Two non-AQ players move into McShay's first round

February, 12, 2010
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The Senior Bowl helped the draft stock of a couple players from the nonautomatic qualifying conferences, according to Todd McShay’s most recent mock draft. Insider

Idaho guard Mike Iupati is projected to be the No. 16 overall draft pick and Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson is projected to be the No. 25 pick.

Prior to the Senior Bowl no non-AQ players had cracked the first round of McShay’s mock drafts.

Both Iupati and Wilson earned high praise from ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc. during the week leading up to the Senior Bowl. Both players were impressing coaches and scouts and continued their strong play through the game.

Both players are currently among the hottest on the draft board and could further improve their draft status at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.

Graham Watson | email

College Football
Watson joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four seasons covering the Missouri Tigers and the Big 12 Conference for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also covered college football recruiting for the Dallas Morning News.

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