For college football fans looking for a little love during the 2018 NFL Draft, there's no need to worry... because ESPN has you covered.
According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, ESPN will produce multiple College GameDay shows from the NFL Draft this year that will air on its sister network. The move marks a huge first for the popular show.
According to Ourand, the Draft has been a solid ratings performer for ESPN since the network started broadcasting the event back in 1980. The inclusion of GameDay is part of nearly 26 hours of pre-draft coverage and the GameDay crew will provide draft analysis from a college angle.
Here's more from Ourand:
Rece Davis will host from a set from the NFL Draft Experience outside AT&T Stadium alongside regulars Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. The shows will run as pre-Draft shows April 26 (two hours) and April 27 (one hour). Starting at 8:00pm on April 26, the “GameDay” crew will move to ESPN2 to cover the Draft from a more college football-centric view. That show will be produced alongside a more traditional NFL Draft telecast on ESPN, hosted by Trey Wingo, Mel Kiper, Jr., Louis Riddick and Herbstreit.
The move makes a lot of sense and fans seemed psyched:
The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft will take place on Thursday, April 26th at 8 p.m. ET. All seven rounds of the draft will simulcast on ESPN and NFL Network. Meanwhile, according to Andrew Marchand of the NYPost.com, Fox is trying to position itself to be "the new place to be" for the Draft by including lead game analyst Troy Aikman in its simulcast of the NFL Network's coverage.
This year also marks the first time the draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.