2021 NFL Draft: Date, time, how to watch, livestream, who is in attendance

Ryan Miller
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The NFL Draft is back and so are the fans in attendance. 

This year's draft will be held outdoors in Cleveland, a year after the annual event went virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Here's everything you need to know about the draft: 

When is the NFL Draft?

The draft runs Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1. 

Thursday: First Round, 8 p.m.

Friday: Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Rounds 4-7, 12 p.m.

How can I watch the NFL Draft on TV? 

All seven rounds will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. 

You can also watch the draft with streaming services Sling TV, fuboTV and YouTube TV. 

Can I livestream the NFL Draft? 

Yes. 

The ESPN and ABC apps will livestream coverage of the draft. 

Live NFL Network coverage is available through the NFL app for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. Click your device or streaming service to access the NFL App on: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Android TVXbox One, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV

Where is the NFL Draft this year? 

The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland.  

The draft was held in New York City for 50 years from 1965-2014 before moving to new host sites. Last year's draft was held via video teleconferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic as commissioner Roger Goodell announced the picks from his home. 

Who is on the network coverage? 

Mike Greenberg will debut as host for ESPN's coverage. Greenberg will be joined on Day 1 and Day 2 by Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick, Booger McFarland, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Suzy Kolber.  

Rece Davis will anchor ABC's coverage, which features Maria Taylor, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Todd McShay Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. 

On Day 3, Davis will host a simulcast on ESPN and ABC with Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen and Schefter. 

The NFL Network broadcast team is comprised of Rick Eisen, Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, David Shaw, Kurt Warner, Joel Klatt, Ian Rapoport and Melissa Stark. 

Will fans and prospects attend the NFL Draft? 

The league announced last week that 50,000 fans can attend this year's draft. The main outdoor stage is a temporary amphitheater next to FirstEnergy Stadium. The NFL will enforce mask-wearing at the event. 

“We need to get people out and back to live events and to experience things like this, and the draft is one of those great events that can bring everybody together and do that," said Jon Barker, NFL head of live event productions.

The NFL planned to have 13 prospects there in-person. Former Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley was slated to attend the draft but will not after testing positive for COVID-19.  

Here are the players who will be in attendance: Zach Wilson of BYU, Mac Jones of Alabama, Trey Lance of North Dakota State, Kyle Pitts of Florida, Micah Parsons of Penn State, Jaylen Waddle of Alabama, Patrick Surtain II of Alabama, Devonta Smith of Alabama, Rashawn Slater of Northwestern, Ja'Marr Chase of LSU, Gregory Rousseau of Miami, Christian Barmore of Alabama. 

About four dozen more players will participate virtually, including former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 

What is the order for the first round? 

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

2. New York Jets

3. San Francisco 49ers (from Houston Texans through Miami Dolphins)

4. Atlanta Falcons

5. Cincinnati Bengals

6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles)

7. Detroit Lions

8. Carolina Panthers

9. Denver Broncos

10. Dallas Cowboys

11. New York Giants

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco 49ers through Miami Dolphins)

13. Los Angeles Chargers

14. Minnesota Vikings

15. New England Patriots

16. Arizona Cardinals

17. Las Vegas Raiders

18. Miami Dolphins

19. Washington Football Team

20. Chicago Bears

21. Indianapolis Colts

22. Tennessee Titans

23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

26. Cleveland Browns

27. Baltimore Ravens

28. New Orleans Saints

29. Green Bay Packers

30. Buffalo Bills

31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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