The Power of "The Board" in the NFL Draft: 3 Created Mock Drafts

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Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Deion Sanders interviews Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard (16) and Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha

We have used FanSpeaks’ Mock Draft Simulator a number of times to create our Mock Drafts, both single round and our 7 Round Cleveland Browns NFL Draft. They recently added a new feature that allows you to create the Mock Draft using 3 different services “Big Boards,” ranking of players. This creates a very interesting way of drafting that is similar to the NFL Draft. One team might have Mike Evans rated higher then Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack over Jadeveon Clowney and Jake Matthews over Greg Robinson. How a team’s board is setup decides who they draft where they draft them. In order to help show this even further we completed a 1 Round 2014 NFL Mock Draft as the Browns using each of the 3 boards the service currently has. We drafted the highest rated player at a position of relative need for the Browns to show you how great an impact a board can have. Lets start with FanSpeak’s Board:


Based on their board following the drafting of Blake Bortles, Matthews and Clowney Watkins was the highest rated player over any of the quarterbacks and over Mack and Robinson. For the Browns Watkins still makes sense given limited players available in free agency that could take over the role of a #2 on the outside. Signing Andrew Hawkins, permitted the Bengals don’t match, gives us a inside guy, Julian Edelman can play in a variety of areas and would be a solid signing but Watkins is different then both.
Fanspeak must not think highly of Dennard who is the highest rated player left on the board at #26 for the Browns and they quickly snatch him up. This draft has many wide receivers and tight ends off the board by the time the Browns pick comes around but adding the physical and aggressive Dennard can solidify the other side of the field across from Joe Haden, something they have been unable to do so far this off-season.
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  • Jarod Cook

    All 3 of these drafts make me laugh. The 2nd draft might as well be called the dream draft cause no way do either of those players fall to those picks. And if Clowney is at #4 they need to find a trade partner, and get some extra picks. The 1st and 3rd are realistic at #4 passing on the questionable QB’s of this draft, and instead taking Watkins adding another weapon to the offense. I’ve got to disagree with both of the #26 picks, because no way do either of these CB’s fall that far. But if they do the Brown’s should be running to the podium and putting in these picks. Based on the history of the Browns drafting, I’ve got to question there whole evaluation process. I hope this new regime’s evaluation process is better then the last 2. They seem to acquired more duds then studs, I mean look at the 2010 draft class it was a complete waste. Now having 7 picks in the first 4 rounds they need to hit on at least 5 of them, especially the first 3. I’d like to see them add skill position players with the first 3 picks, instead of taking a QB with any of these picks. If they stick to there word and take the best available talent at every pick, this could maybe be the draft that turned the franchise around. At worst we go 4-12 again and pick in the top 5 again next year, because of injuries or just plan underachievement. But they at least walk away from this draft, acquiring talent and building blocks for the future.