Chat with Mel Kiper
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Mel Kiper (1:04 PM)
Merry Christmas everyone. Let's chat!
james seaboch elizabethton tn
do you think dallas will go after a qb? perhaps a matthew stafford?
Mel Kiper (1:06 PM)
Dallas doesn't have a first round pick because they traded them away to the Lions. The Cowboys have to get a quality backup QB. Johnson has already played his best days. Derek Anderson of the Browns could be a perfect fit.
Bryant L. Mastrangelo Wichita, Kansas
What do the 49ers do with former #1 pick Alex Smith?
Mel Kiper (1:09 PM)
The 49ers need to find a quarterback. It's a shame what happened to Alex Smith with all the injuries. He came in the same year as Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay. Rodgers got to sit behind Brett and learn while Smith was thrown into the fire. I think he will have to find a home somewhere else, but I think that he will contribute to a team as a NFL quarterback.
Matt Mesa, Az
Who wins tonight? Hawaii or Notre Dame?
Mel Kiper (1:12 PM)
That's a tough one! I'm a bias fan because I love Notre Dame. I hope that ND will win and get away from that nine game bowl losing streak. Hawaii has home field advantage, where they are 5-2. Hawaii won three of their last four and only lost that one game by five points to Cinncy. I'd say it's going to be a tough game and a good one to watch.
mitchell WCH ohio
Do you think Dan Lefevoure of central michigan will be an NFL QB?
Mel Kiper (1:15 PM)
I do. He has real good size at 6'2, 225. He comes through in the clutch and is an outstanding college quarterback. If the juniors come out like I expect them to, LeFevoure might go into next season as the third or fourth highest rated QB.
Eric (Fairfax, Va)
Mel, I've heard rumors that the Giants will try to pick up Anquan Boldin in the offseason. Is there any truth to that? If so, Boldin, Smith, Hixon, Boss could be a ridiculously scary receiving core.
Mel Kiper (1:17 PM)
Manning needs a big physical receiver and Boldin will be great in that role especially with Burress out. I think it will be a positive for both parties.
Jack, Truckee, CA
Will Baltimore get a QB and dump Kyle Boller?
Mel Kiper (1:19 PM)
Baltimore is set at the quarterback position. They hit the jackpot with Joe Flacco like the Falcons did with Matt Ryan. He is a good all around quarterback and he will only get better. They still have Troy Smith as a backup but the Ravens are set at quarterback.
Mel Kiper (1:20 PM)
Boller would be a good backup for anybody. He might fit in good with the Cowboys backing up Tony Romo. He's a veteran backup that should have a future in the NFL as a very good backup.
Is Brandon Pettigrew the best TE in the Draft?
Mel Kiper (1:22 PM)
I think he is. Jermaine Gresham will give him some competition but Pettigrew is a 6'6, 262 very good all around TE. He's a hard working kid that can go top 10-15 in the draft.
Steve St Louis MO
How high do you see Taylor Mays going if he comes out?
Mel Kiper (1:25 PM)
I think he is a first round pick, how high depends on his workout. He has rare size at 6'3, 230. He has good speed, range and he hits hard. William Moore will give him come competition to see who gets off the board first.
Do you think David Bruton of Notre Dame is going to come out, and if he does where do you project him at?
Mel Kiper (1:27 PM)
He is a senior and will be part of the NFL draft process. He is one of ND's best defensive players. He can run you down in the open field and has the toughness to play. I see him going in the fourth round.
Eric (Asheville, NC)
Why no mention of Rod Broadway when talking about successful black HC's? He's done a great job at NC Central and now Grambling -- plus has major college experience from Spurrier's Florida staff.
Mel Kiper (1:31 PM)
When you look at assistant coaches at the college level John Blake of UNC is one of the best. He has developed many players on the NFL and college level and might be the best recruiter in college football. I don't know why Syracuse or Iowa State didn't look more closely at him. Turner Gill is on the top of my list as a potential head coach at a high level D1 school.
Joel (TCU Campus)
Where does TCU start out in the preseason rankings of 2009?
Mel Kiper (1:35 PM)
They will be a highly regarded team. I haven't even thought about ranking teams yet, we still have 28 bowl games to play. TCU has a real good nucleus returning next season. I think their defense, if Hughes stays, can be very good. If Hughes leaves, then they will have to restructure their whole defense. TCU's offense should stay about the same with most of their starters returning.
Do you think if given the chance the Bengals would draft Beanie if their were a top O-Linemen left on the board, or Crabtree if Housh leaves.
Mel Kiper (1:41 PM)
I think they have to look at Andre Smith of Alabama if he comes out early. I would take a running back later in the draft if I was them. We had nearly 20 rookie running backs that showed NFL promise this season, most of which came out in the later rounds of the draft. So they can wait until the later rounds to find a good back.
Mel Kiper (1:44 PM)
We have a bowl game tonight Hawaii and Notre Dame, should be a good one. Starting Friday, 11 straight days of bowl games. The final weekend for NFL football is here. Teams find out if they will go home or live to play another day. So there will be plenty of football to watch! Merry Christmas! HAPPY HOLIDAY'S!!!