With a week left until the 2013 NFL draft, it's probably time to remind everyone that "silly season" is going to ramp up to full storm. This is when it's wisest to believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you read.
Conventional wisdom? Throw it out the window. It will become stupidity once picks start flying off the board.
Rumors and whispers? Ignore those, too, as teams try to seed confusion. Everyone is a first-rounder, everyone is being traded and no one is safe—at least, that's what you'll hear over the next seven days.
As for mock drafts, they're not going to be much more accurate today than they were months ago.
So, you might ask, why are you giving us a mock draft?
It's because, out of everything you read over the next week, mock drafts are the one thing that have the most value. At least on its face, a mock draft tells you what it is—a "mock." These aren't lies presented as rumors. This is complete and utter speculation that is meant to present a scenario and provide surrounding information.
At best, mocks are like a NCAA Tournament bracket filled out to perfection and then Cinderellas win every single first-round matchup. Maybe some of the picks were right, but one unforeseen circumstance (in the draft, it is usually a trade) makes you crumple it up and find the nearest trash can.
Here are the first three rounds of the upcoming 2013 NFL draft. It isn't what is going to happen, and it's not even what "could" happen. It is simply a good-faith effort to provide as much information as possible.
If you don't agree with the picks, feel free to leave your preferred selections for your team in the comments below.