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Why mock drafts don’t help prospects

Posted by Chris Brown on May 24, 2012 – 10:34 am

NFL draft prospects always are curious as to where they might be drafted. In making the decision to declare for the draft underclassmen often submit a request to the NFL Advisory Board, which assesses where a prospect might go in the draft. For seniors however, it’s a best guess situation and some look to mock drafts for answers.

That’s what third-round pick T.J. Graham did, but that didn’t work out so well.

“You don’t get very much feedback about where you might be picked,” said Graham while appearing on the FAN590 recently. “So all you have to rely on are the mock drafts. A lot of the mock drafts aren’t very accurate so you can’t get a real gauge on where you might be picked.”

What’s interesting is Graham, even though he knows mock drafts are hard to rely on, still based where he might go on what he had seen in mocks. That’s why he was fully planning to watch the first two days of the 2012 NFL draft, not be a part of it.

“I’m a big fan of football so just watching the draft and being a part of it was cool, but I got the chance to watch as a fan the first day and I figured I’d watch on the second day and figure out where I’d fall on day three,” Graham said. “But watching it and then getting your name called was pretty surreal. I guess all the hard work and being a good character guy paid off.”

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