Draft season is officially among us now that the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL season is over. A staple of draft season is the mock draft, so lets see if we can jazz up the typical mock draft?
Who doesn’t love mock drafts? Mock drafts give you the power of general managers, player personnel executives, and coaches. You select players that you believe will provide the maximum benefit for the team. Different perspectives in addition to different priorities make mock drafts such a unique beast.
When we look at mock drafts, we test several things. Some but not all include: a player’s evaluation, player positional value, and pick positional value. These are why draft enthusiasts and professionals make such a big deal about whether or not teams should trade up to select a specific player or trade back to accumulate extra picks. When we ask ourselves why that is the case, it usually has something to do with the three things mentioned above.
Knowing that mock drafts are designed to help our favorite teams, how can you drastically change up something that seems really hard to mess up if done correctly? Lets throw priorities like pick positional value and scheme out the window.
The Dallas Cowboys have needs all over the roster; some, especially on the defensive side, are more pressing than needs like wide receiver or interior offensive line. In the draft, the expectation is that the positions with glaring holes will have priority over other positions. Hence higher picks will be used to fill these spots.
However, the pick is always more calculated than “we need this position.” So much of football is about scheming. Teams select players because they fill a scheme need more so than a position need. Last year, the Cowboys selected, to the dismay of many fans, Trysten Hill with their first pick. The pick was to eventually fill a hole at the under tackle spot, something former DC Rod Marinelli believed having in his defensive system was a must.
With a need at safety and defensive tackle, and with many available for the taking, the Cowboys opted to select someone who “perfectly” fit their scheme.
So what is the purpose of today? To throw most of what we talked about out the window.
I have decided to do a mock draft selecting my “favorite players” and do a write up on them.
Please direct all hate to the comment section below and remember:
*DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING EXCEPT THE PLAYER EVALUATIONS IN THIS MOCK DRAFT SERIOUSLY*