2011 NFL Draft Viewing Guide: NFL Network or ESPN?

NFL Network:

The NFL Network is going all out. Here’s a breakdown of their on-air talent for Draft Weekend
Red Carpet interviewers, round 1: Michelle Beisner, Charles Davis (who’ll also be doing studio work).

On-site reports and war room cameras:
Brian Baldinger (Washington)
Albert Breer (Buffalo)
Stacey Dales (Foxborough)
Alex Flanagan (Dallas)
Kara Henderson (Denver)
Randy Moss (Arizona)
Solomon Wilcots (Cincinnati)
Ari Wolfe (Minnesota)
Steve Wyche (Carolina)

The NFL Network will also have dispatches at Green Bay, Atlanta, Seattle, and Florham Park, New Jersey (for the Jets).

Draft coverage hosts and guests: Mike Mayock, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, North Carolina head coach Butch Davis, Notre Dame head coach Bryan Kelly, Charles Davis, Paul Burmeister, Brian Billick, Michael Lombardi, Gil Brandt, Scott Hanson, Torry Holt, Tom Waddle, Jamie Dukes, Steve Mariucci, Brian Baldinger, Charlie Casserly, Solomon Wilcots, and Bucky Brooks.

Draft coverage hosts and guests, rounds 1, 2 and 3: Chris Berman, Mel Kiper, and Jon Gruden.
Insiders: Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
Green room interviewer, round 1 (and maybe 2 or 3 if one of the 25 players slips to the second round or if she interviews ex-players): Suzy Kolber.

Draft coverage hosts and guests, rounds 4-7: Trey Wingo, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and Trent Dilfer, Suzy Kolber, Herm Edwards, Tedy Bruschi, and Ron Jaworski.

Both ESPN and NFL Network will also likely have cameras at various houses of players who did not go to NY.

ESPNU will have draft coverage, too. Their coverage will be hosted by Lowell Galindo with these listed guests as well as interviews with the players’ respective head and assistant coaches from their NCAA teams.

Round 1, 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET: Urban Meyer & Jesse Palmer
Rounds 2-3, 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM ET: Bob Davie, Desmond Howard & Jesse Palmer
Rounds 4-7, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET: Bob Davie & Jesse Palmer

I recommend the NFL Network’s coverage, due to the strengths of Michael Irvin, Mike Mayock and Nick Saban.

Enjoy, and may your team take every player you like in each round!

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2 Responses to “2011 NFL Draft Viewing Guide: NFL Network or ESPN?”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    Two words: Jon Gruden.

  2. Chris Bach says:

    Yeah, everyone was excited to see him last year but his vocal chords were done.

    I’ll stick with NFL Network mostly.