The only sporting event happening in April due to the coronavirus pandemic gives fans a bit of relief. The virtual exhibition is set to begin on Thursday, April 23, and have its final whistle on Saturday, April 25.
The NFL Draft is an affair to charity and will air on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network. ABC will have a separate broadcast on Thursday and Friday and will simulcast on Saturday, along with ESPN and NFL Network.
Only the hosts and a restricted number of commentators will be in the studio due to social distancing. The selections will be made communicating through several virtual platforms like Zoom and Skype. The host of the show will be Trey Wingo from the ESPN studios in Bristol and will appear on ESPN and the NFL Network. Rece Davis, Maria Taylor, and Jesse Palmer will lead the broadcast for ABC. Todd McShay will be on ABC for Thursday and Friday and will join the ESPN crew on Saturday. Mel Kiper Jr will be on ESPN and the NFL network on all three days.
The format of the selection remains the same as in previous years, but the selection process turns out to be different. Round 1 will happen on Thursday, Round 2, and 3 on Friday and Round 4 on Saturday. The time for each round has no change.
The draft amount will tribute to health workers and will give back to six national nonprofits. The draft is ready to happen next week, and it will be the second year, the Walt Disney Company works with the NFL.