The NFL Draft is two months away. Over that time, the number of new mock drafts will explode, as everyone looks to project the first round of the actual draft. Of course, the NFL Scouting Combine, which ends with today's defensive backs workouts, has some input into the draft. How much of an impact is debatable, of course.
According to SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn, who has spent the week at the Combine, feels that the event does have an impact on the draft stock of prospects. He writes, "The chance to get to see each prospect up close and personal and get a feel for the type of person they are is a critical part of the process. The on-field workouts, while not always a strong indicator of NFL success, can make guys stand out."
Of course, if Fairburn is going to talk about the Combine having an effect on the Draft, you know he has to be updating his mock draft, right? Of course.
And, his changes start right at the top. To the Kansas City Chiefs with the first overall pick, Fairburn now sees Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson staying in the Show Me State. After that, he has the Jacksonville Jaguars selecting Barkevious Mingo, the defensive end from LSU. WIth the third overall pick, the Okland Raiders go after West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, with the Philadelphia Eagles taking one-time top pick Luke Joeckel, tackle, Texas A&M. And, rounding out the top five, the Detroit Lions select BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
Jumping up to the Miami Dolphins at the twelfth spot, Fairburn still sees the team taking a wide receiver. However, it's a new name on the card, with Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins heading from South Carolina to Florida. About the pick, Fairburn writes:
Wide receiver has been a popular pick for the Miami Dolphins throughout this process. Cordarrelle Patterson and Keenan Allen have been the common names. But with Allen suffering a setback with his knee, the injury questions drop him just below DeAndre Hopkins on our wide receiver board. Hopkins doesn't have elite speed, but his body control and separation skills will make him effective right away.
Do you agree with Fairburn that the Dolphins could take Hopkins with the twelfth overall pick? Is it too high, or too big a reach, for the Dolphins?
Check out all of Fairburn's 2013 NFL Mock Draft, and let us know what you think in the comments below.