ESPN is shaking things up at the NFL Draft this year, and that’s great news for college football fans.
According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, ESPN will produce a special episode of College GameDay for the 2018 NFL Draft. The show will appear on ESPN 2 and the crew will analyze the draft as it happens from a college perspective, per Ourand.
ESPN had already announced that Kirk Herbstreit will be a part of this year’s draft coverage, replacing Jon Gruden.
“After we talked about my role, I was pumped up,” Herbstreit told the Associated Press’ Ralph D. Russo. “I’m going to stay in my lane and let Mel (Kiper) and Louis (Riddick) and Trey (Wingo) kind of say, ‘Hey, the Broncos really need to do this.’ I’ll kind of be more of breaking down some of the prospects from a college football perspective.”
The show should be a fresh take on the top prospects in the country. Rather than NFL analysts predicting boom or bust for certain athletes, Herbstreit and the other College GameDay analysts will have the perspective of covering for them the last three or four seasons.
This move is also in line with how ESPN has handled the NBA Draft. In recent years, college analysts such as Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla and Jay Williams have all appeared during draft coverage.
The NFL Draft will be held in Arlington, Texas, from April 26-28.
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