Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2019: Pre-Scouting Combine Edition

Mel Kiper Jr. is one of the most well-respected draft analysts in the nation. Since 1984, he has been a staple of ESPN’s draft coverage. His mock drafts are always filled with surprises and his latest one is no exception.
Kiper Jr. has Ohio State’s Nick Bosa going first overall, something that many draft analysts are picking. He also has Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen going in the top three but in a different order. Kiper Jr. has the Kentucky linebacker going to San Francisco, while the Alabama defensive tackle will join Leonard Williams on the Jets’ defensive line.
The first surprises of the mock draft are in picks four and five where Kiper Jr. has Michigan’s Rashan Gary and Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat, respectively. Their selections are a little perplexing as Houston’s Ed Oliver is still on the board and both players are not complete packages. Gary is an incredible athlete but simply did not have the production that would warrant the fourth pick.
Sweat would be an instant upgrade for the Buccaneers’ defense, but his off the field issues make it hard for him to be the fifth pick. Jonah Williams would be a much better selection, but the Alabama offensive lineman was not a top-10 pick in Kiper Jr.’s mock draft. Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor was the first offensive linemen off the board at seven to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Williams’ lack of length could be the reason for Taylor being picked over him, but Williams is a top-10 talent. The first non-quarterback or linemen taken in his mock draft is Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to the Detroit Lions at number eight. While the Mackey Award winner is a game breaker, tight ends are not usually top-10 picks. Eric Ebron was the last tight end taken in the top 10 and Lions’ fans know how that turned out.
D.K. Metcalf and Greedy Williams round out the top 10, which is intriguing.
The former is a big bodied receiver that will help Josh Allen develop, but he is recovering from a neck injury in October. Williams has terrific length and ball skills for a corner, but the Broncos are in desperate need of a quarterback. While they just acquired Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens, but the former Super Bowl MVP is 34 years old so the Broncos could use a quarterback of the future.

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