Watch the NFL Draft Without Cable

The NFL Draft is finally upon us. After all the back and forth with player evaluations, trade rumors, and all of the other drama that seemingly surrounds every NFL Draft, the first round of the draft will begin on Thursday night and the remaining rounds will continue on Friday and Saturday.

The main talk of the draft has been quarterbacks as the Rams and Eagles both traded up to get the first and second picks of the draft, respectively. It looks like Cal’s Jared Goff will become a Ram and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz will be chosen by the Eagles. This has already caused some issues as the existing quarterbacks on the Eagles, mainly Sam Bradford, have not responded happily to the news of the team seeking to draft a quarterback. This is just the story for the first two picks and surely the draft will be even more exciting as it goes on with plenty of trades or surprise selections.

During the draft, the NFL Network and ESPN will be controlling the broadcast and airing the event simultaneously. Here’s when the action will take place:

Round 1: Thursday, April 28th at 8 p.m. ET

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 29th at 7 p.m. ET 

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 30th at 12 noon ET

You can watch the draft on ESPN and NFL Network in multiple ways, even if you do not have cable as we explain in detail in our NFL Draft guide.

Ways to Watch This Year’s NFL Draft

Stream on Sling TV

Launched in 2015, Sling TV has come on the scene as one of the best options out there for cable cutters. Offered as a full cable alternative by Dish Network, Sling TV’s starting package includes ESPN and ESPN2 available via live stream. You get more than 20 other cable channels live streaming as well and all for only $20 per month. Similar to Netflix and other subscription services there are no contracts required either, so you can cancel at any time. Get a free trial of Sling here.

The live stream of ESPN and the NFL Draft can be watched on mobile devices, tablets, computers, or on a TV with connected devices. Other channels included in the package are TBS, TNT, CNN, and AMC. You can try Sling TV free for a week and if you start the trial now you can watch the NFL Draft absolutely free.

Stream on PlayStation Vue

The streaming service launched by Sony in 2015 is very similar to Sling TV in how it operates, with you paying a monthly fee to stream cable channels live. It was only available in select markets for most of 2015, but is now available nationwide.

Compared to Sling, TV PlayStation Vue costs more, $29.99 per month, and it gives you more channels, over 50 in total for the starting package. ESPN and ESPN2 are included as well as TBS, TNT, Comedy Central, FS1, truTV, and many other channels. You can watch PlayStation Vue with iOS devices, PlayStation consoles, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.

Watch On-the-Go with NFL Mobile

This one is exclusive to only Verizon customers if you are signed up for the More Everything Plan. In turn, you can get the NFL draft on your phone live. Or, you can pay an extra $5 per month on other plans to get the same type of coverage. The real downside to this one is you are only able to watch it on your phone, regardless of the plan.

Watch Online at NFL.com

There may be some live coverage of the draft directly through the NFL’s website. It is unclear exactly what the coverage will include, whether its live pick-by-pick coverage or just an analysis of the draft as it is ongoing we do not know. The NFL said its Draft Live show will can be found at NFL.com/live, on Xbox, on NFL Now, or on Yahoo! syndication.

With the NFL continually adding options to watch football without cable, look for 2016 to be a great football year. And it all starts now, with the NFL Draft!

Chris Brantner

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Chris Brantner is on a mission – to show people just how easy it is to cut the cord and get rid of cable. His website, CutCableToday.com, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for getting rid of cable once and for all. His cord cutting expertise has been featured in the likes of USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and Engadget.

Chris Brantner is on a mission – to show people just how easy it is to cut the cord and get rid of cable. His website, CutCableToday.com, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for getting rid of cable once and for all. His cord cutting expertise has been featured in the likes of USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and Engadget.

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