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Kirk Herbstreit Is Missing The Draft Due To A Health Issue

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 23: ABC football analyst Kirk Herbstreit looks on before the college football game between the Oregon Ducks and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 23, 2019 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

This year's ESPN draft coverage will be missing a key analyst tonight.

Earlier this week, veteran TV personality Kirk Herbstreit revealed that he'd be missing the 2022 NFL Draft due to a recent health issue. The 52-year-old analyst has a blood clot, but "feels good" and is only missing the draft out of "an abundance of caution."

"Unfortunately I will not be able to come out to Vegas and be a part of this year's coverage," Herbstreit said in a Twitter video on Monday. "Doctors have recently found a blood clot in my system. I'm very fortunate to have really good doctors that I trust. I feel good. But out of an abundance of caution, I think I'm just gonna take a step back from this year's draft coverage.

"... I'm just sad I won't be able to be out there. But I'll be watching like everybody else. Look forward to seeing all the storylines unfold. I will see you guys at next year's draft."

Another veteran draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., will be covering all three days of the event remotely.

Tonight's draft coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ABC.