U.S. Department of Labor analysts have confirmed Mel Kiper is the second-busiest man in the country this week and would have been first had the president not felt compelled to hold a weird news conference Wednesday.
Even with Kiper's heavy workload -- imagine how much care must go into crafting his final notes and hair the night before the draft -- he took the time to share his thoughts on our AFC East reader mock draft.
We verified our first round Wednesday with a long-form certification process: a six-week, pick-a-day reader vote.
Kiper's intrepid editor, Chris Sprow, caught up with him to go over the AFC East reader mock draft.
Here are Kiper's thoughts:
It's hard to argue with any of the top three picks here. If the trade domino doesn't fall, no reason this couldn't happen.
I'm going to stick with A.J. Green to the Bengals. Blaine Gabbert makes some sense, but if they still believe there's hope they can somehow hold onto Carson Palmer, they don't make that pick. But this could be one they are still undecided on, which is a theme this year.
If Green isn't there for Cleveland, I don't expect them to pass on Julio Jones, which means I don't think he's still there at No. 10 for the Redskins.
I'm not as high on Derek Sherrod as some, but would love to be proven wrong. I just think he's there past Philly at No. 23. Slight reach for me.
Danny Watkins is a definite possibility at No. 28, but I think New England can go in so many different directions because of how many picks they have.
The last point lends itself to the nature of our project. We began six weeks ago, and quarterback buzz always ramps up as we draw closer to the draft.
Mock drafts also can't accurately factor trade scenarios, and those kinds of draft-day maneuvers will dictate where quarterbacks are drafted after Cam Newton and Gabbert.
It was nice of Kiper and Sprow to share some bonus analysis for us. Much thanks.
It won't be long until we find out how well we did.