Grade: A -
Eisen is now a veteran of this kind of broadcast. All the previous blunders—and there were plenty in the early days of the NFL Network—were corrected Thursday.
Eisen was brilliant at getting the most out of his analysts at just the right time. He let people speak and offered few opinions—other than witty quips in and out of commercials.
The pace was a little more frenetic at this draft, though the total time of the first round was nearly identical to 2009. Eisen made it all appear seamless. He came off as prepared and in control and set a tone for an informative and fun-to-watch broadcast.
Never before has Berman dropped the ball so thoroughly and embarrassingly—and there have been plenty of drops through the years.
This is usually Berman's dojo, but he appeared cranky and out of practice. He did not seem prepared, his eyes were puffy and bloated like he was on the chronic.
He consistently didn't know where to go or what to do, who to let talk or when to send it to Erin Andrews or Adam Schefter or Roger Goodell.
He appeared to not want Jon Gruden, Steve Young, or Tom Jackson on the stage. He acted like a fifth expert instead of the air traffic controller. He talked over experts to chime in with his own opinions.
The result was a plane crash of a broadcast. Now, admittedly, a wreck can be a guilty pleasure to watch as well. This wasn't. It was awkward, full of anger and tension, and bad television.