The unvaccinated Mel Kiper Jr. will remotely cover the 2022 NFL Draft

Mel Kiper Jr., a staple of ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage, announced he will be filling his post for the 2022 NFL Draft remotely as he is unvaccinated.

“The NFL Draft is the highlight of my year and I’m looking forward to participating in my 39th on ESPN this month,” Kiper said wrote on Twitter.

“All three days I will be performing from my home studio in Maryland and not on site in Vegas as I am not vaccinated against COVID-19. I fully support everyone in deciding what is best for their individual circumstances and recognize the value of vaccines. Simply put, my COVID vaccination decision is very specific to my personal medical history.”

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ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. will be covering the 2022 NFL draft remotely as he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.
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Kiper, 61, has covered the NFL draft since 1984. He’s among the network’s longest-serving on-air talent, perhaps trailing only Chris Berman and Dick Vitale in longevity.

“I appreciate my colleagues, especially the production staff and my fellow commentators, for their support and flexibility,” Kiper concluded. “NFL fans are the most passionate about all sports and I can’t wait for another great NFL draft.” The unvaccinated Mel Kiper Jr. will remotely cover the 2022 NFL Draft


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