ESPN Commentators for the 2016 NFL Draft

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ESPN Commentators for the 2016 NFL Draft

NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick Joins ESPN’s Main Set for Rounds 1-7
Chris Berman and Trey Wingo Host; Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay Serve as Analysts

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ESPN will televise the NFL Draft for the 37th consecutive year beginning Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m. ET. Rounds 1-3 (Thursday and Friday) will be presented in primetime from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and Rounds 4-7 (Saturday) will originate from ESPN’s outdoor set in nearby Grant Park. For the fifth year in a row, the first hour of Round 1 will be presented with limited commercial interruption.

Covering his 36th draft, Chris Berman will host Round 1 with veteran NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. (his 33rd), Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, and NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick. Riddick made his NFL Draft television debut in 2015 and will appear on ESPN’s main set for the entirety of the event.

Also, NFL Insider Adam Schefter will provide reports and NFL host Suzy Kolber will interview draftees. ESPN bureau reporters Josina Anderson, Bob Holtzman, Britt McHenry, Sal Paolantonio, Shelley Smith and Ed Werder will contribute to the telecast reporting from team sites.

On Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, Trey Wingo will host Rounds 2-7 with Kiper, Riddick, Schefter and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay.

Additionally, ESPN Radio will broadcast Rounds 1-3 with host Dari Nowkhah, NFL Front Office Insider Bill Polian and NFL Insider John Clayton. Freddie Coleman and Ian Fitzsimmons will provide post-draft analysis Thursday and Friday at 11:30 p.m.

Surrounding the NFL Draft telecast, editions of SportsCenter, NFL Insiders, NFL Live, Mike & Mike and First Take will originate from Chicago beginning Thursday, April 28. Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Thu, Apr 28 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown ESPN
8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Round 1) ESPN,
ESPN Radio
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
Fri, Apr 29 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/ESPN2,
ESPN Radio
Sat, Apr 30 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7) ESPN


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

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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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