How to watch NFL Draft 2021 Without Cable: Date, Time, Schedule, Pick Order, Location, Mock Drafts

By Sachin Sharma / April 28, 2021

The 2021 NFL Draft is almost upon us, and soon the top prospects in the world of football will know where they will be playing next season. As always, the event promises to be full of drama, excitement and emotions as teams look to get the next best young talents or trade away their picks for other assets.

The NFL Draft is considered to be one of the most exciting events of the calendar year, and expect this year's three-night event to be no different. And we have all the information on how you can watch the highly anticipated Draft live from anywhere in the world.

What’s the 2021 NFL Draft Date, Time, Location, Schedule?

The 2021 NFL Draft takes place in Cleveland and gets underway on Thursday, April 29. Teams will select their first-round picks on Day 1, and coverage starts at 8 pm ET. Rounds two and three will take place a day later on Friday, April 30. The first pick of Day 2 will be made at 7 pm ET.

And on Saturday, May 01, teams will make their draft picks for the rounds 4-7. Coverage of Day 3 starts at 12 pm ET.

The NFL Network will also broadcast the NFL Draft Red Carpet on Thursday, April 29. The event will see the attending prospects meet up with selected gets sat the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Round Date Time Channels
1 April 29 8 pm ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
2-3 April 30 7 pm ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
4-7 May 01 12 pm ET ABC, ESPN, NFL Network

Which Players are Participating in the 2021 NFL Draft and who has the First Pick?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick of the draft, and they are widely expected to pick Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The New York Jets have the second pick and will likely go with BYU Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson. But what will happen after that is anybody's call. And that is what will make this year's draft a fascinating watch.

The San Francisco 49ers have the third pick, followed by the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins. The Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys round out the top ten picks of the NFL Draft 2021.

Some other talented names to watch in the 2021 NFL Draft include Mac Jones, Trey Lance, Kyle Pitts and Justin Fields.

Defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the 32nd pick of the draft. While runners-up Kansas City Chiefs have the 31st pick.

How to Watch the 2021 NFL Draft Online From Anywhere?

If you happen to live abroad or are travelling outside the United States, then you may not be able to watch the 2021 NFL Draft as the live TV services and streaming platforms are all geo-blocked. But fret not, as there is a work around to that as well. In order to watch the 2021 NFL Draft outside the United States, you will need a VPN subscription. Having a VPN activated will make it seem that you are based in the United States and not your actual location.

We recommend using ExpressVPN, which is a tool used by millions of people around the world. It has thousands of servers, and you can have your pick of locations. And the best thing is that it works with almost every streaming service in the United States - unlike most other VPNs.

All you have to do is go to the ExpressVPN website, choose your preferred subscription plan and download the app. Once you have your VPN set up, you can open up FuboTV or any other streaming service to watch the 2021 NFL Draft without any issues. Here are some of the platforms and streaming services that will allow you to watch the 2021 NFL Draft.

How to Watch NFL Draft 2021 Without Cable?

The 2021 NFL Draft will take place live in Cleveland, and it will be broadcast by a number of TV channels and streaming websites, including the NFL Network, ESPN, and ABC. However, if you do not want to watch the NFL Draft 2021 live on cable TV, there are many other ways to catch all the live-action online. Here are some of the streaming services that will allow you to watch the 2021 NFL Draft live.


One of the best and widely used platforms to watch the 2021 NFL Draft without any interruptions is FuboTV. It is an excellent service that offers access to multiple sporting events. It has a wide range of channels and pack options in different bundles. And the best thing about it is that it contains both ESPN and the NFL Network in its bundles. What's more is that you can get a seven-day free trial if you have not subscribed to FuboTV before. A monthly subscription to FuboTV will cost between $64.99 and $79.99.

YouTube TV

If you would not like to watch the NFL Draft on FuboTV, you can tune in on YouTube TV, which is another great option to watch live sport. It has both ABC and ESPN among its network bundles. And you can also add premium channels which you will certainly enjoy. It also allows you to DVR programmes, with unlimited cloud storage. So if you are unable the full NFL Draft, you can just DVR it to watch later without any interruptions. YouTube TV costs $50 a month.

Sling TV

You can also watch the 2021 NFL Draft live on Sling TV which is a great alternative to YouTube TV and FuboTV. Sling TV has ESPN in the Orange and Orange + Blue bundles, and NFL Network in the Blue and Orange + Blue bundles. It will cost between $30-$45 a month, with a discount for the first month.

In addition to these streaming services, the 2021 NFL Draft will also be live streamed on the NFL Network, NFL app, and ESPN website. But in order to watch on those services, you may need to log in using credentials from your TV provider.

How to watch NFL Draft 2021 in the UK

The 2021 NFL Draft is one of the most popular events in the world, so it will be streamed in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom. If you have cable, you can watch the NFL Draft on Sky Sports NFL. But if you want to stream the Draft online, you can do so live and on-demand with the NFL Game Pass.

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