First Draft

By ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Chris Sprow

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 Jan 24, 2019

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ESPN experts Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, and Field Yates keep tabs on the NFL draft throughout the year.

Episode Date
2021 NFL Combine Concerns
3114
Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates share their concerns going into this year's NFL Combine, Chris Olave's decision to return to Ohio State, and what kind of draft pick compensation will the Texans get with a potential Deshaun Watson trade?
Jan 19, 2021
CFP Championship Breakdown
3334
Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay and Field Yates break down the National Championship game, talk Justin Fields and if he should go back to school or declare for the NFL Draft, why Najee Harris is the clear #1 RB in this class and the elite skills of Devonta Smith.
Jan 12, 2021
Mock Draft Teasers
3706
First Draft welcomes in Field Yates to join Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay as the new host of the podcast as they discuss how difficult the evaluation process has been during a COVID-19 affected season, what they learned from a weekend of bowl games, what the Jets should do at #2, as well as a few teasers from McShay’s upcoming mock draft. 
Jan 05, 2021
Most Underrated Picks
3475
Mel Kiper Jr and Chris Sprow go through all 32 teams and name the most underrated player selected by each team in last week's draft
Apr 29, 2020
NFL Draft: Round One Reveals
1259
Round one of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books! The virtual draft made us extremely familiar with Commissioner Roger Goodell's basement, and quarterbacks like Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa have found new homes in Cincinnati and Miami, respectively. Mike Golic Jr. reacts to all of the standout moments from the first night.
Apr 24, 2020
NFL Draft Day Drama
1534
The NFL Draft is finally here! Tonight, all of the big questions will be answered. Questions like, how is this online format going to work? Even if there are no hackers, how will teams make decisions remotely, with no war room? What will the draft board possibly look like at the end of round one? ESPN's Field Yates breaks down draft strategies and potential complications. Plus, he previews some big names he expects to be picked in the first round.
Apr 23, 2020
Tiger King: Joe Burrow's Journey to the Bengals
1350
"With the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select...Joe Burrow, quarterback, LSU." It's a sentence we'll most likely hear this Thursday night. What kind of pressure -- and team -- is Cincy about to thrust upon the Heisman Trophy-winning star? ESPN's Ben Baby digs deep into Burrow's football story to find out. Plus, he sets the scene in Ohio, where a long history of disappointment has left Bengals fans hungry for success.
Apr 22, 2020
NFL Draft Props
2573
Mel Kiper and Chris Sprow break down their favorite 2020 NFL Draft prop bets including how many QBs go in the first round and who goes first between Love & Herbert.
Apr 21, 2020
Jerry Jeudy's Road to the NFL Draft
1320
Poised to be the No. 1 wide receiver picked in this year's NFL Draft, Alabama's Jerry Jeudy is sought after for his speed and explosiveness. He has also endured family tragedy alongside football success. Following the loss of his 7-year-old sister, Jeudy became a college star, and is now preparing to enter the NFL. Ahead of Thursday's first round, ESPN's Liz Merrill shares Jeudy's story.
Apr 21, 2020
ESPN Daily's 2020 NFL Draft Preview
1613
With live competitions mostly canceled, the 2020 NFL Draft is not only happening this Thursday, but it's rallying the sports world in an even bigger way than usual. We'll find out where prospects like QBs Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Jordan Love will land, and we'll see a whole new approach as draft prospects work from home like so many of us. ESPN analyst (and pumpkin-pie-for-breakfast lover) Mel Kiper Jr. has covered the draft for decades. He breaks down this year's draft class, explains which teams could actually benefit from a remote draft, and how it could all go down.
Apr 20, 2020
The Godfather, The Original
2232
Mel Kiper, Jr. joins Kevin Negandhi on the week of the NFL Draft to discuss what a virtual draft process means for talent evaluation, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, the abundance of high-end defensive talent, how he nearly landed a job with the Colts early in his career and urging Frank Caliendo to do a Todd McShay impression.
Apr 20, 2020
Kiper's Sleepers
1927
This week's podcast is all about #KiperSleepers. The guys discuss over 50 prospects in this rapid fire breakdown of Day 3 rookies who could make an impact in the NFL.
Apr 16, 2020
7th Round Pick Spouse
2711
Todd McShay joins Kevin Negandhi to talk NFL draft. The guys discuss how the NFL is handling the draft process during a pandemic, the two things every team is worried about, the latest on the class of quarterbacks, a $5,000 Jordan Love bet (11:06), the three things that distinguish Joe Burrow (19:44) and players no one is talking about. Plus, Todd on his relationship with Mel Kiper, Jr. (36:06), the skit he did with Frank Caliendo and reporting on the draft from an empty house.
