ESPN’s 2017 Round 1 NFL Draft Telecast Delivers 4.8 Overnight Rating.
ESPN’s 2017 Monday Night Football schedule will feature all 12 NFL playoff teams from last season and nine divisional matchups.
-Round 1: First Hour Airs with Limited Commercial Interruption; New Host Trey Wingo
-ESPN’s Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Louis Riddick Return as Analysts
-NFL Insiders, NFL Live, Mike & Mike, First Take and OTL Will Originate from Philadelphia
ESPN will air SportsCenter Special: 2017 NFL Schedule Release on Thursday, April 20, from 8-10 p.m. ET. The two-hour primetime program will be timed to the National Football League’s announcement of the 2017 regular-season schedule – all 256 games. The program will also be streamed live via WatchESPN.
Trey Wingo will anchor ESPN’s entire three days of coverage for the first time. In Round 1, Wingo’s fellow commentators include Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden and Louis Riddick. In Rounds 2-7, Todd McShay will join Wingo, Kiper and Riddick.
Buccaneers at Jaguars (Aug. 17) and Giants at Browns (Aug. 21)
ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Draft Issue, on newsstands April 14, features an in-depth Q&A with Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, the consensus No. 1 pick. He talks football, poetry, dinosaurs and ‘80s rock while promising to leave his mark on NFL history and torment any team that dares pass him up on Draft Day. (He’s looking at you, Cleveland.) The issue also features profiles on North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, one of the top quarterbacks available, and UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley, a likely first-rounder who found football success despite being abandoned by both parents as a child. We’ll also have Jon Gruden’s take on the five top QBs in the draft, a first-round Mock Draft by our ESPN Insiders Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., and more.
ESPN will debut more than 20 hours of original NFL and NFL Draft-related programming on Tuesday, April 11, highlighted by the eighth season of Gruden’s QB Camp and the debut of the new multi-platform original series We The Fans: Section 250.
Former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is joining ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
With Chris Berman moving into a new role in 2017, Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder and Trey Wingo will assume his previous host responsibilities on ESPN’s NFL studio coverage.