With the NFL Draft scheduled to begin Thursday, April 23, Packers fans are invited to follow along with the all-virtual activities being offered in conjunction with this year's annual event.
The NFL Draft will be broadcast live across ABC, ESPN and NFL Network for all three days of the Draft; ESPN and NFL Network will combine to offer a singular presentation across both networks, while ABC will present its own distinctive, prime-time telecasts for rounds 1-3, in addition to simulcasting the ESPN and NFL Network telecast of rounds 4-7. The telecast will begin at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25.
Fans of all ages from around the world have been invited to submit videos to be featured as part of the live broadcast to share their love of their favorite team, their hopes for future seasons or even a message of hope to those on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. To submit a video, fans can visit espnevents.com/NFLDraftHOPE/ and follow the instructions.
Fans can follow along with the Draft on Packers social media platforms and on packers.com, with a wide variety of content before, during and after each selection. Following each pick, fans can listen to live conference calls streaming on packers.com, Twitter or Facebook to hear from the newest Packers players, as well as Packers personnel. General Manager Brian Gutekunst will share his thoughts at the end of each day's selections.
Personalities from packers.com will also analyze and discuss each selection immediately following each round of the Draft.
Also on the team's platforms, fans can see current Packers players and Packers alumni weigh in on selections and congratulate the new Packers players on Day 1 and Day 2 of the Draft.
A lucky group of pre-selected Packers fans may also be a part of the Draft through the NFL's Virtual Inner Circle. As the Draft unfolds and if proper timing windows present themselves, the network may call upon these pre-selected fans via video chat during the broadcast.
For the first time, the NFL and all 32 teams will take part in Draft-A-Thon to support six national nonprofit organizations and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts. The organizations include American Red Cross, CDC Foundation's All of Us: Combat Coronavirus Campaign, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army and United Way. The Packers have selected The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay, The Salvation Army Milwaukee County, Brown County United Way and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County to receive the local allocation of funds on behalf of the Packers.
Draft-A-Thon will be broadcast live on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network, and will be live streamed on the NFL's social media platforms and on local news websites. The broadcast will feature NFL Network talent Rich Eisen and Deion Sanders as hosts and will be joined on video chat by a rotating cast of prospects, players, alumni and influencers to encourage fans to donate. Fans can donate now throughout the Draft on nfl.com/relief.