|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 and fellow draft analyst Todd McShay are often featured together and compare their mock drafts on ESPN programs.
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.
Kiper has been married since 1989 to Kim, who assists him in running Mel Kiper Enterprises from their Baltimore home. They have one daughter together.