In his latest mock draft, Mel Kiper Jr. went through the first three rounds and tried to piece together selections for each team that would garner an "A" grade from him.
Other surprising names to see among Kiper's first three rounds: TCU offensive lineman Aviante Collins (No. 68 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars), North Carolina wide receiver Mack Collins (No. 83 overall, Tennessee Titans), Georgia wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (No. 101 overall, Denver Broncos) and USC offensive lineman Zach Banner (No. 97 overall, Miami Dolphins). And credit to Lloyd for rolling with this and handling it well. Without a doubt, it is going to be an awesome atmosphere not just for Eagles fans, but for football fans in general. They spent a ton on their defense in free agency past year. Adams and Fournette in particular are often listed going in the first five picks. The Giant need to get a player who can convert pressure into sacks and cut into Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul's snap counts.
In Round 1, Kiper believes Big Blue will seek out a pass rusher. There has been some talk of the Jags taking O.J. Howard at No. 4, but this scenario would give them Engram, my No. 2-ranked tight end, at the top of the second round.
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Raptor's Take: Well, the Kittle Klub (yeah, I just named you - you're welcome!) will be happy about this pick, and I don't blame them. Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram. But if Ward stays at corner, they'll have to find a safety that can play deep like Earl Thomas in the new single-high scheme. People will scoff at this, but hand size is a legitimate physical threshold for the Giants. Everywhere except corner. Now they are in a situation where if they don't come out of the draft with at least one but preferably two corners ready to step in and play, the position will be a major weakness for the sixth season in a row.
They could also look at D'Onta Foreman of Texas.
"Just a rare talent", Kiper said. There's such great depth at key positions - edge rusher, cornerback, running back, safety - that teams won't feel the need to offer a third-round pick to jump a few spots in order to land a coveted player. That is good for either the second best or best speed score since 1999.