFL Draft will end Saturday, April 27 once Rounds 4-7 have concluded.
The TV channels to pin for 2019 NFL Draft coverage are ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Each channel will broadcast all seven rounds on all three days of the NFL Draft.
What time does the NFL Draft start?
The start time for the 2019 NFL Draft is 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 25. That night, the entire first round of the 2019 NFL Draft will play out, but only the first round.
The start time for the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft is 7 p.m. ET on Friday. Round 3 of the NFL Draft will also play out Friday night. The start time for Saturday’s coverage of the NFL Draft, which includes Rounds 4-7, is noon ET.
|Thursday||Round 1||8 p.m. ET|
|Friday||Rounds 2-3||7 p.m. ET|
|Saturday||Rounds 4-7||Noon ET|
In the first round of the NFL Draft, each team gets 10 minutes to make its pick. In the second and third rounds, each team gets seven minutes to make its pick. In the fourth, fifth, sixth rounds, each team gets five minutes to make its pick. In the seventh round, each team gets four minutes to make its pick. If a team lets its time expire without making its pick, it can make a pick later, but it runs the risk of letting the next team on the clock take the player it was considering.
That process and timing means the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night will last roughly three hours. Rounds 2-3 on Friday night will last roughly four hours, and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday will last roughly six hours.
NFL Draft TV schedule
ABC, ESPN and NFL Network will broadcast the 2019 NFL Draft, with each network showing all seven rounds on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
ABC will be the exclusive broadcast home of the NFL Draft and will produce its own telecast for the ABC audience, separate from ESPN and NFL Network, during the first two nights of coverage. For the second straight year, ABC will simulcast ESPN’s presentation on Day 3.
The prime-time NFL Draft coverage on ABC will be anchored by ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew, with other ESPN and ABC personalities being part of the ABC presentation. The telecasts on ESPN and NFL Network will feature largely the same analysis those networks have utilized for years.
“We are excited that the ABC stations will be the only broadcast home for every round of the 2019 NFL Draft,” ABC Affiliate Association chairman Brian Lawlor said in a statement upon the announcement of ABC’s NFL Draft coverage. “By collaborating with ESPN, we are ensuring all fans across the nation can enjoy live coverage of the drama and celebration around drafting pro football’s newest stars.”
Below is a breakdown of the schedule for 2019 NFL Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.
|Round||Day||Start time||TV channels|
|Round 1||Thursday||8 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
|Rounds 2-3||Friday||7 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
|Rounds 4-7||Saturday||12 p.m. ET||ABC, ESPN, NFL Network|
How to live stream the NFL Draft
If you are not near a TV and want to follow all 2019 NFL Draft picks, you can do so with SN’s live NFL Draft tracker. If you want to watch a live broadcast of the NFL Draft via a mobile device, though, you have multiple options.
The first NFL Draft live stream option is the ESPN app, which will present the ESPN and ABC telecasts of the event live on an authenticated basis. (You will need your cable network provider information in order to authenticate your live stream.)
The second NFL Draft live stream option is the NFL app, which will present the NFL Network telecast of the event live, also on an authenticated basis.
Below is a breakdown of the schedule for 2019 NFL Draft coverage via live stream.
|Round||Day||Start time||Live stream|
|Round 1||Thursday||8 p.m. ET||ESPN app, NFL app|
|Rounds 2-3||Friday||7 p.m. ET||ESPN app, NFL app|
|Rounds 4-7||Saturday||12 p.m. ET||ESPN app, NFL app|
In addition to TV and live stream coverage, the 2019 NFL Draft also will be covered across all three days by ESPN Radio and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.
(Total number of picks in parenthesis)
- Arizona Cardinals (10)
- San Francisco 49ers (6)
- New York Jets (6)
- Oakland Raiders (8)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
- New York Giants (12)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (7)
- Detroit Lions (9)
- Buffalo Bills (10)
- Denver Broncos (8)
- Cincinnati Bengals (11)
- Green Bay Packers (10)
- Miami Dolphins (7)
- Atlanta Falcons (9)
- Washington Redskins (9)
- Carolina Panthers (7)
- New York Giants from Cleveland Browns (8)
- Minnesota Vikings (8)
- Tennessee Titans (6)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (10)
- Seattle Seahawks (4)
- Baltimore Ravens (8)
- Houston Texans (7)
- Oakland Raiders from Chicago Bears (5)
- Philadelphia Eagles (7)
- Indianapolis Colts (9)
- Oakland Raiders from Dallas Cowboys (6)
- Los Angeles Chargers (7)
- Kansas City Chiefs (8)
- Green Bay Packers from New Orleans Saints (6)
- Los Angeles Rams (7)
- New England Patriots (12)
You can find the order for Rounds 2-7 here.
