Mel Kiper Jr. is one of the most highly-touted NFL Draft analysts in the industry.
He has decades of experience with the pre-draft process and tends to have a strong pulse on what teams are thinking.
Ahead of this year’s draft, Kiper has released several mocks, including his final one of the year, on the morning of the draft.
I agonized over this final mock draft — I already updated with a few changes this morning. Here's what I'm hearing on Round 1 right now.https://t.co/o70DnZPE1l
— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) April 27, 2023
This is Kiper’s final attempt to relay all of the information to fans that he has received from teams across the league.
When this mock was released, fans posted their reactions, as this iteration of the draft had several surprises.
During the pre-draft process, many analysts and scouts across the league have spoken highly about this year’s crop of wide receivers.
In Kiper’s final mock, he only had three receivers in the first round, which shocked a few fans.
Only 3 WRs taken in this one? Quentin Johnson not locked into round 1 anymore?
— Michael Elmore (@MichaelElmore07) April 27, 2023
Quentin Johnston has been highly regarded by many, but Kiper no longer has a first-round prediction on him.
While the lack of first-round wide receivers was concerning to some, other fans were more interested in Kiper’s prediction for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kiper, like many analysts, believes that the Eagles will draft running back Bijan Robinson.
These ESPN guys and their addiction to giving the Eagles Bijan 🤦🏼♂️ https://t.co/hp1Qkb3swT
— Sean Balzer (@SeanBalzer) April 27, 2023
Bijan at 10 & Kancey at 30 😏 https://t.co/RQS5BCf0pH
— C.A 🐺 (@_eagles10_) April 27, 2023
Robinson is the highest-rated back in the class, and the Eagles have recently lost Miles Sanders.
However, does it make sense for the Eagles to take Robinson, given Jalen Hurts’ ability to rush effectively, especially at the goal line?
Fans are divided over Kiper’s latest mock.
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