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Buzzmaster (1:00 PM)
We've got Mel!
Mel Kiper (1:02 PM)
Not much going on now, just individual workouts right now.
Kevin (New York)
Who is the most under-rated WR coming out of the draft this year?
Mel Kiper (1:04 PM)
I would say probably Mike Wallace, Ole Miss. He has tremendous speed and a great year. Brandon Gibson, Washington State. Quinten Lawrence, McNeese State.
Hey Mel. With four picks in the first 2 rounds the Pats need to upgrade at LB. Do you see them possible trading up for Maualuga? Mayo and Rey, what a combo in the middle.
Mel Kiper (1:06 PM)
Maualuga is probably going to go between 20 and 32. So where they're picking at 23, he might still be there. There might be a chance that Brian Cushing is still there. Clay Matthews. One and maybe two of those guys will be on the board at 23. They went ILB with Mayo. I would say they probably go outside. Matthews and Cushing would probably be more inline with what they're doing now. Matthews would be the best fit, I think.
What is the probability that the Seahawks see the light of day and draft Crabtree? I know they got TJ, but lets be honest Crabtree makes them a lot better and they have already addressed the needs on defense.
Mel Kiper (1:07 PM)
Crabtree would. I thought he could go there when I did the projection on Jan. 21. They signed a couple of DTs, so Raji wouldn't make sense now. Maybe they go LT and take Monroe. I have no problem with him going to them at 4.
Do the Lions really have Stafford as #1? After all the Cutler talks and the debacle that was Joey Harrington can they really do it?
Mel Kiper (1:08 PM)
I said that after all the WRs. But then they took Calvin Johnson and look at what he's done. Would you say the same thing about a QB if Peyton Manning were available? You can't worry about past mistakes. Cutler complicates it a little bit, if he is available via trade. Cutler would be interesting for them and a couple of other teams.
Mike soza [via mobile]
Will Andre smith be available at 13 , if so will the redskins persue him or another tackle, or is there focus DE / OLB?
Mel Kiper (1:09 PM)
I think they would pursue him. The other tackles would be gone. They need a RT and he can play there. He can be their next LT and play RT as a rookie. Other chances for Smith would be Oakland at 7.
Charlie Key West [via mobile]
Hey Mel, with the Eagles looking for help in the backfield, which running back in the draft would best suit their style of offense & compliment Westbrook?
Mel Kiper (1:11 PM)
You want a buy that can catch the ball and block and split carries with Westbrook. Donald Brown and Moreno are the two most adept at catching the ball. Wells is the best runner in the draft, in my opinion. He's one of the faster RBs. They're going to have their pick at 21 of two of those three.
Matt (Sandy Hook, CT)
Which defensive ends do you think can successfully make the the transition to a 3-4 and which do you think don't translate very well?
Mel Kiper (1:12 PM)
The ones that would be possibilities to fit into the 3-4 would be Orakpo, Maybin, Ayers, English, Sintim, Matthews, Barwin, Brown. Those are some that fit into that mold.
Kevin (New York)
Is there any Devin hester, Reggie bush punt returning type of talent coming out this year?
Mel Kiper (1:14 PM)
I like Quinten Lawrence from McNeese State, who is a good return man. Devin Moore would fall into that category. Marcus Thigpen out of Indiana. Tristan Davis out of Auburn. Derek Williams, Penn State. Mike Thomas, Arizona. Sammie Stroughter, Oregon State. Johnny Knox, Abeliene Christian. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest. Darius Butler, UConn.
Ken (Scottsdale, AZ)
Hey Mel, from a value standpoint, should the Cards take one of the three big running backs over the top two centers?
Mel Kiper (1:16 PM)
Yeah, that's going to be a call they're going to have to make. Alex Mack is a great football player. He would be an upgrade over what they have. If you see a Beanie Wells there at 31, you almost have to take him. This is an offensive football team. They need a RB. A back with those types of skills at 31, you have to jump at.
If the Pats do end up with Peppers, do you still look at a LB in the 1st or 2nd round or do you look more heavily at O-Line or DB?
