This mock draft first appeared in our free NFL Draft newsletter on Wednesday morning.
I am not a fan of mock drafts, and the only thing less accurate than a mock draft before the combine is one right after but prior to free agency that has a way of completely readjusting teams’ needs.
An even bigger issue than that is, with the combine just a couple of days in the rear-view mirror, nobody has had enough time to check enough sources with enough teams to know which clubs really like which guys, and how much their minds were changed at the combine
That said, I am starting to get a sense of what certain clubs’ philosophies will be in the draft with organizational changes pretty much wrapped up, and no club effectively addresses all of its needs in free agency. So what we can do is look at the highest-rated players on the board – based on ratings prior to adjustments for combine performances, pro days, private visits, etc. — and begin to make some somewhat educated guesses.
I am not apologizing for this, my Mock Draft 1.0. There are some pretty good assumptions here — and some of these projections will stick.
I’m just begging you to keep your eyes out for my 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0, which should be a lot more accurate and based on a lot more actual intelligence than hoping two and two equal four.
This is a fairly good guide — and bears a reasonable resemblance — to what my best-player-available list will look like come April 26.