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 3 correctly in the 1st Round and placed 25 correctly in the round.  


After reading a column by Emily Kaplan at the MMQB last year about why people love Mock Drafts, I was inspired. There was a quote from 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." 


Last year I did this exercise and well the results were not so great. We only had 1 direct hit and only hit on 20 first round players (You can see the random pull at the bottom of the page). Today, we will put it to the test again. 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!

1 CLEVELAND BROWNS

Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
2 NEW YORK GIANTS

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
3 NEW YORK JETS (F. IND)

Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
4 CLEVELAND BROWNS (F. HOU)

Vita Vea, DL, Washington
5 DENVER BRONCOS

Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
6 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (F. NYJ)

D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
7 TAMPA BAY BUCCS

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
8 CHICAGO BEARS

Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
9 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
10 OAKLAND RAIDERS

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
11 MIAMI DOLPHINS

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
12 BUFFALO BILLS (F. CIN)

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
13 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
14 GREEN BAY PACKERS

Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
15 ARIZONA CARDINALS

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
16 BALTIMORE RAVENS

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
17 LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
18 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
19 DALLAS COWBOYS

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
20 DETROIT LIONS

Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
21 CINCINNATI BENGALS (F. BUF)

Justin Reid, S, Stanford
22 BUFFALO BILLS (F. KC)

Derwin James, DB, Florida State
23 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (F. LAR)

Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
24 CAROLINA PANTHERS

Connor Williams, OT, Texas
25 TENNESSEE TITANS

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
26 ATLANTA FALCONS

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
27 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
28 PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
29 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
30 MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
31 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Sam Darnold, QB, Southern Cal
32 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama