I debuted my first 2012 mock draft prior to the start of the NFL season. At the time, a lot was unknown, especially how teams would perform after an abbreviated training camp and preseason. And, after watching a few weeks of play, I have a better sense of where teams may end up falling, in terms of draft position, next April.
Speaking of the draft order, the order in my mock draft is loosely based on the current standings in the NFL, as it’s a reflection of how I foresee the season unfolding. There are a few surprises, and I’m sure there will be some critical responses to where I see your favorite teams finishing.
Again, it’s hard to forecast a draft in September that takes place in April, because there are a lot of variables that may occur. It’s very possible that at least 30 percent of the players projected in my mock draft are not even selected in the first round. And, who is to say that all of the draft-eligible prospects listed in my first 32 picks actually declare for the annual spring spectacle?
By no means is this a finished product, but it will give you an idea of who the top prospects are and which players your favorite team could target.
With that said, the pick is in ... and with the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the ...