Mock Draft II: Palmer still No. 1

I still expect USC QB Carson Palmer to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Originally Published: January 20, 2003
Feb. 27 | Editor's Note:'s Mel Kiper Jr. offers his newest first-round projection for the NFL draft (to compare, check out his previous first-round projection). The draft takes place Saturday, April 26 (rounds 1-3) and Sunday, April 27 (rounds 4-7).

With the NFL combine completed, I'm unveiling my second first-round projection for the 2003 NFL draft. My new projection has 12 underclassmen (*) in the first round (including two of the top four) as well as 12 defensive linemen (eight DTs and four DEs). Here's my updated forecast: