Wednesday, April 22, 2009

NFL Draft projections

Here's a look at what ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projects for the first round of this weekend's NFL Draft.
Kiper doesn't think any Auburn player will get selected on the first day. In fact, the first player he has getting selected is offensive guard Tyronne Green, who Kiper currently has slated to get taken with the 91st overall pick.
After Green, Kiper only projects one player to get drafted in the first four rounds -- DT Sen'Derrick Marks.
At one time, Marks was thought to be a surefire first-round pick. To be honest, I'm not certain how his draft stock plummeted so much. Marks had his share of injuries this season that limited him. Perhaps there's a question about his durability, but that had never really been a problem in previous seasons. Marks is also versatile enough that he played defensive end during his sophomore season at Auburn. That's not to say he could at the next level, but he played the position well while at Auburn. Marks seemingly could be a steal in the fourth round -- someone who was at one time supposed to be a first-rounder but dropped. Marks has overachieved before. Remember, he was a two-star recruit coming out of high school.
Three more Auburn players -- CB Jerraud Powers, DT Tez Doolittle and RB Brad Lester -- have realistic chances to get drafted. LB Merrill Johnson turned in a strong Pro Day performance and could also get a look as a free agent. He said he planned on switching to safety.
None, though, are expected to get drafted within the first four rounds.

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