Football Outsiders

Pre-Free Agency Mock Draft : Guest columnist Benjamin Robinson of Grinding the Mocks takes an early stab at what April's draft might look like. SPOILER: Trevor Lawrence goes first overall.

Last year, as the 2020 NFL draft approached, Football Outsiders editor-in-chief Aaron Schatz reached out to me to see if I had any interest in writing a mock draft for the site. I had never published my own mock draft, but it made complete sense that I would. After all, as the founder/creator of Grinding the Mocks (a project where mock drafts, data science, and the wisdom of crowds combine to predict the NFL draft), I'd like to believe that I have about as good insight into how the NFL draft might unfold as anyone in the football analytics community. If you'd like to read more about the project, I wrote an explainer on it in this very website last year.

By Benjamin Robinson

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