The 2021 NFL Draft is inching closer.

Now that we’re at the end of March, college programs are hosting pro days and scouts are getting in their final evaluations before the event beginning April 29. And before we flip the calendar to April, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has released his latest mock draft.

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Kiper’s NFL Mock Draft 3.0 was unveiled this week and he has three former B1G players pegged as first-round selections in this year’s draft. Leading the way is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, but he’s the only Buckeye mentioned.

The program from the B1G with the most first rounders according to Kiper? Northwestern.

Offensive lineman Rashawn Slater and cornerback Greg Newsome II are both considered to be first-round selections in next month’s draft, the only school from the conference projected to have multiple Day 1 picks. Michigan’s Kwity Paye and Penn State’s Micah Parsons are also included in the latest evaluations.

Here is where Kiper has those five former B1G stars landing:

  • No. 3: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (Carolina Panthers via trade)
  • No. 11: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan (New York Giants)
  • No. 13: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern (Los Angeles Chargers)
  • No. 14: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State (Denver Broncos via trade)
  • No. 29: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern (Green Bay Packers)

You can view the complete Mock Draft 3.0 on (subscription required).