chris98251 wrote:Seeing more and more Mocks where the O lineman are dropping way down, I think they will be there but there are better players available and we have signed two that are as good or better then any of these are going to project to be I think.
Wouldn't bet on it.
Other than the patently obvious (mock drafters don't have direct info from the teams), there is a fundamental difference between people who publish mocks, and teams that do the drafting. Namely, teams are in the business of building teams. Mock drafters don't often account for that. They just rate a player at a position as a better X than that OL is a Y. And in general, Mock drafters aren't very accurate with how teams evaluate their own needs. Which is understandable because they have a cursory outsiders view of what the team needs. They can't usually delve deeper in the depth chart or the offseason moves leading up to the draft that sway how prospects grade for them.
Some are much better than others though. Both at identifying talent (even early during the college season) and having a much keener read on what teams are looking for. Whether it's reading their press releases, or understanding how the team thinks and reading their offseason moves, or understanding how they behave relative to building their club.
Every team needs OTs. I don't know of many teams that are set on both ends. Not even Dallas. Many don't even have one good OT. In general, drafts that are shallow in talent at a position, tend to see the best prospects go earlier than one would expect. Scarcity of supply drives up demand.