If you're perusing this site in February, chances are you're the sort of person who enjoys checking out mock drafts.
But who has time to follow them all? With hundreds of mock drafts all over the web, many of which change several times a week, it's nearly a full-time job just keeping track of them.
With today's tough economic climate, many fans are faced with the tough emotional dilemma of tracking all the mock drafts or retaining their jobs.
Don't let this problem get you down! Scout.com provides the answer!
We have taken the top mock drafts on the internet and have run them through our almost-patented and occasionally-tolerated Mock Draft Muncher, a sophisticated database and analysis system which mashes, merges, and mangles mock drafts into a coherent whole.
At one glance, you'll be able to see which players are rising and falling, who mock drafters are saying your team will pick, and what the trends are for each first-round draft slot.
A yearly feature of the Orange and Brown Report since 2000, the new Muncher has been integrated into Scout's new NFL portal page, and features even niftier live charts than in past years. For example, click this link to see what mocks are saying about the Cleveland Browns first-round selection, indicating that February 13 was the day when Aaron Curry passed Malcolm Jenkins in the eyes of mock drafters as the Browns pick. You can find trends for each draft slot by clicking here.
Also of interest to fans this year will be the draft simulation, which goes beyond naming the most popular pick at each slot to eliminate players taken above the selection. While Aaron Curry is the most popular pick in the example above, as of this writing, he's also the most popular pick for the Chiefs at the three spot, so the Browns get CB Malcolm Jenkins in the draft simulation.
The Muncher also shows trends for individual players and will be interesting to watch as results from the Combine pour in during the coming days. You can visibly see the jump that players like Aaron Maybin have taken in the draft, or players who seem headed in the opposite direction.
Alongside the new look and improved charts is a different approach to selecting the mock drafts included in the Muncher from previous years. Mock drafts seems subject to a lot of "groupthink" as writers look at other mock drafts and change their selections.
As a result, we're trying to focus on mock draft writers who actually do a lot of first-hand scouting, attend the Senior Bowl and combine, etc. About half the mock drafts in the muncher fit in this category, and the other half are there because they've been writing mock drafts for a while. We're trying to make the MDM reflect the best original thinking rather than reflecting the mass of the eight billion mock drafts cranked out every year.
We hope you enjoy it!