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5 Biggest Surprises From Mel Kiper's Latest Mock Draft

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Despite how fun it is to shred mock drafts and pretend we're smarter than the GMs, most of the time going after NFL Draft analysts is low-hanging fruit. I'm a sucker for it and I can't help but to participate, so here are five picks from Mel Kiper's latest 2019 NFL mock draft that surprised me.

 

5. Oakland Raiders Pick Rashan Gary No. 4

The Raiders need pass rushing help. Mel Kiper seems to think that Rashan Gary will give them that despite never reaching six sacks in his career. In fact, he didn't even have 10 sacks total in his career at Michigan. College production matters, and Gary's lack thereof is concerning for a player Kiper is expecting to fill Khalil Mack's shoes.

4. Detroit Lions Pick T.J. Hockenson No. 8

I don't think the Lions will ever get over Eric Ebron. They spent a first-round draft pick on the former North Carolina tight end and proceeded to cut bait before he finished out his rookie deal. Ebron then balled out for the playoff Colts, scoring 14 touchdowns as Andrew Luck's go-to target in the red zone. Tight ends are luxury picks. Even if the Lions aren't permanently scarred from Ebron, I doubt they'll go after another TE in the Top 10.

3. Washington Redskins Pick Drew Lock No. 15

If the Redskins did this, they would officially be giving up on Alex Smith. Taking Drew Lock in the first round would essentially hand him the starting job, since Smith isn't expected to be ready for 2019. Then you would get to 2020 and have to decide between sticking with your future or going back to your 2018 QB that you overpaid for. They should avoid all of this and sign a veteran to a short-term contract.

2. Buffalo Bills Pick D.K. Metcalf No. 9

D.K. Metcalf is a polarizing figure in the NFL Draft community. He stands at 6-foot-4, around 230 pounds, and the dude can fly, but he only caught 67 balls in his career. The stats guys think he'll bust while the eye-test guys think he'll be a stud. While everyone wants the next Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson, most of the time you end up with Darrius Heyward-Bey or Justin Blackmon.

1. Miami Dolphins Pick Kyler Murray No. 13

Mel Kiper seems to have forgotten about Ryan Tannehill and the $40 million the Dolphins will pay him over the next two years. Even if they got rid of him, they would eat half that figure in dead money, per Over The Cap. Kyler Murray is clearly talented, but are the Dolphins really going to pay Tannehill $20 million to not be their QB? And are the Dolphins even capable of drafting a QB under 6 feet?

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