Apr 13, 2020
Dueling Superteams
1709
Mel and Todd breakdown their latest superteams mock draft which is comprised entirely of rookies! See more on their rosters at ESPN.com: https://es.pn/3eaBZBs
Apr 08, 2020
Mock Draft 3.0
2356
Todd McShay and Daniel Dopp break down Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 3.0 by discussing what he got right and what he got wrong. Plus, a bunch of listener questions!
Mar 26, 2020
Most Interesting Prospects & AFC South
3438
The crew discuss the most interesting prospects in the draft, including Jalen Hurts and Jonathan Taylor, plus a full breakdown of the AFC South's draft needs.
Mar 11, 2020
Post-Combine & NFC South
3080
The guys recap their Combine takeaways including Isaiah Simmons and potential 2nd round QBs. Plus, breaking down what each NFC South squad should do in the draft.
Mar 05, 2020
The Combine Is Here
3107
It's the week of the NFL Combine and Todd, Mel and Chris preview what to expect this week and what really matters from the combine. They also chat about past players that had combines that stood out. Plus, the guys discuss what Mel is like when on the road.
Feb 24, 2020
Tua or False & NFC East
3103
The guys play a game of "Tua or False" after Kiper mocked him at #3 in his latest mock draft. Plus, a full breakdown of the draft needs for the entire NFC East.
Feb 20, 2020
The Tua Mystery & AFC East
3684
The guys breakdown the latest on Tua Tagovailoa and discuss which teams could be in play for him this April. Plus, breaking down each team's draft needs from the AFC East.
Feb 12, 2020
Biggest Differences
2972
Chris Sprow ask Mel and Todd their biggest differences in early round prospects, which one was REALLY the highest on Terry McLaurin last year and a robust mailbag.
Feb 07, 2020
Senior Bowl, QB Tiers & Lost Cell Phones
3177
Todd opens with a story about losing his cell phone at the Senior Bowl, we discuss the biggest risers and fallers from Mobile, did Justin Herbert's performance answer all the questions, the Jordan Love mystery and who is NFL comp is. Plus, we breakdown our current QB tiers.
Jan 28, 2020
Is Burrow NFL Ready?
2866
The crew discusses if Joe Burrow solidified his status as the #1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, if Chase Young is as good as the Bosas', at what pick will the draft get interesting and #FirstDraft questions from Twitter.
Jan 16, 2020
McShay's First Mock, Burrow's Rise
2968
Todd, Mel & Chris break down McShay's first mock draft including Joe Burrow's rise to the top (1:35), Chase Young's talent (26:50) and more!
Dec 18, 2019
Draft Recap
2753
Mel, Todd and Chris break down everything from the draft and answer your mailbag questions.
Apr 28, 2019
Propped Up
2852
Mel, Todd and Chris throw around some draft related prop bets (3:02) and empty the mailbag (38:20) in the last podcast before the NFL Draft.
Apr 22, 2019
The Future Is Now
3668
Adam Schefter talks to Mel Kiper Jr.& Todd McShay about their impressions of this year's draft and their favorite draft memories (:54). Plus, Evan Kaplan dives into the statistical trends (40:37) and Adam catches up with Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins (46:55) and Stanford's Bryce Love (54:46).
Apr 22, 2019
Mel's Guy, Todd's Guy
2773
Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay and Chris Sprow select their favorite players in the Draft by position including QB (3:40), RB (5:25) and WR (8:00). Plus, your Mailbag questions.
Apr 16, 2019
Grade "A" Mock Drafts
2729
Kiper, McShay and Sprow discuss what the Cardinals might do with Rosen, and break down their Grade A mock drafts.
Apr 10, 2019
Dueling Mocks
3043
Mel, Todd & Chris compare their latest mock drafts, have an epic disagreement on one top QB prospect (21:05) and more. Plus, they preview the draft strategy for the Ravens (27:33), Steelers (31:58), Browns (35:46) and Bengals (38:42).
Apr 03, 2019
Let's Make A Deal?
3271
Mel, Todd & Chris break down the trade possibilities that make the most sense for teams leading up to the draft (:50), break down the draft strategy for the Cowboys (22:44), Eagles (27:12), Redskins (34:16) and Giants (39:13), and answer your mailbag questions (44:44).
Mar 28, 2019
Mel Kiper Jr.
