1/BROWNS/Malik Hooker/DS/Ohio State

2/49ERS/Taco Charleton/EDGE/Michigan

3/BEARS/Solomon Thomas/EDGE/Stanford

4/JAGUARS/Derek Rivers/EDGE/Youngstown State

5/TITANS (F. LA)/Chidobe Awuzie/CB/Colorado

6/JETS/Christian McCaffrey/RB/Stanford

7/CHARGERS/Jalen Tabor/CB/Florida

8/PANTHERS/Mitchell Trubisky/QB/North Carolina

9/BENGALS/Malik McDowell/DL/Michigan State

10/BILLS/Caleb Brantley/DL/Florida

11/SAINTS/Derek Barnett/EDGE/Tennessee

12/BROWNS (F. PHI)/Ryan Ramcyzk/OT/Wisconsin

13/CARDINALS/Leonard Fournette/RB/LSU

14/EAGLES (F. MIN)/Forrest Lamp/OG/Western Kentucky

15/COLTS/Jonathan Allen/DL/Alabama

16/RAVENS/T.J. Watt/EDGE/Wisconsin

17/REDSKINS/O.J. Howard/TE/Alabama

18/TITANS/Ethan Pocic/OC/LSU

19/BUCCS/Deshaun Watson/QB/Clemson

20/BRONCOS/Marlon Humphrey/CB/Alabama

21/LIONS/Obi Melifonwu/DS/Uconn

22/DOLPHINS/Jarrad Davis/LB/Florida

23/GIANTS/Corey Davis/WR/Western Michigan

24/RAIDERS/Evan Engram/TE/Mississippi

25/TEXANS/Cam Robinson/OT/Alabama

26/SEAHAWKS/David Njoku/TE/Miami (FL)

27/CHIEFS/Budda Baker/DS/Washington

28/COWBOYS/Marshon Lattimore/CB/Ohio State

29/PACKERS/Joe Mixon/RB/Oklahoma

30/STEELERS/Dalvin Cook/RB/Florida State


32/SAINTS (F. NE)/Reuben Foster/LB/Alabama

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!