ESPN plans faster yet deep NFL Draft coverage

by Mel Bracht Modified: April 25, 2008 at 6:17 am •  Published: April 25, 2008

Rothman said he hopes the network will still supply a lot of analysis and debate.

"We found that fans love debate. They want banter about their team.”

Of course, that means a lot of Mel Kiper Jr., reeling off his encylopedic memory with details on every draft choice.

A good addition this year is Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN's best college analyst, who will provide a different perspective from the second set.

On Sunday, "Around the Horn's” Tony Reali will moderate a panel of NFL writers — Jeffri Chadiha and Michael Smith (, Charean Williams (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and Steve Wyche (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) — as they debate the draft's winners and losers.

The NFL Network (Cox 252) also will have extensive coverage, headed by host Rich Eisen and draft expert Mike Mayock.

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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