Three Rutgers football players go in the latest CBS Sports mock draft

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Three players from Rutgers go in the latest mock of the NFL draft from CBSSports, showing an uptick in interest for several Scarlet Knights’ standouts.

And shockingly, despite a strong performance at the NFL Combine and the recent Rutgers Pro Day, running back Isaih Pacheco was not one of the trio of Scarlet Knights to go in the mock draft.

The seven-round mock draft from Chris Trapasso has all three Rutgers selections going in the seventh round within a span of 13 selections:

No. 246 (Cleveland Browns): Olakunle Fatukasi (linebacker)

No. 251 (Kansas City Chiefs): Joseph Turner(defensive tackle)

No. 259 (Kansas City Chiefs): Bo Melton (wide receiver)

The selection of Turner and Melton would give the Chiefs three former Rutgers players along with fullback Michael Burton. This offseason, Burton signed a new contract with the Chiefs.


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Other than the omission of Pacheco, the other surprise from the Trapasso mock draft is that Melton fell as far as the seventh round. Mel Kiper’s most recent mock draft, for instance, has Melton going in the third round.

Most mock drafts have Melton, the team’s leading receiver who had a strong Senior Bowl and NFL combine, going in the fourth or fifth round.