By Sarah Berkowitz
We at FastPhillySports.com like to think of ourselves as equal opportunity dispensers of information.
If someone puts up an NFL mock draft we will pass it along to you, our dear readers.
But when we do — and no, we will never pass along anything confected by Jimmy Kempski, who never tells you who his sources are, if he has any sources — we like to advise you to beware.
In the case of ESPN’s Mel Kiper, whose hair is bigger than his reputation for getting it right:
Here is what he posted this morning:
Top needs: S, G, CB, WR
Round 1 (20) S Landon Collins, Alabama
Round 2 (52) WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas St.
Round 3 (84) G Ty Sambrailo, Colorado St.
Analysis: You’re going to get mixed reviews on Collins, but there won’t be much debate about whether he’s the top safety in the draft. The concern will be that he’s not as good when he’s in coverage away from the line of scrimmage, but if you’re looking for a safety who can essentially act as an extra linebacker when you need one, Collins is a great get at this point on the board. He’ll be able to line up on tight ends and in the slot, tackles extremely well for the position and is ready to help a defense right now. You just can’t expect him to chase burners around 30 yards downfield, and he has only so-so hands for the position. Still, I’m taking him thinking my defense just got better. Lockett is one of the more underrated WRs in the draft. While he’s not a big target, he’s an outstanding route runner who always gets open and is fearless when it comes to blocking. I think my head coach will like him. Sambrailo is an athletic offensive lineman who has a chance to be useful in this offense for that reason. I’m not certain he’ll become a good starter, but he’s worth a bet at No. 84.