One of my biggest sports pet peeves, (second only to the preseason College football awards/watch lists), is the NFL Mock Draft. Every year dozens of “experts” come out with their own NFL mock draft. A lot of these “experts” have multiple mock drafts up until the real thing. TV networks have hour long shows about mock drafts. What’s worse than mock drafts are news outlets publishing stories about “expert’s” mock drafts. For example, The Detroit Free Press published an article today that listed the projected Detroit Lions pick from 50 different mock drafts. There were 16 different players listed, (50% of the total first round picks) so who should we believe? Every year it seems as though the NFL mock drafts are not even close to the real thing and I question why we put so much stock in them and continue to report them.
After the draft, these same people come out and grade how the teams did in the draft. So this year I thought it would only be fitting to grade the “experts” mock draft. Therefore, I’ve compiled a spreadsheet of 27 different mock drafts and will be scoring their mock draft to the actual draft and giving them a letter grade. It’s time to figure out how accurate these mock drafts are.