[Note by Ed Valentine, 01/21/14 10:56 AM EST: This is waaaay too much fun. I had to make sure you saw it.]
For all you draftniks out there, I happened to stumble upon this website that is a mock draft simulator: http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/
You get to choose a team to draft for, select how many rounds you’d like to draft and then make your picks while the simulator selects for the other 31 teams.
Here is the explanation of the logic:
Mock Draft Simulator Logic
With On the Clock you make the picks for your team, but the other 31 teams are autopicked for you. The simulator is based on a combination of the current big board rankings and the current team needs, which will be updated throughout the draft process.
Instead of having the draft set to the standard drafting schools of thought of best player available (BPA) or drafting by team need, the simulator tries to combine the two, for a more realistic experience. There is a variability to ensure that the drafts don't come out the same each time, so you should try to draft multiple times to see what is the best overall draft you can come up with.
So, I took a stab at it…many, many times but I thought I would share with you my first two simulations.
The first one you can see all of the picks here:
Here were my selections for 1st simulation:
12 OT GREG ROBINSON AUBURN
I honestly struggled with this pick. OL is definitely a need, however I still don’t like the idea of drafting for just need. He likely won’t be available on draft day at #12 and he does have that boom or bust potential. I also am not particularly fond of taking an OT, but his potential to be the best OT in the draft coupled with Pugh’s versatility to move elsewhere on the line, this seemed like the pick Reese would make. Players on the board I also contemplated: CB DARQUEZE DENNARD, DT RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN, WR MIKE EVANS
43 TE AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS WASHINGTON
I didn’t hesitate with this pick. I see ASJ as one of the most complete TE’s in the draft and someone that can have an immediate impact. Players on the board I also contemplated: CB LOUCHEIZ PURIFOY, ILB SHAYNE SKOV, ILB CHRISTIAN JONES, C TRAVIS SWANSON
74 ILB YAWIN SMALLWOOD UCONN
This one is for the Beezer brigade. I can see him being an impact SLB or MLB in a 4-3 scheme and thought he was good value in the 3rd round. Players on the board I also contemplated: WR BRANDON COLEMAN, WR DONTE MONCRIEF, DE JACKSON JEFFCOAT
109 DE JACKSON JEFFCOAT TEXAS
I thought about taking him in the 3rd. I can picture his stock rising and likely not being available in the 4th, so this was a steal for me. Players on the board I also contemplated: C BRYAN STORK, RB CARLOS HYDE
140 OG RYAN GROY WISCONSIN
The guy is a big road grader and provides added depth to a needy OL. Players on the board I also contemplated: RB STORM JOHNSON, DE JOSH MAURO, DT RYAN CARRETHERS
171 DT RYAN CARRETHERS ARKANSAS STATE
I have seen some tape on the kid and I like what I’ve seen for the most part. He needs to learn how to shed blockers quickly, but he has great measurables and is great value in the 6th. Players on the board I also contemplated: DE KAREEM MARTIN
Overall, I was very pleased with this draft. Not every need was addressed, but each guy drafted has starting potential with really good value.
Second stab at the mock simulator:
Here were my selections for 2nd simulation:
12 WR SAMMY WATKINS CLEMSON
I ran to the podium to select him. Invictus profiled him and I am in complete agreement. I highly doubt he is available on draft day, so this was an easy selection. Players on the board I also contemplated: OT GREG ROBINSON, CB DARQUEZE DENNARD, TE ERIC EBRON
43 CB JUSTIN GILBERT OKLAHOMA STATE
I sprinted to the podium again. Again, hard for me to see him available in the 2nd, but stranger things happen. The guy will also have an immediate impact on ST. Players on the board I also contemplated: G GABE JACKSON, TE TROY NIKLAS, DT AARON DONALD
74 ILB CHRISTIAN JONES FLORIDA STATE
Another shout out to the Beezer brigade. Again though, he’s a logical fit as a SLB or MLB in a 4-3 and great value in the 3rd. Players on the board I also contemplated: OG XAVIER SU’A-FILO, TE ARTHUR LYNCH, ILB MAX BULLOUGH
109 C BRYAN STORK FLORIDA STATE
I know what you’re saying, finally we address the OL. However, they will likely shore up the OL with FA plus having internal competition (Mosley, Brewer, Cordle, Goodin) to fill at least one of the spots. Stork is great value in the 4th and can likely step in and start. Players on the board I also contemplated: OG RYAN GROY
140 OG RYAN GROY WISCONSIN
Took him again in the 5th to provide that youth, depth, and competition. Players on the board I also contemplated: DE KAREEM MARTIN, RB STORM JOHNSON, TE XAVIER GRIMBLE
171 DE KAREEM MARTIN NORTH CAROLINA
Check out how this guy measured yesterday at the Senior Bowl: Height: 6-5⅞, Weight: 272 lbs, Arm Length: 34⅜, Hand Size: 10 in, Wing Span 84 ¼ . That’s what a DE looks like. Players on the board I also contemplated: DT RYAN CARRETHERS
Overall, extremely pleased with this draft and feel this may be stronger than the 1st.
So, how did I do? Which one did you guys prefer and what changes would you have made? If you do the simulation yourself, feel free to post your results below in the comments.