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[04/20/17 - 11:03 AM]
ESPN's Presentation of the 2017 NFL Draft
ESPN will present the 2017 NFL Draft - the company's 38th consecutive draft telecast - live from the NFL Draft Theatre at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia.

[via press release from ESPN]

ESPN's Presentation of the 2017 NFL Draft

· Round 1: First Hour Airs with Limited Commercial Interruption; New Host Trey Wingo

· ESPN's Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Louis Riddick Return as Analysts

· NFL Insiders, NFL Live, Mike & Mike, First Take and OTL Will Originate from Philadelphia

ESPN will present the 2017 NFL Draft - the company's 38th consecutive draft telecast - live from the NFL Draft Theatre at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Round 1 begins Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. ET; the first hour will air with limited commercial interruption for the sixth straight year.

Commentators:

ESPN NFL Live host Trey Wingo will host all seven rounds for the first time. He will be joined by Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden and Louis Riddick in Round 1 and Kiper, Riddick and Todd McShay for Rounds 2-7. Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Suzy Kolber will also be part of ESPN's coverage from Philadelphia, while Josina Anderson (Browns) Jeff Darlington (49ers) Britt McHenry (Cardinals), Sal Paolantonio (Jets) and Ed Werder (Saints) will add to the telecast from team sites. Release with more details.

Production highlights:

· Close to 500 player highlight packages

· 50 player personality bumps

· More than 40 specialty technical breakdowns with analysis from Gruden, Riddick and McShay

· More than 30 player live shots

· 22 cameras, including two RF handheld cameras, two RF steadicams, three jib cameras, three robotic cameras and a cable camera

· Red carpet interviews

· Select draft room cameras from team sites

· Camera at Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State campus parties

· Camera with Raiders fans at Legends Sports Bar & Grill in Las Vegas

· Camera at Myles Garrett's draft party in Dallas and at Christian McCaffrey's draft party in Denver

ESPN Shows at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia:

Date Time (ET) Show Network(s)

Thu, Apr 27 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike (Chickie's & Pete's) ESPN Radio, ESPN2 10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take (Chickie's & Pete's) ESPN 1-1:30 p.m. Outside the Lines (Chickie's & Pete's) ESPN 1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA Auto Parts ESPN 7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown Presented by Zip Recruiter ESPN 8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Courtyard (Round 1) ESPN, ESPN Radio

Fri, Apr 28 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike (Chickie's & Pete's) ESPN Radio, ESPN2 10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take (Chickie's & Pete's) ESPN 1-1:30 p.m. Outside the Lines (Chickie's & Pete's) ESPN 1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA Auto Parts ESPN 7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Courtyard (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN Radio

Sat, Apr 29 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Courtyard (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

* All ESPN networks are available to stream live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Schedule subject to change.

MORE COVERAGE OF THE 2017 NFL DRAFT ON ESPN:

WatchESPN and the ESPN app

NFL Draft coverage on ESPN will be streamed live via WatchESPN and the ESPN app on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Replays of all Gruden's QB Camp programs are also available on VOD, as well as the Pro Days from Clemson, North Carolina, Duke, Stanford and Florida State.

ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio will broadcast Rounds 1-3 of the 2017 NFL Draft from the nearby Eakins Oval with host Dari Nowkhah, Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL Front Office Insider Bill Polian, NFL Insider John Clayton and former NFL star and current ESPN New York 98.7FM host Chris Canty. The broadcast begins Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. and Friday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. Freddie Coleman and Ian Fitzsimmons will host post-draft coverage Thursday and Friday at 11:30 p.m. ET.

ESPN International

ESPN International will offer television coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 47 million households in 66 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Canada (on TSN) and Africa (ESPN on Kwese). In Mexico and Central America, ESPN will air all three days of the draft live, the first two days being a full Spanish-language production. Throughout South America, including Brazil, ESPN will air the first day of the draft live in Spanish and Portuguese. The Caribbean and Pac Rim will air all three days on a live basis. 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.

SURROUNDING COVERAGE:

Mike & Mike and First Take

Mike & Mike - hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg - and First Take - hosted by Molly Qerim with debaters Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman - will air live from Chickie's & Pete's on Packer Avenue, on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, and will welcome guests live on-set. Doors open at 5 a.m. ET for fans to watch the shows. Mike & Mike airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays on ESPN Radio and ESPN2, and can be heard on ESPNRadio.com and via the ESPN app, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple Music, Slacker Radio, TuneIn. First Take airs weekdays, from 10 a.m.-noon on ESPN.

