If Mel Kiper Jr. was the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, you’d see a pair of former Colorado Buffaloes competing for the same position this fall.
The ESPN football analyst released his 2018 Grade: A three-round mock draft last week, in which he plays the general manager for each team through the first three rounds of this month’s NFL Draft.
Here were the ground rules for Kiper’s three-round mock draft:
1. At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick
2. No trades. I try to address team needs, but as with the actual draft, value can supersede need.
3. I’m not projecting picks. This is more of a look at where I see value up and down the board, based on my rankings.
In round two (59thoverall), Kiper Jr. had the 49ers taking Buffaloes cornerback Isaiah Oliver.


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