The NFL Draft is right around the corner.
The draft is a time for many fans to get excited about their team, and the prospect of growth and change within an organization.
With the draft rapidly approaching, this often signals a flurry of mock drafts, both from experts and casual fans.
Mel Kiper is seen as a premier draft analyst and is well-respected within the industry.
However, his latest mock draft has been the topic of much discussion, especially considering his bold prediction.
FOUR QBs in the first five picks? 🎯
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Kiper has recently asserted that four of the top five picks in April’s draft will be quarterbacks.
He projects that C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, Will Levis, and Anthony Richardson will all be top-five picks.
While these mock drafts are mere projections, Kiper is well-connected within the league.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, so they say.
The Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, and Indianapolis Colts are all teams that have been readily identified as needing a new quarterback.
With the number one and number two selections, many have nearly locked in the fact the Panthers and Texans will lock in at that position.
The Colts don’t currently have a top-three pick, but Kiper projects a trade, considering that they do need a quarterback, and the Arizona Cardinals currently have Kyler Murray on their roster.
Where the real shock came, at least for many fans, was the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks have recently extended Geno Smith, mainly after his incredible 2022 campaign.
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