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Why Mel Kiper Jr. Won't Be Attending The NFL Draft

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)

The 2022 NFL Draft is set to begin in less than a week, with the first round set to begin on Thursday, April 28.

No one is more synonymous with the NFL Draft than Mel Kiper Jr., who's been covering it for ESPN for decades.

Kiper Jr. will still be covering this year, though in different form.

The longtime ESPN NFL Draft analyst announced this week that he'll be covering the draft remotely, as 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,” he continued. “Simply put, my Covid vaccination decision is very specific to my own personal medical history.”

The 2022 NFL Draft is set to be televised on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.