This year’s NFL Draft is being held two weeks later than usual because the site, New York’s Radio City Music Hall, had been booked for a five-week run of a new Rockettes show called Heart and Lights. Now, Thursday night, finally, begins the three-day run of an NFL show that should be called “Guess and Pray.”
Drafting football players ranks with astrology among inexact sciences, which I say as a disclaimer in presenting my 23rd annual official Miami Herald Mock Draft. Because if drafting players is a crap-shoot, imagine the guesswork that goes into predicting what teams with near-limitless options might decide to do.
That’s why what I am offering here should come with a government label like cigarettes: “Warning: Reading This Mock Draft May Lead One to Wonder What Greg Cote Has Been Smoking.”
A year ago, I correctly had 24 of 32 first-round picks overall in my first round, which is slightly below average for me. But I hit only three bull’s-eyes with exact player to exact team; that’s way below average. And this draft is tougher, more muddled.
This year, my draft prep consisted of speaking to an estimated one pro talent scout, and chatting with a handful of writers in other cities who are guessing just like me. I did watch a ton of film — but mostly Tarantino, the Coen brothers and early Hitchcock.
Just about everybody does a mock draft now, but ours is the Mockiest.
Selections below do not factor possible draft-day trades. As always, exclusive Super Bonus Draft Facts are interspersed in italics.
Now let’s Mock!