One of the reasons
It's during times like these that doing a mock draft becomes most difficult. But I've learned over the years to ignore much of what's said in April when I put the mock jigsaw together.
Take the Redskins. Washington has a crying need for a tackle, its biggest need by far. There are three or four very good ones projected as top picks. Washington has the fourth pick in the first round, its only pick in the top 100. Shanahan twice shocked the world with Denver, picking
Well, they might. But if you just traded for a veteran passer (
Mine wouldn't be either. So here's my mock draft, finalized last weekend in time for the magazine's deadline, with a tackle to Washington and two trades I project in the top half of the round. Trades -- always stupid to project. But I know Denver and Miami are talking about moving down, and I'm rolling some dice. In, as Brandt says, a very dicey first round.
Rams need a face of the franchise -- and an accurate deep arm. Bradford's both.
Easiest pick in the draft. For Bucs, value of McCoy is twice any other player left.
Got a sick feeling Shanahan wants to deal down, pick a QB. Crazy, but that's him.
Sinking on most boards, but GM Pioli sees meat-and-potatoes left tackle for a decade.
'Hawks rejoice. A month ago, Okung was top tackle on most NFL draft boards.
But if Williams or Okung's around, this will be a very tough call for GM
Chalk pick -- big, athletic OT -- but since when do Raiders make the chalk pick?
I know he has
Lucky Niner night, getting the best corner in the draft in the middle of the first round.
It doesn't fit after
Broncos would be happy with
Titan task: Replenishing the defensive line one pass-rusher at a time, with a
I came very close to putting
The Pouncey fan club is growing. Six mid-first-round teams could take him by early 20s.
No one thought he'd fall this far. I'm still not sure he will. But Falcons have to pounce.
Texans steal Wilson, a physical force with good closing speed, this low in the round.
Watch Oklahoma on tape. Gresham's so athletic you'll think you're watching a wideout.
"Coach Belichick? Dez Bryant's babysitter on line two.'' I don't care. I love the pick.
I know Dolphins love Mathews and would settle for him ... but like others here too.
Cards begin to rebuild the defense that got laid waste this off-season with pass-rusher.
I say they rue the day they don't take tackle of the future, but Dallas likes speedy safety.
Ideal draft for Chargers is
This pick makes no sense -- unless you think
A hunch. Nothing more.
Colts tab an athletic left tackle candidate to fill a position they've been longing to cement for years.
Watch for pass-rush help too, like TCU outside linebacker