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SBD/Issue 152/Sports Media
ESPN, NFL Net Draft Coverage Gives Sneak Preview Of Selections
Published April 27, 2009
|Viewers Of ESPN, NFL Network Saw Draftees
Celebrating Before Goodell's Announcements
TALENT REVIEW: In K.C., Jason Whitlock writes ESPN's Herm Edwards "turned in a disastrous and distracting performance during the two-day NFL draft." Edwards "spent two days on air making damn sure he didn't offer one opinion that could potentially put him at odds with an NFL owner, general manager or remotely talented player." Whitlock: "Edwards was so bad that my sources in Dallas reported that [former ESPN analyst] Emmitt Smith could be heard shouting: 'I would've have did a better job!'" (K.C. STAR, 4/27). But USA TODAY's Hiestand writes Edwards "showed he can avoid coachspeak" with his take on Vikings draft pick WR Percy Harvin. Edwards: "This is one of those guys ... he's going to have a wreck. So, you better have a good body-and-fender man" (USA TODAY, 4/27). Meanwhile, the ST. PETE TIMES' Jones wrote ESPN analysts Steve Young, Mel Kiper and Keyshawn Johnson "were outstanding all day" on Saturday. As for Kiper, "no one knows more, and no one delivered more." And NFL Network's Jon Gruden's "true calling might be as an analyst." The "most interesting moment was Gruden predicting" that the Buccaneers, his former team, would pick Kansas State QB Josh Freeman (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/26). THE BIG LEAD writes, "Really liked Jon Gruden’s work on the NFL Network set. ... He had a few great lines Sunday" (THEBIGLEAD.com, 4/27).
Writer Lauds ESPN For Its
Coverage Of '09 NFL Draft
UNINTENTIONAL COMEDY: In Philadelphia, John Gonzalez writes of all the "awkward, hilarious, train-wreck interviews conducted over the weekend, the best featured" ESPN's Erin Andrews, former Univ. of Texas WR Quan Cosby and comedian Bill Cosby. Every time Andrews asked Quan Cosby a question, "his cell rang and he answered it." Meanwhile, Bill Cosby was wearing a Temple Univ. jersey and helmet, so his words "were muffled by his face mask." Gonzalez notes the interview "went on for about five painful, amusing minutes" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/27). THE BIG LEAD wrote of the segment, "The potential was there for a decent segment, but geez, that was painful" (THEBIGLEAD.com, 4/26).