ESPN's Mel Kiper Makes First Mock Draft, Predicts Patriots' Pick


You probably will after reading this, though.

Mel Kiper has released his latest mock draft, and the veteran ESPN draft analyst brings the controversy right off the top with his first selection for the Cleveland Browns.

Fans looking for interior defensive line help from this draft may be interested to know that Kiper had Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea going one pick ahead of the Lions to the Dallas Cowboys.

With the quarterbacks being the hot topic in this year's draft class, it comes as no surprise that three of the first five picks went in the direction of signal-callers. Whether that happens in the first round, second round, or later in the draft will be telling for what they think of their quarterback situation moving forward. But while there will be debate about USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen, it will be a blip compared to the debate about Allen. It's a controversial prediction. For what it's worth, Kiper predicted Allen, Rosen, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield to be selected in the first round.

A link to Kiper's comments about Allen may be found here. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound quarterback threw for just 1,812 yards and completed only 56.3 percent of his passes this season.

The Patriots seem more likely than not to draft a potential quarterback of the future in this year's draft. And Kiper believes Allen has it.

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In his latest 2018 National Football League mock draft on Thursday, Kiper projected Hokies linebacker Tremaine Edmunds as the No. 12 pick to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Lauletta, who is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, will participate in the NFL Combine, which takes place February 27-March 5 in Indianapolis.

Yet, compared to last year, when Myles Garrett was the sure-fire top prospect, this year's class has very little clarity, particularly before the combine and workouts.

In 2005, there were four first-round picks from Auburn.

The NFL Draft will be April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.