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ABC, ESPN, NFL Network to broadcast draft


The 2020 NFL Draft will be presented across ABC, ESPN and NFL Network next Thursday through Saturday.

ESPN and NFL Network will combine to offer a singular presentation across both networks, while ABC will present its own distinctive, prime-time telecasts for rounds 1-3 Thursday night and Friday night, in addition to simulcasting the ESPN and NFL Network telecast of rounds 4-7 Saturday.

The 2020 NFL Draft telecasts—originally scheduled to be on-site in Las Vegas—will now originate from ESPN's Bristol, Conn., studios and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines and local workplace rules due to COVID-19. Draft hosts and a limited number of commentators will be in-studio while a majority of the analysts, reporters and other experts will contribute remotely from home studios. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will introduce the picks from his home.

As previously announced, the NFL Draft will also feature a "Draft-A-Thon" which will pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways—including raising funds for the work being done to combat the impact of COVID-19. Funds will help support six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts.

NFL Draft Schedule (April 23-25):
Thursday, April 23 (7-10:30 p.m. CT): NFL Draft, Round 1 -- ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

Friday, April 24 (6-10:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 -- ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

Saturday, April 25 (noon-6 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7 -- ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

ESPN and NFL Network
Trey Wingo will host all three days of ESPN's NFL Draft coverage, based in Bristol. Wingo will be joined remotely by ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland. NFL Network host Rich Eisen, analyst Daniel Jeremiah and Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner will also contribute remotely all three days. ESPN NFL host Suzy Kolber will conduct remote interviews with NFL draftees from an ESPN studio, and ESPN Senior NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be part of the three-day telecast, providing updates from their respective homes.

Hosts Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will lead ABC's prime-time presentation of the NFL Draft on April 23-24. Featuring analyst Todd McShay and college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and correspondent/feature reporter Tom Rinaldi, ABC will focus on storytelling and the journey draft prospects and their families have taken to get to the NFL. Davis, Palmer, Taylor and Rinaldi will be in-studio in Bristol. McShay will join Wingo and the ESPN/NFL Network crew for Rounds 4-7 Saturday.