ESPN's draft coverage plan

Chris Berman and Mel Kiper, Jr., will lead a team of analysts and reporters for ESPN's 29th year of covering the NFL Draft April 26-27.

ESPN's 16 hours of live coverage over two days will be supplemented by Draft-related content on multiple ESPN platforms throughout the weekend, including ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS and ESPN.com.

Berman and Kiper, working their 28th and 25th NFL Drafts for ESPN, respectively, will be teamed with analysts Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Young, and NFL insider Chris Mortensen at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Day 1. Monday Night Football's Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski will also be joined by College GameDay's Kirk Herbstreit to provide on-site commentary, while reporter Suzy Kolber will conduct "green room" interviews with all the top prospects invited to the Draft.

SportsCenter Special: On the Clock at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 26, will kickoff ESPN's comprehensive coverage. The four-hour program will include NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Merril Hoge and Tom Jackson, ESPN Scouts Inc. director of college scouting Todd McShay, and ESPN.com's Michael Smith in Bristol, Conn., as well as reporters around the league, before the focus shifts to Radio City Music Hall when the NFL Draft telecast will begin at its new time of 3 p.m.

ESPN's Day 1 coverage will last until the conclusion of round 2. ESPN will televise all eight hours on Sunday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) with Wingo hosting from New York for the first time with Carter, Jaworski, Kiper and Mortensen. In Bristol, Around the Horn's Tony Reali will moderate a panel of NFL writers -- Jeffri Chadiha and Smith (ESPN.com), Charean Williams (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) and Steve Wyche (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) – as they discuss and debate winners and losers and the Draft's biggest stories.

What's New in 2008:

Four-hour SportsCenter Special: On the Clock (Saturday, 11 a.m.);

New NFL Draft start time (3 p.m.);

College GameDay‘s Kirk Herbstreit with Tirico and Jaworski at Radio City Music Hall on Day 1;

New analyst Cris Carter to contribute both days, including from Radio City on Day 2;


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