Mel Kiper Jr. has never been one to back away from giving his opinion. In the 1994 NFL Draft, it started some controversy.
The Colts selected linebacker Trev Alberts with the fifth overall selection. Mel Kiper voiced his opinion on how the move was not a smart one for the team.
When ESPN got Colts GM Bill Tobin on the phone, he responded with his own opinion.
“Who in the hell is Mel Kiper, anyway? I mean, here’s a guy who criticizes everybody, whoever they take. In my knowledge of him, he’s never even put on a jockstrap, he’s never been a player, he’s never been a coach, he’s never been a scout, he’s never been an administrator, and all of a sudden, he’s an expert. Mel Kiper has no more credentials to do what he’s doing than my neighbor, and my neighbor’s a postman and he doesn’t even have season tickets to the NFL.”
Tobin was fired after the 1996 season. Trev Alberts retired at only 26-years-old.
I guess Kiper was right.