Mel Kiper Jr.

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Mel Kiper Jr. (pronounced /ˈkaɪpər/) (born July 25, 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American football analyst for the ESPN television channel. 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. With the emergence of ESPN2 and ESPN.com, Kiper's visibility increased. Kiper has said that Ernie Accorsi, the general manager of the then-Baltimore Colts, encouraged him to become a draft analyst. He says that Accorsi told him that there was a market for draft information and that Kiper should convert his expertise into a business. Kiper and fellow draft analyst Todd McShay are often featured together and compare their mock drafts on ESPN programs. During ESPN's coverage of 1994 NFL Draft, Kiper criticized the Indianapolis Colts for using their fifth overall pick on linebacker Trev Alberts, and not quarterback Trent Dilfer, whom Kiper labeled a "franchise quarterback". In 1994, Kiper felt that the Colts, who had Jim Harbaugh, needed a quarterback, and should not have passed on Dilfer, calling them "the laughingstock of the league year-in and year-out.
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