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 (ESPN.com), 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.