Nashville, TN – April 26, 2019: Mel Kiper Jr. on the set of NFL Draft Countdown during the 2019 NFL Draft (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images) ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. NO WEB USE Credit: ESPN Images

The NFL Draft is always one of the biggest events of the NFL offseason, with many fans tuning in to see who their team selects.

The event has been hosted on ESPN for over four decades now and one of the staples each year has been NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. Kiper has been a part of ESPN’s coverage of the event since 1984, but this year his involvement will be a little different.

The draft guru announced via social media that while he will take part in his 39th year of coverage for the network, he will be doing so from a home studio this time.

“The NFL Draft is the highlight of my year and I am looking forward to taking part in my 39th this month on ESPN,” wrote Kiper. “For all three days, I will appear from my home studio in Maryland rather than onsite in Vegas as I am unvaccinated from Covid-19.

“I completely support everyone determining what’s best for their individual circumstance and recognizing the value of vaccines. Simply put, my Covid vaccination decision is very specific to my own personal medical history.”

This news from Kiper has certainly gotten the NFL world talking, with many upset that Kiper will not be in person at the draft this year.

Others are happy that Kiper will still have a role in the event despite him not being there in person.

The topic of the COVID-19 vaccine is about as debated a topic as any at the moment, and many took the chance to criticize Kiper for his decision.

For those who are a fan of Kiper, it is nice that they will still be able to get his analysis, even if it’ll be from his home. However, it will certainly be a weird feeling not seeing him along with the rest of ESPN’s broadcasters as we are used to for this upcoming NFL Draft.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.