2015 NFL Commentator Mock Draft: Presenting the key broadcasters to draft coverage, from Mike Mayock and Adam Schefter to Chris Berman.

By Richard Deitsch
April 30, 2015

You love mock drafts. I love mock drafts. And broadcasters love mock drafts. So, in the spirit of the actual NFL draft on Thursday night—the first round commences on ESPN and the NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET—here is our first annual SI.com mock draft of the commentators who will appear for both networks as part of this year’s coverage. We’ve limited the picks to only the broadcasters assigned to the actual draft, not to those who have pre- or post-draft coverage responsibilities. 

The only thing we’re sure of with this draft? We will soon hear from the people (or their PR reps) on this list who are not happy with their ranking.

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No. 1: Mike Mayock, NFL Network analyst

For this event, in Mayock we trust.

No. 2: Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL insider

Has established himself as the NFL’s top day-to-day information broker.

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No. 3: Bill Polian, ESPN analyst

Last year’s MVP for ESPN.

No. 4: Rich Eisen, NFL Network host

Works all three days and navigates the process (and the egos on his set) like Varys in Game of Thrones.

No. 5: Trey Wingo, ESPN NFL host

Most organizations would start Aaron Rodgers over Lynn Dickey.

No. 6: Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN draft analyst

I still want him—and need him—on that draft wall.

No. 7: Todd McShay, ESPN draft analyst

Has developed into an authoritative voice. Will be a higher pick in 2019.

No. 8: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network analyst

Like McShay, he doesn’t cheat viewers.

No. 9: David Shaw, NFL Network analyst

Has been a great addition for NFL Network. Will have his pick of TV jobs should he ever leave Stanford for broadcasting.

No. 10: Andrea Kremer, NFL Network reporter

Master-class interviewer and journalist.

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No. 11: Chris Mortensen, ESPN NFL insider

Still bringing it.

No. 12: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network insider

You know he wants to do to Schefter what King Joffrey did to Eddard Stark.

No. 13: Charles Davis, NFL Network insider

Always terrific on day three.

No. 14: Shelley Smith, ESPN reporter

Interviewing Marcus Mariota in Hawaii this year, and inspirational in her public battle with breast cancer.

No. 15: Jim Trotter, ESPN reporter

Having worked with him, he has the goods.

No. 16: Judy Battista, NFL Network reporter

Quality reporter with a New York Times pedigree.

No. 17: Ed Werder, ESPN reporter

Terrific mustache, terrific reporter.

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No. 18: Suzy Kolber, ESPN interviewer

Will never embarrass you on the field. Good value at No. 18 given she can also host.

No. 19: Louis Riddick, ESPN NFL draft analyst

Riddick is filling in for Ray Lewis, who opted to remain in Maryland this week to “help out the city (Baltimore) I love.” The move should be beneficial for all parties, as Riddick has been terrific as an insider.

No. 20: Steve Wyche, NFL Network reporter

Versatile talent who will interview Jameis Winston in Alabama.

No. 21: Josina Anderson, ESPN reporter

Solid news-breaker who gets the Jets this year.

No. 22: Trent Dilfer, ESPN analyst

Passionate, prepared and occasionally overly theatrical, but quality.

No. 23: Mike Silver, NFL Network reporter

Success of Cal alums Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch helped his draft stock.

No. 24: Alex Flanagan, NFL Network reporter

Moved up the board after her thoughtful piece on Shelley Smith.

No. 25:  Steve Cyphers, NFL Network reporter

Always does strong work.

No. 26: Sal Paolantonio, ESPN reporter

Quality reporter who possesses more on-air ham than a Long Island diner.

No. 27: Tom Rinaldi, ESPN reporter

Even money to make viewers cry with his Winston interview. Would rank higher in cities with pianos.

No. 28: Melissa Stark, NFL Network interviewer

Deserves a medal of honor for dealing with Sterling Sharpe daily.

No. 29: Kimberly Jones, NFL Network reporter

Multi-sport threat with baseball reporting experience.

No. 30: Bob Holtzman, ESPN reporter

Solid worker who will likely outperform this draft position.

No. 31: Aditi Kinkhabwala, NFL Network reporter

Former Sports Illustrated freelancer has the longest last name in draft.

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No. 32: Kurt Warner, NFL Network analyst

Steadily getting better as an analyst. Probably should be higher.

No. 33: Jeff Darlington, NFL Network reporter

Appeared in the movie Draft Day in the event your team needs actors.

No. 34: Marshall Faulk, NFL Network analyst

Like him a lot during the season, but not as much on draft day.

No. 35: LaDainian Tomlinson, NFL Network analyst

Has improved each year on television.

No. 36: Ari Wolfe, NFL Network reporter

Versatile and has worked on multiple sports. Will add depth to your roster.

No. 37: Tiffany Blackmon, NFL Network reporter

Sleeper pick here for the future. Will interview Mariota.

No. 38: Desmond Purnell, NFL Network reporter

Assigned to the Cowboys, so that means airtime and face time with Jerry Jones.

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No. 39: Patrick Claybon, NFL Network reporter

You can’t go wrong taking someone with Alabama roots in an NFL draft. Claybon’s hometown is Birmingham.

No. 40: Jenn Brown, NFL Network reporter

Assigned to the Vikings, so could have a busy weekend.

No. 41: Jenny Dell, NFL Network reporter

Heavy social media presence for the team that drafts her.

No. 42: Albert Breer, NFL Network reporter

Ohio State grad drops in this mock draft due to Michigan cracks.

No. 43: Jeremy Fowler, NFL Network reporter

Will probably move up for teams who think he’s Chris Fowler.

No. 44: Chris Rose, NFL Network host

Pals with Derek (Jeets) Jeter, in the event he’s needed for the broadcast.

No. 45: Charlie Strong, NFL Network analyst

Liked what I saw when Strong was on ESPN's 2014 college football megacast.

No. 46: Brian Billick, NFL Network analyst

Former FOX guy was once destined for broadcast stardom. Strange turn of events.

No. 47: Omar Ruiz, NFL Network reporter

Scouting department hasn't seen enough tape; gets 49ers for the broadcast.

No. 48: Steve Mariucci, NFL Network analyst

His bosses love him, but I look elsewhere for this draft.

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No. 150: Britt McHenry, ESPN reporter

Was ranked higher in early mocks, but suburban D.C. combine tape hurt.

No. 180: Jon Gruden, ESPN NFL draft analyst

Urged every team short of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to draft Johnny Manziel.

No. 200: Deion Sanders, NFL Network reporter

Over-under on Deion Sanders’ references about Deion Sanders: 20.

No. 225: Pat Fitzgerald, NFL Network analyst

Well-spoken and smart, but I’ve dropped him just to annoy Northwestern alums. 

No. 235: Michael Irvin, NFL Network analyst

Dear lord, no.

No. 256: Chris Berman, ESPN host

Has hosted the draft for 28 years, one year fewer than the rule of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.​

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