Football fanatics across the globe have plenty of NFL draft viewing options, and that makes me wonder how many hardcore people out there will take advantage of it over the course of the next three days.
The draft now begins in primetime, starting at 8 p.m. tonight on the NFL Network. There’s also NFL Network coverage of rounds 2 and 3 starting at 7 p.m. Friday and rounds 4-7 starting at noon Saturday. If you’re bored on the NFL Network, you can switch over to ESPN’s family of networks to get even more of a fill.
Why all this coverage? Is it too excessive? Apparently not, based on all the resources the league, ESPN and other networks are putting into this draft. For example, the NFL Network will have a whopping 41-person roster of analysts, reporters, former coaches, former GMs and former players breaking the draft down. The network will also have “fan war rooms” and behind the scenes video leading up to picks.
Over at ESPN, the network will unleash plenty of analysts, former GMs, former players and former coaches, and will also present the first round, for the first time, in “limited comercial interruption.” According to an ESPN press release, coverage will include more than 250 highlight packages and footage from 23 cameras in and around New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
And, of course, you’ll find plenty of coverage here at detnews.com and in print throughout the weekend. We’ll be posting web updates as soon as possible from the Lions’s team facility in Allen Park. If you’re eager for a few quality stories to get into draft mode today, check these out:
1. My colleague Chris McCosky’s mock draft.
2. A New York Times look into draft fashion.
3. USA Today’s profile on Stanford “egghead” Andrew Luck.
4. An ESPN The Magazine feature on Robert Griffin III.
5. NFL draft odds from Vegas, courtesy of thespread.com.