The 2019 NFL Draft will be streamed live from April 25 to 27. NFL fans can tune in live to see which college stars will turn into the NFL’s hottest new players for the 2019-2020 season and beyond.
You can watch the 2019 NFL Draft free online thanks to a few key streaming options. You may even be able to watch anywhere in the world with the right sources and tools.
Important note: Our guide only recommends official sources for the 2019 NFL Draft. The NFL Draft is a singular event for the biggest NFL fans, but the event is often streamed through unofficial sites. These sites may also hide malware and adware or may serve as a gateway to other privacy and security threats.
Meanwhile, unofficial sources won’t offer the best streaming quality and are more likely to go offline unexpectedly. As this event is available through numerous official sources, there’s no need to turn to sites that may put you at risk. We recommend only official options, some of which may be free and accessible from anywhere the world.
Depending on your location, you may need to use a VPN to watch the NFL Draft 2019 online.
How to watch the 2019 NFL Draft online with a VPN
The NFL 2019 Draft is only broadcast in the US. As such, a VPN will be needed to view the event if you’re outside of the US. You may also need a VPN in the US if you want to watch for free, or if you want to watch in HD without the risk of ISP video stream throttling.
To get your VPN working with the 2019 NFL Draft, do the following:
- Sign up to a tested VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN for sports-related events like the NFL Draft, but other trusted providers exist, including NordVPN and Cyberghost.
- Install the VPN app onto your chosen device (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, etc.), and then connect to a US city where streaming is available (more on this below).
- Sign up to the streaming service of your choice, or connect to the live streaming site you plan to use. We highly recommend testing your VPN and streaming options before the event to ensure you don’t miss any of the major reveals and announcements.
That’s it! If you find a VPN connection is not working to help you bypass region-locking, try clearing your cache and cookies in your web browser, closing the browser completely, and then opening up a new session. You may also want to try running in a private browsing window, such as Chrome’s Incognito mode, or Firefox’s Private Window.
Many mobile apps now require you to verify your location using GPS. There is often no effective bypass for this, so we recommend sticking to using a web browser, or a TV-connected device, such as the Amazon Fire TV. (Note that there are no VPN apps for the Roku or Apple TV.)
Let’s explore some of your best options to watch the 2019 NFL Draft online from anywhere in the world, including free options.
How to watch the NFL Draft 2019 free online
The best news about the NFL Draft this year is that it’s completely free to watch. Although several pay-TV channels will be offering up streams, you’ll be able to watch free using a VPN and the website Locast. Otherwise, you can sign up to any US-based streaming service that carries ESPN, NFL Network, or ABC.
Use Locast and a VPN to watch the 2019 NFL Draft free
Locast is a free service that offers over-the-air television via online streams. Note that digital OTA broadcasts in the US are free-to-air, so if you’re a US resident with a digital antenna you can watch for free easily. However, rebroadcasting these signals for free over the web has been difficult to accomplish in the past due to legal restrictions (as failed company Aereo discovered).
Locast, however, appears to have figured out how to navigate the legal framework to make it happen, which is great news for NFL fans living abroad. Locast implements region-locking to only allow those in the select cities where it’s available to access that content. However, we’ve found a VPN will bypass its content blocks.
To watch the NFL Draft free on Locast, do the following:
- Sign up to a VPN account (we’ve tested ExpressVPN and verified it works with Locast)
- Connect to a server in one of the cities Locast is available (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston)
- Open a private browsing window (Incognito Mode in Google Chrome, for example)
- Go to Locast.org
- Sign up for a free account to Locast
- Click on the city where you want to view live streams, then go to its local ABC network when the 2019 NFL draft begins
Combining Locast and a VPN is by far the easiest way for anyone to watch the upcoming NFL Draft from anywhere in the world, including in the US. If you’re in the US and one of the cities where Locast is available, a VPN isn’t a necessity, but still recommended to avoid ISP throttling.
Locast is a non-profit organization that charges no fees. If you’re using Locast, we encourage donating to help keep the service available for future events.
Additional options to watch the NFL Draft online
If you’re outside of the US, a Locast + VPN combination is going to be your best option to watch the 2019 NFL Draft. However, US NFL fans will have a few additional options to explore.
How to watch the NFL Draft in the US
The NFL Draft will be broadcast through all of the following networks:
- ESPN Deportes
- NFL Network
If you’re in the US and have a digital over-the-air antenna, you can pick up your local ABC broadcast and watch for free. Otherwise, you’ll need to sign up to one of the following services to get access to ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, or the NFL Network. Each option below has a free trial period, so you may be able to sign up for free, watch the 2019 NFL Draft, and then cancel your subscription afterward.
Sling TV is the cheapest option for outside of Locast. You can subscribe to Sling TV with a 7-day free trial. However, which package you choose will determine the NFL Draft channel you’ll get.
