‘College GameDay’ analyst Kirk Herbstreit to headline NFL draft coverage on ABC

One of ESPN's most recognizable faces of its college football coverage will, again, slide over, to help with the NFL draft.

Kirk Herbstreit, who is both a color analyst on ABC's premier Saturday night college football broadcast and one of the faces of ESPN's "College GameDay," will be one of the headliners for ABC's coverage of the 2021 NFL draft, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. 

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the network had not yet announced its plans.

Front Office Sports was the first to report the news. Full details about the networks' coverage plans are expected to be announced soon.

The Walt Disney Company owns both ABC and ESPN.

Kirk Herbstreit passed for 2,437 yards as a quarterback for Ohio State from 1989 to '92. (Photo: Rob Kinnan, USA TODAY Sports)

Herbstreit and some of his "College GameDay" colleagues have joined ABC's telecast of the draft in previous years.

The NFL draft is will go from April 29 through May 1 and will be televised on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. The event will take place in Cleveland, one year after it was forced to be entirely remote and virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In fact, one of ESPN's main faces of its draft coverage was forced to miss last season's telecast because of the virus, when draft analyst Todd McShay contracted COVID-19.

The NFL just announced earlier this week that fans and media will be allowed to attend the event, which will be held outdoors.

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