At Sportable, we’re fortunate enough to be well-connected within the ranks of sports media. We’re afforded the opportunity to sit down with some of sports’ great minds to pick their brain in an off-the-cuff style. Today, I sit down with draft guru Mel Kiper to catch up on life and some post-NFL Draft analysis.
Rich: Mel it’s a pleasure to have you with us today – how’ve things been in your life since the draft concluded and what’d you think of the way things shook out on draft day?
Mel: Rob, as always, it’s great to see you. A lot better than that corncob Todd McShay. We go back a number of years and it never hurts to catch up with an old B-School buddy.
Rich: It’s Rich, actually. I get that all the time though. Don’t sweat it. And I never attended B-school with yo—
Mel (interrupts): And Rob before we start I’d like to thank you for giving me the chance to share some life analysis for the graduating class of 2012.
Rich: Oh great, let’s get right into it. Andrew Luck is selected with the first overall choice and Robert Griffin goes second; what’d you think of those moves? No brainers?
Mel: Love all the econ majors graduating out there. Tremendous upside and a position of need for the U.S.A. Love the high ceiling and they should get a starting job immediately. Really looking for a high impact early – a can’t miss major and a really safe pick for a team struggling with it’s economy.
Rich: What? I thought we were talking NFL Draft? And did you just compare the United States economy to a position on a football team?
Mel: One pick that I didn’t quite understand were the Zoology and Transgender Studies majors. I thought they really struggled at the point of attack in terms of societal purpose – I had them projected fifth, maybe sixth round in terms of major choice for college students. This seems more like a luxury pick. Staying around for one, maybe two more semesters to pick up a minor and really hone the position would have served this group better moving forward.
Rich: Since you seem pretty set on talking about college degrees, I was a history major – what about that?
Mel: What you see is what you get with history. Safe choice – not a lot of versatility. Often struggles coming in and out of careers and is really more of a depth pick. Not a lot of flash here but a major that you can count on for a number of years. Won’t fill up a resume, but can make impact plays if needed.
Rich: You dick.
Rich: Let’s talk NFL Draft for a second. Who grades out as a winner in 2012?
Mel: Without a doubt, computer science. I had them pegged at the top of my board in 2012, an assortment of skills you just can’t find in a class of business and communications majors. There are concerns about washing out in favor of playing Diablo III and surfing their parents’ couch, but I really see this group as the type that can lay some framework on a rebuilding project for years to come.
Rich: Alright, you know what? I give up. I was hoping to get some insight out of you in regards to the NFL but clearly you’re caught up with breaking down college major choices. Who does that?
Mel: Rob, let’s not get petty here. You’re throwing around an attitude, it reminds me of that corncob Todd McShay. Low value with that attitude, Rob. Going to be hard to make friends at the next level with that attitude.
Rich: No more. We’re done. Thanks for joining us and next time I’m looking for draft insight I’ll be sure to seek out Todd McShay.
Mel: Rob, always a pleasure. I still owe you from the thing with the guy in the place — I’ll never forget it.