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April 28, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Think what you will about NFL draft experts, such as Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN and Tom Hepler of Ourlad's Guide to the NFL Draft, but because of the volume of film and scouting reports they see, they remain the best independent judges of the quality of a team's selections. And both Kiper and Hepler say the Eagles had an excellent draft. Kiper says the Eagles did the right thing by not moving up in the first round. Hepler agrees, saying they got an offensive tackle who could be a mainstay with the 25th pick.
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April 25, 1994 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
Mel Kiper got a taste of his own medicine. The ESPN draft analyst, who has made a career out of second-guessing NFL clubs for their draft day decisions, was verbally hammered on the air yesterday by Colts football operations chief Bill Tobin after Kiper criticized him for failing to select a quarterback with one of the Colts' two first-round picks. "To my knowledge, (Kiper) has never put on a jockstrap, has never been a scout, has never been an administrator," Tobin said in an interview with ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
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January 4, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
FORMER Daily News Public League Player of the Year Sharrif Floyd said he will leave the University of Florida for the NFL draft. "It's a blessing that I'm going to get a chance to do what a lot of players want to do," Floyd told Florida Today . "My dream is going to come true. " Floyd, who graduated from George Washington High, said his successful junior season with the Gators influenced his decision. "The fact that my coaches gave me their blessing and said, 'Go, you're ready, good luck to you,' " Floyd told the newspaper.
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April 24, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JOBS THAT didn't exist 40 years ago, or if they did, hardly anyone knew it: Barista. Social media coordinator. Yoga instructor. NFL draft expert. That last one was pretty much invented by one big-haired guy in the early 1980s, in terms of the general public's consciousness, anyway, and for a while, his was a lonely, relatively thankless existence. "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?" then-Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Tobin famously thundered during the 1994 draft, after hearing ESPN's draft expert question his selection of linebacker Trev Alberts fifth overall, over quarterback Trent Dilfer.
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April 25, 1994 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Bernard Williams, the Eagles' first-round draft choice, isn't one of those glamorous college players whom fans drool over. But Williams received strong endorsement from two of ESPN's draft day commentators. The 6-8, 315-pound offensive tackle from Georgia will "step right in," former University of Pittsburgh coach Mike Gottfried said during yesterday's broadcast. "He's a basketball player playing football. He can bend his knees. He's the only true left tackle in the draft. " Mel Kiper Jr. said Williams is "a mountain of a man, a pure tackle.
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February 9, 2009
Draft talk It's time to talk [NFL] draft. Mel Kiper released his mock draft, and if that's how the real draft ended up, I would be 100 percent satisfied. If you missed it, Kiper has the Eagles taking Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells with the Eagles' first first-round pick and then, just a few picks later, he has the Eagles going for OT Michael Oher.   That may be a bit generous, but I love it! The Eagles need to get one amazing OT with one of their first two picks.
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April 23, 1993 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
NFL draftniks should slump contentedly in their couches on Sunday evening: ESPN will provide 6 1/2 hours of live coverage. ESPN's live telecast, starting at noon, will mark its 14th consecutive year presenting the NFL draft. Commenting on the draft at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan will be former NFL quarterbck Joe Theismann and draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. Joining Theismann and Kiper will be Bill Polian, the man who built the Buffalo Bills into Super Bowl contenders.
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April 15, 2000 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
No more workouts. No more tests. No more scouts. The only thing left is the anticipation - and plenty of it. Cheyney junior defensive tackle Keith Jackson will be sitting in his mother's living room today, watching ESPN and waiting for the phone to ring. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Jackson is expected to be selected in this year's NFL draft, possibly as high as the third round. The draft begins with the first three rounds today and concludes with the final four rounds tomorrow.
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April 19, 1991 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Sunday is the biggest day of the year for draftniks. For the 12th consecutive year, ESPN is televising the NFL draft live from the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan. ESPN will be on the air from noon to 6:30 p.m. Chris Berman will be the host, supported by Tom Jackson, Joe Theismann and Mel Kiper. At another set, Mike Gottfried and Fred Edelstein will join Robin Roberts. Kiper's top five forecast is: wide receiver Raghib Ismail and cornerback Todd Lyght, from Notre Dame; defensive lineman Russell Maryland, Miami; wide receiver Alvin Harper, Tennessee; and running back Nick Bell, Iowa.
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April 14, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sorry, Jerry Seinfeld. You didn't invent the idea of a TV show about nothing. The folks at ESPN beat you to the punch when they began televising the NFL draft. This is, after all, an event in which the only real activity involves the handing of slips of paper by one person to another. The draft is perhaps the most important factor in determining the success of NFL teams. It is important, and it somehow has become a TV extravaganza. Back in the early 1980s, when ESPN was a young network trying to fill 24 hours of airtime every day, it was simply available.
