Nashville- (April 15, 2019) – Country music superstar and “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan will join ABC’s first time prime-time coverage of the NFL Draft, live coast-to-coast from Nashville, Tennessee, on “2019 NFL Draft on ABC,” THURSDAY, APRIL 25 (8:00-11:30 p.m., EDT), on The ABC Television Network and via streaming. The appearance was announced tonight on ABC’s live “American Idol” telecast from Los Angeles.
“Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and ESPN’s Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the entire College GameDay Built by The Home Depot eight-time Emmy® Award-winning crew will headline night one of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft.
Bryan will join the GameDay hosts on night one. His NFL Draft appearance will be a reunion for Bryan and College GameDay, as Bryan served as the show’s guest picker during the show’s 2018 season-opening episode on Saturday, Sept. 1.
“American Idol” mentor Bobby Bones will serve as roving reporter from the streets of Nashville on both nights, sharing the enthusiasm of the city, fans’ passion and provide a behind-the-scenes look of the NFL Draft for viewers at home. As previously announced, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes also will be a special guest with Roberts before round 1 of the NFL Draft kicks off.
ABC will provide differentiated coverage for Rounds 1-3 in prime time that focuses on the journey of the NFL Draft prospects, as viewers go up close and personal to understand the part their families play in their success and the hard work involved in attempting to become an NFL Draft selection. In addition, ABC broadcasts will center on the energy and excitement of the complete event, as coverage will include celebrity appearances and other nods to the host city of Nashville.
ABC will simulcast ESPN’s telecast of Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Thursday, April 25 (8:00-11:30 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Friday, April 26 (7:00-11:30 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Saturday, April 27 (12:00-7:00 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7 – ABC (simulcast of ESPN telecast), ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio