As the first round saw one big trade going down shortly followed by another trade, I was thinking to myself that there are going to be an awful lot of messed up mock drafts.
When the dust finally settled, there were a grand total of eight trades conducted in the first round. Yes, I am also one of those crazed football writers that cranked out my own mock drafts as well, but I was right more often regarding the Bills mock drafts, knowing that Buddy Nix hates to give up any draft picks at all. Okay, Nix did surrender a seventh-round draft pick this past weekend, but that was the extent of his "riverboat gambling" ways.
But for the companies that focus on doing mock drafts, or lead writers that are known for cranking out cutting edge mock drafts (is there such a thing?), they had to feel rather foolish at watching all of the weeks and months of analysis and research getting blown up like an active minefield with one trade being executed after another.
Since the new CBA was negotiated in 2011, it is clear that teams are now treating draft picks like currency or cash tender. You can barter them away since there is no real major penalty to your salary cap for drafting players in the top five or top 10 of a draft class, as had been the case in prior years.
What will this new trend do to the NFL mock draft industry? What is the point of doing three to four months of mock draft analysis, only to know that once the first team is on the clock, deals are going to start flying around the league left and right, and whatever you thought would happen is totally obliterated.
For what it is worth, here is the link to the final scores of the mock draft experts for the 2012 contest that is judged at The Huddle Report. Ben Standing of Fantasy Football Toolbox was the 2012 NFL mock draft champion. He got 12 picks right, and out of over 100 mock drafters, he was the only one that predicted more than 10 picks correctly. Correctly picking 12 out of 32 is like batting .375, so that should make you a starting All-Star, right?