The NFL draft is nearly here and something we always get caught up in leading up to the draft is mock drafts. Folks are predicting this, suggesting that and filling out mock drafts. The people filling these only occasionally know what they're talking about. Almost all teams are trying to keep their pick a secret so any information given out usually has an agenda.
It's been a few years since we've had a Kansas City Chiefs
draft like this. In 2008, the Chiefs had the fifth pick and there were only a few options, including Glenn Dorsey. In 2009, Tyson Jackson's name popped up on the radar in the last few days. In 2010, Eric Berry
was the most popular mock draft picks.
In 2011? The mock drafts are all over the place.
Here's a sampling of the mock draft picks we've seen over the last couple of months: Baylor DT Phil Taylor, Oregon State DT Stephen Paea, UCLA LB Akeem Ayers, Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan, Missouri DE Aldon Smith, WR Leonard Hankerson, WR Jonathan Baldwin, OT Anthony Castonzo, OT Gabe Carimi.
There's more that I'm forgetting, too. The point is we don't really have a clue who the Chiefs will draft. This is very different from the last three years when we were all arguing over the same handful of players. Now we're arguing over the same five handful of players.
I think this makes the draft a little more exciting. There's more of an unknown factor whereas in previous drafts there was much more known. (Of course thanks to the lockout, overall interest in the draft is down.)
Some mock draft out there will nail the Chiefs first round pick and look smart. The more likely scenario is that some mock draft out there will get really lucky because nobody knows where the Chiefs are leaning.
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