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Mel Kiper's First Mock Has Four SEC in Top Ten

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Johnny Football is an upset choice for the top pick.

Sean Gardner

ESPN's (in)famous draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. has released his first mock draft of the year, and it's the offseason, so why not take a quick look at it?

I am not an ESPN Insider subscriber, so I can't see the whole thing. I have seen the top ten, however, and Kiper has a pair of Aggies going at the top. He has Johnny Manziel going first overall to Bill O'Brien and the Houston Texans, and his left tackle Jake Matthews is next at second to the St. Louis Rams. South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney goes third to Jacksonville, and Auburn's offensive tackle Greg Robinson is slotted ninth to the Bills.

It's a bit of surprise considering that South Carolina alum and Texans owner Bob McNair publicly supports drafting Clowney, but ultimately, he's not making the call. O'Brien has a reputation of being something of a quarterbacking guru, so it would make sense to see Houston take one at the top. However, the consensus elsewhere is that Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback prospect right now.

We've got a few months until the draft hits, but I guess we should steel ourselves now for the Lord of Hairspray going hard for advocating in Manziel's favor.