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Russell Wilson to mentor NFL draft prospects in ESPN series

Russell Wilson will be taking over the role Jon Gruden held for eight years as ESPN’s resident mentor for NFL draft prospects.

ESPN, in a press release issued Wednesday, announced the Seattle Seahawks quarterback will serve as host of a series titled, “QB2QB.” Expected to appear on the show with Wilson are quarterback prospects Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph and J.T. Barrett, along with running back Saquon Barkley, whose appearance will be called “QB2RB.”

“Wilson will host one-on-one conversations with each player later this month where he will discuss his own NFL experiences from the past six seasons, including making the transition from college to the NFL, winning and losing Super Bowls, being the face of an NFL franchise, starting over with new coaches, and building relationships with teammates,” the press release reads, via The Seattle Times.

The series starring Wilson, as noted, will serve as ESPN’s de facto replacement for Gruden’s “QB Camp,” which aired annually. Gruden, the longtime “Monday Night Football” analyst, left the network to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

“Jon Gruden’s QB Camp was one of my favorite experiences of the NFL draft process because it helped prepare me for some of the physical and mental demands of playing in the NFL,” Wilson said in a statement, via ESPN.

“Now, I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet Baker, Saquon, Mason and J.T. to try to help them get ready for the next level as part of ESPN’s QB2QB. At the same time, I look forward to feeding off their energy and excitement as I prepare myself for the new experiences that await me this season.”

The series, broken into 30-minute specials, is slated to premiere on April 17.