ESPN, NFL Network tweak draft coverage; won't show draftees in Green Room
By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Blogger
Until Roger Goodell announces the first-round draft picks, you're not going to know who it is.
As we get set to experience the splendor of the NFL draft (this year, featuring 26 players in attendance!), the networks airing it are tweaking how they're covering the draft.
According to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, after the league met with ESPN and the NFL Network on Wednesday, the three entities have decided to turn up the intrigue on the drama.
Deitsch writes that the NFL Network and ESPN have agreed not to “show a draftee on the phone in the Green Room prior to the pick on the first night of the NFL Draft.” In past years obviously, those Green Room shots let the viewer knew who Roger Goodell was about to announce before Goodell could get to the podium and actually say the name.
This way, nobody except the draftee -- and whoever is sitting next to him in the Green Room -- will know which player the next team on the clock will take until Goodell announces it.
Which the league hopes will add even more intrigue to the proceedings and indirectly gives Goodell more power than ever before.