ESPN’s Draft Academy Debuts April 22

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ESPN’s Draft Academy Debuts April 22

New Four-Week Series Chronicles NFL Draft Preparations of 2014 Prospects Blake Bortles, Jadeveon Clowney and Marqise Lee

ESPN’s Draft Academy, a new four-week series offering an inside look at top NFL Draft prospects, debuts Tuesday, April 22, at 10 p.m. ET. Capturing behind-the-scenes moments on and off the field, Draft Academy will chronicle how NFL hopefuls train and prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine, their individual Pro Days, and ultimately, the 2014 NFL Draft.

Episodes of Draft Academy will include projected first-round picks Blake Bortles, the University of Central Florida quarterback; Jadeveon Clowney, All-American defensive end from the University of South Carolina; and Marqise Lee, the USC wide receiver and 2012 Biletnikoff Award recipient. Lindenwood (Mo.) University cornerback Pierre Desir, the nation’s top small college defensive player, and University of Washington running back Bishop Sankey, a first-team All-Pac 12 selection, will also be a part of the series.

Draft Academy follows some of the most talented, talked-about prospects as they train in pursuit of a top spot in the 2014 NFL Draft,” said Matthew Volk, ESPN director, programming and acquisitions. “The show will give fans an intimate look at these players as they pursue their goals of making it to the NFL.”

The four one-hour episodes will air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on ESPN. Most weeks Draft Academy will follow original airings of Jon Gruden’s QB Camp.


 A preview of Draft Academy will air Sunday, March 9, during the 10 a.m. edition of SportsCenter as a SC Featured piece. The preview will re-air throughout the day on subsequent editions of SportsCenter and will focus on Bortles’ participation in the NFL Scouting Combine.   

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Allie Stoneberg

I advance ESPN’s communications and publicity efforts for NFL studio programming, Monday Night Football, the NFL Draft and our coverage of the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League. I enjoy meeting journalists in person at games and events and delight in showing them around our Bristol, Conn., campus.
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