The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off tonight with teams making their first-round selections.
It will be very different this year, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of festivities originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas.
Every team will make their picks remotely with general managers, coaches and scouting staff spread throughout the country.
San Francisco 49ers’ GM John Lynch’s at-home war room is ready to go and it figures to be a busy night with the Niners having two first-round picks, at Nos. 13 and 31 overall.
There has been plenty of trade buzz surrounding the 49ers and their first two selections, so Lynch will be working the phones throughout the first-round.
ESPN and NFL Network are combining forces to show a singular broadcast that will air on both networks for three days beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, hosted by Trey Wingo with remote contributions from Mel Kiper Jr., Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner, and a host of others.
ABC will show a separate broadcast for the first three rounds, covering Thursday and Friday, and will simulcast the ESPN/NFL Network telecast on Saturday for Rounds 4-7. The ABC telecasts on the first two days will be helmed by Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and Maria Taylor.
The second and third rounds will be televised Friday at 4 p.m. PT. While the Niners currently don’t have a pick in either round, this could certainly change with the team being rumored to be shopping for more mid-round selections.
The final four rounds will air on Saturday (beginning at 9 a.m. PT), in which — for now, — the 49ers are scheduled to pick twice in the fifth-round, once in the sixth and twice in the seventh.
All rounds of the draft will be streamed on Watch ESPN, NFL.com, and fuboTV.
NFL Draft Round 1
- When: Thursday, 5 p.m. PT
- 49ers first-round picks picks: No. 13, No. 31
- TV: ESPN, NFL Network, ABC, ESPN Deportes
- Radio: ESPN Radio
- Streaming: Watch ESPN, NFL.com, fuboTV (7-day free trial), SlingTV