The draft begins today.
There’s been plenty of hype and excitement, with all 32 teams expecting to find themselves better prepared for the upcoming season — and hopefully, well-stocked on talent for years to come.
There have been enough evaluations and of these incoming players (be it their performance at the Combine, in their Pro Days, or just within individual meetings) to make your head jump off your shoulders; whether that be purely due to intrigue or exhaustion with the process is determined by you.
GMs, scouts, coaches, players & fans alike should all have a pretty strong idea of what is to come. At the very least, we should understand the possibilities that our respective teams — as well as all the others populating the league — could be expected to come across with this draft.
One of the main ways (or perhaps THE main way) most of us are able to get a decent handle on what we could be seeing teams do this year is through mock drafts.
If you’re like me, you’re probably just about exasperated by all the mocks and projections that have been running unfettered & basically nonstop since early February.
We don’t have much longer though, and although just about zero mocks ever end up being correct, there is something that can be learned from them; mainly, they help more clearly identify particular needs on a roster, and they also tend to introduce us some to players we may not be informed on (or at least solidify what we think we know about them).
With that in mind, here is my mock draft.
My insights are built off multiple areas, including:
- what I’ve read & heard through a wide array of sources (articles, podcasts, other mocks, etc)
- analyzing every NFL roster, in regards to both strengths/weaknesses of particular teams as well as the way money is currently invested across them
- what I believe would be the best move for the team
- what I believe the team will actually do (not at all guaranteed to align with what I think is best — though it probably should be in a decent number of cases)
Also of note: I won’t be projecting any new trades.
With that, let’s get to it!