ESPN Mel Kiper’s 2013 NFL Draft Big Board and Predictions

Updated: January 10, 2013

mel kiperESPN analyst Mel Kiper came on television today to give his thoughts and predictions on the draft. Kiper went on to say a few crazy things, as he always does.

First thing he said is that we are “still talking 2nd round for qbs.” ESPN then rolled a clip of new Chiefs Coach Andy Reid saying something to the effect of “we get in trouble when we draft by position.”

That then prompted Kiper to say that the likely situation is Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel to the Chiefs at #1, with his teammate defensive end Damontre Moore in play as well. Of course leave it up to Kiper to start randomly vaulting a prospect all the way to the top of the board (Moore). I like the guy, but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else talking about him at #1.

That wasn’t the end of Kiper’s wild predictions. He also claimed that:

  • Ravens trade up if Teo there at 8-15
  • Eddie Lacy compares to Jamal Lewis (how?)

For anyone wondering here is Mel Kipers Updated Big Board for 2013:

  1. Jarvis Jones
  2. Damontre Moore
  3. Luke Joeckel
  4. Star Lotulelei
  5. Chance Warmack
  6. Manti Te’o
  7. Alec Olgetree
  8. Barkevious Mingo
  9. Bjoern Werner
  10. Dee Milliner

Never forget this is the same guy that compared Jamarcus Russell to John Elway:


  1. Kevin

    January 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Moore isn’t a random vault, he’s been in the top 5 radar for a lot of people for months already.

    • D. Wash

      January 11, 2013 at 12:17 am

      But not top 2….

    • Dennis Smith

      January 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Moore was a stiff in the Cotton Bowl…

  2. JohnGiam

    January 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Anyone who doesn’t understand that Joekel is a LOCK to be the number 1 pick of the draft is a FOOL! No one passes up an opportunity to draft one of the best prospects in a decade at one of the three valued positions: QB,OT,DE!!

    Joekel is the number one pick of the draft! End of story

    • JJD

      January 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      1. Joekel is not the best OT prospect in a decade. He is very good and worthy of the number one overall pick, but lets not stretch it.
      2. A quarterback should and most likely will be the pick. It is the most important position in all of sports, and is absolutely critical to a teams success. If you disagree, ask the Dolphins how they feel about passing on Matt Ryan for Jake Long.
      3. Quarterbacks always boost their stock the most in pre-draft workouts. This is because they never have to deal with pressure, which is one of the most important things in evaluating a quarterback, and the thing that most quarterbacks struggle with. This class is no worse than in 05, where Alex Smith was the top pick, and Geno Smith is a better prospect than him anyway.

      • D. Wash

        January 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        ” If you disagree, ask the Dolphins how they feel about passing on Matt Ryan for Jake Long”


        • Derrm

          January 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

          ummm Ryan was the 1st pick overall…

      • john

        January 14, 2013 at 12:35 am

        i am a miami fan and matt ryan can win in the playoffs we never wanted him get it straight

        • rich miller

          January 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

          he just did bub

    • D. Wash

      January 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      But what do they do about QB?

      Tyler Wilson round two? Ryan Nassib? Ricky Stanzi? Brady Quinn?!!!

      • JJD

        January 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        I feel like out of Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib, and Mike Glennon, one will manage to boost his stock into the top ten, and the other two would wind up as late first round picks because of teams moving up. My prediction is Tyler Wilson vaulting into the top 10, most likely Arizona or New York, with The Bills moving either down or back up into the first for Nassib, and Jacksonville moving up for Glennon.

      • Ryan Marshall

        January 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        I agree that they will take Smith, but what about drafting Star Lotulelei (Andy Reid runs a 4-3 and they have a 3-4 in place) and trading for Alex Smith? That would put an anchor on the defensive line and a quality quarterback under center. Add a Justin Hunter / Cordarelle Patterson / etc (whichever falls) in the second round and that makes for a pretty good team.

    • Ryan Marshall

      January 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      1. So when Joeckel isn’t taken until the fourth pick, can we call you a fool? Kansas City has the first pick and their offensive line is not that bad. The Chiefs really need a quarterback, aka Geno Smith with the first pick.
      2. As far as Luke Joeckel being the best, he is the best at his position this year, but he is not the best player in the draft and he is definitely not the best tackle in years. Matt Kalil from last year’s draft was better.


    January 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Kiper also said that Aldon Smith was picked too high by niners.

    • D. Wash

      January 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      The success of Aldon Smith can be directly tied to another player (Justin Smith) so I cant hate Kiper there

      • stpetejohnny

        January 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Aldon Smith became invisible without his Smith Brother….


    January 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Kiper also said that Aldon Smith was picked too high by niners.

  5. JJD

    January 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Not a fan of this writers attitude. Sure Kiper has made some dumb predictions, but every analyst does, and Kiper is still considered to be the best, even though my personal vote goes to Mike Mayock. Moore is a top 5 pick for sure, so while I don’t see him going number 1, it isn’t a laughable notion. If anything, Jarvis Jones should be the guy if they go pass rusher though. I was never a fan of JaMarcus Russell out of college, but the guy probably had the best physical skill set out of a quarterback we have ever seen (not counting mobility, just pure arm talent). He just had no commitment, which we quickly found out. As far as Ed Lacy, he has a unique combination of power and quickness and has all the tools to be a quality back at the next level, so the Lewis comment is justified.

    • D. Wash

      January 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Attitude? Come on bro… Kiper is one of the best at what he does, I respect that man but even he is wrong sometimes!

      • JJD

        January 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

        I apologize if I misinterpreted your intention with this article. The way I read it, it seemed to me like you were disrespecting him and saying he was terrible at his job in a condescending manner. That is why I said I had a problem with your attitude. But again, if that was not your intention then I apologize for misunderstanding.

        • D. Wash

          January 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm

          If you’re not a long time reader then you probably don’t understand my sense of humor. Easy misunderstanding!

  6. rodn5yn

    January 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Andy Reid runs a 4-3? The only thing Andy Reid runs is his assistants out of town when he feels the heat.

  7. Bryan Holloway #1Chief Fan

    January 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

    An A1 coach{Andy Reid} is what we needed GENO SMITH 42td passes 6ints coaching only makes him better. Pick him pick him pick him 1 overall {GO CHIEF’S }!!!!!!!!¡¡¡¡

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