How to watch the 2021 NFL Draft live and free in Australia

The 2021 NFL Draft is here, with players and fans back in attendance when the names are read out.

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This year's NFL Draft is being held across 3 days once more, from 30 April–2 May AEST. In welcome news, players, coaches, officials and fans will be in attendance at the ceremony. This year it is being held at the Cleveland Browns' home, FirstEnergy Stadium.

In a nod to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a Vaccinated Fan Zone in the stadium. But after last year's event was held entirely online, having players take the stage as their names are called by commissioner Roger Goodell is a great result for all involved.

When is the 2021 NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft is being held from 30 April–2 May AEST at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium. There are a total of 7 rounds of selections over the 3 days.

How to watch the 2021 NFL Draft live in Australia

In Australia, all three days of the NFL Draft are being shown on ESPN. That means Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV have all the picks covered for you. Free-to-air television is an option for the first day only, while you can also watch online via NFL Game Pass. Full details below.

Watch the NFL Draft on free-to-air television

You can watch the first round of the draft on 7mate or 7mate HD from 10am AEST on Friday 24 April. If you want to check out any of the subsequent rounds, you will need a subscription service.

Stream NFL Draft on Kayo Sports

If you are yet to try Kayo, it has a 14-day free trial for new users. Three days of NFL Draft action could be the perfect time to check it out for free.

All up the service boasts more than 50 sports, including all of the major American codes. It also has thousands of hours of historic content, documentaries, classic matches and more. We have put together a full review of the service for you.

Subscriptions for Kayo Sports are $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens. It is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.

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Take Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan for a spin and stream over 50 sports live completely free for 14 days.

Live stream 2021 NFL Draft via Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack, a total of $54/month. If you haven't tried it yet, Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial. We have also put together a full guide which includes the list of compatible devices.

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Watch the NFL Draft on NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass is a subscription streaming service combining the latest NFL news with full game replays, NFL Originals and more. For access to all the draft coverage, you need an annual subscription for $15.99. There is also a free version that has NFL Network 24/7 and some original programming.

What is the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft is an annual event for the best young football talent in the US and internationally to be selected by the league's 32 teams. The vast majority of the selections are college footballers.

NFL Draft 2021 preview

With the NFL Draft being so large, predicting even the top five can be an inexact science. And that's without factoring in the trades, something even Hollywood has showcased with Draft Day. One certainty is that long-haired Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be taken with pick one by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He is one of a number of highly rated quarterbacks again this year, including Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Mac Jones. The playmaking position is so valuable teams will do just about anything to get their hands on a coveted, or even potential, QB prospect. Once again of course there will also be a number of top guns at other positions.

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