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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.