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Mock drafts for the NFL draft are coming out en force with Super Bowl LII in the rearview mirror.

BYU’s top prospect this year to be selected in the draft is linebacker Fred Warner, and one writer has him going in the draft’s first two rounds.

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar released a two-round mock draft Monday morning, and he has Warner going to the New England Patriots with the No. 63 pick. In that scenario, Warner would join fellow ex-BYU linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Harvey Langi in New England.

That is a higher projection that anyone else has Warner, who is seen more as a mid- to late-round prospect by most media outlets. Coincidentally, his NFL Scouting Combine profile lists Warner’s NFL comparison as Alani Fua, another former BYU linebacker.

“With his instincts and cover skills in space, finding a hybrid role in sub-packed might be where he is best utilized. Warner’s size, speed and workout at the combine may play into his draft value more heavily than many other prospects,” Lance Zierlien wrote in Warner’s combine profile.

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine runs from Feb. 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

College football way-too-early rankings

Athlon Sports released its way-too-early rankings of all 130 teams at the FBS college football level earlier this week, and BYU clocks in at No. 92.

Among the reasons for optimism: “Tight end Matt Bushman is back after a solid freshman campaign (49 catches), and the running back position should be a strength for new offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.”

Among the reasons for concern: “Will Tanner Mangum be at full strength by the opener after suffering an Achilles injury late in the 2017 season?”

Read the full breakdown of BYU and the entire FBS level here.

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And finally …

Former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon shared numerous pictures on Twitter of him participating in an event down the Las Vegas Strip for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.

McMahon was wearing BYU shorts during the torch relay designed to help fight against pediatric cancer, and one of the pictures shows McMahon handing off the torch to former MLB heavy hitter Jose Canseco.