The 2012 NFL draft just ended, but 2013 projections are already making the way out there. Ray Graham, according to our own SB Nation, ranks well among the running backs. That's no surprise, but what is (at least to me, anyway) is that Devin Street ranks highly in another mock draft.
If you haven't been there yet, you should be checking out SB Nation's Mocking the Draft site, which covers all things NFL Draft. Since this year's draft ended, they've been projecting the 2013 draft and Ray Graham ranked sixth among all running backs. That could change, for better or worse, depending on what he accomplishes this year, but at the very least Graham is getting some early recognition.
I fully expect him to have a big season and if Pitt leans towards the run, he could even have a bigger year than some of us think. But if Pitt doesn't redshirt either in Rushel Shell or Isaac Bennett, then you've got to imagine he will be sharing the ball to at least a small degree. That, in turn, could affect his numbers a bit.
But here's the surprise regarding Devin Street.In the site's first 2013 mock draft, Pitt receiver Devin Street is touted as a second-round pick. I mentioned over the weekend that Street was a 2013 first-round pick according to at least one site and here he is showing up on another mock draft.
Maybe these guys know something I don't, but I'm beyond surprised that Street is not only projected as coming out a year early, but expected to be a top pick. There's nothing more I'd want to see since it would mean that Street would have a huge junior season, but I just don't know how realistic it is for him to go from a relative unknown to first- or second-round pick.