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For the first time ever, the NFL Draft will include a college-themed broadcast

“College GameDay” will be part of the action.

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The 2018 NFL Draft gets started in April, and there are now more ways than ever to watch it all weekend. The NFL announced there will be multiple viewing options for the first couple of rounds, including the usual ESPN and NFL Network coverage.

Also new is ESPN2’s coverage, which will be exclusively college-themed, and it sounds pretty cool. Included on the channel will be the College GameDay crew, featuring Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack. Before night one of the draft on Thursday, April 26, there will be a two-hour College GameDay on ESPN, set from outside in Dallas. There will be additional reactions and analysis from college and NFL experts, including the GameDay crew once the draft starts, too:

On April 27, GameDay will have a one-hour special (5 p.m.) before the telecast of Rounds 2-3 airs on ESPN/ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

“ESPN has presented the NFL Draft for nearly 40 years and we take great pride in finding new and exciting ways to continue to elevate and differentiate our coverage,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and scheduling. “The draft is the perfect intersection of college football and the NFL, so giving fans the opportunity to experience Round 1 through the lens of College GameDay makes perfect sense. Building off the success of our NFL Wild Card and Pro Bowl simulcasts, we are also excited to present the NFL Draft on ABC for the first time with Saturday’s coverage of Rounds 4-7.”

Here’s a look at the full schedule:

Thursday, April 26

College GameDay, 5-7 p.m. ET


NFL Draft (Round 1), 8-11:30 p.m. ET


Friday, April 27

College GameDay, 5-6 p.m. ET


NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3), 7-11:30 p.m. ET


Saturday, April 28

NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7), 12-7 p.m. ET