The 2010 NFL Draft is here. The action kicks off tonight and the fate of all 32 NFL teams will be changed for the 2010 season and beyond.
Over three days of coverage, seven rounds worth of prospects will come off the board and fans will fight over which team had the best draft and whether their team did right by them.
Throughout it all, the incomparable Mel Kiper Jr. will be there. ESPN's draft guru will talk and analyze for us through hours upon hours of draft coverage, providing a never-ending amount of information. First up is Day One of the draft.
Kiper has already expressed a lot of confidence in his first round projections, but we're confident these are 10 things you will not hear him say.
There has been a subdued, though at times obvious tension between Kiper and Todd McShay ever since McShay arrived on the ESPN scene a couple years ago. The duo are known for their heated back-and-forth exchanges on SportsCenter and on Draft Day.
Throughout it all, Kiper has done his best to not call out McShay and let the new guy have his piece. However, no matter how much they share the stage, you will never hear Kiper give McShay positive reinforcement by saying "he's right."
In recent years, Kiper has not been shy in voicing his disbelief in some of the reaches the Oakland Raiders have made. Even this year, nobody can get any confident read on where the Raiders will go with the eighth overall pick.
Al Davis and Co. could go any which way, but regardless of who they go with, Kiper will find a way to be polite about their selection without too much high praise.
The Golden Boy of the Golden Domers could be off to the San Francisco 49ers if some of the budding rumors about Jimmy Clausen going to the Bay Area come true.
Clausen is actually above Sam Bradford on Kiper's draft board, but there is some wavering confidence about the long term success of Clausen. Even if he goes to the 49ers, such a lofty comparison will not be levied.
If there is one stance on which Kiper has remained 100 percent unflinching, it is his belief that Tim Tebow is not a first round pick. That will not change in the hours leading up to the draft. Should a team make the leap and take Tebow in the first round, you will not see Mel Kiper supporting the decision.
Mel Kiper has long entertained us with his analysis. Though he's been incorrect with his analysis in the past (ie: his support for Akili Smith), there is not a lot of confidence that this year's crop of quarterbacks will provide long term answers for the clubs that draft them. It's a bit of down year under center for the draft, and Kiper's opinions will back that up.
Kiper has remained unwavering in his belief that Colt McCoy is not a first round pick. Kiper has McCoy pegged as an early second round pick. That pick should hold up and Kiper's words stay true.
Ben Roethlisberger news aside, the Steelers choice in the first round will be an interesting one after the club traded away Santonio Holmes. That being said, it still remains highly unlikely that the Steelers will go with a receiver with their first pick, leaving this quote to remain on Kiper's tongue.
Mel Kiper is there for draft analysis and scouting reports. He is not there to get into the dirty side of the sports media that the talking heads to Kiper's left will repeat over and over again during the hours of the NFL Draft.
Kiper will stay away from the still fresh news of the Big Ben's suspension.
They are three words that Kiper will never utter. He is the man that knows something about every player coming off the board whether he went to the University of Texas or North Texas. They are three words that are simply an impossibility to cross the lips of Mel Kiper.
Age and time take their toll on everybody and unfortunately for Kiper, Father Time has taken his toll on Kiper's famous hairdo. The man simply known as "The Hairdo" is starting to lose some of the height and body on his marquis quaff, but the "The Hairdo" won't admit it.