Mel Kiper (1:17 PM)
I think they still have to look at a true OLB for that scheme. Peppers is a heckuva DE. But I would still think they look at OLB. They have areas they have to address, but I still think they'd have to look at the LB position.
kevin coleman Atlanta GA
Will the bills go after TE Pettigrew or or wait to pick one up later in round two or three?
Mel Kiper (1:19 PM)
They have that option. They could look DE at that point. They could trade down. That 11 spot could be a spot where someone wants to move up to get Sanchez. The team that you have to look at to get Pettigrew could be Atlanta at 24 or Detroit at 20, Baltimore 26. So Buffalo could move down and still get him. They could move down and get Ayers at DE. They have some options at 11. There are a lot of TEs in this draft that can catch the football.
Mel Kiper (1:19 PM)
Even an all around TE like John Phillips could be a 5-6 round pick. That's a very deep position in this draft.
What are the NY Jets going to do? What are they going to do for the next 4 years!?
Mel Kiper (1:21 PM)
It's a defensive driven team right now with Rex. Now I think they need to get some offense. They need a WR. Percy Harvin would be a really good pick. They also need to determine who their QB is. There has been some speculation that they could go after Cutler. Miami is going to have a strong arm young QB when they turn it over to Chad Henne. NE has Tom Brady. Buffalo has a lot more firepower. If you're the Jets you need to figure that out.
Will J (Portland, OR)
Mel have any time for the bracket?
Mel Kiper (1:23 PM)
None. Back in past years, I have found time. This year, I have no time. Tomorrow, I'll be at the Zone doing TV stuff. I've watched a little bit. I haven't had a chance to watch a lot. I've actually watched a lot of spring training baseball. I can't wait until the season starts. I love those late night west coast games. Those are the times I have to kick back and relax.
Mel Kiper (1:23 PM)
When Maryland won the national championship, that was my last year doing the brackets and that's when I won it. Went out on top.
Do you still see the Giant's trading to get Boldin or Braylon? Do they still go WR if they land either one?
Mel Kiper (1:26 PM)
Personally, if I were the Giants, I would make a bold attempt to get a veteran WR. The rookies tend to struggle a little bit. DeSean Jackson had a heckuva year in his rookie year. That's the exception. Juniors coming into the NFL early have struggled. Eli Manning rarely missed Burress. He's not the most accurate passer, but with the big physical powerful receiver, he'll make the catch. He'll position himself to make the catch. Manning doesn't seem to have the confidence without Burress. If you're the Giants you have to take a look at those big veteran WRs. You can draft Kenny Britt. But he's coming out as a junior. He has to finetune his WR skills.
Chris (Miami, FL)
I like your idea of Vontae Davis to the Dolphins at # 25. If that happens what two players/positions do they target with their two 2nd Round picks?
Mel Kiper (1:27 PM)
When you look at the Dolphins, they have to get a WR. If they get the CB, they solidify that. Then you have to look at WR. That's the one position they need some significant help. It wouldn't shock me if they got some help at RB. I would say WR is the one area of critical need they need to address.
Mike (Auburn, AL)
Mel, do you think the 49ers will decide to trade down or is your feeling that they will stay at #10?
Mel Kiper (1:29 PM)
Buffalo at 11 may try to move down. It depends on Sanchez. If he doesn't go to Jacksonville, then I think that 10 pick is valuable. Who else would jump in there? The Jets or Bears, Tampa. If someone wants to jump up to get Sanchez, they could move. But if they stay, Maybin, Orakpo might be on the board. But I think moving down would be a possibility.
dave (las vegas) [via mobile]
Would austin collie be a good fit for jacksonville around round 4?
Mel Kiper (1:30 PM)
Yeah, I think he would. He's a sure handed veteran. He's overaged coming out. He's over 6-1. He runs in the mid 4.5s. Good route runner. Good sight adjustments. He has arguably one of the best pair of hands of any WR in this draft.
Doesn't a good hands possession-type WR like Nicks make more sense for the Bears than another speed guy with questionable hands like Heyward-Bey or Harvin? I mean they already have a guy like that in Hester.
