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ESPN NFL Draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay (Photo credit: Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN NFL Draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay (Photo credit: Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

The Walt Disney Company presents wall-to-wall coverage of 2019 NFL Draft


Wed, Apr 24th 2019 07:00 am

ABC to broadcast entire event for first time ever; ESPN to televise 40th consecutive NFL Draft

The Walt Disney Company’s presentation of the 2019 NFL Draft will offer more to fans than ever before as the entire event, April 25-27, will air on both ESPN and ABC, and each network will provide distinct telecasts for rounds 1-3 in primetime. Additionally, all seven rounds of the draft will be streamed live on the ABC App, ESPN App, broadcast on ESPN Radio and available in Spanish – on both TV and radio – on ESPN Deportes. The NFL Network will also televise the 2019 NFL Draft.

ESPN and ABC NFL Draft productions by the numbers:

  • An estimated 125,000-150,000 feet of fiber optic cable
  • 1,000-plus production elements 
  • 600-plus player highlight packages
  • 360-plus hours of dedicated NFL Draft content across all ESPN networks (since the NFL Combine)
  • 250-plus hours of top prospects’ and recent NFL Draft picks’ best college games on ESPNU
  • 100-plus player personality bumps
  • 100-plus  NFL team graphics
  • 70-plus microphones
  • 57 cameras
  • 50-plus NFL team edits
  • 30 player live shots
  • 26-hour NFL Draft Marathon on ESPN and ESPN2, leading into Round 1
  • 25 “sense of place” bumps with local Nashville artists
  • 7 production trucks

ABC’s differentiated coverage for rounds 1-3, which will focus on the journey of NFL Draft prospects, features “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts (round 1) and the eight-time Sports Emmy Award-winning “College GameDay Built by The Home Depot” crew of host Rece Davis, analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and reporters Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor, and contributor Chris “The Bear” Fallica. Plus, the “2019 NFL Draft on ABC” will include ESPN’s Jesse Palmer and special guest NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes (prior to round 1).

“American Idol” judge Luke Bryan and mentor Bobby Bones will appear on ABC’s primetime draft coverage. Bryan will join the “GameDay” crew on night one, while Bones will serve as a roving reporter from the streets of Nashville on both nights, sharing the enthusiasm of the city, fans’ passion and a behind-the-scenes look of the NFL Draft for viewers at home. ABC will simulcast ESPN’s day 3 telecast of rounds 4-7.

ESPN’s traditional draft telecast, presented for the fourth year by Courtyard, features host Trey Wingo, NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay (rounds 2-7), NFL analysts Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland (round 1), NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and NFL host Suzy Kolber.

ESPN Radio will cover every round of the NFL Draft for the first time. Host Dari Nowkhah will be joined by reporter Ian Fitzsimmons, former NFL star and current ESPN Radio New York host Chris Canty, and former Miami Dolphins and New York Jets front office executive Mike Tannenbaum. Coverage begins April 25 at 7 p.m. EDT.

ESPN Deportes will also cover every round of the NFL Draft for the first time. Commentators include Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Miguel Pasquel, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen, “Monday Night Football’s” Alvaro Martin and Raul Allegre, and special guests (TV), and Kenneth Garay and Carlos Nava (radio).

All seven rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft will also be streamed live on both the ABC App and the ESPN App.

More Live Programming From Nashville

“Golic and Wingo”: “Golic and Wingo” on ESPN Radio from 6-10 a.m. – with simulcasts on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS – will be live from the West Club at Nissan Stadium on April 25-26. Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr. will be joined both days by host Jason Fitz and a full slate of guests. The broadcasts are open to the public with doors opening at 4:30 a.m. CDT.

“Good Morning America”: “Good Morning America” co-anchor Roberts will be live from Nashville on April 25 to preview the NFL Draft.

“Get Up!”: Host Mike Greenberg and the team from “Get Up!” will be live from Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, located next to the stage where the draft picks will be announced, on April 25-26 from 8-10 a.m. on ESPN. This will be the first time the popular morning show hosts an entire show from a remote location.

“First Take”: ESPN’s popular morning debate show “First Take” will be live from the West Club at Nissan Stadium on April 25-26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will be joined by host Will Cain. Both shows – which will feature a full lineup of NFL and other celebrity guests such as Eddie George, Tim McGraw and ESPN’s Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as free giveaways – will be open to the public with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. CDT.

“SportsCenter“: Greenberg will host “SportsCenter” segments on April 25-26 from noon-3 p.m.

“Stephen A. Smith Show”: The “Stephen A. Smith Show” on ESPN Radio and simulcast on ESPNEWS will be live from the West Club at Nissan Stadium on April 25-26 from 1-3p.m. The shows will include previews, reaction and analysis from host Smith on all the latest NFL Draft news from Nashville.

“NFL Live”: ESPN’s weekday NFL news and information show “NFL Live” will be live from The NFL Experience on April 24 from 1:30-3 p.m. EDT and on April 25-26 from 3-5 p.m. Wendi Nix will host all three days with NFL analysts Tim Hasselbeck and Rex Ryan and NFL Draft analyst Jim Nagy. Thursday’s show will also include special guest appearances by ESPN’s Wingo, Davis, Herbstreit and Sam Ponder as well as NFL Network’s Rich Eisen and Daniel Jeremiah.

“College GameDay”: ESPN’s eight-time Sports Emmy Award-winning “College GameDay Built by The Home Depot” crew of Davis, Herbstreit, Corso, Howard, Pollack and Fallica will preview the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25 from 5-7 p.m., with special guest Bones and college football coaches Lincoln Riley, Ryan Day and David Shaw. On April 26 (5-6 p.m.), Davis will be joined by Howard, Pollack and Jesse Palmer, as well as special guest Jim Mora. On April 27 (11 a.m. to noon), Taylor will host the show with Howard, Palmer, Pollack and Mora.

