Mock draft will use real 2020 prospect names, randomly selected by the league

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A surprising number of readers have been asking questions about the mock draft that the NFL will be conducting on Monday, in preparation for the first-ever stay-at-home virtual draft.

There’s a concern that, during the mock draft, teams may end up tipping their hands regarding their plans for the draft. That will not happen.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the two-round mock draft will entail real prospect names randomly picked from the 2020 Scouting Combine list and arranged alphabetically. Also, the draft order has been randomized. The Cowboys, for example, have the first pick.

So there won’t be any secrets revealed, but the league also won’t be using names from past drafts or made-up names during the practice session.

And here’s where I’m tempted to ask you to offer up some funny made-up names that the league could have used in the comments. But I shouldn’t do that. So I won’t. I definitely won’t.

53 responses to “Mock draft will use real 2020 prospect names, randomly selected by the league

  1. They should use the names from Key and Peele’s college all-star skit. Lol.

  2. hess97 says:
    April 18, 2020 at 2:45 pm
    This is weird….why arethey doing this with real prospects, or at all?

    To give 7th rounders a chance to feel what it’s like to go in the first round….

  3. Ok…screwed up the last name…he is really known as…

    I M Ahero – QB – Unsung Medical University

  4. Testes McShrunk from Steroid U would have put up solid combine numbers so an old Al Davis shoe in, not sure with current Raiders though.

    Itchy Jockitch from Ball U, might have gone high but ultimately been a locker room disturbance.

    Ben Dover would obviously been the first interior lineman off the board.

    T’Urn Style G would have likely gone undrafted though.

  5. I’m actually looking forward to Thursday. I hope the Bengals fail to put in their pick due to technical difficulties and the Redskins end up with Burrow.

  6. And with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Hingle McCringleberry.

  7. With the first pick of the draft the cowboys select Captain obvious, Air Force academy, P.

  8. Should’ve just used names from the 2015 draft or something it’s just a systems check so I guess it doesn’t really matter but could’ve put more weight into it with teams not having to worry at all about possibly hinting they like a guy who’s already been in the league for 5 years

  9. chaseutley says:
    April 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm
    Jerry Seeman from Ball State

    —-

    Didn’t his brother, Richard, play there too?

  10. Richard Johnson. Not even a made up name. Lived on my block. Big and tough. Had to be…

  11. Joe Burrows goes first to Dallas and they immediately leak that Dak’s offer is rescinded.

  12. Personally, I’d have used the 300+ Pro Football Hall of Famers as the pool. Easily available data set and no worries about giving away draft strategies.

  13. This is just more proof that the NFL is truly gifted at not really solving a problem while creating more and worse problems in the process. This should be an internal process. Just use last year’s draft pick-for-pick for 2 rounds + the first pick by any teams that did not have a selection in the first 2 rounds last year (not looking that up). They should also randomly insert a potential issues that could come up so they can see if whatever contingency process they have actually works. That’s it. Fans and the media do not need to know anything else at all. The most they should do is an official announcement once they certify the process is viable.

  14. Al Bundy, RB, Polk High

    Trivia:
    Ed O’Neill was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 as an outside linebacker. He was released before the start of the 1969 regular season.

  15. Shane Falco
    Bobby Boucher
    Rod Tidwell
    Louie Lastik
    Willie “Steamin” Beamen
    Nigel “the Leg” Gruff
    Paul Crewe
    Clifford Franklin
    Vontae Mack
    Paul Blake
    Julius Campbell
    Ogre

  16. Bobby Boucher, DL, LB, Waterboy, South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs

  17. Should have repeated the 2017 or 2018 draft and just simulate the trades ect over again.

  18. The have done Looney Toons, Hannah Barbara and other older cartoon characters. and Disney princesses.

  19. Da Bears won’t do much in the mock or the real draft this year but wait till 2025! the rebuild part VI.

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