I try to be tolerant during mock season. Hell, I even enjoy the unconventional mock. Tossing some different names in the top 15? I love it. The unconvential mock at least supports the chaos of the actual draft.
But sometimes...yes, sometimes you can go too far.
That's what has happened today in the first mock from NBC's Cris Collinsworth who apparently started doing mock drafts at Pro Football Focus since he invested in the site recently.
It begins, irrevocably, with the #1 overall pick. Collinsworth has the Titans taking...nobody. Instead, they trade the pick to the Los Angeles Rams who somehow move up from 15th overall to the top pick in the draft to select:
Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota St.)
While I’m only guessing that the team will be Los Angeles that trades up with Tennessee to obtain the No. 1 pick, I do believe two quarterbacks will go 1-2 in this draft. Every year the quarterbacks slowly rise to the top of the draft board. Are they the two best players in the draft class? Probably not, but as a GM you simply can’t take the chance that one of them becomes the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady while playing for another team. Jared Goff is the better QB today, but teams won’t be able to pass on the physical traits that Carson Wentz brings to the table. Somebody will move ahead of Cleveland and get him.
Wentz is a powerful-looking guy. His size makes an impression, but his ability to run is even more impressive. He appears to have a top-15 NFL arm. Wentz might not be as fast, powerful or athletic as Cam Newton, but at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Cam is not an unfair comparison for him. Wentz has a lot to learn making the huge jump from North Dakota State to the NFL, but his talent is undeniable. His arm strength and athleticism allows him to make the off-balance throws necessary in the NFL. I worry about his release quickness — there may be a little loop in his throwing motion — but Wentz possesses too many positives to not be taken at No. 1.
Let's break down just how little sense this makes.
"I do believe two quarterbacks will go 1-2 in this draft. Every year the quarterbacks slowly rise to the top of the draft board."
That is true. Except in 2014 when they didn't. And 2013. And many other years that existed and were real.
"Are they the two best players in the draft class? Probably not, but as a GM you simply can’t take the chance that one of them becomes the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady while playing for another team."
That is the dumbest thing I have heard in a long time. This is so dumb I can't understand how dumb it is. It is beyond my capacity for dumb. Collinsworth is suggesting that on the off chance that a QB prospect in the draft turns out to have as productive of a career as Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, you have to take them. This is so dumb I have trouble typing it out. On the chance that a prospect happens to have a career comparable to two of the greatest QBs in the history of the sport, you have to take them at the top of the draft. Now why does this only apply to the first two QBs? What about the chance that the third QB could have a career comparable to, oh I don't know, Joe Montana? What if the 13th QB could be the next Brett Favre? YOU SIMPLY CAN'T TAKE THE CHANCE TO LET THEM GO. The first 50 or so picks of the draft should only be quarterbacks even if they're not the best picks in the draft.
I feel bad for the internet that this was put on it.
"Wentz is a powerful-looking guy."
That guy Randy from the mill up past Route 5 is now a qualified draft analyst.
Why? Because all you need to do is separate the powerful-looking guys from the not powerful-looking guys.
Who are the fast-looking guys? Those are the good ones. Got a weak-looking guy? I would not draft him with one of the early picks in the draft. That is my analysis.
"Wentz might not be as fast, powerful or athletic as Cam Newton, but at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Cam is not an unfair comparison for him."
This is my favorite sentence of the entire thing.
CARSON WENTZ IS NOTHING LIKE CAM NEWTON, BUT CAM IS NOT AN UNFAIR COMPARISON TO HIM.
Look. I get it. Free agency is slowing down and we're getting into the dark corners of pre-draft content. But let's not get desperate. We can do better. We must do better.
Make mock draft great again.
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