1. Teams will wait on a running back
Despite a loaded running back class (or perhaps because of it), McShay and Kiper see teams waiting to land their backs until the second round.
In fact, Barkley is the only consensus first-round rusher in their mocks. McShay has Georgia’ Sony Michel going to the Lions at 20, but Kiper doesn’t have another running back off the board until the Giants take Derrius Guice at 34.
It could be precisely because it’s such a deep class, with teams believing they can snag a solid back in the second or third round, that causes them to fall. But it only takes one team to cause a rush. Each mock features a run on backs (no pun intended) and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see something similar play out on draft night.
Considering the success of Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara — two third-round backs from the 2017 draft — perhaps some teams will wait to nab their next backfield stars.