ESPN Just Added an Impressive and Deserving Name to Its NFL Lineup
If ESPN viewers haven’t already noticed, this is the time of year where the Worldwide Leader really starts honing in on the NFL draft.
Every show from Get Up! to Around The Horn will discuss the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and plenty of other prospects in the coming months. So if you’re in the mood to hear hot takes about Lawrence’s future at the NFL level, get ready for some fun.
In addition to the normal group of analysts, ESPN has two notable names — Matt Miller and Jim Nagy — joining its 2021 NFL draft coverage.
Matt Miller just joined ESPN as a draft contributor
ESPN is adding one of the biggest draft names around to its lineup — and we’re not talking about DeVonta Smith and Trevor Lawrence.
Matt Miller, the former Bleacher Report insider, has officially joined ESPN as an NFL draft contributor. Miller recently parted ways with Bleacher Report and launched his own publication, The Draft Scout.
Miller debuted on Get Up! on Friday, February 19. He will appear on everything from NFL draft specials to exclusive ESPN+ programs, according to a press release.
In that press release, Miller shared how excited he is to join ESPN.
“When I was in elementary school a teacher asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I told her I wanted to be Mel Kiper, Jr. After a decade helping to build Bleacher Report, it’s my dream come true to join the amazing NFL Draft team at ESPN.”
Before joining Bleacher Report, Miller worked as a coach and recruiting coordinator for the Central Football League’s Joplin Crusaders from 2006-08. Miller also worked as the director of scouting for New Era Scouting from 2006-10.
Matt Miller is among the most reputable draft experts
Matt Miller’s arrival at ESPN is a major home run for the Worldwide Leader.
Miller is one of the most reputable names in draft circles and on social media. He brings over 256,000 Twitter followers and a loyal fanbase to ESPN’s NFL draft coverage.
Miller has covered the NFL draft for 10 years. His experience as a professional scout is one that will bring a new perspective to ESPN, especially in contrast with all of the ex-players and coaches who have high-profile analyst jobs on the network.
According to walterfootball.com, Miller correctly predicted eight of 32 first-round selections last year. Only five media members with “prominent mock drafts” had nine or more correct picks.
ESPN is also bringing Jim Nagy back for draft coverage
Matt Miller isn’t the only notable NFL draft name joining ESPN for the foreseeable future.
Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy is returning to ESPN as an NFL draft contributor. Nagy, a former Seattle Seahawks scout, is entering his third season with ESPN.
Nagy worked as an NFL scout for four Super Bowl-winning franchises in 18 seasons. He joined the Senior Bowl in the spring of 2018.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be re-joining ESPN’s talented team for coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft,” Nagy said in the press release. “Due to Covid’s impact on the NFL scouting process, this year’s draft will be as unpredictable as any we’ve seen. Looking forward to a fun next few months.”
The 2021 NFL draft is currently scheduled to run from Thursday, April 29, through Saturday, May 1.
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