It is officially NFL draft season, and there's no better way to kick things off than with a full seven-round mock draft.
Now that the Super Bowl is in the books and the draft order is set, the process of connecting dots between college players and NFL teams can begin in earnest. Some of that may change once the NFL announces the 32 supplemental draft picks awarded to teams that lost priority free agents last season, but for now, a good bit of the work is done.
How does one go about compiling a seven-round mock draft? It's not as simple as dragging and dropping the top-ranked player into the No. 1 pick and so on. My goal is to provide insight with each pick. What are the team's needs? Whom might it lose in free agency, and whom might it gain? What are its long-term issues even after 2014? What schemes does it run?
Much goes into making a complete mock draft, and yet this isn't about pick accuracy. A mock draft is about informing readers about team needs, player value and what the writer would do in each situation. Put it all together, and you have a ton of information at your disposal.