4343
Russillo talks draft with Mel Kiper Jr. including the biggest disagreement he and McShay have, plus the first life advice guest joins the show.
Mar 27, 2019
Mega-Mailbag
3259
Mel, Todd & Chris take a deep dive into the mailbag to answer a variety of questions. Plus, they examine the draft strategy for the Texans (30:29), Colts (35:22), Titans (42:01) and Jaguars (46:25).
Mar 19, 2019
Ripple Effects
3366
Mel, Todd & Chris discuss Kyler Murray's pro day (1:13), examine free agency's impact on the draft (11:49) and break down the draft strategy for the Bears (32:26), Vilkings (37:38), Packers (42:04) and Lions (45:39).
Mar 14, 2019
Combine Review
3605
Mel, Todd & Chris discuss what they took away from the combine, who made the best impression & more (1:34). Plus, they look at the draft strategy for the Chiefs (31:41), Chargers (36:32), Broncos (39:26) and Raiders (44:48).
Mar 05, 2019
From The Combine
2596
Mel, Todd & Chris share their combine memories (:58), break down the players with the most on the line at this year's event (4:34) and discuss the Draft strategy for the Saints (21:59), Falcons (25:07), Panthers (28:03) and Bucs (30:17). Plus, the guys dig into a mega combine mailbag (33:54).
Feb 28, 2019
Agents of Change
3356
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay & Chris Sprow debate whether it's smarter to build through free agency or the Draft THIS season (1:34), share their draft strategy for the Cardinals (25:41), 49ers (30:24), Seahawks (37:54) and Rams (42:38) and answer your #FirstDraft mailbag questions (49:15).
Feb 20, 2019
You Remind Me Of...
3432
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay & Chris Sprow discuss comps for this year's top prospects (1:34) and break down the draft needs for the Jets (18:15), Bills (25:11), Dolphins (32:56) and Patriots (40:30). Plus, they answer your #FirstDraft mailbag questions (49:11).
Feb 15, 2019
Todd's Mock
2524
Todd, Mel & Chris break down McShay's latest mock draft, examine potential first round QBs (2:04), go rapid-fire (18:43) and answer your mailbag questions (33:58).
Feb 07, 2019
Choose Your Weapon
2537
Mel, Todd & Chris break down the best offensive weapons in this year's draft at RB (1:10), WR (16:51), TE (23:03) and more. Plus, your #FirstDraft mailbag questions (32:12).
Jan 30, 2019
Senioritis
2750
Todd McShay, Mel Kiper Jr. & Chris Sprow discuss the QB's who could make a splash at the draft (1:25), share their observations about players at the Senior Bowl (17:09), talk about some under-the-radar talent (23:44) and more. Plus, a loaded mailbag (35:45).
Jan 23, 2019
Mel's First Mock
2991
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay & Chris Sprow discuss Mel's first mock draft of the season, focus on Kyler Murray's potential (4:00), where the best skill position players will land (22:55), if this is the year the Patriots shoot for Tom Brady's NEXT heir apparent (28:00) and more. Plus, the guys run through a big mailbag (34:22).
Jan 17, 2019
First Glance
2185
Mel, Todd & Chris Sprow discuss the prospects they're keeping an eye on early this college football season.
Sep 06, 2018
Kiper, McShay and A.J. Green
2178
Before chatting with Bengals WR A.J. Green about his offseason and Cincy's draft class (29:35), Adam Schefter dishes with Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay about their draft grades, what to look forward to next season, the majesty of breakfast for dinner and much more (:31).
May 01, 2018
Draft Recap
3252
Mel, Todd and Chris put a bow on the 2018 draft by going through the best picks of all seven rounds, making their ROY picks, discussing the QB fits and much more.
Apr 30, 2018
Draft Buzz
3314
Mel, Todd and Chris discuss all of the buzz that they're hearing around the league as the first round gets closer, and Mel keeps it VERY real.
Apr 23, 2018
Who is Baker Mayfield
2816
Marty talks with Heisman trophy winner and draft prospect Baker Mayfield about the highs and lows of his career. Plus, Ryan McGee joined Marty to chat about Mayfield.
Apr 23, 2018
The Perfect Mock
2545
Mel and Todd alternate first round picks for all 32 teams to create the "perfect" mock.
Apr 20, 2018
Josh Rosen wants NEXT
2950
In an exclusive interview, the would-be franchise QB goes deep on the NCAA, contemplates the fate of the planet and answers the critics who think he's radioactive. By Sam Alipour.
