Mock Draft 5.0: Six First-Round QBs; Three Projected Trades : The Panthers and Bears trade up for QBs, the Patriots trade for Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers choose Mac Jones in our final mock on draft day.
My annual crack at the mock draft is normally a one-time deal. This does not mean I slam it down like a holy tome or attempt to cozy up to the legacy of our great mock draft godfather, Paul Zimmerman. Not even close (and I’d have to get more than five right in a given season to start feeling that way). For me, handling the mock draft this way simply reflects the way you can fall in love with a certain way things could go. Based on some phone calls and intuition, you end up slotting people in a certain place and creating a version of the universe that fits neatly together. But as a wise former coworker once reminded me, that universe is only in one place: the brain of the author.