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ESPN replaced Jon Gruden with Kirk Herbstreit for NFL Draft coverage

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ESPN still has a while yet before they must make a decision on who will replace Jon Gruden for Monday Night Football. Gruden, of course, left the booth to return to the sideline as Raiders head coach. ESPN loved having Gruden on staff and utilized him as much as possible, which means they have a lot of holes to fill with him gone.

One desk Gruden sat behind each year was ESPN’s draft coverage. It’s where we get a lot of the quotes from him that people like to throw in his face when he’s wrong. Most notably his affinity for Johnny Manziel. Regardless, he was beloved for his voice and personality on that otherwise slow moving annual three-day event.

To fill the void ESPN is going with college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

ESPN announced the move Thursday that Herbstreit will be part the opening night coverage of the first round in prime time on April 26. He will be joined by host Trey Wingo, draft analyst Mel Kiper and NFL analyst Louis Riddick.

This year’s draft will take place April 26-28 from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas. Rounds 2-3 will take place Friday, April 27 with rounds 4-7 commencing Saturday the 28th.