Everyone loves to hate mock drafts. I could do the best one possible, in my mind, and still get PEPPERED with comments telling me how freaking terrible it is. Oftentimes I will get picks dead-on correct in my final mock and between it being published and the actual draft happening as I predicted, I'll be told how stupid I am for said correct pick.
So, in the spirit of letting everyone call me stupid, I'm going full-blown troll and providing you the worst possible mock draft you will ever see.
Yes, that's right: I'm making TERRIBLE PICKS. And lest you think this is an outrageous exercise, let's remember the Raiders once took JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick in a draft that featured Calvin Johnson and Joe Thomas, two can't-miss prospects who are now Hall of Famers. Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert were drafted right in front of J.J. Watt (and Locker was taken in front of Tyron Smith too).
The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson ... and still went to a Super Bowl in spite of themselves. Even Bill Belichick took N'Keal Harry instead of Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown or D.K. Metcalf.
Stop pretending your favorite NFL team makes the right decisions on draft night. NFL teams do stupid things all the time. Come join me on a voyage of bad decisions!
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From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 1
Will Levis QB
Kentucky • 6'4" / 229 lbs
Panthers fans have locked into either Young or Stroud ... so let's throw them for a loop by giving them the talented but raw Kentucky project in Will Levis. Trading all that to move up to one and draft Levis would ruffle some feathers down here in the Carolinas.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Round 1 - Pick 4
Will Anderson Jr. EDGE
Alabama • 6'4" / 243 lbs
This pick is specifically designed to make Jim Irsay angry. Drafting a pass rusher when a QB is sitting right there might get Chris Ballard fired on the spot (I actually think it's possible they do this anyway for real, which is even more entertaining).
Round 1 - Pick 7
Florida • 6'4" / 244 lbs
Maybe Raiders fans would like this? Richardson sitting behind Jimmy G for a year and then taking over would be fun. I mostly wanted to make people mad by having him slide and honoring the late Al Davis with the most athletic pick possible.
Round 1 - Pick 8
From New Orleans Saints
Round 1 - Pick 10
Utah • 6'4" / 240 lbs
The Eagles have used high draft capital on a TE when they had a stud on the roster before, so this isn't TOO far fetched. It's hard to find something that would make Eagles fans mad short of Howie Roseman drafting another wide receiver here.
Mock Trade from New York Jets
Round 1 - Pick 13
Mock Trade from Green Bay Packers
Round 1 - Pick 15
Oregon • 6'2" / 205 lbs
JUST KIDDING IT WAS A SWAP OF FIRST-ROUND PICKS. Now everyone is mad for a whole host of different reasons! Troll your boat, baby. Gonzalez is a stud but Jets fans would probably prefer help for Aaron Rodgers.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Josh Downs WR
North Carolina • 5'9" / 171 lbs
You could argue the Seahawks DO need wide receiver help, at least for the long haul. Still, this first round would perplex many. Reaching for Josh Downs (who should be a first-round pick IMO) would be very Seattle of them.