1/BROWNS/Malik Hooker/DS/Ohio State
4/JAGUARS/Derek Rivers/EDGE/Youngstown State
5/TITANS (F. LA)/Chidobe Awuzie/CB/Colorado
8/PANTHERS/Mitchell Trubisky/QB/North Carolina
9/BENGALS/Malik McDowell/DL/Michigan State
12/BROWNS (F. PHI)/Ryan Ramcyzk/OT/Wisconsin
14/EAGLES (F. MIN)/Forrest Lamp/OG/Western Kentucky
23/GIANTS/Corey Davis/WR/Western Michigan
26/SEAHAWKS/David Njoku/TE/Miami (FL)
28/COWBOYS/Marshon Lattimore/CB/Ohio State
30/STEELERS/Dalvin Cook/RB/Florida State
32/SAINTS (F. NE)/Reuben Foster/LB/Alabama
DEEP FRIED DRAFT
RANDOM MOCK DRAFT
Mock Drafts have been the driving force behind NFL Draft websites for years. Fans love to read them and they really love to complain about them. I do not really like to do them, but they are a necessary evil. Mock Drafts are mostly 95% guesswork. You try to guess what you think the 32 NFL teams will do. You spend hours trying to decipher clues from news reports. Then after all of that, the best Mock Drafts (as scored by The Huddle Report) end up matching 12 or so players to the right team and place about 25-26 players correctly in the first round. Last year I matched 7 correctly in the 1st Round and placed 25 correctly in the round.
After reading a column by Emily Kaplan at the MMQB about why people love Mock Drafts, I was inspired. There was a quote by Bleacher Report's lead NFL Draft writer Matt Miller where he said: "I mean, picking out of a hat, you'd probably get a few right."
Today, we will put that to the test. I placed 50 names that I have heard bandied about as potential first-round draftees into a hat. I went in draft order, picks 1-32, and drew a name out. For the sake of having a public record of it, I have uploaded the video of this to the Deep Fried Draft YouTube channel (you can also see it below). I will also list the results of the drawing below.
If this scores higher than my actual Final Mock Draft, I am going to be very sad. Enjoy!