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To mock or not to mock, please answer the question for us


Mock drafts have some value, but not much.  They have none before free agency, when teams address needs and develop needs that don’t exist prior to the annual veteran swap meet.

But everyone has a mock draft now.  We’ve done them every year since the site was launched.  Currently, we’ve got one in the hopper that has been put together with the help of an actual NFL scout.

As the time for posting a pre-free agency draft wanes, I’m wrestling with an important question:  Why bother?

Inevitably, some of you will declare it to be the “worst . . . mock draft . . . ever,” regardless of how the picks are configured.  The rest of you won’t really care, because you’ve already seen so many mock drafts that are even more useless than usual when done before free agency.

So we’ll put the issue up to a vote.  Do you want us to continue to do mock drafts?

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47 Responses to “To mock or not to mock, please answer the question for us”
  1. gregpicken says: Mar 6, 2014 11:30 AM

    I like mock drafts. There’s a lot of dead time between the combine and the draft (especially this year), so it fills that gap.

    Also, as a Bills fan who’s lived through many questionable drafts, they often make me hopeful that we might make a smart choice!

  2. thegronk87 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:31 AM


  3. calhounlambeau says: Mar 6, 2014 11:34 AM

    Why not? It’s fun.

  4. viper0290 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:34 AM

    I enjoy them. Post it

  5. citizenstrange says: Mar 6, 2014 11:42 AM

    Why not? Anybody who doesn’t want to read it doesn’t have to. Seriously.

  6. buddysguys says: Mar 6, 2014 11:44 AM

    more football talk make football fan happy.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 6, 2014 11:50 AM

    Gosh this was an easy question. I think there should be multiple mocks too. One for a no-trade how should it go, one for how it will go, and then several for different scenarios. I think you guys should have at least 5 mocks!

  8. jetsclaps says: Mar 6, 2014 11:53 AM

    What else is there to do from keeping yourself going insane during the offseason?

  9. supesfan34 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:53 AM

    Mock away!

  10. 12thmanseattle says: Mar 6, 2014 11:53 AM

    I like them because while generally yes, pretty much all mock drafts are useless it still is a fun time waster. That in addition to it does help fans highlight areas of need for our teams that maybe we didn’t consider before

  11. atlfan31833 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:58 AM

    Mock. As long as they are educated guesses and not just some wild guesses to fill a blank. Knowing teams needs and draft tendencies helps.

    Besides all fans enjoy thinking about who their favorite team is going to draft.

  12. crindal3000 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    yes it doesn’t hurt anyone, if you don’t like it, don’t read it.

  13. DaveKShape says: Mar 6, 2014 12:01 PM

    Agreed with everyone above. Everyone pretty much knows mock drafts are kind of silly, but if anything, it’s fun to see others analyze each team’s needs and play fake GM for a minute. Helps fill some time until the actual draft.

  14. Kreedos says: Mar 6, 2014 12:07 PM

    can never have too many mocks. keep doing them.

  15. iman62 says: Mar 6, 2014 12:18 PM

    Brings discussion at the very least

  16. jagsandliquor says: Mar 6, 2014 12:20 PM

    do it

  17. flyeredup says: Mar 6, 2014 12:21 PM

    Absolutely! Keep the mocks

  18. 3yardsndust says: Mar 6, 2014 12:24 PM

    As long as you give the Steelers a road-grader left tackle. Even though Kevin Colbert will inevitably muck up yet another draft, I’d like to be able to dream a little.

  19. Wineshard says: Mar 6, 2014 12:27 PM

    Yes. I love mocks.

  20. cruzer1996 says: Mar 6, 2014 12:29 PM

    Thanks for asking!

  21. ijahru says: Mar 6, 2014 12:30 PM

    I love mock drafts but please make a rule that those doing the mock can’t predict trades. It is ridiculous the amount of mock drafts online where they have trades. Stick with the draft order and focus on the teams actual needs.

  22. thraiderskin says: Mar 6, 2014 12:32 PM

    I enjoy them a lot, but I prefer there be reasons along with the picks.

  23. enlightenedskeptic says: Mar 6, 2014 12:39 PM

    Look, when there’s nothing to actually talk about, we might as well spend our time speculating. That can be almost as fun.

    “Mock” away amigos.

