Mel Kiper Jr. meet Jeff Probst and Olivia Dunham. Say hello to Liz Lemon and Derek Shepherd.
Yes, the man who’s made a healthy cottage industry analyzing whether a college offensive tackle can sustain a block or if a wideout has separation speed that will translate on Sundays, is going to be knocking noggins (hey, wearing protective headgear is not a prerequisite to sporting helmet hair) with some of broadcast’s best next April 22.
That’s when the NFL will kick off its 75th draft in primetime (well, 7:30 p.m.) from Jim Dolan’s Radio City Music Hall.
And why shouldn’t ESPN and NFL Network take a swipe at some of that Thursday night advertising money (if there is any)?
Last year’s draft on April 25-26 cumed some 39 million on a spring weekend, including a combined 6.3 million for the first round, as Kiper and a cast of thousands droned on about the prospects’ physical attributes, football IQs and who were the best available players left on the board.
But given a scheduled 3.5-hour window through 11 p.m. (bet the over), there still will be plenty of time to watch most of your favorite shows before toggling to the sports networks as the 32 teams wind down the clock on their selections.
Even better, you can watch more of the college professor and his teacher assistants talk breathlessly over the same redundant clips, as Mel’s Meat Market will be open for three days next April — the second and third rounds will take place that Friday night, starting at 6:30 p.m., while the final four rounds are on tap from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday the 24th.
Mark your Kiper calendars.