Mel Kiper Jr.

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Mel Kiper Jr.
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Kiper in 2009
Born (1960-07-25) July 25, 1960 (age 62)
Alma materEssex Community College
OccupationFootball commentator

Mel Kiper Jr. (/ˈkpər/; born July 25, 1960)[1] is an analyst covering American football for ESPN. He has appeared on ESPN's annual NFL draft coverage since 1984, providing in-depth information on the nation's potential draft picks.[2]


Kiper said that Ernie Accorsi, general manager of the Baltimore Colts, encouraged him to become a draft analyst. Accorsi told him that there was a market for draft information and suggested that Kiper convert his analysis into a business.[3]

Kiper and fellow draft analyst Todd McShay are often featured together and compare their mock drafts on ESPN programs.[4]

Big Board[edit]

Kiper creates what he calls his "big board", on which he ranks the top 25 players every week.[5] During ESPN draft coverage, Kiper's big board appears on the ticker and updates automatically once a player is selected.[citation needed]

Video game appearances[edit]


Kiper's wife Kim, whom he married in 1989, assists him in running Mel Kiper Enterprises from their Baltimore home.[8] They have one daughter together.[9]


  1. ^ "Mel Kiper Jr". Retrieved July 28, 2022. Kiper, born July 25, 1960, attended Essex Community College in Baltimore.
  2. ^ "Mel Kiper's NFL draft hits and misses". ESPN, Inc. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Battista, Judy (April 24, 2009). "The N.F.L. Draft Is the Kipers' Family Business". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Kiper, Mel Jr.; McShay, Todd (April 18, 2019). "Three-round 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Kiper, McShay go head-to-head". ESPN, Inc. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Zucker, Joseph. "Mel Kiper 2019 Big Board: Nick Bosa Remains No. 1, Ed Oliver Drops Out of Top 5". Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  6. ^ Ekberg, Brian. "E3 06: NFL Head Coach Hands-On". Gamespot. Retrieved November 14, 2007.[dead link]
  7. ^ Arguello, Lorenzo (April 25, 2012). "How Mel Kiper Went From Controversial, No-Name Amateur Scout To The Biggest NFL Draft Guru On The Planet". Business Insider. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Sports (April 25, 2012). "MEL KIPER JR: Life Story, From Amateur Scout To ESPN's Multi-Millionaire NFL Draft Expert". Business Insider. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  9. ^ Kiper, Kim (April 18, 2001). " - Page2 - Mel-odramatic marriage". Retrieved April 30, 2016.

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