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April 24, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JOBS THAT didn't exist 40 years ago, or if they did, hardly anyone knew it: Barista. Social media coordinator. Yoga instructor. NFL draft expert. That last one was pretty much invented by one big-haired guy in the early 1980s, in terms of the general public's consciousness, anyway, and for a while, his was a lonely, relatively thankless existence. "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?" then-Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Tobin famously thundered during the 1994 draft, after hearing ESPN's draft expert question his selection of linebacker Trev Alberts fifth overall, over quarterback Trent Dilfer.
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January 4, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
FORMER Daily News Public League Player of the Year Sharrif Floyd said he will leave the University of Florida for the NFL draft. "It's a blessing that I'm going to get a chance to do what a lot of players want to do," Floyd told Florida Today . "My dream is going to come true. " Floyd, who graduated from George Washington High, said his successful junior season with the Gators influenced his decision. "The fact that my coaches gave me their blessing and said, 'Go, you're ready, good luck to you,' " Floyd told the newspaper.
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April 26, 2009 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
The draft hasn't even started yet, but the ESPN talent is already foaming at the mouth. Everyone on the World Wide Leader's bloated team has had something breathless to offer. Steve Young just said that asking a quarterback to play without a good tackle to protect his blind side is like "asking da Vinci to paint on the run. " Shoot me an e-mail if you know what that means. Herm Edwards explained that winning in the NFL is like baking an apple pie, "and for that you need apples. " Herm said quarterbacks are the apples.
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April 24, 2009
The draft is tomorrow. I can't wait. It's one of my favorite days of the year. I plan on ordering a mess of food and sinking into the couch and watching a lot of television (which, come to think of it, makes it like any other weekend for me). Are the two of you into the draft or do you think it's an overrated sports day? And what would you like to see the Birds do with their remaining first-round pick? First draft I covered, we all went to a room in the bowels of Veterans Stadium, it started at 8 a.m., and they did 12 rounds in one day. The Eagles took Kevin Allen in the first round and Randall Cunningham in the second.
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February 9, 2009
Draft talk It's time to talk [NFL] draft. Mel Kiper released his mock draft, and if that's how the real draft ended up, I would be 100 percent satisfied. If you missed it, Kiper has the Eagles taking Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells with the Eagles' first first-round pick and then, just a few picks later, he has the Eagles going for OT Michael Oher.   That may be a bit generous, but I love it! The Eagles need to get one amazing OT with one of their first two picks.
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November 11, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For a fleeting moment, a slight smile came across Larry Johnson's face, which often seems locked in a scowl. Penn State's swift, powerful and determined tailback found a bit of humor when someone asked him his opinion of Mel Kiper's hairdo. "It's real 1960s but, you know, that's OK," Johnson said after he continued his attack on the Penn State record book, running for 188 yards in Saturday's 35-14 win over Virginia at Beaver Stadium. Kiper, who works for ESPN, is probably the most visible person in the cottage industry of evaluating college football prospects for the NFL draft that is held each April.
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April 19, 2001 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It could be a coincidence. Or it could be a trend that helps you figure out who the Eagles are looking for with the 25th pick in Saturday's NFL draft. Call it the Senior Bowl theory. Since Tom Modrak and Andy Reid have been working together, they have selected a total of 10 players in the first four rounds of two drafts. Eight of those players had taken part in the Senior Bowl, the annual college all-star game in Mobile, Ala. The eight: Donovan McNabb, Barry Gardner, Doug Brzezinski, Damon Moore and Na Brown in 1999 and Todd Pinkston, Bobbie Williams and Gari Scott in 2000.
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April 15, 2000 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
No more workouts. No more tests. No more scouts. The only thing left is the anticipation - and plenty of it. Cheyney junior defensive tackle Keith Jackson will be sitting in his mother's living room today, watching ESPN and waiting for the phone to ring. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Jackson is expected to be selected in this year's NFL draft, possibly as high as the third round. The draft begins with the first three rounds today and concludes with the final four rounds tomorrow.
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April 14, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sorry, Jerry Seinfeld. You didn't invent the idea of a TV show about nothing. The folks at ESPN beat you to the punch when they began televising the NFL draft. This is, after all, an event in which the only real activity involves the handing of slips of paper by one person to another. The draft is perhaps the most important factor in determining the success of NFL teams. It is important, and it somehow has become a TV extravaganza. Back in the early 1980s, when ESPN was a young network trying to fill 24 hours of airtime every day, it was simply available.
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April 28, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Think what you will about NFL draft experts, such as Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN and Tom Hepler of Ourlad's Guide to the NFL Draft, but because of the volume of film and scouting reports they see, they remain the best independent judges of the quality of a team's selections. And both Kiper and Hepler say the Eagles had an excellent draft. Kiper says the Eagles did the right thing by not moving up in the first round. Hepler agrees, saying they got an offensive tackle who could be a mainstay with the 25th pick.
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