With the Top spots in the NFL Draft now locked down, we expanded the NFL Mock Draft Database to include the 7th (Jags) and 8th (Panthers) picks. WE may still you expand to include the 9th and possibly 10th picks. More news this past week as we learned that Oklahoma QB Landry Jones would follow the path set by USC???s Matt Barkley, and return to Oklahoma for his senior season. Good move by Jones. Jones, once thought to be the possible second QB taken behind Stanford???s Andrew Luck, fell to fourth in many mock drafts, behind Baylor???s Robert Griffin and Texas AQ&M QB Ryan Tannehill. That???s a ton of cash. Jones would be best to go back, hopefully put together a great season, and possibly challenge Barkley for the top spot.
The NFL Mock Draft Database has been updated and now lists 191 mock drafts, an increase of 18 mocks over the past week. Many have been updated since the news of Jones??? return to Oklahoma.
The biggest story that will unfold over the next few weeks will be the quarterback situation with the Colts. ESPN sources report that the Colts have settled on drafting Andrew Luck at the top pick in the NFL Draft. The Colts have until March 8 to decide what to do with Peyton Manning. On March 8, the Colts are obligated to pay Manning a whopping $28 million if they choose to keep him on the roster. That perhaps is the single biggest factor in the decision. Paying Manning the $28 million would devastate the Colts salary cap situation, particularly given the tons of needs the Colts have on defense. We simply do not see any moving the March 8 date back or renegotiation of the contract. Colts will choose. Out bet, like ESPN, as bad as the Colts were this season, they will begin the rebuild around Andrew Luck.
WR Ashlon Jeffrey announced as expected this week that he will enter the NFL Draft. Not a surprise. Jonathan Martin and WR Justin Blackmon opted for the NFL Draft last week, as expected.
With the top slots in the NFL Draft set by the end of the regular season, the expansion of the Database occurred. We now provide you the Top 8 picks and projection from every mock draft we can find, however, we do limit mock draft amounts from one source. Nothing has changed ta the top obviously. Every single mock writer projects Luck to go first overall. That is a given. For the second consecutive week, USC???s Matt Kalil remains the second overall choice, but slipped again, from 65% projection to 60%, once hovering over 75% projection. Some mock writers are looking at WR Justin Blackmon as a possible #2 selection. The next solidified pick is Cleveland and the fourth overall selection. 62% of the mocks are projecting Heisman winner Robert Griffin to go fourth overall to the Cleveland Browns.
To follow the mock drafts, bookmark the NFL Mock Draft Database page. You can also follow Mock Draft Database on Twitter and Facebook. Currently, the NFL Mock Draft Database lists 191 NFL mock drafts.