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Posted March 19, 2009

Future of the Mock

Breaking down why the NFL Draft is so popular is pretty easy for most people. The NFL is huge. The NFL Draft is the best way to accumulate talent on your football team. It bridges the gap between college and pro football, and therefore it brings in a wide variety of fans.

However, do not underestimate what the Internet has done for NFL Draft popularity. The target demographic for NFL Draft nerds, a.k.a. "draftniks," are males ages 13-25. The NFL Draft has recently grown in popularity quite a bit even over the past four years because we can communicate so much information over the Internet.

The mock draft is a huge part of why the NFL Draft is so big.

I timed this blog post before we started the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to show the correlation between the NFL Mock Draft and the NCAA Tourney Bracket.

In brackets and mocks, the author can be his own expert and try to predict what will happen. As men, we are very competitive by nature, and we do value how much someone knows about the NFL Draft based on our mock projections.

The NCAA tourney has grown in popularity because of the 65-team bracket everybody fills out. I never watched a full college game all year, but I still feel like I can be a true expert and predict exactly what will happen.

Filling out a bracket is a lot of fun and this time of year we listen to ESPN analysts religiously such as Joe Lunardi, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas, Andy Katz, Hubert Davis, etc.

Even President Barack Obama filled out a bracket. Regardless if you are conservative or liberal, having our nation's leader being a basketball junkie is pretty awesome.

I think in the next five or 10 years, we will see mock drafts grow even larger in popularity. People can look at other mocks online as well as player rankings, then determine who will go where just like an NCAA bracket.

In the future, I think previous sports fans that were not fans of the NFL Draft will see how big it is and how mock drafts give people the chance to truly connect with what is going on, which is exactly what tourney brackets do.

As for my Final Four, I have Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Syracuse, with Louisville cutting down the nets when it is all said and done.



Matt McGuire's Recent NFL Draft Blog Entries:

Analyzing Andrew Luck's Decision - 1/7
Luck vs. Locker - 9/15
Top 10 Quarterback Busts - 7/7
NBA Draft vs. NFL Draft - 6/27
Six Sophomores Who Need to Step Up - 6/2
Kentucky 2010 NBA Draft Prospect Blog - 6/1
Brett Favre Retirement Conditions - 5/30
2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year - 5/24
2010 NFL Power Rankings Tier - 5/21
2010 NFL Power Rankings - 5/18
NFL Mailbag: C.J. Spiller and Buffalo Bills Reaction - 5/14
LeBron James Game 6 Reaction - 5/14
The Buffalo Bills - 5/13
LeBron James: Celtic Pride - 5/13
The JaMarcus Russell Lesson - 5/11
Most Productive 2010 NFL Rookies - 5/6
Double Down - 4/30
2010 NFL Draft Observations and Telecast Blog - 4/26
2010 NFL Draft Grades: Day 3 - 4/25
2010 NFL Draft Grades: Rounds 1-3 - 4/24
2010 NFL Draft Grades: First Round - 4/23
2010 NFL Draft Trade Analysis - 4/23
Random Round 1 Thoughts and Analysis - 4/23
2010 NFL Draft Class Predictions - 4/22
2010 NFL Draft Trades - 4/21
Response to Mike Mayock's Redskins-Trent Williams Comment - 4/8
Teams Misevaluating Their Own Quarterbacks - 4/6
Where Will Jimmy Clausen Go? - 4/5
2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Picks - 3/25
Gerald McCoy's Draft Range - 3/12
NFL Draft Picks Are Business Investments (Anthony Davis) - 3/11
Offense Matters - 3/9
Mel Kiper vs. Todd McShay Debate Revisited - 3/8
Taylor Mays - 3/3
"He's a Winner" ... Not Really - 3/2
Quarterback Height (Jimmy Clausen) - 2/25
The Top Five Reasons the Redskins Won't Pass on Jimmy Clausen - 2/22
2010 NFL Draft: All-Overhyped and Underrated Teams - 2/18
Matt Ryan and the Rams - 2/17
Prospect Case Study: Tim Tebow - 2/11
2010 NFL Draft Offensive Grades - 1/20
Tim Tebow at the Senior Bowl - 1/14
Junior Quarterbacks/Jimmy Clausen - 12/29
2010 NFL Draft Prospect Updates - 12/21
The Michael Oher Lesson - 12/20
Cameron Heyward's Ceiling - 12/17
Jake Locker to Return for Senior Season - 12/15
Top Four Scenario - 12/8
"Suh" is Elite - 12/7
Carlos Dunlap Update - 11/11
Player to Watch - 10/30
Alpha Quarterback - 10/29
2010 NFL Draft Mailbag - 10/28
O Bradford, Where Art Thou (Draft Stock)? - 10/27
The Trojan Torpedo - 10/26
Quarterback Mobility - 10/23
Charles Brown's Stock on the Rise - 10/18
Mays-Clausen and Gaines Adams - 10/17
Mr. Overrated - 10/14
2010 NFL Draft Cursed? - 10/8
Conservative Carroll - 9/22
The Crabtree Lesson - 9/21
Scouting Notes: Weeks 2-3 - 9/20
Terrelle Pryor - NFL QB? - 9/15
Jay Cutler Trade Evaluation - 9/14
THE Choke State University - 9/13
2009 NFL Predictions - 9/10
2009 College Football Predictions - 9/3
The Brett Favre Line - 8/20
Why Vick Hasn't Signed - 8/12
The Vince Young Lesson - 8/10
Vegas NFL Power Rankings - 8/9
Dorsey Fat - Chiefs Stupid - 8/7
Eli Manning: The $100 Million Man - 8/6
Predicting Future Needs Part II - 8/4
NFL Draft Moved - 7/24
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