NFL's most indispensable broadcasting talents
Markman is responsible for all of ESPN's NFL studio content, so feel free to praise or mock him for his propensity to hire ex-coaches and players weekly. He's proved adept at managing egos, and that's not something that can be undervalued at a place like ESPN, where some NFL egos are as large as B.J. Raji. Sure, he caters to (and overvalues) Bill Parcells and Chris Berman, but his under-the-radar moves (hiring Eric Mangini) and trust in his reporters such as Adam Schefter (he could have made my Top 10) and Chris Mortensen has served ESPN well. If he could somehow convince his superiors to make Trey Wingo (call him 10-A on my list) the host of the first day of the NFL Draft -- something most people outside of the Bristol bubble would agree is a smart move -- he may move up this list in the future.