- Aug 1, 1997
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- Sunset, La
By Nick Underhill
It’s mock draft season, the time of year when fans sit back and wait for projections about whom their team is going to draft. One of those guesses from someone perceived to be an industry leader can create headlines across the country.
Sometimes these guys nail their guesses. Sometimes they project guys who would have been better picks. Most often, at least as history shows, the team does something the mock drafters were not expecting and ends up making the right move.
It’s impossible to know how any player will develop in a different situation. An offensive player selected by the Cleveland Browns probably isn’t going to turn out the same way that one would with the Saints. But as history shows, teams typically do a decent job of picking the right players to fit their system, at least in the first round.
Still, it’s interesting to wonder how things would have turned out if the mock drafters were running the boards of all 32 teams. So we looked back at whom ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. and the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock selected for the Saints in the first round since 2011 (the Saints didn't have a first-round pick in 2012):
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