With the 2014 NFL Draft just three weeks away, the talking heads on television are updating their projections for how everything could play out on draft day and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is one of those guys.
Kiper is one of the godfathers of the NFL Draft, so it is always interesting to see how he believes the draft will play out, so when he released his updated two-round mock draft on Thursday morning everyone was clicking to find out what he thought.
You can view the first couple of picks from Kiper’s draft below, and check out the full draft over on ESPN Insider.
1. Houston Texans — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Analysis: I’m certain the debate about which player to take still exists, and whether the pick could be moved. I still think this could be a quarterback. But I believe that while more than one “safe” pick exists in this draft, it’s hard to play it safer in terms of upside than selecting a generational physical talent, a guy who has exceptional physical skills and the ability to bring immediate impact and create consistent matchup problems up front as teams deal with the reality of how to block both Clowney and J.J. Watt. The questions on Clowney still aren’t enough to diminish the potential impact. He’s the top prospect in a draft full of very good ones, and I think Houston will feel the same.
2. St. Louis Rams — Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Analysis: If I’m making the pick, I’m willing to consider Sammy Watkins here based on need, and would also certainly consider the option of moving down a few spots if the offer is rich enough. But Robinson is one of the better offensive linemen to enter the draft in years, with the upside of an All-Pro at left tackle, capable of neutralizing the best pass-rushers and absolutely mauling defenders in the run game. St. Louis can select him knowing an impact wide receiver is still going to be available at No. 13 (and even beyond that given the depth at the position).
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com leading up to and throughout the 2014 NFL Draft for the latest news and rumors from around the league.