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Kiper/McShay sing-a-long kicks draft week into full gear


NFL draft scouting gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay changed things up a bit today with a unified, playful version of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria."  Unfortunately the lighthearted feelings between the two were quickly quelled when Kiper somehow managed to segway the touching moment into his "Top 600 Kickers in India" board, leading to the inevitable eye-rolling and verbal tickle fight we’ve become so accustomed to.

Kiper and McShay also announced plans to make the closing days of draft week more exciting for the viewer, especially since they initially began discussing their 2008 mock draft boards last August.  New features such as the "Draft Wheel," where Kiper, unwillingly attached to a lifesize circular draft board, will be rolled onto the studio set reeling off as many picks as he can before he rolls off camera to the other side of the set. 

This will reportedly go on until Kiper can peck himself out of the shackles and attack everyone in sight.

Conversely, McShay is expected to break out his "Mel Bust Board," which will feature what are now laughable ambitious quotes and foolish video footage of the draft condor lauding failed prospects, as well as exclusive video from one of Mel’s recent haircuts.

Speaking of his hair, rumors are circulating that Mel will be sporting a bald cap for ESPN’s draft coverage this weekend so as to avoid the frequent cat calls from rude, drunk New Yorkers in the balcony and constant ribbing from his co-panelists.