How to watch the 2020 NFL Draft live and free in Australia
The 2020 NFL Draft is going ahead as scheduled, with players to be selected via video conferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The names will be read out by commissioner Roger Goodell from his home in New York. Players will also be in their own homes surrounded by friends and family for the potentially life-changing event for this year's top American football prospects.
With professional sport grinding to a halt due to coronavirus, it's an opportunity for fans to tune in to a traditional part of the sports calendar live.
When is the 2020 NFL Draft?
The NFL Draft is being held over 3 days, from 24–26 April AEST. Typically a major event with thousands of fans, players, families, coaches and officials, this year it is all being held over video conferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
How to watch the 2020 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 desperate for some sports content and are yet to try Kayo, it currently has a 14-day free trial. Three days of NFL Draft action could be the perfect time to check it out for free.
While it traditionally boasts more than 50 sports, right now Kayo 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.
Live stream 2020 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, Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial. We have also put together a full guide which includes the list of compatible devices.
Watch the NFL Draft on NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass is a subscription streaming service combining the latest NFL news with on-demand replays and plenty more content. To get access to all the draft coverage, you need an annual subscription for $15.99. The rest of the content – 2019 replays, NFL Network Live 24/7 and more – is currently available for free.
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 2020 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. LSU's star quarterback Joe Burrow is at least expected to be the number one pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. He isn't the only highly rated QB, with Oregon senior Justin Herbert and Alabama standout Tua Tagovailoa tipped to be top 10 selections.
Other names high on mock draft boards include Ohio State duo Chase Young and Jeff Okudah, Derrick Brown, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Isaiah Simmons. Coronavirus also impacted the traditional scouting period. Players were able to undergo physical examinations at the NFL Combine in late February and early March. But players were unable to have face-to-face meetings or have individual workouts with clubs.
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