Mel Kiper defends Josh Allen, likes corner, center for Bills

Hope Soto
February 25, 2018

But, knowing the Pats, they'll trade out of the first round and wait until Round 2 to draft a hybrid linebacker that nobody's heard of.

Jackson isn't the only cornerback Kiper thinks the Patriots could target, however.

NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper updated his predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft earlier this week. "I think that's an area where he needs to get better", Brugler said. "Obviously with DeMarco Murray's status, we'll see if he comes back. That raised some concerns because you saw greatness potentially after his 2016 campaign and this year he fell back". That was the same selection he had when the first edition of his mock draft was released. But Murray remains under contract with the team, along with Henry.

"Ameer Abdullah averaged only 3.3 yards per carry in 2017, while Theo Riddick is more of a versatile pass-catcher". I wouldn't be shocked if two centers went in the first round. He also had 19 receptions for 135 yards and two TDs. He also deflected four passes his senior year. He had 19 career touchdown catches with inconsistent quarterback play.

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Kiper lists Penny behind Penn State's Saquon Barkley, LSU's Derrius Guice, Georgia's Sony Michel and USC's Ronald Jones II, and just ahead of Georgia's Nick Chubb, among running backs.

Kiper went to great lengths to defend Allen's 56.3 percent college completion percentage on a conference call with reporters. "He could end up being the third-highest-rated running back and, after all is said and done, maybe the second-highest rated". On Friday, he received his best ranking or draft grade yet from The Sporting News.

"This is a bad, bad year for down defensive ends", Kiper said. "And a guy I like is Nyheim Hines from N.C. State. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit". "So I think that's why he's still in the mix to be the No. 1 pick overall". With that in mind, the 23-year-old recently voiced optimism that he has shown enough to convince the organization to stray away from selecting another player at the position with the second overall pick, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Mayfield was previously predicted by Kiper to get picked outside of the top 10.

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