Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft is out and there’s a major change, right at the top.
He has the Carolina Panthers taking Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the first pick. That’s a change from his past mocks and those of many others where Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley or Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers have been the popular top choices.
Some draft gurus even rate Auburn quarterback Cam Newton ahead of Gabbert. But Kiper is going with Gabbert -- at least for the moment. He also mentions the idea the Panthers could be looking to trade the top pick, especially if a new labor deal, with a rookie wage scale, is in place by the time of the draft.