SN’s latest mock draft:
In our latest NFL mock draft for 2019, we are able to account for NFL Combine and Pro Day results, not to mention how things have played out in NFL free agency.
The biggest development was the Browns giving up their first-rounder to the Giants in a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. With New York now picking twice in Round 1, at No. 6 and No. 17, some aftershocks have been sent across the board.
Here are the first five picks of our latest NFL mock draft for 2019, plus a link to the full list:
- Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
- San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
- New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
- Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Full 2019 NFL mock draft
Big Board — top 100 draft prospects:
The 2019 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but a lot can still change in terms of players’ stocks before the event arrives. As teams get closer looks at the top prospects with private visits, some players will rise or fall on draft boards around the league.
For now, here is a look at the best 100 players available in the 2019 NFL Draft regardless of position, and how high each might be selected based on team needs, position scarcity and other factors.
- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
- Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky
- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
- Rashan Gary, DT/DE, Michigan
- Montez Sweat, OLB/DE, Mississippi State
- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
- Ed Oliver, DT/DE, Houston
- Devin White, ILB, LSU
Full big board of top 100 players
Latest 2019 NFL Draft news, rumors, updates:
— SN’s Vinnie Iyer projected a draft plan for the Raiders, who have a whopping three first-round picks.
— SN contributor Bill Huber profiled Mitch Wishnowksy, the punter from Utah who is expected to be drafted and will become next in a line of Australian punters who are changing the NFL.
— The Raiders reportedly were scheduled work out quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins a couple weeks before the NFL Draft.
— The 49ers were rumored to be the favorites to land Nick Bosa, the defensive end out of Ohio State, likely with the No. 2 overall pick.
— According to a report, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray met with the Cardinals in a private meeting that included coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim.
Where is the NFL Draft in 2019?
A year ago, after a review of the proposal by the NFL Super Bowl & Major Events Advisory Committee and full team ownership, the league announced Nashville, Tenn., would host the 2019 NFL Draft. According to the league, it was “the result of a comprehensive evaluation process over the past several months of plans submitted by various cities.”
At the time, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Nashville “has a passionate fan base and offers iconic locations that will enable us to expand the draft in unique ways.” Added Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp President and CEO Butch Spyridon: “We are prepared to deliver a unique Music City experience and an NFL-caliber event.”
Indeed, the NFL recently announced additional music performances at the 2019 NFL Draft, the first ever draft to incorporate a free music series featuring Nashville-based artists of all genres. Dierks Bentley will headline a free outdoor concert Saturday, April 27 at the draft main stage in downtown Nashville, and Tim McGraw will headline for the NFL Draft on Friday, April 26. Gospel music great CeCe Winans will sing the national anthem to open NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25. (A full list of 2019 NFL Draft performances can be found here.)
Downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway and the area outside Nissan Stadium will host free, public activities through all three days of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Below are the previous locations of the NFL Draft.
|1937||Hotel Lincoln||New York|
|1939||Hotel New Yorker||New York|
|1941||Willard Hotel||Washington, D.C.|
|1945-47||Hotel Commodore||New York|
|1948||Hotel Fort Pitt||Pittsburgh|
|1952||Hotel Statler||New York|
|1955||Warwick Hotel||New York|
|1956||Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 1-3)||Philadelphia|
|||Ambassador Hotel (Rounds 4-30)||Los Angeles|
|1957||Warwick Hotel (Rounds 1-4)||Philadelphia|
|||Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (Rounds 5-30)||Philadelphia|
|1965-66||Summit Hotel||New York|
|1967||Hotel Gotham||New York|
|1968-71||Belmont Plaza Hotel||New York|
|1972||Essex House||New York|
|1973-74||Americana Hotel||New York|
|1975||Hilton Hotel||New York|
|1976-78||Roosevelt Hotel||New York|
|1980-83||Sheraton Hotel||New York|
|1984-85||Omni Park Central Hotel||New York|
|1986-94||Marriott Marquis||New York|
|1995-04||Theatre at Madison Square Garden||New York|
|2005||Jacob Javits Convention Center||New York|
|2006-14||Radio City Music Hall||New York|
|2015-16||Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University||Chicago|
|2017||Benjamin Franklin Parkway||Philadelphia|