Arizona Cardinals: Mocking the NFL Draft
By Scott Allen
No one really knows what the Arizona Cardinals intend on doing with the number 15 pick in the NFL Draft
Mock drafts are fun to do. It’s fun to imagine who the Arizona Cardinals could land in the first round and for all the other rounds for that matter.
Despite what some people want to convince you of, it is all just a guessing game however. no names mentioned but recently a Cardinals beat writer tried to convince someone on Twitter that it wasn’t a guess, it was more than that.
Alright, sure, no one will “guess” that USC quarterback Sam Darnold will fall out of the top 10. There is some truth to picks people predict in their mock drafts.
That’s just it though, it’s a prediction. Yes, by definition a prediction is based on one’s knowledge and experience. However, it is still in the end, just a guess.
Some mock drafts get closer to the truth than others. Some go about their mock drafts from different angles though.
Some do them based on team needs. Some base them on best players available that could strengthen a particular position for said team. Some do them, gasp….just for fun.
That’s the way I look at it. Sure, you’ll see mock’s here on our site and in related team sites. It generates discussion. That’s really what the purpose is.
There is nothing wrong with guesses and predictions. But when people get bent out of shape when it fans look at what really happens and some feel as if they were duped.
We aren’t in the war rooms of these teams. We don’t get a look at their draft boards. None of us do.
Point in case this year, take a look at Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Many people believe someone will snag him in the top 10. Some believe he could still be around for the Cardinals at 15.
Few believe he makes it past the Cardinals. However, one “expert” actually posted this past weekend that he felt that Mayfield wasn’t first-round material and that it was a stretch to take him earlier than the second round.
Say what? It’s true, but this piece isn’t about calling specific people out. It’s just that let’s not all take mocks to heart. Some do.
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We have fun with it. No mock I’ve ever done has come close to the actual truth. Until April 26th, it’s all we got.