Apr 11, 2018
NFL Draft Prop Bets
2991
Mel, Todd & Chris discuss several over/under prop bets from the NFL Draft including, QB's RB's and WR's drafted in the 1st & 2nd round, how many Alabama players will be drafted in the 1st round and more. Plus, the guys answer your mail bag questions.
Apr 10, 2018
Patriot Games
3107
Mel, Todd & Chris discuss what the Patriots could be up to after their most recent deal (1:00). Plus, they examine the strategy for the Browns (24:16), Bengals (29:46), Ravens (33:44) and Steelers (38:22).
Apr 05, 2018
Is it worth it?
3344
Mel, Todd and Chris discuss what Odell Beckham Jr.'s value is in terms of draft capital (:45). Plus, they break down the draft strategy of the 49ers (25:40), Cardinals (30:50), Seahawks (34:32) and Rams (37:49).
Mar 29, 2018
Jet Stream
2926
Mel, Todd & Chris break down the impact of the Jets moving up to No. 3 and more (1:53). Plus, they break down the strategy for the Broncos (28:04), Raiders (32:36), Chargers (34:26) & Chiefs (37:51).
Mar 19, 2018
Domino Effect
3366
Mel, Todd & Chris discuss the impact of a whirlwind weekend on their draft projections. Plus, a deep dive on the strategies of the Bucs (33:28), Falcons (39:10), Panthers (42:17) and Saints (45:27).
Mar 12, 2018
Money Makers
2680
Mel, Todd and Chris do a complete recap of the scouting combine, discuss the "money makers" from the weekend, and break down the strategy for the Colts (26:01), Texans (29:25), Titans (32:14) and Jaguars (36:02).
Mar 05, 2018
Combine Preview
3359
Todd McShay, Mel Kiper Jr., and Chris Sprow break down everything to watch for at the combine (:56) and examine the approach for the Bears (27:59), Packers (33:10), Lions (37:17) and Vikings (41:59).
Feb 27, 2018
The Best Route
3370
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow debate the merits of free agency vs. the draft for some teams (2:20), plus they break down the draft strategy for the Jets (27:44), Dolphins (33:30), Bills (39:32) and Patriots (43:56).
Feb 22, 2018
Top To Top
2943
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss whether the top of the Big Board should correlate to the top of the draft and more (1:36). Plus, the guys start their team breakdowns with the Giants (24:33), Redskins (27:52), Cowboys (31:50) and Eagles (35:35).
Feb 13, 2018
McShay Mock Draft 2.0
2854
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss Todd's Mock Draft 2.0, the deepest positions in this year's draft, a Super Bowl LII recap and the guys answer your mailbag questions.
Feb 06, 2018
Trade ramifications
3246
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss the ripple effects of the Alex Smith trade (1:00), weigh in on what was learned at the Senior Bowl (19:15), debate the under-the-radar risers (33:48) and more.
Jan 31, 2018
Calling Signals
3108
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow examine the quarterbacks in this year's class, debate which teams have the biggest need at the position and much more.
Jan 23, 2018
Mel's First Mock
3160
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow break down the intricacies of Mel's first mock, explore some of the names you're less familiar with, discuss the QB rush and more.
Jan 19, 2018
From The Top
3337
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss the strategy at the top of the draft (10:45), look at some of the best non-quarterbacks in the class (31:00) and more.
Jan 09, 2018
Happy New Year!
3092
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow kick off Draft season by examining some of the best QBs (3:30), RBs (22:30), Offensive tackles (29:00) and pass rushers (33:15) in this year's class.
Dec 05, 2017
BONUS: 30 for 30 Season Two Sneak Peek
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First Draft shares the trailer for Season Two of 30 for 30 Podcasts, launching November 14th, as well as one of our favorite episodes from Season One, Dan & Dave.
Oct 30, 2017
Scot McCloughan, Former Redskins GM
2436
Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan discusses what he's been up to, his thoughts on various QB & RB situations around the league, his thoughts on the 2018 QB class and more.
Aug 23, 2017
NFL Draft Conference Call
3132
NFL Draft Conference Call with Mel Kiper Jr. & Todd McShay
May 01, 2017
Immediate Impact
2293
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss the draftees who will have the biggest immediate impact in the league, the best sleepers from the Draft and more.
May 01, 2017
NFL Draft Conference Call
3528
NFL Draft Conference Call with Mel Kiper Jr.
Apr 25, 2017
Make Your Head Explode
2759
Mel Kiper Jr., Chris Sprow and Todd McShay discuss the draft day decisions that could shock the NFL world, weigh in on "The Clean 7" and share their final analysis before Thursday's first round.
