Raiders add ILB Roquan Smith in Mel Kiper's latest mock draft


Is there one that he deems a potential franchise guy and as the heir apparent to Eli who could be that big-time quarterback? If not, a pair of corners from rival schools in the Big Ten will take up chunks of the pre-draft conversation.

Kiper said Pettway and Stephen Roberts, both of whom were invited to next week's NFL Combine, and Tre' Williams and Tray Matthews, who played in the Senior Bowl, are all "late round possibilities".

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. doesn't disagree - although the signal-caller he has in mind for Cleveland differs from the quarterback of choice of other analysts.

"No change for the 49ers here, as Ward would give them a true No. 1 cornerback on top of a super talented front seven".

There are a number of quarterback-hungry teams picking in the top 10.

What is up for debate, though, is exactly what the running back, unanimous 2017 All-American, and consensus top-five talent in this year's Draft class has to prove at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is a ideal fit in the Bills' 4-3 - and my top-ranked 4-3 tackle - but the retirement of Eric Wood opens up a void at center in Buffalo, and the Bills could get the top prospect at a real position of need". At least if they were to draft a quarterback like Allen, the Dolphins could tell owner Stephen Ross the team has a future plan in place.

Ward is the more explosive athlete and will likely test better.

Darnold has the most upside, displaying rare playmaking ability and leadership in his time at USC, though there are concerns surrounding his tendency to turn the ball over. He had three touchdown returns last season.

Jackson led the nation with eight interceptions in 2017, becoming an AP first-team All-American in the process.

Ward could make up for his lack of size with recognition, footwork and closing speed. But New York in all likelihood would need to trade up in order to draft Barkley. "They don't have that right now".

In the ESPN analyst's latest draft projection, Mayfield is headed to the New York Jets with the No. 6 overall pick.