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NFL Nation Mock Draft Debuts on ESPN; College GameDay Built by The Home Depot and NFL Draft Countdown Precede ESPN’s 39th Presentation of the NFL Draft

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ESPN is presenting more than 40 hours of original NFL programming in advance of the 2018 NFL Draft, including the following shows, which debut this week:

SportsCenter Special: NFL Nation Mock Draft
April 24: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Wendi Nix hosts this 90-minute special where ESPN NFL Nation reporters make Round 1 selections for the teams they cover. NFL Front Office Insider Bill Polian and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay analyze the picks. The NFL Nation Mock Draft will be available on ESPN.com following the show. 

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot
April 26: 5 p.m., ESPN
Rece Davis hosts College GameDay Built by The Home Depot’s first show ever from the NFL Draft with Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi. Joey Galloway and Booger McFarland will also join the show. This will be the first of two special editions of College GameDay from the NFL Draft Experience outside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

NFL Draft Countdown
April 26: 7 p.m., ESPN
NFL Draft host Trey Wingo anchors an hour-long Countdown leading into Round 1 with Kirk Herbstreit, Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick, Todd McShay, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Suzy Kolber. Wingo also hosts NFL Draft Countdown (6 p.m.) on Friday, April 27, leading into Round 2.

Draft Academy
Now Available Exclusively on ESPN+; Episode 6 Debuts April 26
Draft Academy, an eight-episode ESPN original series featuring top NFL Draft prospects, is available exclusively on ESPN+. The first five episodes are available now on ESPN+, and episode 6 debuts Thursday, April 26. The six players profiled include Sam Darnold (USC QB); Josh Allen (Wyoming QB); Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama DB); Shaquem Griffin (Central Florida LB); Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame WR); and Kyle Allen (Houston QB).

New episodes of Hey Rookie, Inside The EA SPORTS Madden Ultimate League and NFL Matchup: Draft Special also debut this week, and special two-hour editions of NFL Live will originate from the NFL Draft Experience in Arlington on Thursday and Friday, April 26-27 (3-5 p.m., ESPN).

Following the 2018 NFL Draft:

EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 Bowl
April 28: 7 p.m., ESPN2
The biggest NFL esports competition, Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League, culminates in a thrilling showdown live from the NFL Draft, where top competitors will vie for a chance to be crowned the first-ever Ultimate League champion and to take home a hefty share of the $500,000 prize. 

SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades
April 29: 8 p.m., ESPN2
Jac Collinsworth hosts this two-hour draft review with NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi and national NFL insider Dan Graziano. Coinciding with the show, Kiper’s 2018 NFL Draft Grades and McShay’s Best Picks will be available on ESPN.com.

Upcoming Original NFL Draft Programming:

Date Time (ET) Show Network(s)
Tue, Apr 24 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim Sunglasses: NFL Nation Mock Draft ESPN
9:30 p.m. Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL (Episode 3) ESPN
10 p.m. SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim Sunglasses: Best of QB2QB with Russell Wilson ESPN
10 p.m. Inside The EA SPORTS Madden Ultimate League: 4th & Inches ESPN2
10:30 p.m. NFL Matchup: Draft Special (Episode 2) ESPN2
Thu, Apr 26 Draft Academy (Episode 6) ESPN+
6 a.m. Golic and Wingo ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS*
3 p.m. NFL Live presented by Corona Extra ESPN
5 p.m. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot ESPN
7 p.m. NFL Draft Countdown presented by ZipRecruiter ESPN
8 p.m. 2018 NFL Draft presented by Courtyard

(Round 1)

ESPN, ESPN Radio
8 p.m. College Football Primetime at The NFL Draft presented by Courtyard (Round 1) ESPN2
8 p.m. 2018 NFL Draft (Round 1 in Spanish) ESPN Deportes
Fri, Apr 27 6 a.m. Golic and Wingo ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS*
3 p.m. NFL Live presented by Corona Extra ESPN
5 p.m. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot ESPN
6 p.m. NFL Draft Countdown presented by ZipRecruiter ESPN
7 p.m. 2018 NFL Draft presented by Courtyard

(Rounds 2-3)

ESPN/ESPN2,

ESPN Radio

7 p.m. 2018 NFL Draft (Round 2 in Spanish) ESPN App
Sat, Apr 28 12 p.m. 2018 NFL Draft presented by Courtyard (Rounds 4-7) ESPN, ABC
7 p.m. EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 Bowl  ESPN2
Sun, Apr 29 8 p.m. SportsCenter Special presented by Maui Jim Sunglasses: Draft Grades ESPN2
Tue, May 1 8:30 p.m. Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL (Episode 4) ESPN
Thu, May 3 Draft Academy (Episodes 7-8) ESPN+

 

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