Only the NFL can do anything to a job interview into must-see TV.
Less than four weeks after the Super Bowl, the NFL kicks into gear again this week with the Scouting Combine, followed by the free agency in March and the NFL Draft at the end of April. Rookie minicamps take place in May and before you know it, training camps open in July leading up to the start of the season in early September.
Hundreds of the best players from college football in Indianapolis this week for the Combine, where they will try to impress NFL coaches, scouts and executives to improve their draft stock. Draft prospects will run, jump, lift and throw their way through a series of drills in Lucas Oil Stadium ̵
NFL Combine broadcast schedule
The NFL Combine airs almost in its entirety on the NFL Network every year, and this year it will air live on broadcast television for the first time.
Serious fans can watch 26 hours of live coverage on the NFL Network from Friday to Monday. More reasonable and well-balanced fans can watch a live show from Indianapolis on ABC on Saturday. And before ABC's coverage on Saturday, ESPN will stream one-hour live show on Twitter, YouTube and the ESPN App.
Different position groups will take the field each day, starting with running backs and offensive linemen on Friday, followed by quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends on Saturday. Sunday features defensive linemen and linebackers, while defensive backs are the last group to go on Monday. From the 40-yard dash and the three-cone drill to the bench press and the vertical jump, NFL teams will get a good sense of each athlete's speed, strength and agility with the Combine's various drills.
- Friday , March 1: 9 am to 4:00 pm ET
- Saturday, March 2: 10:00 a.m to 5:00 pm ET
- Sunday, March 3: 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. ET,
- Monday, March 4: 9:00 a.m to 2:00 pm ET
- Saturday, March 2: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm ET
Twitter, YouTube and the ESPN App
- Saturday, March 2: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
How to watch the NFL Combine online
You can watch the NFL Network's coverage on NFL.com or the NFL app, and ABC's coverage will be on ABC.com or the ABC app, but you will need to log in with a pay TV service, like a cable or satellite company. Alternatively, you can watch ABC on your TV with an over-the-air digital antenna.
ESPN's hour of coverage can be steamed free on Twitter or YouTube without having to sign in. To use the ESPN app, however, you'll need pay TV credentials.
You can also watch the Combine with a live TV streaming service. In order to watch ABC's coverage, however, you'll need to.
Other stuff to live streaming streaming services:
Options with ABC and NFL Network
DirecTV Now's cheapest, $ 40 a month Live and Little package includes ABC, and its $ 55- month Just Right package gets you NFL Network. Click here to check availability of live local channels in your area.
Options with ABC (but now NFL Network)
Options with NFL Network (but not ABC)
Sling TV's Blue package includes NFL Network, but none of Sling TV's plans or add-ons include ABC. Sling's Blue package usually costs $ 25 a month ago is currently discounted to $ 15 a month for the first three months.
FuboTV costs $ 45 a month and includes NFL Network but not ABC.