ESPN Commentators for the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago


ESPN Commentators for the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago

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ESPN will present the 2015 NFL Draft – its 36th consecutive year televising the event – April 30-May 2 from the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, as the draft makes its Windy City debut. The first two days will air in primetime, and the first hour of Round 1 coverage will again air with limited commercial interruption.

On Thursday, April 30, Chris Berman (covering his 35th draft) will host Round 1 with NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. (his 32nd), Super Bowl winning head coach and Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, and two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report from another set inside the theatre and NFL Insiders host Suzy Kolber will conduct interviews on the gold carpet and inside the green room.

On Friday, May 1, NFL Live’s Trey Wingo will host Rounds 2 and 3 with Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, and NFL Draft analysts Kiper and Todd McShay. Mortensen, Schefter and Kolber will also contribute to the telecast.

On Saturday, May 2, Wingo, Kiper, McShay and six-time National Football League Executive of the Year Bill Polian, a 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, will cover Rounds 4-7 with Mortensen and Schefter.

ESPN will also dispatch bureau reporters to a handful of NFL team sites, and to be with two of the top prospects in the draft:

  • Florida State’s Jameis Winston in Alabama (Tom Rinaldi)
  • Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in Hawaii (Shelley Smith)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ed Werder)
  • Tennessee Titans (Bob Holtzman)
  • New York Jets (Josina Anderson)
  • St. Louis Rams (Britt McHenry)
  • Cleveland Browns (Jeremy Fowler)
  • San Diego Chargers (Jim Trotter)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (Sal Paolantonio)

ESPN’s team of commentators will provide updates and analysis throughout the three-day event across multiple platforms, and editions of ESPN’s NFL Insiders, NFL Live and SportsCenter will originate from Chicago beginning Thursday, April 30. Schedule:

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (April 30-May 2):

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thu, Apr 30 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special Presented by Golden Corral: Draft Countdown ESPN
8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Round 1) ESPN
Fri, May 1 2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
3:30-4:30 p.m. NFL Live Presented by NAPA ESPN
7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 2-3) ESPN2
Sat, May 2 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

*Schedule subject to change.     



Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s College Sports PR, while also working on ESPN soccer, Around the Horn, PTI and more. Previously oversaw communications for ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows.
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