With free agency set to begin this week, now is the final opportunity to throw out a mock draft before team needs get completely altered by the massive signing frenzy. By releasing this before the chaos, I can then compare my post-free agency mock with this version and see how dramatically things have changed.
Trying to predict the opinions, strategies and preferences of each NFL organization is always a daunting task. I navigated this exercise by pairing a team's need with the player who is the best fit.
This mock draft is sure to have some unexpected wrinkles in it.
Does Manti Te'o fall out of the first round? Was a quarterback taken? Did a running back happen to sneak into the first round, and if so, who took him?
All of these questions and more will be answered in the following slides.
All combine results came via NFL.com.