Mel Kiper my fellow Calvert Hall graduate can I ask why you are famous and Michael Bertasso and myself are not. I was going back through some of your Draft analysis of old and I'm confused why ESPN pays you to talk? Maybe because ESPN only knows big names as it is. What I'm talking about is simple here are examples.
I would like to start with Jimmy Clausen you said "If Jimmy Clausen is not a successful quarterback in the NFL, I'm done. That's it, I'm out." Well Mel I unfortunately have to ask you can you put in your resignation and ask ESPN to replace you with myself. I say this because in Clausens 17 games 11 of which a starter he threw 10 interceptions and only a measly 5 touchdowns. Mel that's strike one.
Example number two, Mel Kiper loved the biggest flop possibly in the history of the league. Yes, Mel loved JaMarcus Russell. He said this about Russell "Three years from now you could be looking at a guy who's one of the elite, top five quarterbacks in this league." Well Mel his stats are pathetic in 31 games he threw for only 4,083 yards, 23 interceptions, and 18 touchdowns. At least Clausen lasted 3 years in the NFL, Russell after three years was gone and hasn't returned. That's strike 2 Mel I'm giving you 5.
Russell Wilson is one of Mels biggest misses as true talent. I was so high on his talent I was yelling and hollering for him to be drafted in the first round. Anyway back to Mel, he called Wilson a career backup. Well let's see here he's about to return to the super bowl for a second consecutive season in his third season. That's an NFL record no QB has ever started in 2 superbowls in their first 3 years. He won the first one beating Peyton Manning none the less. His stats are pretty beautiful as well to show he might just be the best QB of his Draft, which he is. Russells numbers are as follows, in 48 games (regular season) he has 9,950 yards, 72 TDS, 26 INTS, a 2.77 touch down to interception ratio, he also adds 1,877 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. Those stats along with a superbowl win all let alone in the NFC West stacked with defense. Yeah um hey Mel how are Clausen and JaMarcus doing? Strike three. Your already out but I'm going to show how clueless you can be.
Mel loved the person that people can argue was the biggest flop in NFL history with JaMarcus Russell. Ryan Leaf, Mel said "his attitude will be an asset in the NFL and give him a mental advantage over other players in his Draft class." This class includes future hall of fame QB Peyton Manning. In 3 seasons as an NFL QB he managed to throw 3,666 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions in 25 games. Leaf was pathetically bad. His ego and attitude became a distraction on and off the field as well causing turmoil for his own team. He was taken before Matt Hasselback in his Draft who is no hall of famer but was a good starter in the NFL and carried with him a winning attitude. Man Mel you just keep swinging.
The 2012 NFL Draft was a good one it carried names like RGIII and Andrew Luck. It brought in many other names worth remembering much to disagreement from Mel. He rated for example the Seahawks in 2012 daft a C-. Here's the Draft class that has helped build and win them superbowls just as the 2011 class did that Kiper gave a D+. The 2011 class names had James Carpenter (starting LG), KJ Wright (Starting OLB), Richard Sherman (best CB in football), and Byron Maxwell (number 2 corner for hawks). Back to the 2012 "C-":
Round 1, Bruce Irvin who has been solid in coverage and pass rushing. Round 2, Bobby Wagner, Mel didn't like him because he is to small just like Ray Lewis was short at linebacker. Wagner is a top 3 linebacker in the NFL.
Round 3, Russell Wilson look above for stats but to be top 4 QB in the league due to smarts and play making abilities. He was to short for Mel to and supposed to be just a back up.
Round 4, Robert Turbin the best back up RB in the league and when Lynch leaves next year most likely Turbin will be their new power back. He is a monster and a very talented RB.
Round 4 pt. 2, Jaye Howard an athletic DT but hasn't amounted to much yet.
Round 5, Korey Toomer this pick was very questionable as he never really amounted to anything.
Round 6, Jeremy Lane has come into his own and compliments Maxwell and Sherman very well at the corner back postition.
Round 6 pt. 2, Winston Guy who is a decent safety which is a good spot to get a back up safety.
Round 7, JR Sweezy is a starting right guard in the NFL for the Hawks and is a good one at that not great but he is a quality starter and for a 7th round pick yeah definitely not a miss. In other words the Seahawks got superbowl talent in every round but the 5th. Hey Mel how does that equal a C-!?!?!?!. Yeah can we just fire or release Mel please that's 5 strikes.
Yeah I know you can miss on some occasions but the misses Mel has nailed and the whiffs he has made are a joke. Mel Kiper is a joke of an analyst and I feel if you aren't sure on someone don't go to Mel for advice. His mindless babbling will steer you wrong. Have fun watching the Draft.
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