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Kirk Herbstreit Will Replace Jon Gruden For ESPN's 1st Round NFL Draft Coverage

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Kirk Herbstreit will be getting a new role for ESPN this spring.

This morning, the Worldwide Leader announced that Herbstreit will take Jon Gruden's place for the network's first-round NFL Draft coverage on April 26. Gruden is now the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Trey Wingo will host as usual, with draft analyst Mel Kiper and NFL analyst Louis Riddick also joining Herbstreit on the broadcast.

Herbstreit has been a mainstay on ESPN's College GameDay since 1996. He also calls prime time games for ABC and ESPN.

It will be interesting to hear his perspective on the various picks that night because he covered most of these players in college.

“After we talked about my role, I was pumped up,” Herbstreit told the AP's Ralph Russo. “I’m going to stay in my lane and let Mel and Louis and Trey kind of say, ‘Hey, the Broncos really need to do this.’ I’ll kind of be more of breaking down some of the prospects from a college football perspective. Once they told me I was doing that and not projecting ... I’m not into that at all.”

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The first round will take place on Thursday, April 26 with the second and third rounds the following day.

The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 28 with rounds 4-7.