Read the opposing argument from Babe Ruthless.
There are some things in life that are a complete waste of time. Sitting in a doctor’s office for hours. Being on hold with a customer service representative. Going to a school board meeting and waiting for big news while the members discussed personnel issues in executive session, only to find out two hours later that they have decided to table the discussion until a later date (this happened to me last night). All of these things are a complete waste of time. But nothing absolutely kills the value of my life more than reading the ENDLESS and USELESS supply of mock drafts out there.
Here’s a perfect example.
One of the Web sites that I visit regularly is the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s Web site. Over the course of the past two months the Atlanta Falcons’ beat writer, D. Orlando Ledbetter, has provided a mock draft on a weekly basis. I always give it a quick run through, but have never read it in-depth until preparing for this argument. In his mock draft on April 2, appropriately titled Mock Draft 6.0, Ledbetter projected that, among other things, Tim Tebow would be drafted ninth by the Buffalo Bills. Hmmm, I found that interesting at the time. But a week later, in Mock Draft 7.0, he projected that Tebow was not going to be drafted in the first round. He was listed under the “On the Fringe” label. Had Tebow really fallen that far in a week’s time? Maybe he never should have been that high? What did or didn’t he do to take such a nosedive? Heck, perhaps Ledbetter read my argument about Tim Tebow from a couple of weeks ago and was convinced that Tebow is not going to be a good NFL quarterback. Who knows! These are all questions that no one can legitimately answer.
Go to any sports Web site and you are going to find an abundance of “speculative” information. This includes a countless array of mock drafts. I dare you to find two mock drafts out there that are EXACTLY the same. Go ahead. I double dare you!!! If I published my own mock draft, would you read it? You may if you are a frequent visitor (which we hope you are!). But you might not believe a word of it. Why should my version be any better than the other guy’s? Why is it any worse for that matter? It sure isn’t an exact science. It is not even close to Bracketology.
Mock drafts do not take into account that trades may actually happen on draft day. What if St. Louis decides to trade the number one pick to a team that wants to trade up and draft Ndamukong Suh? That has a major trickle down effect because Detroit, with the second pick, is obviously not going to draft Sam Bradford because they already have a young quarterback in Matthew Stafford. What does Detroit do then? Do they trade the pick? Do they take Gerald McCoy? Who knows! It’s a crap shoot!
We all like to read various articles throughout the day to help pass the time at work. You know you have probably read a mock draft from Todd McShay or Mel Kiper, Jr. at some point. I know I have. But that does not mean I believe there is value to a mock draft. I may read about Jesse James’s last fling in The National Enquirer while waiting in line at Wal-Mart, but that doesn’t mean I believe there is value.
Let it be said that this debate is my official mockery of mock drafts!!!