The NFL's decision to move the NFL draft back until the second weekend in May has accomplished two drastically different goals: First, it's whipped all of the crazed NFL fans (and if you're reading this, welcome to the club!) into a frenzy. And second, it's provided more time for speculation and the creation of mock drafts.
In that vein, it's time to roundup the most recent 2014 NFL mock drafts from experts around the nation and find out who they're picking.
While some decry the mock draft, it's still a fun and semi-effective tool for predicting what each team will do. Yes, it's nearly impossible to forecast what will occur with 100-percent accuracy, but that's not the point. Reading what the experts think provides a glimpse into what some teams are likely pondering.
This roundup is devoid of trades, which can and will throw each mock draft out the window. This exercise is meant to present the primary needs for each team currently selecting in the first round (sorry, Colts and Redskins fans) and provide a number of potential options to fill those holes.
The five experts featured are:
- NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah
- ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.
- ESPN's Todd McShay
- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller
- Rotoworld's Evan Silva
Here is a roundup of the 2014 NFL mock draft picks for each of those five experts, complete with analysis.