FOX Sports Selects Star Lineup for NFL Draft Watch Party

Trey Wingo, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Jordan Palmer, Geoff Schwartz, RJ Young & Jason McIntyre Headline Interactive Watch Party with Special Guest Eli Manning

NEW YORK – FOX Sports offers a one-of-a-kind viewing experience on Thursday, April 29, as veteran sports anchor Trey Wingo and analysts Jordan Palmer, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Geoff Schwartz, RJ Young and Jason McIntyre host the FOX Sports Draft Watch Party. The live interactive experience begins at 7:30 PM ET and can be viewed across the network’s digital and social platforms including the new FOX Sports app, FOXSports.com, YouTube and via @FOXSports on Twitter and Facebook with the evening’s best moments available on Instagram.

“Having trained or interviewed many of the players in this year’s class, Jordan, T.J., RJ and Geoff have first-hand knowledge of these prospects and can provide fans with unique insights and expertise,” said David Katz, Executive Vice President and Head of Digital, FOX Sports. “We’re especially excited to welcome Trey Wingo – no stranger to the draft – as our host, as he not only guides the conversation but also provides his own analysis throughout the evening.”

The lineup of voices offers position-by-position breakdowns and looks at how the first-round picks impact the upcoming NFL season. In addition, Wingo sits down with former No. 1 overall selection Eli Manning, in which the Super Bowl champion relives his own draft day experience and gives advice to the quarterbacks in this year’s class. Additional guests include FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst and the top overall pick in 2001 Michael Vick.

The FOX Sports NFL Draft Watch Party is fully interactive, giving fans the chance to ask questions directly to the analysts by tweeting @FOXSports on Twitter using the hashtag #DraftParty or by dropping them in the comments of the Facebook and YouTube streams. Live from the network’s state-of-the-art digital set in Los Angeles, FOX Sports experts provide specialist breakdowns at the following positions:

  • Palmer, a former NFL and NCAA quarterback, has become the go-to coach for several top prospects and veterans at the position. The list of signal callers who have flourished under Palmer’s guidance includes last year’s overall top selection Joe Burrow and this year’s projected No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence.
  • Houshmandzadeh, a former NFL Pro Bowl receiver and current FOX Sports contributor, provides analysis on this year’s talented crop of wideouts, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
  • An expert on the offensive line and in gambling, Schwartz provides insight on the big men up front and taps into his betting acumen for a look at how the night’s picks will impact the upcoming season. The former NFL veteran and All-Pac 10 selection works with five of the draft’s most highly touted big men in BIG BOYS CLUB: O-LINE DRAFT ACADEMY on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.
  • Young, a FOX Sports college football writer and analyst, taps into his expertise for a look at which players are best positioned for success as they look to make the jump to the professional ranks. More of Young’s analysis and interviews with top players and coaches is available on FOX Sports’ newest digital series, THE NO. 1 RANKED SHOW.
  • Host of FOX Sports digital betting program TALK THE LINE, McIntyre provides additional context on how Thursday night’s picks will affect each team’s projections for win totals and the postseason and what the savvy gambler needs to know before the 2021 season gets underway.

Thursday’s event is the latest in FOX Sports’ Watch Party franchise, which includes Super Bowls, World Series, College Football Playoff National Championships and more. The Super Bowl LV Watch Party drew a record 5.4 million live viewers, while the 2021 MLB World Series is nominated for a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Experience – Live Event Coverage, and recently won the Cynopsis Award for best Live Stream Presentation.