TV presentation of draft takes shape

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As Peter King reported on Monday, the 2020 draft is expected to consist of a joint ESPN/NFL Network production televised by both networks. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post has added more details regarding an unprecedented broadcast that, given the present circumstances, could have unprecedented rantings.

Via Marchand, the draft will commence with the Commissioner announcing the first pick, either from his home, his office, or some other isolated location. (The better play will be for the Commissioner to announce the first pick from his home.) Then, ESPN’s Trey Wingo will, from the network’s Bristol studios (i.e., don’t expect any videos of any bears on Wingo’s porch), will set up the top draft analysts (Mel Kiper, Booger McFarland, Louis Riddick), each of whom will be in their homes.

They’ll give their takes on the first pick (presumably, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow), while the first pick films his reaction on a camera provided by the league. Next could be ESPN’s Suzy Kolber interviewing the pick via video link.

Whether team executives have cameras in their homes for the broadcast remains unresolved; some teams (like Cowboys owner/G.M. Jerry Jones) may be willing to do it, and others (like Patriots coach Bill Belichick) may take a “shove it up your bunghole” position if/when approached.

With NFL Network’s L.A. and New Jersey control rooms still shut down, ESPN will lead the way. Marchand explains that the broadcast will incorporate Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, and Daniel Jeremiah from NFL Network. Other NFL Network personnel could be added; for now, Eisen, Warner, and Jeremiah are the only ones who are definitely in.

ABC will, as it did last year, have its own broadcast that is geared more toward mainstream, casual fans. Rece Davis will host from ESPN’s Bristol studio, with Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack contributing from their homes.

The ESPN/ABC productions also could have a musical component, with musical acts contributing from the homes of the performers.

Marchand notes that the TV plans for the draft are subject to change. Which seems to be the applicable message to anything and everything currently happening in this new world reality: It all is and all will be subject to change.

30 responses to “TV presentation of draft takes shape

  1. If there’s no season, Burrows can go right back into the draft next April without missing games. He simply wouldn’t sign. Cinci is fully aware. Some people think they could take Herbert at 1 or trade back to get Herbert. The question no one can answer yet is if there will be a draft in a year if no college football is played and eligibility tolls.

  2. If Booger is a “top draft analyst”, then the four letter network is setting the bar pretty low.

  3. the Commissioner announcing the first pick, either from his home, his office, or some other isolated location. (The better play will be for the Commissioner to announce the first pick from his home.) Then, ESPN’s Trey Wingo will, from the network’s Bristol studios
    ______
    So you think the commissioner should stay home, but the reporter gets to go to his ‘office’….. Got it.

  4. If they trot out Booger McFaralnd, no way I will watch or listen, I will find another way to get my NFL/Draft fix in realtime.

    Please, anyone listening who is a broadcaster to network….NOT ONE FAN LIKES BOOGER.

    Makes Witten and Dennis Miller look like John Madden.

  5. Can’t wait to see those delusional Raiders fans act like their draft picks are better than known talent they let walk from their team!

    Amari and Khalil are laughing at the Raiders!

    #FleecedRaiderNation

  6. I do not want to see musical acts performing. I use to watch the draft when it was first broadcast. It was fine when it was plain and simple.

  7. Think I’d rather watch the draft with the sound off than listen to Booger. How can people who program networks be so blind

  8. Belicheat will be ZOOMed in watching 31 different screens at his house. So he won’t want anyone to see what he is doing.

  9. Really, just make the player highlights longer. Most of the time, the highlights are short, I’m just hoping for longer player highlights, so we can really see what these players have done.

  10. Booger is better at college ball than he is at NFL by a long shot (you could say the same thing about ESPN just in general), but after his most recent performance as part of that Monday Night disaster, it’d probably be best to keep him away from pro football for a while. Let that memory blow over.

  11. McFarland is annoying because he never knows what he’s talking about. You can tell he has a few quotes rehearsed, but he just forces them in there. Riddick is pleasant to listen to. He’s ready on the ears. Kiper is just a beauty. I love the guy. I’ll just have the volume on low, and read the picks. I don’t know who’s running ESPN, but they must be clueless. Get Herbstreit. He knows college football better than anyone.

  12. “Belicheat will be ZOOMed in watching 31 different screens at his house. So he won’t want anyone to see what he is doing.”

    So you think Belichick is somehow going to install 31 video cams in the 31 other GM’s homes?

    By god you’re right! He’s going to use his Hoodie Of Invisibility with its patented teleport feature. He’ll teleport into each of the other GM’s home in the middle of the next few nights, hack their internet, and install invisible cameras.

    SMH

  13. Booger McFarland: “With the #1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU QB, Joe Burrow.
    That means the Washington Redskins are on deck with the next pick as two follows one, back to your kitchen, Mel.”

  14. “… in this new world reality…”

    It’s a temporary world reality.

    Let’s have a juice box and calm down. Heyyy…. are you Okkkkk

  15. Roger should announce the 1st pick at home, sitting in a large chair, partially hidden from view, stroking a white cat.

  16. Shout out to Floria,

    How about some two round drafts about the draft between you, Simms, King, and Charleen?

    Possible topics for the the drafts.

    1) Biggest “Gapiing Hole” that needs to be filled by the draft. We all know teams have holes, so which team has the biggest need to fill a particular hole by the draft. All the teams say they will draft the “best player available”, but realistically only the teams with few or no holes can afford to do that (which actually means the best teams who select later in the first and subsequent rounds).

    2) First position to have “a run.” We all know teams get antsy about a postion when a guy they covet gets taken off the board and like dominoes the other players in that position start to fall. So which position will likely have the first run?

    3) Which team is positioned to be most/least improved after the draft?

  17. The draft is always a crap shoot anyways. You have players that have TREMENDOUS talent and flame out after a few years because they get stupid with there money and fame. And then a 6th round draft is the greatest QB ever. I so hopes he stays healthy and rolls on with his career. He is a once in a lifetime player. All I know he is a maniac on game day. Win or die. He goes nuts. That is called a leader. I can’t wait to see what Tampa Bay does this year. If he’s playing, my tv will find him. Why not? He is all that.

  18. Raidersgotfleecedandtheirfanscan’tletitgo says:
    April 7, 2020 at 5:44 pm
    Can’t wait to see those delusional Raiders fans act like their draft picks are better than known talent they let walk from their team!

    Amari and Khalil are laughing at the Raiders!

    #FleecedRaiderNation

    ————————————

    Raiders 24 Bears 21. You think Khalil and his 3 tackles (2 as the Raiders were running out the clock) was laughing at the Raiders that day ?

    #youhavenoclue

  19. Have one or two analysts and don’t talk over the pics in the background in the later rounds!

  20. the draft broadcast has become too bloated with nonsense. This scaled down version will probably be the best coverage of the picks in years.

  21. 32 picks in round 1. lets see….this should take about 32 minutes. Then we can all get back to our lives. No, wait.

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