Mock Drafts are really stupid when you think about it.
Until the NFL Draft actually kicks off each year only one team, the club with the first overall pick actually knows what it’s going to do, so how are the rest of us supposed to know who’s going where when 31 teams don’t?
I know, you do your homework and make some educated guesses and in a good year maybe you match 8-to-10 players with the team that ends up taking them but to what end? So fans know a few days or weeks in advance who their favorite club got?
Back in the day when we basically created independent draft analysis at Pro Football Weekly we began doing mock drafts more as a way to rank the top players than to pretend we were Nostradamus II.
Somewhere along the line as more and more analysts jumped into the fray we all started grading our performances as a way to promote our content.
Unfortunately what’s happened now is all the focus is on who’s taking who, even though the best of us will miss on at least 65% or so of our picks rather than whom the top prospects are.
So here is my final pseudo mock this year, with the top 32 prospects in this draft all going in the first round very close to the order I’ve ranked them.
If every NFL team took the best available football player every time it made a draft pick the league would be even more competitive than it already is.
Now when you’re on the board you probably have a handful of players ranked very tightly so then you can go with a need, but at the end of the day my top 32 are all here.
So, I have no idea how many of these players will actually end up with the teams I have them with although I suspect a few will, but let’s see how many of them do end up in the first round?