ESPN and NFL Network told SI.com Monday that they agreed not to use Twitter to reveal draft choices before they are announced by commissioner Roger Goodell.
The agreement only includes the first two rounds of the draft, which begins with the first round on Thursday at 6 p.m.
"Our fans have told us they would rather hear from the commissioner and I think it is a better TV show when we speculate and let the commissioner do it," ESPN NFL senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said. "I have said in the past that [ESPN reporters] Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen can basically announce all the picks before they are made if they really wanted to. It goes against a lot of our instincts as journalists and it’s totally different than anything I deal with, but we feel like it is a win for the fans and our viewers."
Schefter said that Twitter is "such a part of the life we live now so it just figures it would extend to the NFL draft."
He added, "Some people like having that news instantaneously. Many don’t like the surprise to be spoiled. I am not looking to spoil the drama or ruin the experience."
Markman and NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger said that the on-air talent is not told of the pick before it is announced by Goodell. But, they said producers are given the team picks from the league 30 to 60 seconds before the selection is announced so they can align graphics and be ready for the show production.
Draft coverage continues with rounds 2-3 on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET and rounds 4-7 on Saturday at noon ET. Teams have 10 minutes to pick in the first round, seven minutes in the second round and five minutes for the remaining rounds.
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