Kirk Herbstreit’s role at ESPN just expanded to the professional ranks.
On Thursday, ESPN announced Herbstreit will replace Jon Gruden on the network’s coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26. He will join host Trey Wingo, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL front office insider Louis Riddick to provide context about the first-round selections.
Gruden left ESPN in January to become coach of the Oakland Raiders.
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) February 22, 2018
Herbstreit, who played quarterback at Ohio State from 1989 to ’93, joined ESPN’s College GameDay show in 1996 and subsequently became the lead analyst for the ABC/ESPN Saturday night college football telecast. He is well-versed on the top draft prospects, having covered their college careers, which he hopes will show when he makes his draft-coverage debut.
“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.”