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

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    Every NFC Team's Draft Needs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 61:38

    Field Yates is joined by Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. to break down the draft needs for all of the teams in the NFC ahead of the NFL Draft this week.

    Every AFC Team's Draft Needs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 47:30

    Field Yates is joined by Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. to break down the draft needs for all of the teams in the AFC ahead of the NFL Draft this month.

    Special Roundtable Mock Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 42:38

    Jason Fitz has a full house as Todd McShay, Mel Kiper Jr, Matt Miller and Jordan Reid get together to draft out their own starting roster from this year's draft class ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft. Find out who came away with the best team.

    Mel's 2-Round Mock Reaction, Todd's Player Spotlight

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 40:37

    Jason Fitz sits in for Field Yates to chat with Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. as they break down Mel's 2-round mock, including which prospects have been the hardest to figure out within the first 64 picks. Plus, Todd spotlights a few prospects that have caught his eye while watching tape, especially a stud to watch out for on Day 3.

    Todd's Mock Draft 2.0, Teams With Biggest Needs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 34:50

    Jason Fitz, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay react to Todd's latest Mock Draft as he defends his picks to Mel. Then Matt Miller and Jordan Reid tackle the teams with the biggest draft day needs in each division across the NFL.

    Day 2 Prospects To Watch

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 30:55

    Jason Fitz sits in for Field Yates to chat with Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. as they offer up a deep dive into which Day 2 prospects we need to keep an eye on for the NFL Draft. Plus, our experts talk the DeVante Parker trade and how it could impact the Patriots' draft strategy.

    QB's Under Pressure, GM Mock Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 35:43

    Field Yates, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay talk what QB is under the most pressure to perform this season. Then Jason Fitz chats with Mike Tannenbaum about his General Manager Mock Draft, where he acted as each squad's GM for the 1st Round.

    Consensus Mock Draft 3.5

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 47:14

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. team up to give out their consensus top 10 picks in NFL Mock Draft 3.5. Should the Lions take Malik Willis or Kyle Hamilton? What is the impact of the Tyreek Hill trade? All that and more!

    QB Pro Day Evaluations

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 33:20

    Field Yates and Todd McShay break down Todd's notes from his Pro Day travels. McShay tells us why Kenny Pickett had something he set out to prove, what he learned about Malik Willis beyond his physical attributes, how Matt Corral has progressed since his injury and more!

    Blockbuster NFL Trades Shake Up The Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 38:48

    Field Yates and Mel Kiper Jr. react to the Deshaun Watson and Davante Adams trades before breaking down the impact both will have on the draft. Plus, the guys discuss how injuries will alter the draft stock for a few players.

    Draft Impact Of Brady News & Big QB Signings

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 55:39

    Kevin Negandhi, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. react to Tom Brady coming out of his brief retirement before talking how the Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz trades will impact the draft this April. Plus, a look at how Todd's Mock Draft 3.0 has changed.

    Standouts From The NFL Combine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 29:20

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. empty their notebooks with final thoughts from the NFL Combine. Then, Field is joined by ESPN's Jordan Reid to talk what players soared up draft boards in Indianapolis, including reaction to some speedy 40 times.

    NFL Combine Reaction 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 47:47

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. break down all the action from the NFL combine including which prospects stock went up and down. Plus, Mel and Todd assess some of their favorite pass catchers in this year's draft before reacting to two defensive players who put on excellent performances and QB's who made a statement.

    NFL Combine Preview 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 41:13

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. preview what to expect from the NFL Combine and take a closer look at some teams drafting outside of the top 10 including which players they could target. Plus, Kiper and McShay break down some big decisions in the draft for teams like the Eagles, Cardinals and Dolphins.

    Key Round 1 Picks, Tape Standouts

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 39:08

    Todd McShay is joined by Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench to talk the most interesting picks to watch in the 1st Round, the Top 5 players who stand out on tape, pick apart Todd's Mock Draft 2.0 and more.

