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With the 2019 NFL Draft on the horizon in late April, it's nearly that time of year again when ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. becomes one of the most popular names in the world of professional football. 

Kiper released the second version of his highly-coveted annual mock drafts on Monday, Feb. 18, and he's certainly got some surprise changes compared to his first mock draft of the year.

For those of you curious to see which player he has projected your favorite team to take in this year's draft, you can view Kiper's latest full 32-pick 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 prediction here, via Reddit. 

One of the most notable changes in draft positioning is that of former Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. In Kiper's first mock draft, Metcalf wasn't even a first-round projection, but the physical talent has improved all the way to the No. 9 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in Kiper's latest mock draft. 

Another surprise comes from for former Iowa Hawkeyes tight end T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson shot all the way up from the No. 19 pick in Kiper's first mock draft, to the No. 8 overall selection by the Detroit Lions in his latest projection. 

When it's all said in done this April, the final selections will likely look very different than how these projections appear in February, but it's still an exciting way to look ahead at your favorite NFL team's next moves. 

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