The 2014 NFL Draft just ended less than a week ago. However, the world of mock drafts hasn’t ended as several different websites and publications have already come out with 2015 mock drafts. It just shows how powerful the “mock” draft is against the actual draft. It is something that is spiraled out of control for many reasons.
There is really no reason to try to peg which players are going to go where nearly a year before the actual event happens. It makes it sound like the Oakland Raiders are already on the clock for the 2015 draft before the 2014 season ever starts. How does anyone know what the Raiders will actually do this season? They do have the toughest 2014 schedule in the league but what happens if Derek Carr has a great rookie year and Maurice Jones-Drew turns back into the player he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars? Aren’t the experts going to look pretty silly if Oakland finishes with a .500 record and is in the middle of the first round instead of the top overall pick? The possibility is also out there that the draft will become a four-day event soon and that it may be in another city outside of New York and Radio City Music Hall.
A lot of the team guesses come off of 2015 Super Bowl odds and which teams have the longest odds of winning this coming season’s big game. Also, there is no way of knowing which players are going to stay in school and which ones are going to enter the draft. It is apparent that the NFL Draft has turned into a 365-day activity for many people which are fine as long as mock drafts aren’t popping up every single week especially before the 2014 college football season even begins.
There is a time and a place for mock drafts and less than a week after the 2014 draft isn’t the time for it. There will be plenty of time to talk about who the No. 1 pick should be in the 2015 draft after Super Bowl XLIX is completed on Feb. 1, 2015 but before then, the focus should be on how the players who were just drafted did. If the 2015 draft is going to be discussed right now, it needs to be more about the number of days and the location of it as opposed to which player is going to be taken first.