SportsCenter

SportsCenter anchor and Philadelphia native Kevin Negandhi will be hosting SportsCenter:AM segments live from downtown Philadelphia on Thursday, April 27, from 7-10 a.m., David Lloyd will co-host SportsCenter Coast to Coast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the site of the 2017 NFL Draft, and SportsCenter at Night anchor Steve Levy will provide coverage during the 11 p.m. SportsCenter.

Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines will air live from Chickie's & Pete's on Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia, on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, from 1-1:30 p.m. ET. Fans are invited to come watch the live shows on both days. Outside the Lines is a 30-minute daily show on ESPN where host Bob Ley is joined by various guests to explore in-depth the latest news topics of the day.

ESPNU

ESPNU will air encore presentations of Gruden's QB Camp (schedule) as well as college games highlighting top prospects (schedule).

ESPN.com and ESPN Insider

ESPN.com will provide wall-to-wall coverage, built around signature voices Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Jon Gruden, John Clayton, Louis Riddick, Bill Barnwell and others. All 32 NFL Nation team reporters will be reporting live from team sites.

ESPN.com's highlights for the three-day draft in Philadelphia:

· In real time: Via ESPN.com and the ESPN app, DraftCast will offer pick-by-pick data, team needs, analysis from Scouts Inc./NFL Nation and video on every prospect. Fans can watch the draft live via the app.

· NFL Nation reporters' reactions to every pick and team-specific analysis all three days of the draft, including comprehensive team wrap-ups.

· Kiper's winners and question marks (after each day of the draft) and best available players in the upcoming rounds.

· McShay's analysis of the best picks (after each day of the draft) and best available players in the upcoming rounds.

· Scouts Inc. mock draft previewing Day 2 of the draft.

· Bill Barnwell grades the big trades.

ESPN.com's pre-draft coverage:

· Kiper and McShay's live 60-minute primetime SportsCenter Special: Mel & Todd's Mock Draft (April 20 at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN) is paired with content in real time on ESPN.com.

· SportsCenter Special: NFL Nation Mock Draft (April 25 at 8 p.m. ET, ESPN) is paired with online content.

· Gruden's QB Camp video profiles and scouting reports on the top quarterbacks is paired with ESPN Insider content.

· Features on top prospects Myles Garrett, Mitchell Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and more.

· Popular "Grade A" mock drafts from Kiper and McShay preview what they would do if they could pick for each team.

· McShay's mega 2017 NFL Draft preview: The best of the best in every category imaginable.

· McShay's evaluations on top needs for every team.

· Kiper and McShay's top 300 prospects, along with their top prospects at every position -- over 500 names deep.

· Final mock drafts from Kiper and McShay (released April 27).

ESPN.com's post-draft staples:

· April 29: Mel Kiper's Draft Grades - the foundation of SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades (April 30 at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

· April 29: Todd McShay's best picks for all 32 teams.

· May 1: Ultimate draft recap: Highlights on every player, grades, best and worst picks, and Nation analysis on the class for all 32 teams. Plus, Kiper's early-impact players.

· May 1: In partnership with EA Sports, we give fans a look at every first-round prospect in their new jerseys.

· May 1 through May 4: Kiper's 'Early Impact' rookies for the 2017 NFL season.

· May 4: McShay's Way-Too-Early 2018 Mock Draft - among the most popular ESPN Insider stories of the year.

· Ten days after the draft: Kiper's 2018 Way-Too-Early Big Board.

ESPN The Magazine

ESPN The Magazine's NFL Draft Issue, currently on newsstands, features an in-depth Q&A with Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, the consensus No. 1 pick. He talks football, poetry, dinosaurs and '80s rock while promising to leave his mark on NFL history and torment any team that dares pass him up on Draft Day. The issue also features profiles on North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky and UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley, a likely first-rounder who found football success despite being abandoned by both parents as a child, as well as Jon Gruden's take on the five top QBs in the draft, a first-round Mock Draft by our ESPN Insiders Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., and more. Release with more details.

ESPN Marketing

In collaboration with CreativeWorks, ESPN's marketing team debuted a new NFL Draft spot, which features a play on the book The Night Before Christmas. "Happy Draft Days" positions the NFL Draft as a holiday for fans and introduces them to ESPN's 2017 commentator team, as well as features iconic images from the draft host city, Philadelphia. Click here to view the commercial.

ESPN Social Media

The ESPN NFL social media accounts - Twitter (@ESPNNFL), Facebook (NFL on ESPN) and Instagram (@ESPNNFL) - will all feature NFL Draft content from Philadelphia. Additionally, on Saturday, April 22, ESPN will debut the first episode of a draft show pre-produced exclusively for Instagram Stories through the ESPN Instagram account (@ESPN). There will be five shows total, with one new episode premiering on the platform each day until the draft on April 27.





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