With the first two days of the free agency period out of the way, NFL teams will now turn toward the draft as they continue to build rosters for 2014. One experienced draft analyst released a surprising new mock draft today as we build toward the May 8th draft.
Mel Kiper Jr of ESPN said in the third version of his mock draft that Khalil Mack could go first overall in this years draft.
Mack, the linebacker from the University of Buffalo has soared up draft boards since his combine performance but it had not been previously thought that the Houston Texans would select him above Jadeveon Clowney or a quarterback.
However, Kiper who has been analyzing drafts for ESPN since 1984 and boasts an 80% success rate on first round projections according to his website.
His rationale for the Texans selecting Mack is: "Mack is a fit in most systems, but he'd excel in this system as a pass-rusher and a player who can back up and make plays in space and to the edges. Houston hasn't been active in free agency, but Mack can fill a role and be a key contributor early for a team that can start winning again."
Previous mock drafts from Kiper have included quarterback, Johnny Manziel going first overall but it now appears that the analyst has heard that teams are not certain on the Texas A&M signal-caller.
Kiper's colleague, Todd McShay has UCF quarterback Blake Bortles going first overall in his latest mock draft.
Only time will tell which analyst is correct, but we are sure to have our answer on May 8th when the NFL draft takes place.