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ESPN goes deep inside NFL Draft

by Mel Bracht Published: April 24, 2009
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ESPN will treat the suspense of the NFL Draft much like a reality show, with lots of close-ups of players as they react to being selected.

Cameras will be stationed with a record 19 players for the first round, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, including nine in the green room.


"It’s the ultimate reality show where college players win the grand prize of going to the NFL, and we get to see it in our living rooms,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Jay Rothman said.

Among the players with cameras focused on them are the top four running backs — Chris "Beanie” Wells (Ohio State), Knowshon Moreno (Georgia), Donald Brown (Connecticut) and LeShon McCoy (Pittsburgh) — and five players represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus who will watch the draft together in Pennsylvania.

On Day 2 (coverage begins at 9 a.m. Sunday), Texas wide receiver Quan Cosby will watch the draft with comedian Bill Cosby at a theater in Englewood, N.J., where he will perform that night. Bill Cosby was impressed with Quan’s play in the Fiesta Bowl, and they struck up a friendship.

For the first time, NFL Network reporters Steve Wyche and Brian Baldinger actually will be inside the war rooms of St. Louis and San Francisco, respectively, and the network will have a camera inside the Green Bay war room.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Draft notebook
→USC quarterback Mark Sanchez’s stock is on the rise, and he could go as high as No. 4. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said, "Had he gone back (to college), he would have been battling Sam Bradford to be the No. 1 pick overall.” ESPN’s Todd McShay said, "He just has an infectious attitude. He loves the game.”

→Former Kansas City coach Herm Edwards will be part of ESPN’s coverage.

→For the second year in a row, teams have only 10 minutes to make their first-round pick. The limit is seven minutes for the second round and five minutes for rounds 3-7.

→ESPN’s coverage will be in HD for the first time.

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