There are mock drafts based off of what people think will happen and there are those based off of what people are hearing.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. has done the latter.
In his latest mock draft, Kiper released a three-round projection not based on what he has heard throughout NFL circles. He does add that his selections are based off what is best for each team.
So based off of “what he has heard,” he mocked Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick in the first round while projecting UTEP guard Will Hernandez in the second for the Bucs.
So I’m going with a versatile defensive back in Fitzpatrick here. Some teams see him as the draft’s top safety, and others see him as the draft’s top cornerback. He could play in the slot. He can help in run support. Fitzpatrick is an all-around player.
Hernandez is a road-grader and powerful interior offensive lineman. Running back is another position the Bucs could target at No. 38.
Like his other mock drafts, Kiper has the Bucs passing on Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. As previously stated, there’s no way this happens.
If you’re a fan of Fitzpatrick, then you’ll love this mock. Same for Hernandez. But is this really a “Grade A” draft?