    Reacting To Todd's Mock Draft 2.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 48:06

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. break down Todd's Mock Draft 2.0 including what picks Mel thinks Todd should reevaluate. Then, the guys react to the "Armchair GM's" from Twitter and defend their selections.

    Best Positional Groups In The Draft, Bengals Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 35:32

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. debate what the strongest positional groups are in this draft heading into the NFL Combine. Then, ESPN Bengals Reporter Ben Baby joins Field Yates to break down what Cincinnati can do in the draft to boost their Super Bowl roster.

    Super Bowl Recap, Trading 1st Round Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 44:45

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. review Super Bowl 56 and project the draft options for both the Rams and Bengals this year. Then, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper sit in the GM seat and highlight the teams that traded away their first-round picks for the upcoming draft.

    Steelers' QB Draft Plans, Senior Bowl Standouts

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 30:44

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. debate what the Steelers may do in the draft to replace Big Ben going forward. Then, ESPN's Jordan Reid joins Field Yates to break down what he saw from the Senior Bowl including what players are jumping up on the board.

    Senior Bowl Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 47:10

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. break down who improved their draft stock at the Senior Bowl and who disappointed. Plus, the guys highlight some hidden gems who stood out during the Senior Bowl.

    Matt Corral's Draft Stock, Senior Bowl Report

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 31:03

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. break down how Matt Corral's injury will impact his draft stock and why Mel has him as a 1st Round QB. Then, Field Yates is joined by ESPN's Jordan Reid from the Senior Bowl to talk which prospects are standing out and which prospects need to show more.

    Senior Bowl Deep Dive, QB Class Comparisons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 41:15

    Field Yates, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. do a deep dive into the players to watch at the Senior Bowl this week. Plus, with 5 quarterbacks ready to showcase their skills on Saturday, our guys offer up NFL comparisons and the best team fits for each player.

    2022 QB Draft Preview, 1st & 2nd Pick Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 38:28

    Jason Fitz, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. dive into the QB's that will be attending the Senior Bowl this year including Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, Sam Howell and Carson Strong. Then, Field Yates previews the Jags first overall pick with Mike DiRocco and the Lions second overall pick with Eric Woodyard.

    Mel's Mock 1.0 Reaction, Senior Bowl Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 45:27

    Jason Fitz sits in for Field Yates with Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. to react to Mel's Mock 1.0 and the Twitter backlash for all 32 picks. Plus, our crew discusses their updated positional ranks as Logan Hall climbs the ladder ahead of the Senior Bowl.

    Breaking Down Teams With Multiple 1st Round Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 39:17

    Field Yates is joined by Mel Kiper Jr and Jordan Reid to break down the options in the 2022 NFL Draft for four teams with multiple first round picks. Mel talks the Eagles before Jordan covers the Lions, Jets and Giants.

    Top Prospects From Mel's Mock Draft 1.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 39:16

    Field Yates and Mel Kiper Jr. break down Mel's favorite draft picks from his NFL Mock Draft 1.0 including which players are moving up on the draft list and where to expect the QB's to be selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

    First Draft - CFP Takeaways & Top 5 Mock Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 49:59

    Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay and Field Yates are back! The guys share their big takeaways from the CFP National Championship game, preview the Top 5 of the draft with a way too early mini mock draft and discuss the declaration deadline and who might still return to school.

    Supercuts presents Moments That Matter - Bowl Previews & Draft Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 42:21

    Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and Field Yates discuss their favorite prospects from the Cotton Bowl Classic & Orange Bowl and tackle questions from their 2022 NFL Draft primer coumn including who should go No. 1 overall and what to make of this year's QB draft class.

    Introducing 'Man in the Arena'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 2:02

    Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you've probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He's changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom's friend. Listen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3FgQalz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3c6q4oB), or search 'Man In the Arena' wherever you're listening now.

    2021 NFL Draft Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 49:04

    It is the final podcast of the draft season! Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay and Field Yates talk what teams had the best and worst drafts, the pick that was the biggest reach and answer your Twitter questions.

    32-Team NFL Draft Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 70:12

    Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay and Field Yates break down all 32 NFL teams' draft capital & roster needs heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.

