In twelve hours, the buildup will finally be over and the 2013 NFL Draft will begin. As has been the case in recent years, the two main options for following the draft live on television are the NFL Network and ESPN. We present to you the full TV schedule of draft events for the two networks for the entire day of round one.
|10:00 AM||Path to the Draft||"Path To The Draft" - Path to the Draft previews Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft, providing in-depth analysis on prospective draft choices, plus breakdowns of each team's needs.|
|12:00 PM||NFL Draft Pre-Show||"2013 NFL Draft Kickoff" - A LIVE preview of Round 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft in primetime from Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY.|
|7:00 PM||NFL Draft||"2013 NFL Draft" - Round 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft LIVE in primetime from Radio City Music Hall.|
Note: all times are Central
That's right, the NFL Network starts coverage of nothing but the draft a full nine hours before the Kansas City Chiefs go on the clock. Sports Illustrated has confirmed that Rich Eisen will be the primary studio host and Mike Mayock will serve as the lead draft analyst for the network, along with a number of other analysts including Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, and Steve Mariucci live on set during the broadcast.
|2:00 PM||SportsCenter Special: On the Clock|
|3:00 PM||NFL Live|
|4:00 PM||SportsCenter Special: On the Clock|
|6:30 PM||SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown|
|7:00 PM||NFL Draft|
As the network that first brought draft coverage to the masses, ESPN is not focusing its entire attention on the NFL until the early afternoon, and will have "just" five hours of pre-draft coverage. Sports Illustrated also reports that the usual suspects will be on the set for the draft's first round: Chris Berman will host with Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper, Jr. providing analysis.
We at Acme Packing Company will have draft coverage throughout the entire day leading up to Roger Goodell's first appearance on the podium at Radio City Music Hall shortly after 7:00 PM Central time.