Mel Kiper Jr. Mock Draft 2.0: Big Ten lands 9 picks in ESPN analyst's latest projection
Mel Kiper Jr. has come out with his latest mock draft, and he has 9 Big Ten selections in his latest projection.
Kiper also noted how events in the coming days and weeks can shift his Big Board at ESPN.
“Free agency kicks off in two weeks, which could shake up how we see the top of the board, so keep that in mind as you scan each selection. We’re still waiting for a few potential quarterback moves, too. … The things that happen off the field at the combine are just as important, though, as teams can interview prospects and get to know them.”
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Kiper pegs Ikem Ekwonu, an NC State offensive tackle, at No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Offensive tackle or edge rusher here? I don’t think the Jaguars are set either way. Realistically, this is down to four prospects: Ekwonu, Evan Neal, Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux. New coach Doug Pederson and the Jags will get an opportunity to meet with each of them at the combine. They’ll get a front seat to all four on-field workouts, of course, but what goes on behind the scenes matters just as much.
Here are the Big Ten projected selections from Kiper:
2. Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan DE, Detroit Lions
10. Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa C, New York Jets
14. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State WR, New Orleans Saints (mock trade with Baltimore Ravens)
16. David Ojabo, Michigan OLB, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State DE, New England Patriots
23. Chris Olave, Ohio State WR, Arizona Cardinals
24. George Karlaftis, Purdue DE, Dallas Cowboys
26. Jahan Dotson, Penn State WR, Tennessee Titans
30. Boye Mafe, Minnesota OLB, Kansas City Chiefs