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Who is Mel Kiper, Jr. and what makes him an expert on the draft?
Mel Kiper, Jr. is a self-appointed “draft guru” who first appeared on ESPN’s draft coverage in 1984 as an analyst. A few years earlier, he recognized the demand for a centralized source of draft information on college players and began publishing The Draft Report.
Kiper is well known for criticizing NFL teams for their draft selections, famously stating the NY Jets “didn’t understand what drafting was about” following their selection of DE/LB Jeff Lageman in 1989 (Kiper believed that Lageman would have been available with a much lower pick) and getting into a public feud with then Colts general manager Bill Tobin, after the Cols selected linebacker Quentin Coryatt with the second overall pick in 1992.
As to where he came from, while experts agree that he most likely came from Mel Kiper, Sr. and Mrs. Kiper, I am convinced that he was grown in a pod a la Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I mean, look at the hair. . .that ain’t human.
If last year’s draft was “chalk,” with everyone penciling in Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin at the top of their draft boards, then this year’s draft is much more like this year’s NCAA tournament – no consensus, expect the unexpected, plenty of “upsets” on the horizon.
It’s rare that the top 5 or so of an NFL draft isn’t very clear by this point, with the event less than a week away, but that’s where we’re all at, with the top five in a state of flux, theories about trade-ups and trade-downs abounding and a pervading sense that anything can happen.
This may not be a star-studded draft like last year, but EVERY draft has far-reaching consequences for the teams in it, and the future of every NFL franchise will be impacted by what happens next.
Once again, the draft is stretched out to an unnecessary three days, April 25 through April 27. I guess my laments that they should go back to a two day draft will never be heard.
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In case you’re not aware, the NFL is big business. Its actually such a big business that last year’s draft had more viewers than the World Series or any other sport’s playoffs, which is impressive to say the least.
The process, by which teams select college players to join their rosters as rookies, has swelled to a three day prime time event, which will take place this year from April 25th to April 27th and will be televised live on ESPN and its affiliates.
Although the draft is big business now, for many years (the first NFL draft actually took place in 1936) it was held in relative obscurity behind closed doors.
All of that changed when a certain fledgling cable network, ESPN, was looking for basically anything to fill airtime, and decided to begin televising the process in the 1980s. To their shock and pleasant surprise, it quickly drew viewers and became an increasingly popular event. In 1984, they added a “draft guru,” Mel Kiper, Jr., as an analyst and over the years the draft has become such a major sports event that it was moved to prime time and expanded to three days (instead of two).
So what is all the hype about? Continue Reading to find out…Read More
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