Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Taking stock of the draft
By Heather Dinich
North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper could be the ACC's top draft pick this year, according to Todd McShay's latest mock draft .
The first round of the draft is at 8 p.m. ET on April 25, and McShay has Cooper at the No. 11 overall pick, heading to the San Diego Chargers. McShay's piece is Insider content, but I'll give you a sneak peek as to how McShay thinks the rest of the ACC might fare in the first round:
This version of McShay's mock draft doesn't include Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins or FSU defensive end Tank Carradine in the first round. He has also given Rhodes a significant bump from No. 24, where he was listed earlier this month. In his 5.0 version, McShay lists several scenarios for each team, though, and both Hopkins and Carradine are mentioned as possibilities for other teams, so they still have first-round potential.
Odds are Hopkins continues the ACC's streak of having a wide receiver drafted in the first or second round in each of the past eight years. If Carradine is taken in the first round, and Florida State winds up having four first-round draft picks, the Seminoles would tie their own conference record for the most first-round picks by an ACC team. The Noles did it in 1997 and 2006.