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Kiper Leaves Georgia Corners Outside Top 10

ESPN’s Mel Kiper left former Georgia corners Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell outside his top-10 list for the NFL Draft.

ESPN’s lead draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his big board for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft and to the surprise of many left former Georiga corners Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell outside of the top 10 at their position group. Most analysts have the two in the top seven and even as high as No. 2 corner in some mocks. However, Kiper is putting a Day-3 grade on both of them.

While Kiper is one of the true legends of the NFL Draft industry and has been extensively covering the draft for ESPN for nearly 40 years, this feels a little off. 

Here's his list: 

1. Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
2. Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
3. Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
4. Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
5. Elijah Molden, Washington
6. Shaun Wade, Ohio State
7. Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
8. Aaron Robinson, UCF
9. Keith Taylor, Washington
10. Greg Newsome II, Northwestern

(You can read Kiper's full 2021 NFL Draft Big Board article here)

Both Stokes and Campbell are unique prospects with above-average athletic profiles, adequate production at the college level and possess all the intangibles to succeed on the next level. While it's fair to definitively believe Surtain, Farley and Horn are better prospects at the position in this class, even then Stokes and Campbell are at least on par with the rest of the field, if not better than the rest of the draft pool.

Both have received multiple first-round mocks in recent days and many sources close to Georgia’s program expect them to raise their draft stock at their Pro Day. They will test phenomenally and should display the skills that made them great at Georgia in the on-field drills.

While they may not conclusively be top three corners in this class, it feels like they have certainly placed themselves in the top 10 of their position group. 

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