The final week of the long NFL season always has an interesting dynamic.
Some teams are playing for their entrance into the playoffs, while others are playing to knock those same teams out of the playoffs. Others still are "playing" for better slots in the draft, although no player would admit to that publicly.
In case you need a refresher, only the first 20 picks were decided by the time the Sunday night game ended. Those 20 slots will be given to the teams that missed the playoffs. The next 12 slots are given to playoff teams in the order they are knocked from the playoffs and combined with their regular season record.
If there is a tie in record, teams with the worse strength of schedule get the better picks.
There is no actual science to how mock drafts work, especially with the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine still weeks away from taking place. Draft possibilities tend to become a bit more clear once the full workout process is over.
Until then, mock drafts are for fun and conversation. I apologize in advance if you do not like the player that was slotted to you, but such is life.
I also, for the sake of this article, will not be mocking trades. That is mine main explanation for very few quarterbacks in the first round.