The first round of the NFL Draft is Thursday, April 27th and will feature 33 and a half hours of coverage spread over three days. And you can watch it all with Sling TV and get yourself set up for the 2023 NFL season. Read on to get all the details!
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Soon the mock draft will be over and it will be time for the real thing. This year’s draft moves from Las Vegas to Kansas City — inside and outside Union Station for three days of selection.
It is an extremely popular event for NFL fans suffering the long drought between the Super Bowl and the start of the Preseason. It’s a great way to check out the top draft picks and look forward to how the new talent will change the next season.
2023 NFL Draft on TV
The NFL Draft consists of 7 rounds. They take place over three days (start times in EDT):
- Thursday, April 27 : Round 1 (3.5 hours)
- Friday, April 28 : Rounds 2-3 (4 hours)
- Saturday, April 29 : Round 4-7 (7 hours)
All of this primary coverage will air on ABC and ESPN. But if you want complete coverage, you will need to tune to NFL Network:
- Thursday, April 27 : Round 1 (12.5 hours)
- Friday, April 28 : Rounds 2-3 (12 hours)
- Saturday, April 29 : Round 4-7 (9 hours)
2023 NFL Draft on Sling TV
There are two ways to go when it comes to live streaming the NFL Draft on Sling TV. They both allow you to watch on most streaming devices in use today. These include Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku devices, Android and iOS mobile devices, LG, Samsung, and Vizio smart TVs, and Oculus and Xbox gaming devices.
Sling Blue for 2023 NFL Draft
The most obvious is to get the Sling Blue plan. It comes with NFL Network for $40.00/mo. In some areas, you will also get ABC, but if that’s the case, the plan is $5/mo more.
In addition to to this, you get 40+ other channels. These include A&E, AMC, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg Television, Bravo, CNN, Cartoon Network (Adult Swim), Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, FS1, FX, HGTV, History Channel, IFC, Lifetime, National Geographic, Nick Jr, Syfy, TBS, TNT, truTV, and USA Network. In select markets, you also get NBC and Fox — critical for the NFL regular season.
The plan comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. And you can stream on up to 3 devices at the same time.
Sling Orange for 2023 NFL Draft
Sling Orange costs the same amount ($40.00/mo) and offers many of the same (but fewer) channels. However, it compensates for this by offering The Disney Channel along with ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3.
One interesting thing about ESPN3 is that it isn’t a channel. It’s really its own streaming service with many events going on at once. One of its streams is for ABC Sports. With few exceptions, anything that ABC Sports is airing will be simulcast on ESPN3.
Other Orange-specific channels include Freeform and MotorTrend.
One potential downside of Sling Orange is that it limits you to watching on one device at the same time. But it does come with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage.
The Ultimate Sports Plan
You can also combine the two TV packages above. Sling Orange & Blue is $55.00/mo and comes with everything in them.
You can also combine it with the Sports Extra add-on for $15/mo more. This makes it an outstanding service for college football fans as well as NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. It comes with 18 sports channels: ACCN, ACCNX, beIN Sports, Big Ten Network, ESPNU, ESPNews, FS2, Golf Channel, Longhorn Network, MLB Network, MLB Network Strike Zone, NBA TV, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, Pac-12 Network, SEC Network, SEC Network+, and Tennis Channel.
Advantages of Sling TV
You can also watch the 2023 NFL Draft with other live TV streaming services like Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. But Sling TV has many features (including unique ones) that recommend it:
- Far less expensive than the other providers — generally about half the cost.
- Support for pretty much every streaming devices now in use.
- Real integration of antenna — no other service offers this.
- Unparalleled channel add-ons including 46 channel-specific ones and great bundles.
- Excellent on-demand content.
2023 NFL Draft Order Round One
Here is a list of the first-round picks:
- Carolina Panthers (traded from Chicago Bears)
- Houston Texans
- Arizona Cardinals
- Indianapolis Colts
- Seattle Seahawks (traded from Denver Broncos)
- Detroit Lions (traded from LA Rams)
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Atlanta Falcons
- Chicago Bears (traded from Carolina Panthers)
- Philadelphia Eagles (traded from New Orleans Saints)
- Tennessee Titans
- Houston Texans (traded from Cleveland Browns)
- New York Jets
- New England Patriots
- Green Bay Packers
- Washington Commanders
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Detroit Lions
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Miami Dolphins
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Baltimore Ravens
- Minnesota Vikings
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- New York Giants
- Dallas Cowboys
- Buffalo Bills
- Cincinnati Bengals
- New Orleans Saints (traded from San Francisco 49ers)
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Kansas City Chiefs
The NFL Draft is the biggest event during the interseason period. And you can watch it all with Sling TV — as well as setting yourself up for next season — without breaking the bank.
Can I watch the NFL draft for free?
You can watch primary coverage of the 7 rounds of the NFL draft on ABC. In most areas of the country, you can watch it for free with a digital antenna. We highly recommend doing this through the Sling TV app. Learn all about the process in our Sling TV Local Channels guide.
Is Sling TV good for general sports viewing?
Sling is great for sports — especially for the cost. And if you want more, there is the Sports Extra add-on for $11/mo. The one thing lacking with Sling — especially for NFL games featuring AFC teams — is CBS. This can be overcome by integrating an antenna or by combining it with Paramount+.
Can I watch the 2023 NFL Draft on my PlayStation?
Sling TV does not currently support any PlayStation models. However, you can use your Sling TV account with TV Everywhere and watch the draft on the ESPN app. It supports PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 models. If you want to watch directly, you will need to spend a bit more and go with Hulu Live or YouTube TV.
Neither the ABC nor NFL apps support the PlayStation.
Will the NFL draft be broadcast in Spanish?
ESPN Deportes will be broadcasting the first two days of the NFL draft (rounds 1-3). You can get this channel by combining Sling Orange with the Latino add-on for $5/mo. It comes with a total of 18 channels. These include beIN Sports en Español and PX Sports (PXTV).
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