    The Man Who Invented the NFL Draft: Being Mel Kiper Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 29:09

    The NFL Draft is American institution. And for the past 40 years, the unmistakable voice of that institution has been Mel Kiper Jr. His “Big Board” and mock drafts have become a rite of spring, a yearly ritual that signals your team will soon be “on the clock.” It is a remarkable climb for someone who used a typewriter to compile draft reports as a teenager, before the NFL Draft was even televised. Mel joins the show to explain how he helped turn his personal obsession into a national obsession…and made us all draft nerds in the process.

    Mel & Todd's 3 Round GM Mock Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 46:29

    The guys break down their latest 3 round mock draft, Mel a GM for the odd picks, Todd a GM for the even picks, by discussing their thought process in drafting for each team, including a trade between the Lions and Patriots.

    Mel's Mock 4.0 & Todd's All-Satellite Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 44:08

    The guys dive into two of Todd McShay's All-Satellite team with Tutu Atwell and D'Wayne Eskridge and break down Mel Kiper Jr's two round Mock Draft 4.0 with two more trades. Plus, McShay shares the wisdom a young coach Belichick bestowed upon him many years ago.

    Darnold Trade & Full 22 Rookie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 56:23

    Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay and Field Yates breakdown the Jets decision to trade Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers and what it means for both franchises. Plus, Kiper and McShay go head-to-head by draft dueling 22-man superteams of NFL prospects.

    Impact Of Draft Trades

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 54:11

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates discuss last week’s draft trade frenzy and how it impacts the 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles. Plus, what does this mean for the rest of the first round?

    Mel's Mock Draft 3.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 50:07

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates discuss the free agency moves since last week before breaking down Mel's Mock Draft 3.0 including the biggest changes on the board. 

    Free Agency Frenzy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 54:09

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates discuss the ripple effects of Drew Brees retiring, how free agency signings have impacted draft plans for teams and what the free agent receivers mean for this year’s draft at WR.

    Franchise Tag Deadline, Highest Graded QB's Ever

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 45:10

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates discuss how committing to Jalen Hurts changes the draft strategy for the Eagles, how Detroit's decision not to tag Kenny Golladay will impact the Lions' draft, reaction to Todd's latest Mock Draft and Mel's highest graded QB's ever leading up to the draft.

    J.J. Watt Signing, Mel's Mock Draft 2.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 46:25

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates break down J.J. Watt signing with Arizona, Mel’s Mock Draft 2.0 featuring trades for the first time ever and how the '20 & '21 QB class stack up against each other.

    Carson Wentz Trade, Updated Big Board

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 38:46

    Mel Kiper and Field Yates break down the Carson Wentz trade, if the Eagles should look at a QB at #6 overall and their thoughts on Todd's updated big board.

    Lawrence's Pro Day, Players On The Rise

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 49:32

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates give us an update on Trevor Lawrence’s Pro Day, talk what will happen with the 2nd overall pick and players on the rise on Mel’s Big Board at the moment.

    Draft Season Begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 49:04

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates breakdown why the Bucs dominated the Super Bowl and dive into Todd's latest mock draft and why he has four QBs coming off the board with the first four picks. Plus, what does the Carson Wentz trade market look like?

    The Senior Bowl's Most Improved

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 47:50

    Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay and Field Yates break down everything they learned from the Senior Bowl, including which prospects helped themselves the most heading into the NFL Draft. Plus, could the Lions still look to draft a QB at No. 7 after the Stafford-Goff trade?

    Senior Bowl Updates

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 43:42

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Field Yates break down the latest from the Senior Bowl, which prospects have the most to gain this week, why Mac Jones made the right decision in participating and Mel dives into his first mock draft of the season. 

    2021 NFL Combine Concerns

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 51:54

    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?

    CFP Championship Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 55:34

    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.

    Mock Draft Teasers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 61:46

    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. 

    Most Underrated Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2020 57:56

    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

    NFL Draft: Round One Reveals

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2020 21:02

    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.

    NFL Draft Day Drama

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2020 25:39

    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.

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