Let’s face it. You probably haven’t thought about Chris Berman in a while. Yet, he always seems to pop up when it’s time for a big event. This is one of those times. The annual NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting as it’s officially known within NFL circles, will be held later this month in Chicago (Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 29) and as he has for 36 years, Berman will be back leading ESPN’s coverage of the 1st round. There was a time when he hosted the entire draft, but those days are gone.

The venerable Trey Wingo will host Days 2 and 3 on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 for Rounds 2-7.

Sitting with Berman for the 1st round will be draft expert mainstay Mel Kiper, Jr. who doesn’t seem to age or have a single wrinkle in his skin. Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden will also be on the main set with Boomer and Kiper. And joining the Day 1 set and remaining with the coverage for the entire three days in Chicago will be front office analyst Louis Riddick. His analysis was highly praised when he was on ESPN’s coverage for the 1st round in 2015 so the Worldwide Leader thought it would behoove the network to keep him for all three days to give his expertise as a former scout and director of pro personnel in Washington and Philadelphia.

For Days 2 and 3, Wingo will be joined by Riddick, Kiper and Todd McShay.

Also on hand at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre will be Suzy Kolber to conduct player interviews and insider Adam Schefter will provide information on picks, but he won’t spoil them ahead of time.

Here’s ESPN’s schedule for the NFL Draft:


It’s a lot of content, but ESPN will have plenty of people to provide the sounds and the pageantry of the Annual Player Selection Meeting.



About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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