By Harvey Hoffman

To Inky alum, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, tonight’s NFL Draft simulcast with NFL Network won’t be a “welcome distraction.”

He’ll be at his South Jersey home and join hosts remotely via video link.

In a recent interview with Front Office Sports, Paolantonio noted that he is happy to be a part of the evening and doesn’t fault the NFL for staging the event during a global pandemic.

“I want to do my job. You want to do your job. People want to go back to work in this country,” SalPal said. “We want to do it, however, in a safe and healthy way. I don’t begrudge the NFL wants to do its job as long as they can do it in a safe manner.”

Paolantonio pushes back on the idea that the draft is something America needs right now.

“I don’t buy that it’s going to be a ‘welcome distraction.’ It’s not going to be a welcome distraction for the doctors and the nurses on the front line. So let’s be careful how we use that,” he says.

Sal Paolantonio will be a part of the NFL Draft coverage that will be simulcast across ESPN and the NFL Network tonight and Friday. ABC will carry its own draft coverage on those two days. All three networks will simulcast the same coverage on Saturday for rounds 4-7.

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