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Published April 29, 2011
WHO SHOULD YOU CHOOSE? USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand writes NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock "deserves look-ins from viewers as draft coverage continues through coming weeks." Mayock correctly predicted the first five picks, and he was "prescient in quickly predicting that Atlanta had traded up to get Cleveland's No. 6 pick -- to take Alabama's Julio Jones, who Mayock had originally predicted to be the sixth pick." But USA TODAY's Michael McCarthy writes ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is "still the guy that everybody, including Mayock and ESPN colleague Todd McShay, has to knock out before they can claim the heavyweight draftnik crown." Kiper also "correctly called the first five picks this year," and McCarthy writes, "Love him or hate him, Mel Kiper is still Mr. NFL Draft" (USA TODAY, 4/29). But THE BIG LEAD's McIntyre writes ESPN's coverage Thursday night was missing the "back-and-forth between Kiper and … anyone." McIntyre: "With nobody to disagree with, Kiper also seemed reduced to simply liking every pick" (THEBIGLEAD.com, 4/29).
RATINGS DELAYED: Overnight ratings for NFL Draft coverage on ESPN were not available at presstime (THE DAILY). CABLEFAX DAILY's Heiges & Arenstein write "given the league's labor unrest and possibility of cancelled games," it was "anybody's guess" whether ESPN would exceed the 5.3 rating for last year's Thursday night coverage (CABLEFAX DAILY, 4/29).