Most NFL mock drafts get a little redundant about two weeks before the draft because they begin to project the same players to the same teams.
Many NFL observers get so caught up in trying to accurately predict their team's selections that some of them lose sight of what mock drafts really are. Mock drafts aren't supposed to be judged on accuracy the way the NCAA tournament brackets in your office pool are. Instead, mock drafts are supposed to represent hypothetical scenarios that may or may not happen on draft weekend.
I'm tired of coloring in the lines on my mock drafts. Atlanta Falcons fans have long deserved a more thought-provoking simulation of draft weekend, and I'm the man who's going to give it to them.
This mock isn't my attempt at being an Atlanta Falcons Draft meteorologist. I'm not trying to forecast who Atlanta's actually going to pick, but it should be noted that this isn't a fantasy draft either.
I evaluated the 11 players I selected in this draft based on Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff's taste, Atlanta's perceived draft needs at their position and whether each prospect fits Atlanta's offensive and defensive schemes.
Put simply, this is a glimpse at one of the many scenarios that could play out two weekends from now. Specifically, it's a scenario where Thomas Dimitroff decides to color outside of the lines of what my colleague has dubbed his "comrade filter".
Fasten your seat belt and join me as we cruise through the boldest Atlanta Falcons seven-round (with compensatory picks) 2013 NFL mock draft on the web.
Note: This draft has some bold choices, but I left trades out of this hypothetical.