The NFL Draft is right around the corner, and if ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has anything to say about it, this one is going to be a doozy.
Unless the Tennessee Titans move out of the No. 1 spot, it’s pretty much given the Cleveland Browns take a quarterback at No. 2. Kiper has the Browns getting Carson Wentz here, so nothing really changes in Cleveland.
Same with Jared Goff landing with the San Francisco 49ers, furthering the thought that Colin Kaepernick finds a way out one way or another, with all signs pointing toward the Denver Broncos.
Don’t look now, but Kiper has the Los Angeles Rams reaching a bit in the first round and nabbing Paxton Lynch, a big quarterback with a huge arm that isn’t really spectacular at anything.
As for surprises, it looks like Ezekiel Elliott is flying up the board, in the most recent mock landing with the running back-needy Baltimore Ravens. After running backs have fallen drastically in recent years, it shows the kind of value Elliott’s skill set has in the league (and what kind of value Leonard Fournette will have when he comes out).
What better way for the San Diego Chargers to replace Eric Weddle than the highly-touted Jalen Ramsey at No. 3? Another surprise here considering San Diego’s need along the offensive line, but is Ramsey’s stock too high to pass on? He could go anywhere from No. 1 on down.
If Ramsey does land in San Diego, Kiper doesn’t project the Cowboys to nab either a quarterback (Goff) or running back (Elliott). Instead, he fills a huge position of need at pass-rushing defensive end with Joey Bosa. That’s a bit high for me on Bosa, but it’s not necessarily about where the guy is taken as it is what a team needs position-wise and what’s available.
We’ll certainly have a better idea of what’s to come in the next few weeks.