We are now just days away from the NFL draft, so the guessing games and mock picks are multiplying at quite a rapid rate.
Based on what has been written in the last month, it seems pretty certain the Big East will have at least one player taken in the first round Thursday. But who will it be?
Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones, UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes and Cincinnati defensive tackle Derek Wolfe have all been mentioned as first-round candidates in several mock drafts. But the opinions on the three vary wildly.
Take a look at the most recent information from ESPN NFL draft experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper. McShay has Jones listed at No. 16 in his latest list of the Top 32 prospects in the draft. That is six spots higher than the last time McShay did his rankings. The analysis:
Jones' versatility and long frame make him an attractive prospect. He's risen steadily in recent weeks, shedding the "underrated" label and making a case to be picked as high as No. 16 overall by the New York Jets.
Kiper also has Jones listed as the only Big East player on his Big Board, at No. 19.
In addition, Kiper did a mock draft of the first three rounds for every AFC and NFC team, based on a combination of where players are valued and a team's top needs, among other criteria. Here is where he had Big East players going:
Jones, first round (No. 18), San Diego
Wolfe, first round (No. 25), Denver
Reyes, second round: St. Louis
Cincinnati RB Isaiah Pead, third round, San Diego
Once again, Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu is nowhere to be found. I will have my own take on Sanu this week, along with some other draft coverage leading up to Thursday, so stay tuned to the blog.