- Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.
- ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
- Joined ESPN in 2006
- Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.
We’re exactly two weeks away from the start of the 2021 NFL draft, and there are still many unknowns in Round 1. Which player do the 49ers have in mind after they traded up for the No. 3 pick? That could shake up the rest of the top 10. Could the Patriots jump ahead in the draft to try to get one of the top quarterbacks? That might mean New England going all-in and sacrificing future prime picks as it attempts to get back in the AFC playoff race this season.
With so much intrigue ahead of the first round, we asked ESPN NFL draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay to answer questions from readers via Twitter. They’ll also answer several more questions on their SportsCenter Special Presented by IBM: You’ve Got Mel and Todd at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday on ESPN and the ESPN App.
Check out McShay’s latest rankings, where he has grades for the top 350 prospects in the class. Kiper just put out his two-round Mock Draft 4.0, which features two interesting trades in the top 10.
They alternated questions below, diving deep into the quarterback class, the under-the-radar prospects you need to know and more. (Questions have been edited for clarity.)
What percentage chance would you assign to Mac Jones, Trey Lance and Justin Fields going No. 3 to the 49ers? (via @EvanStrothers)
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