Kirk Herbstreit will join ESPN’s NFL draft coverage

Kirk Herbstreit’s role at ESPN just expanded to the professional ranks.

On Thursday, ESPN announced Herbstreit will be replacing Jon Gruden on the network’s opening night covering of the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26. He’ll join host Trey Wingo, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick to provide context around the first-round selections.

The move comes more than a month after Gruden took the Oakland Raiders head coaching job.

Herbstreit, who played quarterback at Ohio State from 1989-93, joined ESPN’s “College GameDay” show in 1996 and subsequently became the lead analyst for the “Saturday Night College Football” telecast. He’s well-versed on the top draft prospects having covered their college careers, which he hopes will show when he makes his draft coverage debut April 26.

“I’m going to stay in my lane and let Mel and Louis and Trey kind of say, ‘Hey, the Broncos really need to do this,'” Herbstreit said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I’ll kind of be more of breaking down some of the prospects from a college football perspective.”

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