What happened to Todd McShay? Explaining NFL Draft analyst’s role since ESPN layoff

As much as things change, the more they stay the same — usually.

The NFL Draft is no different. The league welcomes in hundreds of new players every year, many of which make lasting impacts on the sport. Whether it’s a particular play or personality that leaves the NFL different than they found it, one thing typically never changes: The faces that introduce us to those players.

From Mel Kiper Jr. to Mike Mayock, Daniel Jeremiah, and more, several “draft experts” have become familiar parts of our April NFL experience. For one such famed draft expert, former ESPN analyst Todd McShay, 2024 will mark the first draft in a while that he spends like the rest of us — watching from his couch.

McShay won’t be a fixture on the worldwide leader’s coverage like usual, something that will have many fans wondering what happened to the popular draft personality. Here’s what we know about the situation surrounding McShay.

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What happened to Todd McShay?

It’s no secret that the sports media world is changing, and whether that’s for the better depends on your perspective. As a result, layoffs have become commonplace, and McShay was unfortunately the victim of that reality in 2023.

He was part of the group that ESPN parted ways with in June 2023, ending a long run with the network. 

McShay had been with the company since 2006 and part of the on-air draft coverage since 2009, so this year’s NFL Draft will look a little different for viewers of the Disney-owned network.

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As for whether he will pop up anywhere else on TV ahead of the NFL’s marquee offseason event, a tweet put that speculation to rest.

McShay posted on X, formerly Twitter, that due to “obvious contract limitations,” he will not be on TV anywhere during the draft. The wording suggests that there is some sort of clause in his buyout that prohibits McShay from taking another network role elsewhere.

“Thanks again for all the support and inquiries on where to find me during the 2024 draft,” McShay said. “I can’t wait to get back out there and will keep you posted on what’s coming next!”

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For now, McShay will be on various podcasts throughout the week, still taking part in the NFL conversation. He didn’t say how long the situation with ESPN would take to resolve, but in the meantime, he’ll continue spending time with his family and working on independent projects. He’ll be worth monitoring once this year’s draft concludes. 


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