The 2018 NFL Draft is more than three months away, but that hasn't stopped fans from getting excited about the endless possibilities for their favorite team in Round 1.
The players that Kiper referred to in his conversation about Allen losing players from the previous season, included 2016 NFL Draftees Brian Hill and Chase Roullier. Allen, who will play in this year's Reese's Senior Bowl, suffered a shoulder injury at Air Force on November 11 but returned to lead Wyoming to a Potato Bowl win December 22, earning MVP honors.
If the Giants want a quarterback with the second pick in the draft, the popular belief is that they'll end up with whoever is remaining after the Browns decide between USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen. He uses his massive 6-foot-7 frame well and he finished fourth overall among edge defenders with an 89.8 grade.
Kiper's predictions stand in stark contrast to his coworker Todd McShay, who pegged Key to go No. 9 to the New York Jets and Guice to go No. 24 to the Seattle Seahawks in his first mock draft. "And you could say he had this shoulder injury, but he came back from the shoulder (injury) against Central Michigan in the bowl, and he lit it up, made National Football League throws, showed tremendous competitiveness". Made NFL throws, showed tremendous competitiveness. This has proven true in recent years. He had 16 touchdowns and six interceptions playing in the Mountain West Conference. You go watch the tape and you see arguably the most talented quarterback we've seen in the last five years just from a physical tools standpoint.
"I think Tremaine is a physical and athletic specimen", Kiper said during a draft teleconference Thursday afternoon.
Kiper has the Giants taking Rosen and No. 2 and Darnold slipping to the Broncos at No. 5. Despite having just 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 2017, Payne's impact has gone far beyond the box score. In one draft you can get your quarterback and your running back. The Chargers are set with good, young pass-rushers, but they could upgrade on Brandon Mebane, who's signed for only another year. Both were reliable contributors in 2017 but are not under contract for 2018.