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Why Mel Kiper Won't Be At The NFL Draft Tonight

2007 NFL Draft

NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen and Keyshawn Johnson broadcast for ESPN during the 2007 NFL Draft on April 28, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

ESPN's Mel Kiper will be a part of the network's coverage for the 2022 NFL Draft, but he will not attend the event in Las Vegas.

Kiper announced on social media that he'll cover this year's draft from his home studio because he is unvaccinated.

"The NFL draft is the highlight of my year and I am looking forward to taking part in my 39th this month on ESPN,” Kiper said in the statement. “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 circumstances and recognize the value of vaccines. “Simply put, my Covid vaccination decision is very specific to my own personal medical history. I appreciate my colleagues, particularly the production staff and my fellow commentators, for their support and flexibility. NFL fans are the most passionate in all of sports and I can't wait for another great NFL Draft."

Kiper will be working alongside Mike Greenberg, Booger McFarland and Louis Riddick for this year's draft.

ESPN will also have several reporters, such as Jeff Darlington and Dianna Russini, located at team facilities.

The 2022 NFL Draft will be televised on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.