The Toronto Raptors caught their stride at the end of the season and landed the East’s third seed behind Cleveland and Boston. That doesn’t make their first-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks any easier, as a stacked Raptors starting five will attempt to deal with one of the most unique, talented players the league has ever seen.
That doesn’t mean Kadar didn’t have his share of hits, however. Leonard Fournette only wound up one spot from his projected landing spot at No. 9. Jonathan Allen’s draft day slide dropped him only two selections from his early destination at 19th. The Titans were tagged to draft Adoree’ Jackson in the middle of the first round and did — just at No. 18 rather than No. 11.
The slides of three players who wound up returning to school showcase the struggle in mocking up a draft nearly a year from its start date. Lowell Lotulelei, Nick Chubb, and Kemoko Turay returned to school after failing to live up to their pre-draft hype. Lotulelei and Chubb each appear in at least one of Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys the three aforementioned “way-too-early” mocks above, but they’ll need to have successful 2017s to reclaim the draft stock 2016 left behind.
All mock drafts are a buckshot approach at predicting an unpredictable process. There’s no regression analysis available to tell you the Bears are going to ship four draft picks to the 49ers in order to move up one spot in the first round. But “way-too-early” drafts deserve to be taken with a grain of salt so big it could sink a luxury sealiner — no matter who the expert behind it is.