The NFL Scouting Combine is just around the corner, but mock drafts for the 2019 NFL Draft have been getting made for weeks now. With the recent decision by Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to enter the draft, ESPN's top draft analyst has updated his mock draft.
On Monday, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. revealed his new top ten in the 2019 NFL Draft. The new mock draft also included a somewhat surprising selection for the first skill position player taken.
Not deviating from his previous drafts, Kiper had Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa going No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
From there, he has Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen going second to the San Francisco 49ers, then Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams to the New York Jets.
Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary is projected to go No. 4 to the Oakland Raiders, with Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is projected as the first quarterback off the board at No. 6 to the New York Giants, while offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor goes to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7.
At No. 8, Kiper has Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson going to the Detroit Lions as the first skill position player taken.
It's a bold prediction at No. 8 to be sure. If selected, Hockenson would be the highest tight end drafted since Vernon Davis was taken by the 49ers in 2006. Only seven tight ends have been drafted in the top ten in the past 40 years.
The Lions also happen to be the most recent team to select a tight end in the top ten. They drafted Eric Ebron No. 10 overall in 2014.
Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf goes No. 9 to the Buffalo Bills, and LSU cornerback Greedy Williams will go to the Denver Broncos.