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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Add Nawrocki's name to best mock list


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly responded via Facebook to my query seeking links to mock drafts showing the fewest number of missed first-round projections.

PFW's Nolan Nawrocki tied the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers with only three misses. Nawrocki also nailed the 49ers' selection of Michael Crabtree at No. 10.

To review: I grade mocks by how many first-round projections wind up becoming first-round picks. Nawrocki and Somers hit 29 of 32. Somers missed on Eben Britton, Darius Butler and Rey Maualuga. Nawrocki missed on Butler, Maualuga and James Laurinaitis.

Rams fans should feel good about the Laurinaitis choice given how many evaluators projected the Ohio State linebacker as a first-round choice.

Nawrocki scouts the players and evaluates them in detail, assembling profiles for PFW's annual draft preview guide. The guide has remained a tremendous resource to me since Nawrocki succeeded the late Joel Buchsbaum as primary author. I have every copy since 1999.