NFL Mock Draft: Projecting How the 1st Round Shakes Out

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NFL Mock Draft: Projecting How the 1st Round Shakes Out
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We're just days away from the National Football League's annual April draft where all of football fans will get a glimpse at the building blocks for their franchise for years to come.

The importance of the NFL draft can not be overstated. By now you've seen the commercial on ESPN where they chronicle some of the Green Bay Packers' recent draft picks. 

It was in those successful picks where they helped build towards their Super Bowl victory.

But not just the Packers, but all the elite teams in the NFL usually get to the top through the draft—not free agency or trades.

The New England Patriots drafted Tom Brady, Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger and the Atlanta Falcons drafted Matt Ryan. All picks that at the time didn't seem like a big deal, but ended up being success stories later down the road.

Looking over my mock draft over and over, I know there's no chance it'll be 100% perfect.

There will be trades that nobody will see coming, reaches that'll make NFL fans everywhere cringe and of course, Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders will make that pick that leaves everyone scratching their heads.

There are character concerns as well as injury worries, but all 32 teams have needs this offseason. Without a clear picture of what free agency will look like, they'll look to solve some problems in the draft.

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