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2014 BTSC Community Mock Draft: How did we do?

Comparing the first round mock draft that our community of misfits put together with how the real deal turned out last night, and also putting it up against the work of ESPN's NFL reporters - just for kicks. (Spoiler alert: BTSC did better.)

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

After the conclusion of our 2014 community mock draft last week, I had meant to do a summary/recap piece to put a nice little bow on it. For reasons that you don't care about, I unfortunately did not have the time to do so though.

Nonetheless, I still owe you guys something for it - and now with the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in the books, we can see how accurate our predictions were!

Let's look at the results side-by-side.

Green numbers indicate that a player was actually selected that many spots before where they went in the community mock, while red numbers indicate that a player was actually selected later (and "NP" indicates the actual selection was not picked at all in the mock).

"Original Team" is the order we worked with for the mock (which team was effectively in that slot once the draft order was finalized, and after accounting for past trades), while "Actual Team" is who ended up picking in that slot after last night's wheeling and dealing.

Original Team Mock pick (Link to write up) Positions Actual pick Actual Team
1 Blake Bortles QB - DE Jadeveon Clowney (+3)
2 Johnny Manziel QB - OT Greg Robinson (+7)
3 Teddy Bridgewater QB - QB Blake Bortles (-2)
4 Jadeveon Clowney DE - WR Sammy Watkins (+3)
5 Jake Matthews OT - LB Khalil Mack (+1)
6 Khalil Mack LB - OT Jake Matthews (-1)
7 Sammy Watkins WR - WR Mike Evans (+5)
8 C.J. Mosley LB - CB Justin Gilbert (+3)
9 Greg Robinson OT - OLB Anthony Barr (+1)
10 Anthony Barr OLB - TE Eric Ebron (+8)
11 Justin Gilbert CB - OT Taylor Lewan (+6)
12 Mike Evans WR - WR Odell Beckham Jr. (+10)
13 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S - DT Aaron Donald (+1)
14 Aaron Donald DT - CB Kyle Fuller (+10)
15 Darqueze Dennard CB - LB Ryan Shazier (+6)
16 Calvin Pryor S - OL Zack Martin (+3)
17 Taylor Lewan OT - LB C.J. Mosley (-9)
18 Eric Ebron TE - S Calvin Pryor (-2)
19 Zack Martin OT - OT Ja'Wuan James (NP)
20 Dee Ford OLB - WR Brandin Cooks (+8)
21 Ryan Shazier LB - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (-8)
22 Odell Beckham Jr. WR - QB Johnny Manziel (-20)
23 Kelvin Benjamin WR - DE Dee Ford (-3)
24 Kyle Fuller CB - CB Darqueze Dennard (-9)
25 Ra'Shede Hageman DT - CB Jason Verrett (+5)
26 Derek Carr QB - LB Marcus Smith (NP)
27 Marqise Lee WR - S Deone Bucannon (NP)
28 Brandin Cooks WR - WR Kelvin Benjamin (-5)
29 Timmy Jernigan DT - DT Dominique Easley (NP)
30 Jason Verrett CB - S Jimmie Ward (NP)
31 Xavier Su'a-Filo OG - CB Bradley Roby (NP)
32 Cyrus Kouandjio OT - QB Teddy Bridgewater (-29)

For sake of comparison, just a few days ago on May 6th, ESPN's pool of dedicated team reporters did a 1st round mock in an afternoon: they accounted for 25 of the 32 actual first round picks, and had the spots for seven picks exactly correct. While no picks were exactly correct in our community mock (not the biggest deal, seeing how ours evolved over the course of a full month and ended a full week before yesterday), we accounted for 26 of the 32 first rounders.

Yes, I am scoring that as BTSC misfits - 1, ESPN NFL Nation professionals - 0. Dee Ford made all the difference.

Great work guys, hats off to all of you.