Our initial full first round mock features big-school studs, and NFL teams getting defensive.
The Super Bowl is in our rear view mirror, and the never-ending NFL season is now full steam ahead into draft and free agency season. This is that time of year where the good teams usually get better, and the bad teams get to launch new off season ad campaigns full of new hopes and dreams pinned to their shiny new draft picks.
As you might imagine, quarterbacks rule the day early (because bad teams are usually bad due to bad quarterback play), as do franchise left tackle prospects. The top of this draft is light on offensive skill position players, but if you ask most of the league’s General Managers they’re perfectly OK with that. After seeing how outstanding defense has carried teams deep into the playoffs the last few seasons, would it be any surprise if the majority of first round picks this year were from that side of the ball?
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All we have to go on this early in the process is current team needs. Free agents are free to negotiate, and sign extensions if they wish, with their current teams at any time. But free agency launches in full on March 9th, and primary team needs will change dramatically between then and Day #1 of the draft on April 28th.
With that in mind, let’s dive right in to our first full Day #1 mock draft.
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