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This offseason has been an unforgettable one in the NFL. Multiple star players have found themselves on the mood, and many teams have made franchise-altering transactions during the early portions of free agency. Following the initial wave of free agency, ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper has released his NFL mock draft 3.0, featuring some significant changes throughout his projected first round.

While quarterbacks get a lot of the attention, the rest of this draft class has been seriously shaken up in Kiper’s latest NFL mock. There is a new top overall selection, which caused ripple effects throughout the entirety of the first round. It’s important to note that free agency is far from over, and there are still plenty of changes to be made across the league. But here is Kiper’s latest NFL mock draft.

Kiper’s NFL mock draft 3.0

Jacksonville Jaguars: Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson

2. Detroit Lions: Notre Dame S Kyle Hamilton

3. Houston Texans: NC State OT Ikem Ekwonu

4. New York Jets: USC WR Drake London

5. New York Giants: Alabama OT Evan Neal

6. Carolina Panthers: Georgia DE Travon Walker

7. New York Giants (via CHI): Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux

8. Atlanta Falcons: Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson

9. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN): Mississippi State OT Charles Cross

10. New York Jets (via SEA): Cincinnati CB Ahmad Gardner

11. Washington Commanders: LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Washington CB Trent McDuffie

13. Houston Texans (via CLE): Georgia DT Jordan Davis

14. Baltimore Ravens: Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum

15. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA): Florida State DE Jermaine Johnson II

16. Philadelphia Eagles (via IND): Ohio State WR Chris Olave

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning

18. New Orleans Saints: Pitt QB Kenny Pickett

19. Philadelphia Eagles: Utah LB Devin Lloyd

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Liberty QB Malik Willis

21. New England Patriots: Alabama WR Jameson Williams

22. Green Bay Packers (via LV): Texas A&M OG Kenyon Green

23. Arizona Cardinals: Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt

24. Dallas Cowboys: Tulsa OT/G Tyler Smith

25. Buffalo Bills: Penn State WR Jahan Dotson

26. Tennessee Titans: Boston College OG/C Zion Johnson

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Iowa State RB Breece Hall

28. Green Bay Packers: Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

29. Miami Dolphins (via SF): Georgia LB Nakobe Dean

30. Kansas City Chiefs: Purdue DE George Karlaftis

31. Cincinnati Bengals: UConn DT Travis Jones

32. Detroit Lions (via LAR): Ole Miss QB Matt Corral

Kiper’s latest NFL mock includes three first round quarterbacks, with none going before 18th overall. The first quarterback taken is Kenny Pickett, even after the Saints re-signed Jameis Winston to a two-year deal. Malik Willis and Matt Corral are also selected in the opening round. Kiper also has six wide receivers going in the first round, including two cracking the top ten. A running back also slides into the first round, with Breece Hall going to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers re-signed Leonard Fournette just after the mock was released, but could still address their depth at the position in the draft.

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2 minutes ago, The Crusher said:

So 2nd or 3rd best receiver in draft and 2nd or 3rd  best defensive back?For a run first offense that plays 4-3, cover 3 scheme in defense using the 4th and 10th overall pick? I’m a draft dummy but holy hell you people.,

How dare you minimize the impact of a player who's nickname is "Sauce!?"

 

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On a run heavy team you need those large possession WRs to make the defense guess if it’s another run or just a quick pass to you’re 6’5” Possession WR who can convert - possibly get more yardage - on the play action fake: a Shanahan Offense favorite. 
 

I dont think Jets go after Sauce, but he is a top defensive talent. If Jets pass on Edge in the top 10, then you know they’ll be double dipping in the later rounds: Mafe, Ojabo, Ebikitie, Bonito, Enigbare, Drake Jackson, cam Thomas, Paschal, etc.

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8 minutes ago, bitonti said:

Everyone needs to get on the drake train. It's happening whether we want it or not 

 

You keep repeating that mantra.  Are you privvy to some insider Jet info?    He hasnt even run a 40 yet and what Ive read he gets no separation and has to high point his catches.  He had a abbreviated last season so there isnt much tape either, though he got off to a good start before he got injured.   Seriously want to know why you are so certain that he s the pick?

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12 minutes ago, UntouchableCrew said:

Why do you say that?

Can't tell if this is a broader indictment of decision making of just an opinion on the player.

Both really. I think London lacks explosion out of his cuts and will have difficulty getting separation in the NFL and I'm skeptical of his YAC ability translating. 

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2 minutes ago, maury77 said:

Both really. I think London lacks explosion out of his cuts and will have difficulty getting separation in the NFL and I'm skeptical of his YAC ability translating. 

Fair points. Like all this forum banter, it’s subjective. He’s a redzone wet dream and the 2nd coming of Mike Evans which would greatly help the confidence and development of an inaccurate neophyte who needs all the help and weapons he can get. London has hands, height, and  length, all crucial to aide a young QB who needs to work on his accuracy. 

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2 minutes ago, Larz said:

Falcons just might take a QB. 
 

call it a hunch

In this draft? With this QB class? Ride out Marriotta the next 2 years and see which latest FQB wants a new team or draft one in a better draft class 

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Drake London is a beast. Drake London would significantly improve our WR group for many years to come. Drake London at 4.... not  sold on that. Definitely seems high. But we are still early in the draft process. Treylon Burks was a top 10 guy, then it was Wilson. For all we know, NFL teams are highest on London now. 

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11 minutes ago, Origen said:

So we drafted Hall and got a steal 2 years ago because he was 1st round talent, hurt and dropped to the 5th.  He played pretty well last year, definitely proved he can be a CB2 in the league.  Have MC2 in the slot with Javelin.  Then Echols, Dunn, and Pinnock.  Then we sign Reed for 3/33.  Why are people drafting a CB in the first round?  Get Edge and WR.  We don't need a corner.  We need pressure on the QB.

That’s my take on why they pass on Sauce. Unless they flip Hall - the only pre-Saleh youngster drafted under Gase - I agree it’s overkill investment in the 2dary after last year’s draft, 2022 FA, and the scheme emphasis on zone coverage. 

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14 minutes ago, maury77 said:

Both really. I think London lacks explosion out of his cuts and will have difficulty getting separation in the NFL and I'm skeptical of his YAC ability translating. 

So it's more the latter. How would you react to Garrett Wilson at 4?

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27 minutes ago, Bowles Movement said:

You keep repeating that mantra.  Are you privvy to some insider Jet info?    He hasnt even run a 40 yet and what Ive read he gets no separation and has to high point his catches.  He had a abbreviated last season so there isnt much tape either, though he got off to a good start before he got injured.   Seriously want to know why you are so certain that he s the pick?

How did everyone know that the Jets were going to pick Zach wilson? 

I don't have 100 percent certainty but Google "drake london Jets" and connect the dots. Everyone has this projection. Everyone.

It makes sense from the system perspective, from the ZW needs a security blanket perspective etc. It even makes sense from a roster build perspective because they did not ever sign that Allen Robinson type everyone wanted. They don't have the luxury of taking a jauan Jennings in Rd 7 and developing him. They have to draft more offense right now and drake london is a bad ball specialist like plexico or Keyshawn. 

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