Bradenton, Fla. - IMG Academy hosted 30 draft-eligible collegiate football players to participate in the
IMGAcademies NFL Combine Training Program. Many of them are earning greater recognition for their dedication to postseason training. The latest editions of ESPN's mock drafts were revealed this week, and six of IMG's NFL Combine Training Program participants are currently projected by Mel Kiper and Todd McShay to go in the first round of the NFL Draft, which will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from April 26-28.
Mel Kiper's third edition of his mock draft projected six IMG-trained athletes to earn first round selections:
No. 11 - Kansas City Chiefs- Luke Kuechly (Linebacker, Boston College)
No. 12 - Seattle Seahawks - Ryan Tannehill (Quarterback, Texas A&M)
No. 21 - Cincinnati Bengals - Cordy Glenn (Offensive tackle, Georgia)
No. 27 - New England Patriots - Kendall Reyes (Defensive tackle, UCONN)
No. 29 - Baltimore Ravens - Peter Konz (Offensive lineman, Wisconsin)
No. 30 - San Francisco 49ers - Stephen Hill (Wide receiver, Georgia Tech)
Fellow ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay similarly projected five IMG-trained athletes to earn first round picks:
No. 8 - Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill
No. 12 - Seattle Seahawks - Luke Kuechly
No. 18 - San Diego Chargers - Cordy Glenn
No. 29 - Baltimore Ravens - Peter Konz
No. 30 - San Francisco 49ers - Stephen Hill
Prior to the 2011 season, QB Ryan Tannehill was projected anywhere between the second and fourth rounds of the Draft, but has emerged as a consensus first-day selection. LB Luke Kuechly's strong NFL Combine performance in February has made him ESPN's choice as the top inside linebacker in this year's draft. OL Peter Konz, OT Cordy Glenn, DT Kendall Reyes and WR Stephen Hill have also seen considerable boosts in their draft stock since the conclusion of the 2011 regular season and NFL Combine.
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