Mock drafts are a lot like aerial shots of games played in domes. Both look good, but they serve absolutely no purpose.
Sure, the shot from the blimp of New Orleans looks cool, but when you stare at it for about five seconds you realize you're not seeing the actual playing field.
A mock draft also looks good until the actual draft gets underway and a team makes an unforeseen trade that blows up everyone's mocks.
There are people out there who think they know who the Eagles will draft in the first round. Before you stop laughing with me, let's go back and check out Andy Reid's first selections over the last five years:
2011: Danny Watkins (G), Baylor University. It made sense for the Eagles to go after an offensive lineman. Did anyone anticipate them drafting a 27-year-old rookie?
2010: Brandon Graham (DE/LB) Michigan. Graham was projected as a solid outside linebacker in the 3-4. The Eagles used him as a defensive end in the 4-3. Oh, and they traded up to get him.
2009: Jeremy Maclin (WR) Missouri. Despite glaring needs in the secondary and linebacker the Eagles went after another receiver. It's not that fans didn't like Maclin, it's just that everyone thought other needs were more pressing.
2008: Trevor Laws (DT) Notre Dame. You think Mel Kiper had that one? The Eagles snagged up that gem in the second round.
2007: Kevin Kolb (QB) Houston. The Eagles traded out of the first round and got a backup quarterback. The Eagles traded with the Cowboys, who picked up linebacker Anthony Spencer. Yep, there was no use for someone like Spencer.
Why is all of this mentioned?
First, I don't want to hear from any wannabe Kipers that you know who the Eagles will draft. And second, I don't want to hear about how ridiculous these picks are. No one knows what Reid will do.