NEW YORK — The identity of the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the NFL draft is clear, but what happens after that is anyone’s guess as teams prepare for an intense wheeling-and-dealing session on Thursday.
The Indianapolis Colts will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick, and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will go to the Washington Redskins with pick two.
Matt Kalil, the Southern California offensive tackle has been forecast by many to go third overall to Minnesota. But that wasn’t a sure thing just 24 hours before the draft kicked off at Radio City Music Hall.
“No one really has a clue,” Kalil said Wednesday. “Unless you’re the GM of a team, you don’t really know who a team is going to pick, so you just let it all play out.
The new rookie wage scale, which replaces outrageous salaries for top picks with a compensation plan, means teams could be gearing up to pull off more trades than ever before. That means draft boards could change all through the night while potential picks wonder where they’ll end up.