Mel Kiper Jr.
Kiper at the 2009 NFL Draft
Personal information
Birth nameMelvin Adam Kiper Jr.
Born (1960-07-25) July 25, 1960 (age 61)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Alma materEssex Community College
Event(s)NFL Draft
Updated on April 29, 2021.

Melvin Adam Kiper Jr. (/ˈkpər/; 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.[1]


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.[2]

Kiper and fellow draft analyst Todd McShay are often featured together and compare their mock drafts on ESPN programs.[3]

Big Board

Kiper creates what he calls his "big board", on which he ranks the top 25 players every week.[4] 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


Kiper has been married since 1989 to Kim, who assists him in running Mel Kiper Enterprises from their Baltimore home.[7] They have one daughter together.[8]


  1. ^ "Mel Kiper's NFL draft hits and misses". ESPN, Inc. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Battista, Judy (April 24, 2009). "The N.F.L. Draft Is the Kipers' Family Business". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Kiper, Jr., Mel; McShay, Todd. "Three-round 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Kiper, McShay go head-to-head". ESPN, Inc. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Ekberg, Brian. "E3 06: NFL Head Coach Hands-On". Gamespot. Retrieved November 14, 2007.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Kiper, Kim (April 18, 2001). " - Page2 - Mel-odramatic marriage". Retrieved April 30, 2016.