On the April 19th, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. announced plans for his eventual retirement on ESPN's NFL Live broadcast. His announcement shocked the Pro Football world.
While sparring with fellow draft analyst Todd McShay, Kiper made the following declaration: "If Jimmy Clausen is not a successful quarterback in the NFL, I'm done. That's it. I'm out."
McShay asked the following question: "What is your time frame, Mel? When do we make that assessment?"
Kiper answered "I want eight years."
McShay countered, "It will only take three years, Mel. We can tell inside three years."
Kiper replied, "I want eight."
The video was rebroadcast on today's episode of NFL Live!
This rebroadcast signified that the bet is down on the table, SOLID! We have the evidence on videotape.
We can only surmise that Mel Kiper is planning to retire sometime in 2018.
Kiper has been in the draft business for some 30 years. It will be a total of 38 if he decides to retire in eight years.
Perhaps Kiper is finally beginning to think about what most men his age think about: retirement and the easy life.
The 2010 draft cycle was not kind to Mel Kiper Jr.
As the Holy Pope of the draft, Kiper placed the Imprimatur on Jimmy Clausen, declaring he was the No. 1 QB in the draft.
The Rams ignored this evaluation and selected Sam Bradford No. 1 in the draft.
Kiper also placed the Anathema on Tim Tebow, declaring that he was no kind of NFL Quarterback.
The Broncos ignored this evaluation and selected Tim Tebow at pick No. 25 in the first round.
Clausen, the No. 4 athlete on Kiper's board, was selected at pick 48 by the Panthers.
NFL Live! reported that a canvas of NFL General Managers indicates that none were surprised at Tebow's draft position, nor were they surprised by Clausen's.
The overwhelming majority of GM's surveyed projected Tebow between pick 20 and 40. They also projected Clausen as a second-rounder.
This would seem to indicate that Kiper's street cred is pretty shabby inside the NFL.
In all honesty, we must confess that Kiper brought his current trials and tribulations down upon his own head.
Earlier in the day, I challenged NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi by saying, "If Clausen turns into any sort of sold pro, I will walk from Los Angeles to Ravenna, Italy on my arthritic and surgically repaired knees. If he makes it to a Pro-Bowl, I will crawl from Los Angeles to Antarctica."