Mel Kiper Jr.
|Birth name||Melvin Adam Kiper Jr.|
|Born||July 25, 1960|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||Essex Community College|
|Updated on April 29, 2021.|
Melvin Adam Kiper Jr. (//; born July 25, 1960) is an American football analyst 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.
Kiper said that Ernie Accorsi, general manager of the at the time 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.
Kiper creates what he calls his "big board", on which he ranks the top 25 players every week. During ESPN draft coverage, Kiper's big board appears on the ticker and updates automatically once a player is selected.
Video game appearances
- Kiper voices a draft expert in ESPN NFL 2K5 and is "unlockable" as a free agent longsnapper.
- Kiper appears in NFL Head Coach as a draft expert.
- Kiper appears in Madden NFL 07 and 08 during the pre-draft workout period.
- "Mel Kiper's NFL draft hits and misses". ESPN.com. ESPN, Inc. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
- Battista, Judy (April 24, 2009). "The N.F.L. Draft Is the Kipers' Family Business". The New York Times.
- Kiper, Jr., Mel; McShay, Todd. "Three-round 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Kiper, McShay go head-to-head". ESPN.com. ESPN, Inc. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
- Zucker, Joseph. "Mel Kiper 2019 Big Board: Nick Bosa Remains No. 1, Ed Oliver Drops Out of Top 5". bleacherreport.com. Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- Ekberg, Brian. "E3 06: NFL Head Coach Hands-On". Gamespot. Retrieved November 14, 2007.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kiper, Kim (April 18, 2001). "ESPN.com - Page2 - Mel-odramatic marriage". Espn.go.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
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