Now that the 2012 season is over, you can expect to read a million mock drafts before April 25 rolls around. Time to prepare yourself.
Rotoworld recently released its first post-Super Bowl mock draft. Josh Norris, one of their scouting gurus, sees the Falcons taking a tight end in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft. Obviously if Tony Gonzalez does call it quits, Atlanta will be pressed to find a suitable replacement soon.
However, Norris' pick goes against the mainstream grain a bit. Have a look at his take.
This will surprise some, but as an inline option I prefer Kelce to Eifert. I need to give credit to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports for calling Kelce the class' top senior tight end a couple months ago. He would have shown everyone that ability at the Senior Bowl, but Kelce is extremely talented. This might not be popular right now, but throughout the process expect Kelce to be introduced in the top-50 discussion.
Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft currently lists Tyler Eifert as his No. 1 tight end for 2013, with Zach Ertz right behind him. Kelce is No. 6 on his list.
Eifert appears to be the popular choice at his position. The 6-foot-5, 252-pound tight end lined up in-line and out wide for the Irish, proving to be a weapon in the receiving game often. His blocking has improved as well.
We'll have to see how this group plays out at the NFL Combine, along with their Pro Days. I'm still under the impression/delusion that Gonzalez will return, but if he doesn't, I would like to see another position addressed in Round 1. What's your take on this latest mock?