  24. Eric Chase. says: Mar 6, 2014 12:39 PM

    Mock. Agree with above, not so much for the picks but the need and player analysis.

  25. dawindbag says: Mar 6, 2014 1:01 PM

    Mock drafts are great when the writer actually tries. It’s a great conceit to use to discuss team needs, player profiles and draft day tactics.

    Unfortunately most of the writers on the popular sites do them by rote, giving nothing more than a 1 sentence comment (sometimes it’s nothing more than a list of 32 names with a single paragraph summary). Those are pointless and insulting, and usually stupid and unrealistic to boot.

    Do fewer mocks, but do them better and don’t spare the word count for a change.

  26. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Mar 6, 2014 1:12 PM

    If you’re just doing one to do it and keep us mongols clicking on your site, don’t do it. We already read plenty of garbage everywhere else. Put out something quality, preferably with trades.

  27. whiteknightblackheart says: Mar 6, 2014 1:13 PM

    I like them. I like when they are right and I like when they are wrong. That is part of the fun. The only time I don’t like a mock draft is when it is behind a paywall [*cough*cough* lookin’ at you ESPN Insider *cough *cough].

  28. tjr324 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:35 PM

    do a mock draft only if it wont take any valuable time away from beating the dead horse of the Redskins name “controversy”

  29. gameover78 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:48 PM

    Mock it up, mock drafts always have their place…

  30. santolonius says: Mar 6, 2014 1:48 PM

    i know mock drafts are stupid. but this is the life you chose. do it.

  31. ivanpavlov0000 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:52 PM

    I say no – they’re useless, especially beyond the top 5.

    What’s more helpful for me is to see player rankings and analysis for each position. Put that alongside the needs for each team and everyone has what they need to know.

  32. favrewillplay4ever says: Mar 6, 2014 1:54 PM

    Do it. It’s another way to get Vikings fans hopes up and gives them more opportunity to talk smack and think their team is better than the rest of the world knows they are.

    This one of the few “fun times” to be a football fan for all the trolls up there. Don’t take that away from them.

  33. shadowcell says: Mar 6, 2014 2:35 PM

    I don’t take any individual mock draft all that seriously, but the aggregate of mock drafts is useful to see what, if any, consensus the pundits have on who needs what and who gets picked when in the draft, so yours is one more data point on the pile.

  34. 4thqtrsaint says: Mar 6, 2014 3:01 PM

    I like mocks to get a feel for what other people are thinking. So, you might as well.

  35. anonymous135 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:06 PM

    I pulled the trigger a bit too soon and voted no.

    Mocks are fun, especially the reasoning behind it and the person making them, so many out there.. and PFT is my favorite source for all things football – why not

    The reason I voted no is because PFT’s have always been so bad and off and not in a way that I could respect the opinion of a non-educated guess (and I’m actually I person who loves people with educated differences of opinions and way out there theories) – from pro media guys who’s opinions I usually respect much any other time of the day.

    So if it comes down to a 50-50.. add one more YES

  36. ftcsubs says: Mar 6, 2014 3:48 PM

    if not only for a good laugh 😛

  37. jordera22 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:52 PM


  38. jordera22 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:53 PM


  39. nytroutdog says: Mar 6, 2014 3:56 PM

    Without hesitation: yes, do a mock!

  40. dsburke4 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:59 PM

    Be like Nike and DO IT. Don’t be like Nike and make ugly uniforms for yourselves.

  41. pats4892 says: Mar 6, 2014 4:25 PM

    mock it up!

  42. giocosoman says: Mar 6, 2014 5:58 PM

    Do 1 mock draft the week before the actual one. (Less is more)

  43. mancave001 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:39 PM


  44. thatstinks says: Mar 6, 2014 8:48 PM

    When I see a mock draft and it says in the title with expert analysis and team knowledge I feel like I’m opening a present .

  45. rajbais says: Mar 7, 2014 12:17 AM

    You know why mock drafts are a waste of time?

    They don’t emphasize on individual playing ability.

    What’s the point of looking at a flawed player going high when your team can’t stink anymore?

  46. corky2141 says: Mar 7, 2014 1:00 AM

    Mock the vote. That way we can mock you when all your guesses are wrong.

  47. jgd3rd says: Mar 10, 2014 10:26 AM

    Do it!

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