How to watch the 2019 NFL Draft: ABC, ESPN are going big with their coverage in Nashville.


Will Lee Corso put on Oakland Raiders gear on Lower Broadway before the first overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft? Television viewers may get to find out.

ABC will bring April's draft in Nashville to network television with two days of separately produced prime-time live coverage that will be headed by the College GameDay crew, according to an ESPN press release.

ESPN and the NFL Network will also produce their own live broadcasts for all three days, but the ABC production will put a focus on live musical acts at the draft and the "general spectacle" surrounding the event in Nashville, according to the release.

Along with the College GameDay crew, which includes Nashville resident Kirk Herbstreit along with host Rece Davis, Corso and Desmond Howard, ESPN will have "special guests" and other NFL and college football analysts on the broadcasts.

How to watch the NFL Draft

  • Round 1: Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern
    • ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes
  • Round 2-3: Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern
    • ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes
  • Round 4-7: Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. Eastern
    • ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes

ABC will broadcast from Nashville on Thursday, April 25, for the first round of the draft and Friday, April 26, for the second and third rounds of the 2019 draft. On the final day of the draft, the network will simulcast ESPN's coverage.

"There is no better way to celebrate 40 years of working with the NFL to grow the draft than to bring the considerable assets of The Walt Disney Company to Nashville,” said ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro in the release.

NFL Draft date and time

The draft was televised on network television for the first time last April. Fox simulcasted the NFL Network's coverage of the first two days, while ABC simulcasted ESPN's day-three coverage.

ABC's coverage of the 2019 NFL draft will begin at 7 p.m. CT Thursday and 6 p.m. CT on Friday. 

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