Mock Monitor: Final

Mock Monitor: Final

Jay Adams

Published April 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

With just two days to go before teams go on the clock in the 2013 NFL Draft, we take one final look at the mock drafts around the Internet in this week’s Mock Monitor.

But we do so in a much different way than normal — by looking at all 12 weeks of results from both the sampling of mocks we’ve used throughout the Monitor as well as all your votes for who you want the Falcons to select at No. 30 overall.

Click here to view the 2013 Mock Monitor

Let’s start, however, by taking a closer look at this week’s mocks. If the projections are any indication, the final week before the draft should yield the most accurate guess as to who the Falcons will select, right? If that’s the case, the Falcons will no doubt be selecting Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, as he supplants Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant as the majority pick this week.

Eifert earned five projections from the mocks this week after Trufant held the biggest lead of the year last week with seven total votes from the mock drafts.

Looking at the bigger picture, however, fans have a much different idea of where the Falcons will go at No. 30. Let’s first take a look at the position groups.

Here’s a look at the number of picks each position received among the experts (out of 207 picks that didn’t include trading the selection):

Position Expert Picks Percentage
Tight End 71 34%
Defensive End 54 26%
Cornerback 50 24%
Offensive Line 9 4.3%
Running Back 8 3.8%
Linebacker 7 3.3%
Defensive Tackle 5 2.4%
Wide Receiver 2 0.9%
Safety 1 0.4%

And here’s how you, the fans, had the positions selected (out of a total of 29,002 votes that didn’t include trading the pick):

Position Fan Picks Percentage
Defensive End 13,638 47%
Tight End 7,050 24%
Cornerback 4.161 14%
Running Back 3,045 10%
Linebacker 419 1.4%
Defensive Tackle 405 1.3%
Offensive Line 189 0.6%
Safety 62 0.2%
Wide Receiver 33 0.1%

So, while the experts are more even near the top as far as the three biggest positions of need — tight end, defensive end and cornerback — the fan vote shows that you’re overwhelmingly in favor of selecting a defensive end at No. 30 overall.

But which one?

During the past six weeks, one defensive end has been on a steady rise among Falcons fans and he barely edged out Eifert as the most popular pick throughout the 11 weeks we solicited fans during the Mock Monitor — Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.

Werner made his first appearances on the monitor on March 12 and stayed steady for a few weeks before dipping significantly and then rising sharply in the last two weeks. He finished ahead of all other prospects among the fanbase with 12 percent of the total vote.

After him, however, the fans went with the experts by giving Eifert 11.6 percent of their votes and Stanford tight end Zach Ertz 10.4 percent. A popular selection among fans before the signing of Steven Jackson, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy earned 9.5 percent of the votes.

On the experts’ side of things, Eifert and Ertz were heavily favored, earning 18 and 14.9 percent, respectively, of the votes from the mocks. Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant came in third with 10.7 percent of the mock votes. Werner earned just 5.6 percent from the experts.

Here’s a complete look at all the votes among the fans (out of 31,913 total votes):

Position/Name School Fan Picks Percentage
DE Bjoern Werner Florida State 3,836 12%
TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame 3,713 11.6%
TE Zach Ertz Stanford 3,337 10.4%
RB Eddie Lacy Alabama 3,045 9.5%
CB Desmond Trufant Washington 2,912 9.1%
DE Alex Okafor Texas 2,888 9%
DE Damontre Moore Texas A&M 2,528 7.9%
Trade the Pick N/A 1,591 4.9%
DE Margus Hunt SMU 1,449 4.5%
DE Tank Carradine Florida State 1,363 4.2%
Other (Player Not Mentioned) N/A 1,293 4%
DE Dion Jordan Oregon 745 2.3%
CB Johnthan Banks Mississippi State 606 1.8%
LB Arthur Brown Kansas State 419 1.3%
DE Sam Montgomery LSU 400 1.2%
DT Kawann Short Purdue 368 1.1%
CB Jamar Taylor Boise State 344 1%
DE Datone Jones UCLA 334 1%

*10 prospects received less than 1 percent of the total vote

And here’s how the experts had them ranked (out of 214 total votes):

Position/Name School Expert Picks Percentage
TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame 39 18%
TE Zach Ertz Stanford 32 10.4%
CB Desmond Trufant Washington 23 10.7%
DE Alex Okafor Texas 13 6%
DE Bjoern Werner Florida State 12 5.6%
DE Tank Carradine Florida State 11 5.1%
CB Johnthan Banks Mississippi State 9 4.2%
RB Eddie Lacy Alabama 8 3.7%
Trade the Pick N/A 7 3.2%
LB Arthur Brown Kansas State 7 3.2%
DE Damontre Moore Texas A&M 6 2.8%
DE Corey Lemonier Auburn 6 2.8%
CB Jamar Taylor Boise State 6 2.8%
OG Jonathan Cooper North Carolina 5 2.3%

*15 prospects received less than 2 percent of the total vote

Here’s your last chance to have your voice be heard:

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