Sam Farmer's NFL mock draft 2.0: Predicting QB picks as easy as one, two, three : Quarterbacks are expected to be the first three picks of the NFL draft for the first time since 1999 with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence taken No. 1 overall.
Good things come in threes. In the case of The Times’ mock draft 2.0, that means quarterbacks going 1-2-3 for the first time since 1999 when the first three selections were Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith. It also means three Alabama players chosen among the top 10, and a total of six in the first round. And it projects three running backs going in the opening round, something that has happened just twice in the last 10 years, as teams increasingly have stopped using first-round picks on that position.