NASHVILLE – The NFL Draft is coming to town, and ABC and ESPN are sending some of their top talent to Nashville.
College GameDay's Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis and crew will headline the 2019 NFL Draft coverage on ABC, along with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.
Monday Night Football's Booger McFarland will be on ESPN's NFL Draft main set for Round 1.
The NFL Draft is set for April 25-27 in Nashville.
Herbstreit, who lives in Nashville, will team with Davis and their eight-time Sports Emmy Award-winning College GameDay crew for the draft on ABC, on Thursday, April 25 (7-10:30 p.m., CDT) and Friday, April 26 (6-10:30 p.m., CDT), live coast-to-coast on The ABC Television Network and via streaming. McFarland will make his NFL Draft debut on ESPN's main set for Round 1 on Thursday.
ABC will be airing the event in its entirety for the first time, while ESPN will be televising the draft for the 40th consecutive year.
The NFL Draft will also air on NFL Network and be streamed via NFL digital properties.
"ABC and ESPN plans for the NFL Draft are more ambitious than ever with distinct prime-time telecasts across multiple networks featuring many of our most recognizable commentators from the NFL and college football," said Lee Fitting, ESPN vice president of production. "From Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and our College GameDay crew, joined by sports broadcasting Hall of Famer Robin Roberts and other special guests on ABC, to Trey Wingo and the team of NFL experts and insiders on ESPN, we will cover the festivities in Nashville from every angle."
Trey Wingo will host Round 1 for the third year, with NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., covering his 36th draft, and NFL analysts Louis Riddick, and McFarland. NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and NFL host Suzy Kolber will also contribute to Thursday's prime-time telecast.
On Friday and Saturday, McShay will join Wingo, Kiper and Riddick at the main set for Rounds 2-7.
ABC will provide coverage for Rounds 1-3 in prime time that focuses on the journey of the NFL Draft prospects, as viewers go up close and personal to understand the part their families play in their success and the hard work involved in attempting to become an NFL Draft selection, per a new release from ESPN.
In addition, ABC broadcasts will center on the energy and excitement of the complete event, as coverage will include celebrity appearances and other nods to the host city of Nashville, according to the release.
On ABC's prime-time broadcasts, April 25 at 7 p.m. CDT and April 26 at 6 p.m. CDT, Davis and Herbstreit will be joined by analysts Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, and reporter Tom Rinadi.
The 2019 NFL Draft on ABC will also feature Good Morning America's Roberts, ESPN's Jesse Palmer, and Maria Taylor, and a number of special guests to be announced, including Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. ABC will simulcast ESPN's telecast of Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 11 a.m. CDT.
Thursday, April 25 (7-10:30 p.m. CDT): NFL Draft, Round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Friday, April 26 (6-10:30 p.m. CDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Saturday, April 27 (11 a.m-6 p.m. CDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 4–7 – ABC (simulcast of ESPN telecast), ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio.
Popular ESPN programs like Golic and Wingo, Get Up!, First Take, NFL Live, College GameDay and more also will originate from Nashville. A complete schedule is forthcoming.
TitansOnline.com looks back at some of the team's #1 draft picks over the years. (AP Photos)