When Jon Gruden was named the head coach for the Oakland Raiders in January, it brought an end to his annual “QB Camp” series, where he interviewed the top prospects going into the NFL Draft. However, ESPN has found a replacement for Gruden, and that man is none other than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
ESPN announced on Wednesday that Wilson will be the new host of the show, which will now be called “QB2QB.” The limited series will have four, 30-minute episodes and will follow the same concept as Gruden’s show.
Each episode will feature Wilson interviewing a different prospect. The four players that will appear on the show are Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. The episode with Barkley will be branded as “QB2RB,” according to the ESPN article.
“Jon Gruden’s QB Camp was one of my favorite experiences of the NFL draft process because it helped prepare me for some of the physical and mental demands of playing in the NFL,” Wilson said in a statement in the article.
“Now, I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet Baker, Saquon, Mason and J.T. to try to help them get ready for the next level as part of ESPN’s QB2QB,” Wilson added. “At the same time, I look forward to feeding off their energy and excitement as I prepare myself for the new experiences that await me this season.”
According to the ESPN article, Wilson will talk with the players about several different football-related topics, including the transition from colleges to the pros, building relationship with teammates and coaches and being the face of an NFL franchise.
All four of the series’ episodes will premiere on April 17.