NFL Draft 2020: UK start time, live stream, TV channel, draft order as league prepares for first ever virtual draft

FUTURE stars of the NFL are eagerly awaiting the 2020 Draft.

Hundreds of players are emerging from college football hoping they are the lucky ones picked as the countdown to the new NFL season begins in earnest.

Despite fears of cancellation, the NFL Draft is currently going ahead
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Following a terrible campaign in 2019, the Cincinnati Bengals have first pick for the first time in seventeen years and look likely to swoop for quarterback Joe Burrow.

When is the NFL Draft 2020?

THERE’s a whole host of exciting football talent hoping to be picked up in this year’s draft.

Always a lavish occasion, the 2020 edition was set to be held in Paradise, Nevada.

Spread over three days, the draft will start on Thursday, April 23 and conclude on Saturday, April 25.

Chase Young looks likely to be taken No 2 overall by the Washington Redskins
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Is it going ahead despite coronavirus?

HUNDREDS of sporting events around the globe have been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In America, the current NBA season is on hold, along with the MLS and MLB.

But the NFL Draft WILL go ahead this year, despite the virus spreading rapidly in the USA.

Bosses say that fans, media and players won’t be involved, instead with selected players giving interviews via video link.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: “The draft can serve a very positive purpose for our clubs, our fans, and the country.

“There is no assurance that we can select a different date and be confident that conditions will be significantly more favourable than they are today.”

Which prospects are involved in the draft?

Here is the full list of prospects who will virtually participate in the 2020 NFL Draft:

  • A.J. Epenesa, Iowa DE
  • A.J. Terrell, Clemson CB
  • Andrew Thomas, Georgia OT
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota S
  • Austin Jackson, USC OT
  • Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State WR
  • C.J. Henderson, Florida CB
  • CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma WR
  • Cesar Ruiz, Michigan G
  • Chase Claypool, Notre Dame WR
  • Chase Young, Ohio State EDGE
  • Cole Kmet, Notre Dame TE
  • D’Andre Swift, Georgia RB
  • Denzel Mims, Baylor WR
  • Derrick Brown, Auburn DL
  • Ezra Cleveland, Boise State OT
  • Grant Delpit, LSU S
  • Henry Ruggs III, Alabama WR
  • Isaiah Simmons, Clemson LB
  • J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State RB
  • Jacob Eason, Washington QB
  • Jake Fromm, Georgia QB
  • Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB
  • Jalen Reagor, TCU WR
  • Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina DL
  • Jaylon Johnson, Utah CB
  • Jedrick Wills, Alabama OT
  • Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State CB
  • Jerry Jeudy, Alabama WR
  • Joe Burrow, LSU QB
  • Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB
  • Jordan Love, Utah St. QB
  • Josh Jones, Houston OT
  • Josh Uche, Michigan LB
  • Julian Okwara, Notre Dame EDGE
  • Justin Herbert, Oregon QB
  • Justin Jefferson, LSU WR
  • Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M DT
  • K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU EDGE
  • Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma LB
  • Kristian Fulton, LSU CB
  • Laviska Shenault, Colorado WR
  • Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU G
  • Mekhi Becton, Louisville OT
  • Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma DT
  • Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn CB
  • Patrick Queen, LSU LB
  • Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn OT
  • Ross Blacklock, TCU DT
  • Tee Higgins, Clemson WR
  • Terrell Lewis, Alabama EDGE
  • Thaddeus Moss, LSU TE
  • Tristan Wirfs, Iowa OT
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB
  • Xavier McKinney, Alabama S
  • Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State EDGE

What TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

YOU will be able to watch this year’s draft live on Sky Sports Action.

Coverage begins at 10pm on Thursday, April 23, with the draft itself starting around 1am GMT.

Viewers on Sky Sports Main Event can then tune in from 1am.

The first round features 32 picks and teams have ten minutes to make their selections – it usually lasts around three hours.

To live stream, either download the Sky Go app or non-Sky customers can grab a NOW TV pass from just £9.99.

Last year’s draft saw Kyler Murray taken as the No1 overall pick, but the Arizona Cardinals still suffered a disappointing season.

How can I watch for free?

EVERYONE loves a freebie – and plenty of you will be able to enjoy the Draft without paying a penny.

  • All of the evening’s entertainment will be shown live on Sky Sports Mix.
  • The channel is FREE for all Sky and Virgin TV subscribers regardless of whether they have an existing Sky Sports subscription.
  • You can find it on Sky channel 145 and Virgin 507.
  • Coverage on these channels starts at 1am BST.
Joe Burrow is expected to be the No 1 overall pick on Thursday night
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First round draft order

  1. Cincinnati Bengals
  2. Washington Redskins
  3. Detroit Lions
  4. New York Giants
  5. Miami Dolphins
  6. LA Chargers
  7. Carolina Panthers
  8. Arizona Cardinals
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars
  10. Cleveland Browns
  11. New York Jets
  12. Las Vegas Raiders
  13. San Francisco 49ers
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  15. Denver Broncos
  16. Atlanta Falcons
  17. Dallas Cowboys
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Las Vegas Raiders
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars
  21. Philadelphia Eagles
  22. Minnesota Vikings
  23. New England Patriots
  24. New Orleans Saints
  25. Minnesota Vikings
  26. Miami Dolphins
  27. Seattle Seahawks
  28. Baltimore Ravens
  29. Tennessee Titans
  30. Green Bay Packers
  31. San Francisco 49ers
  32. Kansas City Chiefs

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