Manning still No. 1, shuffling elsewhere

Changes abound in Mel Kiper's latest first-round projection, and trades could shuffle it even more in the coming weeks.

Originally Published: April 2, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
MOCK DRAFT: Kiper's Revised First-Round Projection | April 2

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Things have changed up and down my first-round projection, from the top five all the way to No. 32. Some teams still appear to be focused on a particular position or player, but most of the picks have shifted slightly since my last mock draft. Wide receivers fill two of the first three slots as well as the final three first-round positions, while there are 18 underclassmen among my projections for the first 32 picks.

And let's not forget that trades could significantly alter the look of the first round. Trade activity will no doubt change the board before April 24, and it will be interesting to see how team needs could affect when certain players come off the board. (underclassmen denoted with an asterisk*)

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.