Now that pro day workouts are winding down, it is time for the predictions of the NFL draft experts to take over. The “draftnik industrial complex” (a tip of the hat to Bleacher Report’s Andrew Garda for that one) can start churning out mock drafts based largely on opinion as opposed to 40-yard times and the smokescreen quotes of head coaches and general managers.
The Houston Texans still hold the first pick, though Adam Schefter has reported the “Falcons are first team known to be willing to go up.” Dan Kadar, NFL draft editor of SB Nation, concurred by writing “If the Atlanta Falcons want South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, general manager Thomas Dimitroff may have to trade with the Houston Texans for the top choice.”
Greg Bedard of MMQB must think the Texans will hold on to the top spot. As far as draft day goes, Bedard believes “The Rams, who own picks No. 2 and No. 13, might hold the key to unlocking the drama.”
Let us proceed as if the Texans will keep their preeminent position in a draft that has a wealth of talent but only one preordained superstar. Just who that superstar is will be evident as the votes pile up for the No. 1 overall selection.