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Penn State Football: With Round 1 Tonight, How to Watch the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is the start and the end of a journey. On the one hand it marks the conclusion of a near lifetime of effort and hard work for college football players who have spent most of their childhood and young adult years working and grinding to this moment. You don’t get drafted by mistake. It’s the result of work and sacrifices, talent and skill.

So when your name is finally called, you’ve reached a place that very few do. And in that moment there is achievement and celebration.

But being drafted also means some of the hardest work is still to come. Careers come and go both by virtue of health and performance. The blessing and the curse of being drafted is that you are highly skilled, but so are all the teammates and players throughout the league who were drafted or signed as well.

So you have to work, you have to hope for a little bit of luck. You have to take care of your body, your money, your mind and the people around you. If you thought getting drafted was the hard part, welcome to a world where the bottomline is the only thing that matters.

But for the likes of Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons or defensive end Jayson Oweh or the host of other former Nittany Lions anxiously awaiting the next step in their career the NFL Draft weekend marks nothing but good things, even if tougher days are around the corner.

Here’s how to watch the three-day NFL Draft, and the celebration the will follow.

2021 NFL Draft Schedule

Day 1

  • What: Round 1
  • When: Thursday, April 29
  • Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
  • Live stream: ESPN.com, NFL.com, ESPN app, NFL mobile app
  • Radio: ESPN Radio

Day 2

  • What: Rounds 2-3
  • When: Friday, April 30
  • Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
  • Live stream: ESPN.com, NFL.com, ESPN app, NFL mobile app
  • Radio: ESPN Radio

Day 3

  • What: Rounds 4-7
  • When: Saturday, May 1
  • Start time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
  • Live stream: ESPN.com, NFL.com, ESPN app, NFL mobile app
  • Radio: ESPN Radio