- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft goes three rounds deep, and for this particular exercise Mel is not predicting which teams will take which players. He's gone through and made the picks based on what he would do if he were running each particular team. He calls it his "Grade A" draft, which means the draft each team would have to have to earn a grade of "A." It's insider, so I'll give you the names but you'll have to pay to read the explanations. The comments here are mine.
Round 1: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Round 3: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
As we have said here many times, if the Redskins start thinking offensive line once they've officially selected their franchise quarterback, they have the right idea.
Round 1: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Round 2: Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson
Round 3: Justin Bethel, CB, Presbyterian
Defense, defense, defense. That's what the Cowboys need -- quality and depth at every possible defensive position. This would give them a safety, a pass-rusher and a cornerback. Cowboys fans would be overjoyed.
Round 1: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Round 2 (46): Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
Round 2 (51): Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Round 3: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
Chatter lately is that they might have to move up for Cox, but Mel says he doesn't have him rated high enough that he believes they will. He'd be their perfect pick, and Cousins in the third would be a nifty developmental QB prospect behind Michael Vick. A linebacker and a tight end in between -- Grade A indeed.
Round 1: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Round 2: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Round 3: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma
Remember, this isn't what Mel thinks will happen, but what he'd do if he were in charge of the Giants. These are all need picks, and the Giants don't generally draft for need. These could also coincidentally be the best value picks at these spots, and if they are the Giants' draft would look great. But we'll see. I find it hard to believe they don't take a defensive player at all in the first three rounds.