ESPN's draft expert Mel Kiper has released his latest 2011 mock draft, version 3.0. The top of the draft is still a majority of defensive players, with six defensive players going in the first ten. However, the quarterbacks of the draft headline this year's draft, according to Kiper's projections. Both Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton are due to be picked in the first four selections, but Blaine Gabbert becomes the prize at number one overall, going to the Carolina Panthers.
Newton also will be gone before the Arizona Cardinals have their selection, as Kiper projects that the Cincinnati Bengals select the Auburn Heisman Trophy winner one pick before Arizona, as Carson Palmer appears to be on the way out of town or sitting at home for the 2011 season with his retirement threat.
As for the Cardinals?
Mel Kiper sticks with his previous projection of Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. Here is what Kiper says: