There have been 79 mock drafts tracked here at Buffalobills.com in this pre-draft season and not surprisingly quarterback has been one of the most popular projections. There have also been some other interesting trends in all the 70-plus mock drafts tracked. Here’s a closer look.
With special thanks to Kevin Kearns in the Bills media relations department for compiling most of the information, here are some of the more interesting figures.
– First mock draft charted was on December 12, 2011 from ESPN’s Todd McShay selecting Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o for the Bills.
– 38 drafts project that the Bills will select a quarterback. Wide receiver and offensive guard are the second most frequent positions, each appearing 10 times.
– Most names selected for the Bills in mock drafts – West Virginia QB Geno Smith (18), Tennesee WR Cordarrelle Patterson (8), Alabama G Chance Warmack (8), USC QB Matt Barkley (7), Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib (6), Oregon DE Dion Jordan (5) and North Carolina St. QB Mike Glennon (5)
– Since free agency began April 12, 34 mock drafts have been charted—18 of which have projected the Bills will select a quarterback. West Virginia QB Geno Smith accounts for nine of those selections.
– There has been a recent trend projecting the Bills will draft an offensive guard, with six of the last 10 mocks charted projecting the Bills either select Alabama G Chance Warmack or North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper
– Last 10 mock drafts tracked
- ESPN.com (April 4, Mel Kiper) – North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper
- WGR 550 (April 4, Joe Buscaglia) – USC QB Matt Barkley
- ESPN.com (April 4, Todd McShay) – LSU DE Barkevious Mingo
- Pro Football Talk (April 7, Mike Florio) – Alabama G Chance Warmack
- Houston Chronicle (April 7, John McClain) – North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper
- NFL.com (April 8, Bucky Brooks) – Alabama G Chance Warmack
- ESPN.com (April 10, Todd McShay) – Alabama G Chance Warmack
- NFL.com (April 10, Daniel Jeremiah) – West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
- WGR 550 (April 10, Joe Buscaglia) – Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins
- Sports Illustrated (April 10, Don Banks) – Alabama G Chance Warmack
– NFL.com has produced the most mock drafts – 26
– Seven mock drafts include second round selections. Selections include: QB Ryan Nassib (3), G/C Justin Pugh (2), QB Matt Barkley (1) and T/G Kyle Long (1)
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, mock drafts
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