Mel Kiper (1:33 PM)
Heyward-Bey has great size and great speed. Harvin is more of a versatile guy that can do some thigns for you. Nicks did not have a great workout yesterday. He ran routes. His weight went up from 212 to 226 yesterday from the combine. He was 14 pounds heavier. He looked sluggish running his routes. Up that much weight in that little of time. That might effect just how high he goes. I had him going to Minnesota in my projection. But if teams aren't happy with his workout. He's drawing comparisons to Michael Irvin. Phenomenal hands. Very much in the Irvin mold. Certainly the Bears could look at him. But Heyward-Bey is bigger, faster. I said all along you'll have 5 WRs in the first round and maybe as many as 6.
Luke (crescent city ca)
Do you think that the Bucs might have the chance to draft Jarret Dilliard in the 4th and if so would you consider that a good pick up?
Mel Kiper (1:35 PM)
I like Dilliard. He doesn't have great speed. But for a team like that, he has ability. He's a smart WR. He's a true playmaker for Rice. He only runs in the 4.55 range. He's 5-10. Great hands. Very polished. He'd be a good mid to late Day 2 pick for anybody. They traded for Kellen Winslow. They re-signed Bryant and Clayton. They got Ward. They'll probably draft a QB. DT, OLB and CB are the biggest needs. If you take a Josh Freeman in the first round, then you'll be looking for defensive help.
What is the top need for the the Ravens and can they full it with the 26th pick.
Mel Kiper (1:37 PM)
The top needs are CB, WR. With Todd Heap injured a lot last year and not being a blocker, they would like to add a blocking TE, especially with those 3-4 teams in the division. Another OT would be something to look at. LB and CB are also needs.
Mel Kiper (1:37 PM)
They could also be a team that's in the market, late in the draft, for a RB.
Rick, Marina, Ca
With Chargers 16th pick you think there's a chance they go for Cushing? I would take Cushing over his socal teammate Rey.
Mel Kiper (1:39 PM)
Yeah, I have him going 15, one pick ahead. OLB is a major need for the Texans at 15. Malcom Jenkins, they need another CB. They could use him and his versatility, which could move him inside to safety. DE is also another possibility.
Elan (Vancouver, BC)
I was wondering what you think of Alabama runningback Glen Coffee? Where do you see him going in the draft?
Mel Kiper (1:41 PM)
I like Coffee. He had a great year for Nick Saban at Alabama. I estimate his weight to be 198-202. He weighed in at 209 at the combine. He showed good strength. He ran 4.53. Good football player. Hard worker. Very workmanlike approach. We had him on as a guest on the Scoreboard show. He had Mark Ingram there. Then Glen Coffee. He had a good year. He came out early, but with Ingram there, you have to wonder how many carries Coffee would get. He could still be a 3rd round draft choice. Tht would be a very good pick.
Mel, I have never gotten you to answer a Bengals question. I am determined this time! How possible is it for them to get Monroe, Barwin and Wood with their first three picks? They would fill three needs and get two guys with local ties.
Mel Kiper (1:44 PM)
If they got those three players, they would be happy. Monroe could be gone, that's why I have Crabtree. Barwin could see time at TE or DE/OLB. He's a late 1, early 2 pick. Wood, who I thought was a very underrated center, he's not underrated any more. He's 6-4, 310 pounds. He did 30 reps at the combine. Athletically, physically, intelligence wise, I think he's a very good pick. I think two of those three are possible. I don't think you'll see Barwin or Wood there in the third round.
Mel Kiper (1:45 PM)
Barwin, 6-3, 255. He verticaled 40.5 inches at the combine. He was a TE until this past year when he became a DE. He also blocked three kicks. He caught a TD pass this year. He's really a guy that's interesting. He will go late first, early second.
Patrick (Boone, NC)
Do you still see the Jaguars taking Sanchez with the eighth pick or do you think a wide receiver is the way to go with the release of Matt Jones?
