It’s never too early for a mock draft, right?
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke revealed his very first mock NFL draft for 2017 on Tuesday morning, and the Big Ten was represented well with six total players going in the first round. You can view the full mock draft here.
SI predicted do-it-all Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers will be the fifth pick in next year’s draft. Peppers does have another year of eligibility, but his stock is projected to be very high following this season.
There were two more players in the top 10, including Iowa cornerback Desmond King at eighth overall. King was the second-highest cornerback listed, behind only Florida’s Jalen Tabor.
The projected 10th pick was Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Said Burke of the 6-foot-6 tackle: “he has the length, power and size.”
Ohio State, the star of the 2016 NFL Draft’s first round, was represented with two players in the mock draft. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan was listed to go 22nd overall while offensive lineman Pat Elfein was 31st.
Michigan also had two players projected in the first round with cornerback Jourdan Lewis listed as the 28th pick.