2011 NFL Draft Grades: The Top 5 2011 NFL Mock Drafts from Around the Web

Joey HnathCorrespondent IMay 2, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Grades: The Top 5 2011 NFL Mock Drafts from Around the Web

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  (L-R) Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen, Michael Irvin, Tom Jackson and Chris Berman of ESPN broadcast their coverage during the 2006 NFL Draft on April 29, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty
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    With the NFL draft complete, we are now able to see how well the “experts” predicted how the draft would unfold.

    Many mock drafts turned out to be completely useless, especially with all of the trades and surprise picks in the first rounds.

    However, there are a few that stood out more than the others.

    Here are the top five NFL mock drafts from around the web.

5. Peter King, Sports Illustrated

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    Peter King’s mock draft is one of the worst that was put out before the 2011 NFL Draft.

    He correctly predicted a grand total of two picks (Cam Newton and Tyron Smith), and he predicted the position of two other players but to different teams (Julio Jones and Ryan Kerrigan).

    Though it was a tough year to predict, and Peter King is highly regarded in the industry, his mock draft was abysmal.

4. Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.

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    One of the two ESPN experts on the NFL draft, Todd McShay didn’t have as good of a showing this year as in years past with his NFL mock draft.

    He correctly predicted the first four picks, but incorrectly predicted the Arizona Cardinals picks, having them slated to take Aldon Smith instead of Patrick Peterson.

    That variation from counterpart Mel Kiper is why McShay is ranked below him.

3. Mel Kiper, ESPN

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    The longtime ESPN NFL draft guru had a below-average year with his predictions.

    Other than getting the top five of the draft right, what else did he get correct?  He called Mike Pouncey to the Dolphins, Julio Jones at No. 6 and Ryan Kerrigan at No. 16, but that’s it.

    He did, however, do slightly better than Todd McShay, which I’m sure puts a big smile on his face.

2. Walter Football

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    The Web site walterfootball.com did a solid job predicting the draft this year.

    Like Kiper, they correctly got the top-five correct, and also like Kiper, they predicted Pouncey to the Dolphins, Jones at No. 6 and Kerrigan at No. 16.

    They also predicted Tyron Smith to the Cowboys at No. 9, as well as correctly saying that both the Titans and Vikings would use their first-round picks on quarterbacks, though they didn’t have the quarterbacks being Jake Locker and Christian Ponder.  Then again, I’m sure hardly anyone correctly predicted both of those selections.

    Walter Football also predicted that Andy Dalton would go No. 35 to the Bengals, which is exactly what happened.

    All in all, Walter Football did a decent job and just barely edged out Mel Kiper.

1. Scott Wright, Draft Countdown

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    The best 2011 NFL Mock Draft goes to Scott Wright of the Web site draftcountdown.com.

    He, too, predicted the top-five correctly, as well as the usual picks of Mike Pouncey and Tyron Smith.

    What separates Wright is how he predicted where the quarterbacks would land.

    He correctly stated that Jake Locker would become a Titan and Christian Ponder a Viking, although he didn’t get the exact pick number right.

    Also, he too was right on the money about Andy Dalton falling to the Bengals at pick No. 35.

    So for the next year, Scott Wright is the reigning champion for best NFL mock draft.