As the preparation for the 2016 NFL Draft really ramps up, ESPN’s resident draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have decided to get together and answer 20 questions surrounding the draft.
The questions involve topics that everyone really wants to know about including the top quarterbacks, the deepest position available, player comparisons and whose stock has fallen, among others.
There are even a few surprising responses in this Q&A session with the two experts. One of which involves a quarterback far from anyone’s radar.
Below are a few of the questions and answers.
The rest can be found on ESPN.com.
1. Who are the quarterbacks we’ll be talking about on the first night of the draft?
Kiper: Two for certain, three possible, and a fourth for good measure.
Paxton Lynch of Memphis and Jared Goff of Cal are the two possible top-10 picks right now. Lynch has the great range of tools, and Goff has a special arm, moves well, and has a ton of experience. The third name to add to the Round 1 mix is Connor Cook of Michigan State, who at his best looks like a first-round lock, but can struggle with ball placement on his throws. The name to watch as a possible late-first pick. perhaps by some team trading back into the first round, is Carson Wentz of North Dakota State. Forget the school name. If Wentz, a 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, were playing for Bama or Florida State you’d think, “Man, that team has a really good QB.” He can move really well.
7. What’s the deepest position this year?
Kiper: Cornerback. Yeah, that’s a position where you constantly see rookies struggle, but you have two top-five talents in Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and Vernon Hargreaves III of Florida, and tons of talent thereafter. Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech and Tre’Davious White of LSU are also potential first-rounders. After that I’d put defensive tackle or interior lineman as a top group.
15. Who’s the underclassman with nothing left to prove to NFL scouts?
Kiper: I’ll give you a few: Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, Vernon Hargreaves, Jaylon Smith, Ezekiel Elliott, Laquon Treadwell. Stay healthy and get ready for the combine. These guys have all played plenty of football.