When Is the NFL Draft 2019? Date and Schedule Announced!

By Jim Donnelly | Apr 18th, 2019

The NFL draft date has been announced! For the first time in its history, ABC will broadcast all three days of the NFL Draft 2019including two nights of primetime coverage – as part of The Walt Disney Company's unprecedented commitment to one of the National Football League's marquee off-season events. ABC will be the exclusive broadcast home of the event and will produce its own distinct telecast for the ABC audience, separate from ESPN and NFL Network, during the first two nights of coverage. For the second straight year, ABC will simulcast ESPN's presentation on Day 3. Watch LIVE on the ABC app from your smartphone and tablet (iOS and Android), computer on ABC.com and connected devices (Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV). The 2019 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. See the full NFL draft schedule below!


TV Coverage

Round 1: Thursday, April 25 • 8:00 PM ET

ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 26 • 7:00 PM ET

ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 27 • 12:00 PM ET

ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes


The prime-time draft specials on ABC will be anchored by ESPN's College GameDay, college football's longest-running pregame show. ESPN and ABC personalities and other special guests will be part of the multi-night ABC presentation. The telecasts on ESPN and NFL Network will continue to offer the expert NFL analysis that passionate NFL fans have come to rely on every year.

"ESPN is constantly seeking opportunities to innovate and expand our coverage of major events and the NFL Draft is a perfect example of that. 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. "With ESPN networks and platforms, and the addition of ABC as the exclusive broadcast home to the Draft, we will bring more resources than ever before as we introduce fans to the next generation of NFL players."

"The addition of broadcast television for all three days of the 2018 NFL Draft helped to bring this important offseason event to even more fans and resulted in the highest rated and most viewed draft ever," said Brian Rolapp, Chief Business and Media Officer for the National Football League. "We're looking forward to once again broadcasting all three days of the NFL Draft and excited to have another member of the Disney family with us to help grow this event and showcase the future stars of the NFL."