“NFL Draft Countdown”: ESPN’s NFL Draft host Wingo will preview round 1 on April 25 (7-8 p.m.) with Kiper, McShay, Riddick, McFarland, Mortensen, Schefter and Kolber. On April 26 (6-7 p.m.), Wingo will be joined by Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Mortensen, Schefter and Kolber.

More NFL Draft Coverage

Across Platforms: ESPN NFL Draft Projections in Virtual Reality: Leading up to and during this year’s NFL Draft coverage, ESPN will assess the potential of prospective players in virtual reality using ESPN Sports Analytics’ new projection model, which incorporates grades from Scouts, Inc., NFL Combine metrics and athletically similar players’ past draft results (full methodology). The segments feature ESPN football analyst Dan Orlovsky breaking down stats and rankings in an innovative and customizable, virtual reality environment.

ESPN.com: ESPN.com’s coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft will focus on signature voices Kiper, McShay, Riddick, Herbstreit, Mike Sando and others. Highlights include NFL mock drafts paired with “SportsCenter Specials,” pros and cons on every first-round draft pick from NFL Nation, plus Draft Day analysis from “NFL Nation” on all 254 picks and real-time data via DraftCast.

Following the 2019 NFL Draft, ESPN will release Kiper’s draft grades (the foundation for “SportsCenter Special: Draft Gradeson April 28) and “Early Impact” rookies (April 30), as well as McShay’s best picks for all 32 teams (April 27). Additionally, “NFL Nation” will break down the biggest post-draft questions for all 32 teams (April 29), and McShay will look ahead to next year with a “Way-Too-Early 2020 Mock Draft” (May 2).

The Undefeated: Senior NFL writer Jason Reid will lead NFL Draft coverage on “The Undefeated” – ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture – from Nashville.


  • Reid explores the history of black quarterbacks being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
  • Domonique Foxworth presents his mock draft of the first 32 picks.
  • Reid will live tweet the first and second rounds of the draft.
  • Foxworth joins ESPN’s Twitter draft show.

ESPN The Magazine: On the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT issue is Nick Bosa, the NFL draft’s most disruptive force of nature. Senior writer Kevin Van Valkenburg’s cover story reveals how painful it was for Bosa to sit out last year at Ohio State – and how hungry he is to start sacking again. The issue also features “Beyond Measure,” senior writer Tim Keown’s look at Kyler Murray’s sizable expectations, including going No. 1 in the draft, becoming a franchise player and completely blowing up decades of doctrine about short quarterbacks.

ESPN Social Media: ESPN social media will produce live shows, videos, graphics, and unique storytelling across Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Facebook.


  • Ever wonder what draft day is like for a projected Top 10 pick? “SportsCenter’s” social channels will have an exclusive, all-access Instagram takeover.
  • “SportsCenter” on Snapchat will hit the road with host and former NFL player Andrew Hawkins.
  • Golic Jr. and Fitz will join Mina Kimes, Field Yates, Foxworth and celebrity guests will provide on-site social coverage of rounds 1-7. Hawkins will also be interviewing draftees backstage.
  • ESPN’s Instagram story experience will take followers behind the scenes: arrivals, fashion on the red carpet and green room access.
  • With “College GameDay” on-site, the familiar hijinks of the crew will extend to the “College GameDay” social channels.
  • ESPN’s YouTube channel will provide even more extensive coverage from this year’s draft, not only hosting the live stream each day, but providing draft reaction and analysis, player profiles, and in-depth college football highlights.

ESPN Marketing: Tin Roof, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, will transform into the ESPN House during the NFL Draft. In addition to serving as a viewing party for fans, attendees will also be able to experience the football player journey at ESPN – from “College GameDay” to the NFL Draft, and ultimately to “SportsCenter” and “Monday Night Football.”

SEC Network: SEC Network will air an hour-long “SEC Now: Draft Special,” breaking down all stats and storylines behind the stars of SEC football as they prepare for the next step in their playing careers. Debuting April 24 at 2 p.m., the show features SEC Network college football analysts Matt Stinchcomb, who will serve as host, Gene Chizik and Matt Bowen.

ESPNLA 710: ESPNLA 710 will broadcast an NFL Draft Special with Jorge Sedano, Keyshawn Johnson and former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison on April 25 from 6-10 p.m. The broadcast will provide a pick-by-pick breakdown, followed by ESPN Radio’s national coverage of the NFL Draft.

ESPN International: This year, ESPN International will cover the NFL Draft with its most robust content plan to date, offering live television coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 31 million households in 61 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Canada (on TSN).


  • For the first time ever, ESPN will produce all three days of the draft in Spanish-language, which will air live throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America. 
  • Also for the first time ever, Brazil will produce and air all three days of the NFL Draft live in Portuguese language.
  • The Caribbean and the Pac Rim region (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands) will air all three days live; and on the first day, both regions will air the ESPN U.S. production on one channel and the ABC NFL Draft production on another channel, providing fans differentiated content and perspectives. 
  • ESPN will simulcast its television coverage via its broadband players, WatchESPN in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, and ESPN Play in the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking Latin America.  
  • Immediately following the NFL Draft on Sunday, ESPN International will air the “EA Sports Madden NFL 19 Bowl” esports competition live throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.


  • Thursday, April 25 (8-11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Friday, April 26 (7-11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Saturday, April 27 (noon-7 p.m.): NFL Draft, rounds 4-7 – ABC (simulcast of ESPN telecast), ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

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