NFL Mock Draft: Where your Badgers are headed in Mel Kiper's Mock Draft

Mel Kiper's final mock draft is out and like most mock drafts, both J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi are projected to be drafted in the first round.

Kiper has Watt headed to the San Diego Chargers at No. 18, writing:

It wouldn't at all suprise me to see Watt taken much earlier. I've had him as high as the No. 6 overall pick during this process, and he has that mix of relentlessness, size, talent and awareness that any coach would love. A fiery pass-rusher in either the 3-4 or 4-3, at 290 pounds Watt should be able to supplement this defensive line from the defensive end position.

As we have seen a lot this week with Watt, the Vikings at No. 12 are also a popular destination for the defensive end. Kiper has Jake Locker going to Minnesota and for what it's worth, I think that would be a major mistake for the Vikings. This is a prime example of why I think drafting on talent is much more important than drafting on need. Trust me, Watt is going to be a much better NFL player than Locker.

Meanwhile, Kiper has Carimi going three picks later to the Chiefs at No. 21, writing:

The Chiefs have a need here, and if they want to get back to that power running game that's defined them over the years, Carimi is a safe pick. Todd Haley will like a player with his versatility and power, and the Chiefs will have an immediate plug-and-play. Carimi has gone up against some of the best and handled them. Scott Pioli runs a good show, and this is a smart pick as the Chiefs continue to build a team on the rise.

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