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When is the 2021 NFL Draft: Date, time, streaming, TV, schedule, mock drafts, tracker, live coverage

We are just a few hours away from the start of the 2021 NFL Draft! Before you know it, top prospects like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Ja’Marr Chase will officially have NFL homes, crossing the stage in downtown Cleveland to kick off their pro careers. The 86th annual rookie showcase figures to be bursting with intrigue, with at least five quarterbacks set to come off the board on Day One and plenty of contenders still desperate to add talent for the 2021 season. But when, exactly, is this year’s draft?

We’re glad you asked. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the draft schedule:

When is the 2021 NFL Draft?

This year’s draft runs from Thursday, April 29, to Saturday, May 1. Here’s a breakdown of the schedule by round:

  • Round 1: Thursday, April 29 (8 p.m. ET)
  • Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 30 (7 p.m. ET)
  • Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 1 (12 p.m. ET)

Who will be the first non-QB off the board? And which running back will get drafted first? Get 10 best bets and five longshot value plays on NFL Draft props from SportsLine’s No. 1 NFL expert, who is 7-3 on his top five NFL Draft picks over the last two years and hit Baker Mayfield going No. 1 at 25-to-1 odds in 2018!

Where is the 2021 NFL Draft?

Great question! Unlike last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to host the draft virtually, this year’s event will be held in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Several iconic locations, including the Browns‘ FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center, are set to be featured as part of the draft presentation.

How to watch the 2021 NFL Draft

Where can you go to tune in? Below is another rundown of the schedule, plus TV and streaming options:

Thursday, April 29

Round: 1
Start time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Stream: fuboTV (try for free), NFL app

Friday, April 30

Rounds: 2-3
Start time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Stream: fuboTV (try for free), NFL app

Saturday, May 1

Rounds: 4-7
Start time: 12 p.m. ET
TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Stream: fuboTV (try for free), NFL app

Mock drafts

If you want the best of the best draft projections, don’t miss our dozens of mocks at CBSSports.com, including Ryan Wilson’s seven-rounder. You can find it all right here at CBSSports.com.

Where can I find more info on the draft?

CBSSports.com has all the latest on draft news and rumors leading up to, during and after the actual event. Keep it locked here and on our Draft page for 24/7 coverage and follow along live with every pick on our draft tracker.

Here’s where you can purchase officially licensed NFL Draft hats and other NFL merchandise, some at 65% off.




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