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Thursday, February 1
NFL Draft on Tap

For the 21st consecutive year, ESPN will present live coverage of the NFL Draft, this year April 15-16 from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. A combined 17 hours by ESPN and ESPN2 will be complemented by comprehensive day-long coverage by ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and For the first time, ESPN reporters, "War-Room Cam" and video-conferencing technology will provide live coverage from all 31 team headquarters. Additionally, ESPN and ESPN2 coverage will provide continually updated on-screen coverage, complete Draft updates and whip-arounds at the bottom of each hour, as well as enhanced online elements via throughout the weekend. ESPN and ESPN2's telecast schedule follows:

Saturday, April 15
ESPN - Noon-7 p.m.
ESPN2 - 7-10 p.m. (approximate end of 3rd round)

Sunday, April 16
ESPN - 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
ESPN2 - 1-6 p.m. (approximate end of Draft -- 7 rounds)


* WAR-ROOM CAM -- will provide a behind-the-scenes perspective from inside the Draft headquarters of the Washington Redskins

* VIDEO CONFERENCING -- ESPN will provide instant one-on-one interviews with coaches and top personnel from 24 teams from around the league.

* HOURLY UPDATES/WHIP-AROUNDS -- For the third year, ESPN and ESPN2 will provide a comprehensive review of the Draft at the bottom of each hour. Segments will feature up-to-the-minute updates complemented by a whip-around to all of ESPN?s reporters across the country.

* BOTTOM LINE -- The ESPNEWS "Bottom Line" will appear across the bottom of the screen on ESPN and ESPN2 listing up-to-the-minute selections. The "Bottom Line" will feature the "Pick Clock" which shows which team is selecting and how much time is remaining.


* IN THE CROSSHAIRS -- this segment will showcase five top prospects: LaVar Arrington (Penn State), Courtney Brown (Penn State), Chad Pennington (Marshall), Thomas Jones (Virginia) and Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech).

* ISSUES & ANSWERS -- a variety of topics will be discussed by our team of NFL experts, including team dynasties, coaching legends, the character of today's NFL players and the new winning formula in the NFL.

* ON-THE-CLOCK POLL -- Internet users will have the opportunity to test their front office skills by making their own selections for each team "on the clock." On-screen data will provide extensive team-by-team facts as well as results from the user polls.

* BEST AVAILABLE -- ESPN?s coverage will feature continually updated on-screen information revealing Mel Kiper?s "best available" players.

* IN THE ZONE -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers Personnel Director Tom Donahoe and various NFL players will analyze the Draft live on-line at from the ESPN Zone in New York.

* YOU'VE GOT MEL -- will feature regularly scheduled chats with Kiper throughout the weekend.


ESPN Draft Personalities
Position Name Location
Host Chris Berman New York
Co-Host Mike Tirico New York
Draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. New York
NFL analyst Joe Theismann New York
NFL analyst Chris Mortensen New York
NFL analyst Ron Jaworski Bristol
NFL analyst Mark Malone Bristol
Reporter Suzy Kolber Cleveland
Reporter Solomon Wilcots Baltimore
Reporter Ed Werder Washington
Reporter Hank Goldberg St. Louis
Reporter Sal Paolantonio Tampa Bay
Reporter Tom Jackson New York Jets
Reporter Sean Salisbury San Francisco
College Host Chris Fowler Bristol
College Analyst Kirk Herbstreit Bristol
Radio Host Marty Schottenheimer New York
Radio Analyst John Clayton New York
Radio Analyst Merril Hoge New York
Radio Host Joe D' Ambrosio New York and's Draft Central package will once again revolve around "DraftTracker," an exclusive feature enabling fans to view lists of draft prospects by name, position or school. During the draft, they can analyze picks in real time, viewing selections using one of these three groupings, or by round or NFL team. In addition, Draft Central will boast analysis, predictions and chats from ESPN and NFL experts such as Mel Kiper, Jr. and Chris Mortensen, as well as chats on-site with players immediately after they're drafted. Bios on draft-eligible players, features from Pro Football Weekly, video and audio highlights, photos, round-the-clock first-round polls and more are all a part of Draft Central.


ESPN Radio will provide six hours of live NFL Draft coverage beginning Saturday at noon. Host Joe D'Ambrosio will be joined by analysts Marty Schottenheimer, Merril Hoge and John Clayton. ESPN Radio will provide in-depth coverage of each draft pick, breaking draft news, and interviews with top coaches and players.


ESPN2 will present special Draft editions of NFL 2Night all week beginning Monday, April 10. Host Mark Malone will be joined by analysts Merril Hoge, Sean Salisbury, Mike Golic and Marty Schottenhiemer. Highlighting the week will be reports from the Washington Redskins headquarters, who control the No. 2 and No. 3 draft picks, along with a look at the image of the NFL. Mel Kiper will provide information on this year?s top draft prospects.

Schedule follows:
* Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET
* Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
* Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
* Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
* Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.


ESPN The Magazine's April 17 issue (on sale Wednesday, April 5) is devoted to the 2000 NFL Draft and addresses the classic questions facing teams: Do you go with offense or defense? Size or speed? Power or elusiveness? Do you draft for your team?s needs or for the best player available? The Magazine lays it out and includes coverage on high profile prospects like Peter Warrick, Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington, as well as some lesser known names who could make a surprise splash come Draft day. Mel Kiper rounds out the package with his mock draft and a new feature - "Mel's Mart" - which charts the rise and fall of several prominent players' Draft Day stock.


SportsTicker will provide an extensive Draft overview: news & notes, features focusing on team needs, capsules on top prospects, a look at each team's previous No. 1 pick, and a break down of this year's selections for the first two rounds by conference and individual team.