Kiper’s Lunacy

Mel Kiper is a brilliant self promoter.  This time he’s generated controversey by leaving Tim Tebow off of his preseason Big Board.  Kiper, whose scouting is notorious for its lack of accuracy, keeps insisting that Tebow is going to be a tight end in the NFL.

Jeremey Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel highlights the inanity here and a commentator on the 365 blog sums it all up:

I just don’t understand how Mel can say Tebow would make a better tight end, when we’ve never seen him catch a pass or throw a block, than a quarter back, after winning a Heisman trophy. Mel is basing this off of Tim’s build and measurables. It’s pretty clean we have no idea what kind of tight end or H-back he would make.

Bingo.  Just because a guy is 6-3, 245 does not mean his skill set is optimal for the tight end position.  Why not outside linebacker?

But more importantly, Kiper is completely missing the boat on the general direction of the NFL these days.  A pro team is going to go to a spread system sooner rather than later and don’t be surprised if Tebow is the guy they build things around.   Kiper is still fighting the last scouting war, looking for 6-4 pocket passers.  Meanwhile, teams like the Dolphins are drafting Pat White in the second round.

And so Kiper has Sam Bradford as the top guy on his draft board.  Mind you, Bradford’s a great college player, but if he goes first, I’ll put a pound of pommade in my hair in Kiper’s honor.

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5 Responses to Kiper’s Lunacy

  1. CFM August 22, 2009 at 9:57 am #


    What do you think about Todd McShay? Sometimes I think McShay sort of offsets Kiper’s maniacal lunacy but, othertimes he seems just as bone headed.

  2. JMB August 22, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Bradford going first isn’t that outlandish. It’s quite possible he would have been the first overall pick over Stafford had he come out this season. While I think the “best” players on the board are the top-end defensive guys (Berry, McCoy, Mays, Suh, etc.), never underestimate the chances that the team with the top pick will take a franchise quarterback, or trade the pick to a team who is desperate for one. I can pretty much guarantee that Bradford will get picked ahead of Tebow, that’s to be certain. Sneed and McCoy are obviously going to be in play as well.

  3. HP August 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    Not impressed with McShay either.

    JMB: I think that a spread quarterback who takes most of his snaps from the shotgun isn’t going to be taken first again until the NFL starts moving toward the spread. Bradford has a lot of good tools, but his system is an obstacle to him being drafted first. I’m NOT saying that this is the right decision…

  4. Bucknut August 26, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    I’m so tired of Mel Kiper’s analysis and his helmet head haircut. Tebow is a quarterback and was born to be a quarterback. I hope he breaks this whole “system” quarterback controversy in the NFL.

  5. big ten speed August 31, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    I don’t see why you can’t believe both of the following simultaneously:

    1) Sam Bradford will go #1 (or top-5, whatever) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He may not be deserving of such an honor, but a regime change at a bad team usually includes drafting a QB early to be “The Guy.”

    2) Tim Tebow will be drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft by a team that intends to use him as a QB. Someone will take a chance by grooming him as a backup or 3rd QB.