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Mel Kiper Jr.

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Mel Kiper Jr.
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Kiper at the 2009 NFL Draft.
Personal information
Birth name Melvin Adam Kiper Jr.
Nationality American
Born (1960-07-25) July 25, 1960 (age 57)
Baltimore, Maryland
Alma mater Essex Community College
Sport Football
Event(s) NFL Draft
Partner ESPN
Updated on 26 April 2012.

Melvin Adam "Mel" Kiper Jr. (/ˈkpər/; born July 25, 1960) is an American football analyst for ESPN. He has served as an analyst for ESPN's annual NFL draft coverage since 1984, providing in-depth information on the nation's potential draft picks.


Kiper said that Ernie Accorsi, the general manager of the then-Baltimore Colts, encouraged him to become a draft analyst. Accorsi told him that there was a market for draft information and that Kiper should convert his analysis into a business.[1]

Kiper and fellow draft analyst Todd McShay are often featured together and compare their mock drafts on ESPN programs. Kiper also co-hosts a weekend show on ESPN Radio titled "Dari and Mel" with Dari Nowkhah.[citation needed]

Big Board[edit]

Kiper creates what he calls his "big board", on which he ranks the top 25 players every week. During the ESPN draft coverage, Kiper's big board appears on the ticker, and updates automatically once a player is selected.

Video game appearances[edit]

  • Kiper lent his voice to the videogame, ESPN NFL 2K5, as the NFL Draft expert in season mode, and also is "unlockable" as a Free Agent long-snapper in the game.
  • Kiper appears in NFL Head Coach as the NFL Draft expert.[2]
  • Kiper appears in Madden NFL 0708 during the college draft workout period in the offseason.


Kiper married his wife, Kim, in 1989. They have one daughter. Kim assists her husband in running Mel Kiper Enterprises[3] from their Baltimore home.[4]


  1. ^ Battista, Judy (2009-04-24). "The N.F.L. Draft Is the Kipers' Family Business". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Ekberg, Brian. "E3 06: NFL Head Coach Hands-On". Gamespot. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  3. ^ Kiper, Kim (2001-04-18). " - Page2 - Mel-odramatic marriage". Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  4. ^ Sports (2012-04-25). "MEL KIPER JR: Life Story, From Amateur Scout To ESPN's Multi-Millionaire NFL Draft Expert". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 

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