How to watch the NFL draft

See your options for watching every pick on TV or streaming live on a computer, phone or tablet.

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As a Cleveland Browns fan, the week of the NFL draft is my favorite week of the year. I'm far enough removed from last year's disaster of a season to remember too many of the depressing details and still months away from more losses piling up and the team's draft picks revealing themselves to be busts. Hope springs eternal each April for Browns fans (while the fall finds me questioning my life's choices, namely how and why I support a football team that last won a playoff game when Bill Belichick was its head coach and led the team to a Wild Card win against the New England Patriots).

I will be closely monitoring the draft and can do so whether I'm in front of my TV or on the go. ESPN and the NFL Network will have live coverage of each pick of draft, but NFL fans can also stream live via ESPN's and the NFL's mobile apps. You can also stream live on your computer at NFL.com.

Here are the details:


The 2017 NFL draft


Round 1: Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m. ET

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 28, 7 p.m. ET

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 29, 12 p.m. ET


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Because this is the year the Browns find a franchise QB?


TV: ESPN and NFL Network

Online: WatchESPN app, NFL Mobile app and NFL.com

One caveat: You will need to prove you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN or the NFL Network in order to watch live on either app.

No sub, no problem

Cord cutters looking to watch the NFL draft have two options: Sling TV and PlayStation Vue . For Sling TV, the $20-a-month Orange plan includes ESPN, and the $25-a-month Blue plan includes NFL Network. For PlayStation Vue, the $29.99 Access Slim plan includes ESPN and the $34.99-a-month Core Slim plan includes both ESPN and NFL Network.

Better yet, both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue offer free, 7-day trials, which will get you through all three days of the draft with a four days leftover to watch the various draft recaps and way-too-soon draft grades for each team.

You can watch Sling TV and PlayStation Vue on a variety of streaming devices, including Apple TV , Google Chromecast , and Roku as well as phones and tablets . You can also use Sling TV or PlayStation Vue as your TV provider to watch live on the WatchESPN and NFL Mobile apps.

Now, if you'll excuse me, the Cleveland Browns are on the clock.