If you want to watch through the NFL Network, choose the Sling Blue subscription package. If you want to watch through ESPN or ESPN Deportes, choose Sling Orange. If you want both as an option, choose Sling Orange + Blue.
If you choose to keep Sling TV, each individual package costs $25 per month, while Sling Orange+Blue is $40 per month.
Sling TV does not offer ABC in any of its streaming packages.
Offering a 7-day free trial with over 50 channels available, YouTube TV is a good option for NFL fans. YouTube TV provides ESPN and ABC (most markets), giving subscribers a backup if ABC is unavailable.
If you decide to stick with YouTube TV, it now costs $49.99 per month.
Hulu + Live TV
An interesting TV option, Hulu + Live TV combines Hulu’s on-demand library with a package of live channels similar to what’s available on YouTube TV. You’ll get ABC (in most markets) and ESPN. There’s no NFL Network on offer, however.
Hulu + Live TV is available with a 7-day free trial and costs $44.99 per month after.
A common misconception (thanks to the name) is that PlayStation Vue is only available on the PlayStation gaming console. On the contrary, you can sign up and stream on a large number of devices.
PlayStation Vue offers four streaming package options. The “Core” package comes with a 5-day free trial and includes ABC (most markets), ESPN, and NFL Network. Once the trial ends, the cost is $49.99 per month. If you don’t need NFL Network as an option, the “Access” package offers ABC and ESPN and costs $44.99 per month.
The most expensive option on the list if you choose to keep it following the free trial, DirecTV Now offers ABC (most markets) and ESPN. You only need to opt for the “PLUS” package, which costs $50 per month after the free trial ends.
Both of DirecTV Now’s primary packages (PLUS and MAX) come with HBO, making them a good option for NFL fans who also want to watch Game of Thrones Season 8.
NFL Draft 2019: Event schedule, details, and top prospects
The NFL Draft is a three-day event covering with 7 rounds. The event schedule is as follows:
- Round 1: Thursday, April 25, 8 PM EST / 1 AM GMT
- Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 26, 7 PM EST / 12 AM GMT
- Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 27, 12 PM EST / 5 PM GMT
How does the NFL Draft work?
The NFL Draft is the primary event for NFL teams to draft new young players. However, a fair amount of player trading occurs, which teams can do in order to increase their draft pick order, or increase their number of draft picks.
The teams with the worst records typically get first pick each round, while the teams with the best record get the last pick.
This year, there are 256 picks. All 32 teams will be exercising their picks, although the pick order has been slightly altered due to trades that occurred during and after the 2018-2019 NFL season.
The first round pick order this year is as follows:
- Arizona Cardinals (3-13 record)
- San Fransisco 49ers (4-12)
- New York Jets (4-12)
- Oakland Raiders (4-12)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)
- New York Giants (5-11)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
- Detroit Lions (6-10)
- Buffalo Bills (6-10)
- Denver Broncos (6-10)
- Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
- Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)
- Miami Dolphins (7-9)
- Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
- Washington Redskins (7-9)
- Carolina Panthers (7-9)
- New York Giants (5-11) (Position after Odell Beckham Jr. trade with Cleveland Browns.)
- Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1)
- Tennessee Titans (9-7)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1)
- Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
- Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
- Houston Texans (11-5)
- Oakland Raiders (Position after Khalil Mack trade to Chicago Bears)
- Philadephia Eagles (9-7)
- Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
- Oakland Raiders (Position after Amari Cooper trade to Dallas Cowboys)
- Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)
- Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
- Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) (Position after Marcus Davenport trade to New Orlean Saints)
- Los Angeles Rams (13-3)
- New England Patriots (11-5)
For a full list of 2019 NFL Draft pick order, check here.
Top 2019 NFL Draft prospects
With only 252 picks to go around, not every prospect will make the cut. However, here are some of the top 2019 NFL Draft prospects to watch, many of whom may be grabbed up in the first round.
- Nick Bosa (Ohio State, Defensive End (DE))
- Quinnen Williams (University of Alabama, Defensive Line (DL))
- Josh Allen (University of Kentucky, DE)
- Ed Oliver (University of Houston, DL)
- Devin White (Louisiana State, Linebacker (LB))
- Jawaan Taylor (University of Florida, Outside Linebacker (OL))
- Kyler Murray (University of Oklahoma, Quarterback (QB))
- Montez Sweat (Mississippi State, DE)
- Rashan Gary (University of Michigan, DL)
- T.J. Hockenson (University of Iowa, Tight End (TE))
Check CBS Sports for a longer list of 2019 NFL Draft prospects.
- 1 How to watch the 2019 NFL Draft online with a VPN
- 2 How to watch the NFL Draft 2019 free online
- 3 Additional options to watch the NFL Draft online
- 4 NFL Draft 2019: Event schedule, details, and top prospects