Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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In the first round of this year’s NFL draft, Mel Kiper Jr. batted .156. He got five picks right out of 32. That includes Joe Burrow and Chase Young at 1-2, which everybody figured.

But Kiper is still America’s No. 1 draft “expert.”

To be fair, a national football guy won’t be precisely grounded in every team’s needs, preferences or draft method. Every time a pick gets made against the grain, it trickles down and knocks lots of selections after that askew.

But 15.6 percent seems unimaginably bad.

If you hit .156 in baseball, you get cut. If you shoot 15.6 percent from the field in basketball, you get cut. If you complete 15.6 percent of your passes, you’re not the quarterback any more.

Hey, Mel…the coach wants to see you. Bring your playbook.

But that’s not how it works, nor should it. Kiper knows the players. He can pontificate. He’s good TV.

But Kiper's “big board” sucks. We should mock all of the mock drafts.

Sunday has to be Kiper's favorite day. His slate is clean. He's an expert again.

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