Why Is Mike Greenberg Hosting the 2021 NFL Draft for ESPN?

Longtime ESPN star Mike Greenberg is the primary face of the 2021 NFL draft.

Greenberg, the longtime host of Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, will work the first two nights of one of the biggest multi-day events in sports. Here is everything that you need to know about the Worldwide Leader’s coverage of this year’s NFL draft.

Mike Greenberg is hosting the 2021 NFL draft for ESPN

Mike Greenberg is hosting the 2021 NFL draft for ESPN.
Mike Greenberg is hosting the 2021 NFL draft for ESPN. | Jerome Davis/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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There are few more important broadcasts in ESPN and ABC Sports’ current wheelhouse than the NFL draft.

Mike Greenberg, who currently hosts Get Up on TV and Greeny on ESPN Radio, is adding another role to his resume. Greenberg will host the first three rounds (Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30) of this year’s NFL draft on ESPN.

ESPN issued a press release earlier this year announcing the promotion. The release quoted Greenberg discussing the “thrill and an honor” to work on ESPN’s draft coverage.

“The NFL Draft is one of the most enjoyable and important events of the year, as over the course of three days, the foundation of practically every team in the sport is reconstructed, while simultaneously the wildest dreams of all these young athletes and their families are coming true.”

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Seth Markman, who is ESPN’s vice president of production, shared why he believed Greenberg is a perfect choice to host this year’s draft. 

“As our viewers have witnessed for almost 25 years now, Greeny is extremely talented, and he excels at asking smart questions and setting up our NFL experts to do what they do best – share important information, compelling stories, and insightful analysis,” Markman said.

Rece Davis will fill in for Greenberg on the draft’s third and final day of coverage on Saturday, May 1. Davis will host ABC’s draft coverage during the draft’s first two nights.

Trey Wingo held the hosting role for several years

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For several years, football fans spent much of the NFL draft with Trey Wingo.

ESPN promoted Mike Greenberg for a reason. Wingo, the longtime television figure, parted ways with the network last year.

Wingo, who turns 58 in September, has picked up work since he left the Worldwide Leader. In addition to calling golf for PGA Tour live, Wingo recently joined the Pro Football Network.

Where else can fans watch the 2021 NFL draft?

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If you’re a football fan who doesn’t want to hear Mike Greenberg during the NFL draft, you’ll have plenty of other options.

ABC will air a college-football-centric simulcast on ABC during the draft’s first two days. Rece Davis, who will fill in for Greenberg on the third day, will team up with Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor, and others.

The NFL Network is also airing their own on-set broadcast, and Rich Eisen will host all three days. NFL draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, and Ian Rapoport, the popular reporter, are among the figures working on NFL Media’s 2021 draft coverage.

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