The 2020 NFL Draft is the first virtual player selection event in the league's history, but despite this year's proceedings being unprecedented in so many ways, some things about the draft never change: a stud QB goes at number one, the Patriots trade out of the first round to stockpile even more picks, and Roger Goodell gets booed. Yes, even remotely, Roger Goodell manages to get jeered. Here's how to watch the NFL Draft for free online – live stream every round from anywhere in the world as your favorite team hunts for its next star.
It was supposed to be one of the glitziest drafts ever, taking place under the bright lights of Las Vegas to herald not only a new rookie class but the arrival of the league's newest team – the Las Vegas Raiders, recently imported from Oakland.
Instead, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is announcing picks and making dad jokes from his basement – we probably don't need to tell you this is because of the coronavirus pandemic?
Nevertheless, fans are still getting three full days of draft action, with more than 250 collegiate athletes set to realize their dreams and make the leap to the NFL. And despite the new virtual setup, the NFL Draft's format remains unchanged.
Whoever you root for on Sundays, we're sure you're as excited as we are to see how the 2020 rookie class takes shape. Enough chit-chat, though – here's how to live stream the NFL Draft online and watch every round online from anywhere on the planet.
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NFL Draft live stream: how to watch online in the US for free
If you live in the US and own a TV, then you have plenty of options to watch this year’s action, as the 2020 NFL Draft is being shown on ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network – plus ESPN Deportes for anyone who prefers Spanish language coverage.
All three channels offer an online streaming option and have apps that are compatible with a wide range of devices:
However, to make use of these you'll need to create an account and log-in with details of your cable provider – which poses an obvious problem if don't have cable.
This is where over-the-top streaming services come into their own, and the best deal right now is Sling TV's Happy Hour offer, which lets you live stream the 2020 NFL Draft completely for free and gives you the NFL Network feed.
After that, you could consider the Hulu + Live TV package, which gets you access to both ESPN and ABC, so you have two options for 2020 draft coverage. While it's the most premium of Hulu's offerings and normally costs $54.99 a month, there's currently a FREE 1-week trial promotion – so you can watch the entire NFL Draft for free!
How to watch an NFL Draft live stream from outside your country
If you're eager to watch the NFL Draft but find yourself abroad, you may find that access to the streaming service you normally use and pay for at home is unavailable due to geo-blocking.
This is annoying, for sure, but the good news is there's a readily available solution in the form of a VPN. This handy software changes your IP address to one back home, so you can access the 2020 NFL Draft live stream of your choice from anywhere in the world and watch the picks roll in just like you normally would.
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NFL Draft first round picks
1st pick – Cincinnati Bengals select Joe Burrow, QB, from LSU
2nd pick – Washington Redskins select Chase Young, EDGE, from Ohio State
3rd pick – Detroit Lions select Jeff Okudah, CB from Ohio State
4th pick – NY Giants select Andrew Thomas, OT, from Georgia
5th pick – Miami Dolphins select Tua Tagovailoa, QB, from Alabama
6th pick – LA Chargers select Justin Herbert, QB, from Oregon
7th pick – Carolina Panthers select Derrick Brown, DT, from Auburn
8th pick – Arizona Cardinals select Isaiah Simmons, LB, from Clemson
9th pick – Jacksonville Jaguars select C.J Henderson, CB, from Florida
10th pick – Cleveland Browns select Jedrick Wills, OT, from Alabama
11th pick – NY Jets select Mekhi Becton, OT, from Louisville
12th pick – Las Vegas Raiders select Henry Ruggs, WR, from Alabama
13th pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade up one spot (San Francisco 49ers) and select Tristan Wirfs, OL, from Iowa
14th pick – San Francisco 49ers select Javon Kinlaw, DL, from South Carolina
15th pick – Denver Bronos select Jerry Jeudy, WR, from Alabama
16th pick – Atlanta Falcons select A.J Terrell, CB, from Clemson
17th pick – Dallas Cowboys select CeeDee Lamb, WR, from Oklahoma
18th pick – Miami Dolphins select Austin Jackson, OL, from USC
19th pick – Las Vegas Raiders select Damon Arnette, OL, from Ohio State
20th pick – Jacksonville Jaguars select K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, from LSU
21st pick – Philadelphia Eagles select Jalen Reagor, WR, from TCU
22nd pick – Minnesota Vikings select Justin Jefferson, WR, from LSU
23rd pick – Los Angeles Chargers (traded pick with Patriots) select Kenneth Murray, LB, from Oklahoma
24th pick – New Orleans Saints select Cesar Ruiz, C, from Michigan
25th pick – San Francisco 49ers (traded pick with Vikings) select Brandon Aiyuk, WR, from Arizona State
26th pick – Packers select Jordan Love, QB, from Utah State
27th pick – Seattle Seahawks select Jordyn Brooks, LB, from Texas Tech
28th pick – Baltimore Ravens select Patrick Queen, LB, from LSU
29th pick – Tennessee Titans select Isaiah WIlson, OL, from Georgia
30th pick – Miami Dolphins select Noah Igbinoghene, CB, from Auburn
31st pick – Minnesota Vikings select Jeff Gladney, CB, from TCU
32nd pick – Kansas City Chiefs select Clyde Edwards Helaire, RB, from LSU
NFL Draft number 1 picks – a short history
Getting selected with the first pick of the NFL Draft is an honor unlike any other – but it can also be a burden. For every Cam Newton there's a JaMarcus Russell, and for every Peyton Manning a Tim Couch.
Here's a look back at the last 35 years of NFL Draft first round picks.
- 2019: Kyler Murray
- 2018: Baker Mayfield
- 2017: Myles Garrett
- 2016: Jared Goff
- 2015: Jameis Winston
- 2014: Jadeveon Clowney
- 2013: Eric Fisher
- 2012: Andrew Luck
- 2011: Cam Newton
- 2010: Sam Bradford
- 2009: Matthew Stafford
- 2008: Jake Long
- 2007: JaMarcus Russell
- 2006: Mario Williams
- 2005: Alex Smith
- 2004: Eli Manning
- 2003: Carson Palmer
- 2002: David Carr
- 2001: Michael Vick
- 2000: Courtney Brown
- 1999: Tim Couch
- 1998: Peyton Manning
- 1997: Orlando Pace
- 1996: Keyshawn Johnson
- 1995: Ki-Jana Carter
- 1994: Dan Wilkinson
- 1993: Drew Bledsoe
- 1992: Steve Emtman
- 1991: Russell Maryland
- 1990: Jeff George
- 1989: Troy Aikman
- 1988: Aundray Bruce
- 1987: Vinny Testaverde
- 1986: Bo Jackson
- 1985: Bruce Smith