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April 25, 2012 3:39 PM

Final NFL Mock Draft Compilation

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday night, so before it starts we will take one last look at a handful of the mock drafts floating around the web. We have taken 12 mock drafts, placed them side-by-side and tabulated that average projected draft order, listed as the RCS Average Selection below. RCS Average Selection does not take into account who a specific team is likely to pick, it is just a list of the players in order of their average draft position across the mock drafts used. The Common Pick column looks at the mode selection at each spot across all 12 mock drafts. If no player was selected by more than two mock drafts at a certain pick then no player is listed for that spot.

The top two picks are locked in, and everyone with the exception of the ESPN draft gurus have the Vikings taking Kalil with the third pick. It's not until the Rams and the sixth pick that we start to see real discrepancies between all the mocks.

Remember RCS Average Selection does not take into account team need, it is the mean selection value of a player, the common pick is the mode.
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The talk of someone trading up to select Ryan Tannehill with the 4th pick seems to have completely stopped as looks to be headed to the Dolphins now. 

Moving up the draft board: South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore moved up from 19th to 12th since last week and Syracuse DE Chander Jones rose from 30th to 23rd. Last week Boise State OLB Shea McCellin and Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeded were not on the projected first round draft board, the day before the draft they have landed at 25th and 28th respectively.  

Falling down the draft board: UNC DE Quinton Coples dropped from 10th to 18th, Iowa OT Riley Reiff fell from 12th to 17th, Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw slipped from 17th to 22nd, Stanford OG Jonathan Martin fell from 23rd to 29th, and Ohio State OT Mike Adams dropped from 26th to off the board.

Mock Drafts used and date last updated:

ESPN - Mel Kiper Jr - April 25
ESPN - Todd McShay - April 25
NFLDraftScout - Dane Brugler - April 23 (via CBS)
CBS Sports - Rob Rang - April 23
SB Nation - Ryan Van Bibber - April 23 - Chad Reuter - April 25
NFL Network - Mike Mayock - April 25
National Football Post - Wes Bunting - April 18
Sporting News - Russ Lande - April 24
Fox Sports - Peter Schrager - April 24
Sports Illustrated - Peter King - April 20
Sports Illustrated - Don Banks - April 25

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