Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Checking out last-minute mocks
By Matt Fortuna
We're a day away from the 2013 NFL draft, and the speculation as to who will go where is at its highest.
Will any Big East players hear their names called Thursday during Night (and Round) 1? Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay seem to think so.
Both analysts have Houston's D.J. Hayden getting taken in the first round in their latest mock drafts, with Kiper projecting that the Denver Broncos will tab Hayden with the 28th pick and McShay seeing the New York Giants taking the cornerback at No. 19.
Kiper also sees SMU's Margus Hunt getting his name called Thursday, as he predicts that the defensive end will go to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 31 .
As for players who played their entire careers in the Big East (but whose schools are no longer members), McShay sees Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib ending up with his old coach Doug Marrone in Buffalo with the Bills at No. 8 , and he sees the Atlanta Falcons using the 30th pick to select Orange lineman Justin Pugh.
Several other players from the conference have seen their stocks rise since their college careers ended. Kiper says that Rutgers receiver Mark Harrison, UConn end (and likely NFL linebacker) Trevardo Williams, Houston linebacker Phillip Steward, Rutgers linebacker Steve Beauharnais and Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas have a wide range of possible landing areas this weekend but are all trending upward .
Kiper also says that Nassib, Hunt and Hayden are fringe first-round players, while UConn linebacker Sio Moore is a true Round 1 sleeper.
Our NFL bloggers also held their mock draft this week.