Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Latest Mel Kiper mock draft still has 49ers selecting Denzel Ward

Latest Mel Kiper mock draft still has 49ers selecting Denzel Ward

Isaiah Wynn, James Daniels, Billy Price, Will Hernandez and company were all there waiting to be plugged into the starting lineup, while Kiper assigned a backup who will have to wait for Lee to move on after 2019 to get a full opportunity to shine.

Over at The Athletic, Jeff Cavanaugh concurs with Kadar on Los Angeles selecting Jackson in the first round. The USC product is considered the best quarterback prospect in the draft despite his issues with turnovers. The other starter, Dontae Johnson, is scheduled to become a free agent.

"Darnold has a high ceiling, but ball security issues in 2017 - his 22 turnovers were tied for most in the FBS - raised questions", Kiper wrote. Kirk can also help out in the return game.

Given the depth in the draft at tight end and offensive line, and at least one of the Rudolph/Jackson pair being available, it would be a shock if the Jacksonville Jaguars don't stay put at pick 29 in the first round of the draft. In three seasons, he was able to total four interceptions and 19 passes defended. Mayfield stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 220 pounds who has the same vibe as Johnny Manziel.

Of the many mock drafts out there, Kiper is the only from a major outlet to peg Allen to Cleveland with the first overall pick.


The Colts will be in the market for linebackers, especially now that they are switching to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Baker has rare speed seen at the position. You have guys like Isaiah Oliver out of Colorado, and Jaire Alexander.

Ryan Tannehill is coming off a torn ACL that caused him to miss all of the 2017 season, and the Dolphins could part ways with him next year.

For another familiar pick, Will Brinson of CBS Sports has L.A. choosing Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 23. But given the expected departure of cornerback Malcolm Butler, as well as the age of quarterback Tom Brady, the Pats' needs in the draft are a bit more glaring. "The Rams add another defensive piece to an already stout unit". They'd be getting a football player who has the ability to be an excellent cover corner.

Not only is Smith stout in pass coverage and playing the run, but he also led the Bulldogs with 6.5 sacks in 2017. He was a second-team All-ACC honoree in 2016 after tallying five picks and nine pass breakups.

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