Derick Hall is a first round pick in Mel Kiper’s first NFL mock draft

Auburn has not produced a first-round NFL draft pick in the past two years but ESPN’s draft expert Mel Kiper thinks that drought will be snapped in the 2023 NFL Draft.

In his first mock draft of the year, Kiper projects Derick Hall to be drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 27th overall pick. Earlier this week Kiper ranked Hall as the second-best outside linebacker in the draft, behind only Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr.

In his four seasons on the Plains Hall made 146 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, and forced five fumbles. The Gulfport, Mississippi, native was voted a team captain his senior season and named to the All-SEC First Team by the coaches.

Kiper is a believer in Hall’s ability to rush the passer and believes he could turn into a “steal.”

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