Very interesting article about mock drafts

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  1. bckey

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    Excellent article written by Michael Lombardi at SI.com. It has some inside information on just how important mock drafts are for NFL teams. Tejas posted this on the Texans main board.



    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/football/nfl/specials/draft/2008/04/14/lombardi.mocks/index.html?eref=T1



    Here is an excerpt:

    While I was with the Raiders, the mock drafts were important data for us to research. We would assign someone to sort all the Mocks and keep tabs on where and when any player was projected to go in the first round.. We would tally the amount of times we saw each player in the first round and had a pretty good idea, come draft day, of when players might be picked.

    But most important to me were the players who were not mentioned.



    And here is another excerpt:

    If the mock you're reading does not have six defensive linemen in the first round, stop reading it. Defensive linemen will go quickly. You have to work defensive and offensive linemen heavily in the first round.

    After the 10th pick in the first round, it is all about how well you know what each team needs. Study the team needs and forget about the "Best Player Available" theory. It no longer applies. The draft today is so even in terms of talent that teams just pick to fill their needs. Put the player in the spot that fits those specific team needs.
     
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  2. Hagar

    Hagar Drink up yall, its the Texans!

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    Good article.
     
  3. Ole Miss Texan

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    Pretty cool article.

     
  4. bckey

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    Shameless bump because this is the final week before the draft and this is such an good and interesting article about nfl teams using mocks to help them prepare for the draft.
     
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    great article. the trading down thing is right, ASSUMING you've targeted one player. you don't want to risk trading down and missing out on him. now if you have several players you view as equals or damn near it, and it's physically impossible for you to not miss out on one of them by trading down a few spots, then go ahead and do it.
     
  6. kiwitexansfan

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    Not sure what you were smoking before that whole 'main board' comment, you've got THE board right here.

    As for the article it is a good one, fascinating that Rice was considered in the same breath as those other players... I guess in the end you never quite know what your getting.
     

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