2020 NFL Draft: Schedule, Start Time, Where to Watch on TV and Online

The 2020 NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday during unprecedented circumstances. The coronavirus pandemic that ground sports to a halt across the world has forced the NFL to scale down its plans for the annual selection process.

Gone is the planned extravaganza in Las Vegas with all its glitz and glam, replaced by conference calls and a virtual draft conducted from the house of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Social distancing measures mean ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network will only have a limited number of hosts in the studio, with experts and analysts contributing remotely. The top 58 prospects who would have attended the draft, meanwhile, will also do so remotely and won't stand next to Goodell holding their new team's jersey after being selected.

For once, players and fans will both be watching the draft on television and here's everything you know to keep with the actions over the next three days.

When is the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft begins on April 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The second and third round are held the following day from 7 p.m. ET, while the final fourth rounds get underway on April 25, from 12 p.m. ET.

Where is the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas. However, due the coronavirus pandemic, the glitz and glam of Sin City's will be replaced by a rather less-than-glamorous arrangement. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will conduct the draft from his house, with the teams making their picks remotely and the top 58 prospects will participate virtually.

TV coverage

The draft will be broadcast simultaneously by ESPN, ABC, and NFL Network, with ESPN Deportes presenting a Spanish edition of ESPN's broadcast.

ESPN and NFL Network will work together to offer the same broadcast across both networks, while ABC will present its own telecasts for the first three rounds, before broadcasting the ESPN and NFL Network telecast of the last four rounds.

The telecast will air from ESPN's offices in Bristol, Connecticut, with only draft hosts and a limited number of commentators in the studio and the majority of the analysts, reporters and other experts contributing remotely.

Trey Wingo will host all three days of ESPN's NFL Draft coverage and will be joined remotely by ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland. NFL Network host Rich Eisen, Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah and Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner will also contribute remotely all three days.

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will anchor ABC's broadcast and will be remotely by NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay and college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.

Live stream

The NFL Draft can be streamed live with the NFL app, the ABC app or the ESPN app on connected TV devices. The draft can also be watched on connected TV devices through streaming services such as YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV.

A live stream will also be available online at NFL.com/Watch, ESPN.com/Watch and ABC.go.com, while the draft can also be watched via the NFL app, NFL Network app, the ABC app and the ESPN app on mobile and tablets.

The draft will also be available on radio on SiriusXM NFL Radio, ESPN Radio and NFL on Tunein Radio.

What is the NFL's "Draft-A-Thon"?

The NFL Draft will also feature a so-called "Draft-A-Thon," a campaign aimed at raising much-needed funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. Hosted by the NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Deion Sanders, the fundraiser will feature a wide variety of athletes, celebrities, and personalities

The Draft-A-Thon will be live streamed on NFL social and digital platforms and featured in live draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes over the three days of the NFL Draft.

Fans can keep up with the fundraiser via the NFL's accounts on Twitter, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube as well as on Yahoo Sports.

Joe Burrow, LSU Tigers
Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up before the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Burrow is widely expected to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Alika Jenner/Getty
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