Your 2015 Mock Draft: Jameis WinstonMarch 3rd, 2014
OK, we have reached absurdity levels with mock drafts.
The more mock drafts have become popular, the more Joe grows weary of them. Most — not all, but most — of the mockers change their mock drafts nearly on a weekly basis (Joe is looking right at you, you Bristolites). This really annoys Joe and frankly is little more than internet trolling or just throwing s(p)it on the wall to see if it sticks. Either stand by your picks or justify moving them, such as, “An NFL player personnel director said… “)
Mock drafts before free agency are little more than mental masturbation. If a team fills a need through a trade or a free agent signing, then what’s the point of drafting for the same position?
Joe remembers hearing draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, of NFL.com and NFL Network, say on SiriusXM NFL Radio how much he hates mock drafts and the only reason he does them is his editors order him to do them because they get — altogether now — pageviews.
Now there are guys who take mock drafts seriously. Mike Mayock does one — two or three days before the draft. That’s it. Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7 also takes pride in his craft and doesn’t throw mock drafts out there just to troll.
That brings Joe to WalterFootball.com, an otherwise fine draft resource, that has decided to push the envelope of the lunatic fringe and post a 2015 mock draft. Yes, 2015! What, they haven’t predicted the 2016 presidential election yet? What’s the hangup?
Apparently, the Walter Football crowd has a grim forecast for the Bucs and dire news for the Mike Glennon Mob, as Walter Football has the Bucs picking Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston at No. 2.
Think about that for a second folks, the Bucs having the No. 2 pick. Walter Football believes the Bucs will have one of the worst seasons in franchise history, which is saying a lot. Additionally, Joe guesses someone there didn’t know that Winston, a redshirt freshman, has gone on record saying he plans to play through his junior season.
Now here is where it gets crazier. Walter Football picks the Jags to have the No. 1 overall pick. Wait, it gets better. They believe the Jags will pass on drafting a quarterback this spring and, in terrible need of a quarterback, will pass on who is widely believed to be the best quarterback in the nation who just so happens to play down the road about three hours away in-state.
That is, if Winston comes out.
Now after you spit your coffee on your keyboard from laughing, remember this: Joe took Walter Football to task last summer as they predicted a dismal season from the Bucs in 2013, so much so Joe said if what they predicted actually happened, then there would be a regime change at One Buc Palace.
Walter Football was right, and so was Joe.
After reading this 2015 mock draft, mock drafts have, now, jumped the shark.