Mel Kiper (1:47 PM)
I don't think it can change. The two guys you would consider at 8 are Crabtree and Maclin. I don't think you take Harvin at 8. He's still making his way back from an injury. That's early for him. With the two WRs off the board, and Jacksonville hasn't had luck with WRs in the first round.
Mel Kiper (1:48 PM)
It doesn't mean you don't take a WR, but they've been like the Detroit Lions and their WR busts.
Reg ( Moncton NB)
What do you see the Packers doing - please don't say Jenkins - they need 3-4 help. Is Raji a good fit for the 3-4, is Brown a stretch at 9, I don't see Orakpo lasting. Or do they try to trade back to get Tyson Jackson?
Mel Kiper (1:50 PM)
They do need 3-4 help. Jenkins hasn't run well. And then, it's only been 4.55. That's not CB level. I think he goes in the 14-16 range. I don't think top 10. When you look at top 10 for Green Bay, maybe Brian Orakpo, Maybin, Andre Smith. You need those 3-4 types of guys. I have them taking Orakpo at 9.
Rob (Denver, CO)
Does Denver's pick at #12 depend totally on whether they trade Cutler and who they get for him? Could Denver try to get either Stafford or Sanchez in the first round if they trade Cutler?
Mel Kiper (1:52 PM)
In terms of Cutler, you can't trade him without getting a QB in return. Chris Simms is there and he showed promise before his injury. He has a very good arm. The kid can play. He has a chance to re-establish himself as a starter in this league. Unless it's Simms that you want to roll the dice with, do you want to go with him? If they stay at 12 and keep Cutler, then Tyson Jackson who fits that defense very well.
John (Indianapolis, IN)
Do the Colts go WR or DT in the first round?
Mel Kiper (1:53 PM)
I'm anxious to see what happens with Tory Holt. Baltimore, Indy, Tennessee, Minnesota. Those teams that are veteran teams would be wise to check him out. But Indy has to look at WR. And DT.
Mel Kiper (1:54 PM)
One WR you're not hearing a lot about in the late first round is Brian Robiskie from OSU. He has good size. Good bloodlines. It's important to understand the history of the game. To understand what it takes to play the game. He's a very polished WR. He stayed for his senior year. Runs i the 4.5 range. He's 6-3.
Josh (West Virginia)
Do you see Pat White just getting serious consideration from teams running the Wildcat, or does he have a chance with traditional formations?
Mel Kiper (1:55 PM)
When you have Pat White, you're going to automatically run the Wildcat. In the Wildcat, he can throw the ball. He's different then Ronnie Brown. Now you have the ability of Pat White to throw in there. When he's out there the defense has a lot to worry about. He's going to be the ultimate slash.
what should Niners do w/ their Day 1 picks?
Mel Kiper (1:57 PM)
They have a lot of options. They have to think OT. DE, a pass rusher. They like some of their young WRs. The key guy this year is Josh Morgan. I thought he was a late round steal. They need to hope that he can continue to develop. They have to determine what they're going to do at QB.
Pete (Los Alamos)
Ron Brace in the 2nd. Can he play NT on Sundays?
Mel Kiper (1:58 PM)
Brace to me is a big body. 32 reps at the combine, great strength. 6-3, 330. His former teammate, BJ Raji, 6-1, 337. Brace has had a nice career at BC. There are some that think he's a third round or fourth round pick. I think he goes in the second round.
Jeff (Detroit, MI)
Is Javon Ringer a steal after round 3?
Mel Kiper (2:00 PM)
I wouldn't say a steal, but he would be a decent pick at that point. You get him in the 4-5 round area. He's strong. Good athlete. Doesn't have a lot of speed. He runs in the 4.55-4.6 range. He's tough. He'll block for you. Good all around back. I like his balance in traffic. Catches the ball very well. The MSU coaching staff always said he was the best pass catching RB by a wide margin. He's a good value pick. He's not a dynamic player, but he can help you in many ways. He's a kick returner, catches the ball.
Mel Kiper (2:01 PM)
Check out ESPN.com for my latest first round projection. I'll have another first round projection around April 10. Next week we'll have some key updates on some individual workouts.