The weeks and month leading up to the NFL Draft are a lot of fun for those that indulge in the speculation of mock drafts and prospect rankings. Even those that produce the best NFL draft content can’t fully predict what will happen once the clock starts rolling. One would have to get inside the mind of a team scout to know what the individual boards actually look like.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what a scout’s mock draft would look like? A NFL.com editor thought so and they got a scout from one AFC team to complete the task for them.
This particular scout has Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder going to the Lions at pick 13. Here is the accompanying analysis:
It’s the safe, smart pick. There’s nothing sexy about this strategy; Jim Schwartz just needs to keep his quarterback upright in 2011.
The pick of Solder isn’t particularly noteworthy, a plethora of mock drafts show the same thing. What is noteworthy is that Prince Amukamara remains on the board until pick 16. Most draftniks believe that Amukamara will not be available for the Lions at 13 and he would be a lock for Detroit if he were to slip.
As with any mock draft, this is just one man’s opinion. It just so happens that this one man is an actual scout.
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