Apr 24, 2017
NFL Draft Conference Call
3527
NFL Draft Conference Call with Todd McShay
Apr 19, 2017
Like A Glove
2634
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss the best fits for the top prospects in the draft. Plus, an in-depth explanation of why Mel's assessment of Jimmy Clausen is the reason for Cam Newton's success.
Apr 18, 2017
Rising Up
3355
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay & Chris Sprow discuss the players that have risen and fallen the most throughout the draft process. Plus, they chat with top prospect Myles Garrett.
Apr 13, 2017
Three For The Win
2784
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss their top three players at each position and break down the draft strategy for the Falcons, Rams, Vikings & Patriots.
Apr 04, 2017
The Comps
2711
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay & Chris Sprow discuss the best comparisons for the top players in the draft and break down the strategy for the Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers & Steelers.
Mar 30, 2017
Don't Sleep On Me
2478
Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay & Chris Sprow discuss the day 3 sleepers to keep an eye on and examine the draft strategy of the Giants, Raiders, Texans & Seahawks.
Mar 22, 2017
Free Agency's Impact
3166
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow examine free agency's impact on draft boards, go through Todd's latest mock and go in depth on the Bucs, Broncos, Lions & Dolphins.
Mar 15, 2017
Combine Review
2927
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow share their biggest takeaways from the NFL Draft Combine and break down the strategy for the Eagles, Colts, Ravens and Redskins.
Mar 08, 2017
Getting Defensive
3218
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss the best players at each defensive position and break down the Draft day strategy of the Bengals, Bills, Saints & Cardinals.
Mar 02, 2017
The Best Around
3000
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss the best prospects at each offensive position and break down the draft strategy of the Titans, Jets, Chargers and Panthers.
Feb 22, 2017
Back To Where They Once Belonged?
3509
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss potential landing spots for the top running backs in the draft and start their team-by-team breakdowns with Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago and Jacksonville.
Feb 16, 2017
QB Musical Chairs
2996
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow play "QB musical chairs," delve into Todd's latest mock draft and debate which team is most likely to reach for a quarterback early.
Feb 10, 2017
Senior Citizens
2753
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow share their impressions from the Senior Bowl, discuss their evaluations for the quarterbacks in this year's draft and much more.
Feb 01, 2017
Mel's First Mock
2624
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow examine Mel's first mock draft of the season and debate about the projections for several high-profile prospects.
Jan 20, 2017
'16 And Counting
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Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Chris Sprow explain how the biggest story in NFL Draft history came out of last year's picks, look ahead to the early-entries of 2017 and more.
Jan 04, 2017
Todd's First Mock
2535
Todd McShay, Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Sprow dig into Todd's first mock draft of the season and examine what all 32 teams could be looking to do come Draft day.
Dec 16, 2016
First Glance
2923
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow dissect how the top of the draft order could take shape and debate the prospects those teams could be most keen on come draft day.
Nov 30, 2016
Halfway There
2621
Chris Sprow, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. debate which rookies have been the most valuable so far, juniors who could have a big impact on the 2017 draft and much more.
Nov 09, 2016
Crisis Du Jour
2385
Chris Sprow, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. discuss the best college environments, the poor QBs coming through the college pipeline, under-the-radar players to watch and more.
Oct 24, 2016
The Ones
2987
Chris Sprow, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., discuss and debate their top college teams and top NFL prospects at this point in the season.
Oct 05, 2016
Stars Are Aligned
3407
Chris Sprow, Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Travis Haney discuss the top prospects in each college conference and much more.
Sep 21, 2016
First Impressions
3576
Chris Sprow, Mel Kiper Jr., and Todd McShay discuss the rookies to watch on the eve of Week 1 and discuss the impact of opening week in college football on their big boards.
Sep 07, 2016
The Next Generation
2983
Chris Sprow, Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Travis Haney discuss the breakout players, most loaded teams and other things to watch entering the 2016 season.
Aug 19, 2016
Final Exam
2550
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow discuss their favorite and least favorite draft classes, debate the best selections and pick their favorites for rookie of the year.
May 02, 2016
Class Superlatives
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Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow nominate their superlatives for the 2016 draft class as the first round rapidly approaches.
Apr 25, 2016
Don't Make THAT Mistake
2875
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Chris Sprow weigh in on the Eagles-Browns trade and go through the mock of mistakes to avoid.
Apr 21, 2016