The Final Mock grades from theHuddleReport.com are in.
In the Final Mock draft, I correctly picked 25 of the 32 first-round picks and seven direct hits.
In theHuddleReport.com final scores, I tallied 39 points (one point for getting the round right and two points for the direct hits) which was tied for 40th.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn, my buddy and mentor who showed me the ropes in the Mocking game, had 26 and 10 direct hits (46 points) and finished No. 2 in theHuddleReport.com 2012 rankings.
Ben Standig of FFToolbox finished first with 27 of the 32 and 12 direct hits (51 points). Well done Ben!!!
The information that leads into the Final Mock comes from countless interviews at the Senior Bowl, the NFL scouting combine with personnel men, agents and more than 200 draft-eligible players.
I finished two points behind ESPN draft Analyst Mel Kiper (27, 7) and one point behind Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki (26, 7). My man, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock (27, 5) finished 79th.
Here’s a link to the Huddle Report Mock draft report card.
I clearly had the SEC and Big Ten players ranked to high. Three of my seven misses were on SEC players — Courtney Upshaw (Alabama), Cordy Glenn (Georgia) and Bobby Massie (Mississippi State). I whiffed on two Big Ten players — Peter Konz (Wisconsin) and Jerel Worthy (Michigan State).
My other misses were Coby Fleener (Stanford) and Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech).
The seven players who were picked in the first round that I didn’t have were: Bruce Irvin (West Virginia), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State), Nick Perry (USC), Harrison Smith (Notre Dame), A.J. Jenkins (Illinois), Doug Martin (Boise State) and Dave Wilson (Virginia Tech).
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog