All signs point to NFL fans being hungry for mock drafts. If that is what you are looking for, you will not find it here.
If you have followed my articles and comments to this point (and as always a big thank you to those who have), then you ought to have a pretty good idea about what I think of mock drafts in general.
In my way of thinking, they are silly, highly speculative, and do not add much value. They give us football fanatics something to do from February to April, but they hold little value beyond that.
With respect to projections on the San Francisco 49ers, I have seen a few mock drafts in recent weeks that I liked (or at least would be satisfied to see work themselves out), but most have bordered on the abhorrent.
The majority of mock drafts suggest the existence of some widespread myths and misconceptions about the 49ers needs and wants going into Radio City Music Hall on April 22.
As the 49ers approach one of the biggest drafts they have had in recent history (with no formal titled GM no less), I would like to take the opportunity to dispel some of these.
I will not be calling out specific players I think the 49ers ought to target. I will instead be addressing several mistakes they need to avoid in the first round. Some are likely to surprise you.
I am not implying that if the 49ers do end up going one of these routes that the draft is a complete failure. For every Pro Bowler taken in the first round, there are probably at least five contemporary players at the same position who do not pan out (even if they stop short of being complete busts).
Obviously, good drafts are made by solid talent evaluation in the later rounds. But the stakes are higher when first-round salaries are on the line. It is difficult to make your draft great in the first round, but you go a lot further toward ruining it.
With that, the Top Five Mistakes the 49ers could make in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft: