And the winner of NFL Draft coverage is… ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit

And the winner of the NFL Draft is… ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
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Working his first NFL Draft, the College GameDay analyst outshined more experienced draft TV veterans on ESPN. With his in-depth knowledge of college players, and easy confidence on camera, Herbstreit was a big improvement from the late, unlamented Jon Gruden. His performance made some viewers wonder what took ESPN so long to add him to its draft coverage?

If one of these guys separated themselves, based on their evaluations, in my mind it is Baker Mayfield, Herbstreit said before the Browns made their pick. It’s not just that he scrambles around and makes plays. This guy can sit in the pocket 鈥?and he’s the most accurate of any of these quarterbacks in this draft. And he brings all the intangibles that you want. Forget the off-the-field issues, in my opinion. [He’s] not Johnny Manziel. This kid is a proven winner.
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Over on rival Fox/NFL Network simulcast, the consensus was USC’s Sam Darnold would go No. 1. Troy Aikman, Herbstreit’s fellow draft TV rookie, thought the Mayfield rumors were a smoke-screen.

Said Aikman: I think the guy who Antoine Morand Jersey is the safest pick for them, who checks most of the boxes is Sam Darnold. I think he does everything very, very well.

Don’t be surprised if three centers go off the board in the first round. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently acknowledged going back to the tape for a deeper study of Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow, whose stock in rising in NFL war rooms.

He seems to be a lock to go in the first round, Rapoport added on NFL Up to the Minute , which is something if you told me two weeks ago I never would have believed it.

Mens Carlos Ruiz Jersey Iowa’s James Daniels (No. 17) and Ragnow (No. 19) are both ranked high on NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock’s list of the top 100 prospects in the 2018 draft. Ohio State’s Billy Price , who suffered a partially torn pectoral at the scouting combine, comes in at No. 45.

Another player on the rise is Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith , whom Rapoport believes might have the most unanimously approved game film in the draft. Smith is the name Jeremiah keeps hearing over and over again for the Colts at No. 6.