We love mock drafts. But let's face reality: Any mock draft done before the NFL Scouting Combine, pro day workouts and free agency lacks all the necessary information.
But at least it's a start. And that's what Mock No. 1 is for me. I watch a ton of college football during the season probably more than most college football writers since I am bunkered in a hotel room every Saturday afternoon with a TV, a remote and a laptop in front of me.
I make a lot of player evaluations based on what I see each week, but until the combine and the interviews and the team gossip, plus the All-22 tapes are made available it's hard to lock in on guys.
I am not one to put a lot of stock in a combine workout, but if a corner or receiver were to run a 4.8, it would be a red flag.
The tape is what evaluations are all about. Any good general manager will tell you that.
But this is the silly season, a time when proclamations about top picks being decided already are made, which is pure foolishness. Nobody has done that yet especially without an Andrew-Lucktype player in this draft.
Let the process play out. We have three more months to play the Mock Draft Game. There will be a lot of them. So don't overreact to this one.
It's way too early for that.
12. New York Giants -- UCLA OLB Anthony Barr: They have little speed at linebacker, and it shows. Yes, they need offensive line help but they can wait on that.
13. St. Louis Rams -- Texas A&M WR Mike Evans: They have fast, smaller guys. They need a bigger receiver like Evans (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) to complement them.
14. Chicago Bears -- Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Their secondary was bad in 2013. They need help on the back end.
19. Miami Dolphins -- Notre Dame G-T Zack Martin: Miami has to improve that offensive line. Martin showed at the Senior Bowl he can play outside and inside.
21. Green Bay Packers -- Minnesota DT-DE Ra'Shede Hageman: The Packers have three defensive linemen scheduled to become free agents. They need to find a potential replacement.
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Louisville S Calvin Pryor: They had big problems on the back end last season. Pryor would start right away.
27. New Orleans Saints -- Virginia OT Morgan Moses: Right tackle Zach Strief is an unrestricted free agent. If the Saints can't get him resigned, this makes sense. If Strief re-signs, they could draft a receiver or pass rusher.
28. Carolina Panthers -- TCU CB Jason Verrett: They got by with so-so corner play last season. It's time they upgraded it. The pass rush can't cover it up forever.
29. New England Patriots -- Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro: With Rob Gronkowski coming off another injury and Aaron Hernandez in jail, they need another weapon in the middle of the field. They love double-tight looks for when Gronk does come back.