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Friday, January 28, 2011
Early NFC West mock draft comparison

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Mock drafts have become useful more for the discussions they promote than for how many picks wind up matching actual draft results.

Let's face it, there's no way to know for sure which direction a given draft will head.

The chart breaks out NFC West picks from two recent mocks.

Mel Kiper Jr. has been doing this for a while. Perhaps you have heard of him. Rob Rang does good work for CBSSports.com. I've been consulting him on draft-related stuff for most of the past decade, and keep coming back.

Perceived needs drive mock drafts, especially early in the process.

One pick stands out from these mocks: Florida guard Mike Pouncey to Seattle, Rang's projection if a quarterback does not fall to the Seahawks.

The Seahawks' general manager, John Schneider, has been with teams that used six first-round choices for offensive linemen over the years: Russell Okung (2010) and Chris McIntosh (2000) to Seattle; John Tait (1999) and Victor Riley (1998) to Kansas City; and John Michels (1996) and Aaron Taylor (1994) to Green Bay.