One of the more obnoxious statements that wannabe know-it-alls in media love to blather is "NFL mock drafts are meaningless."
Are pre-draft mocks accurate? HAHAHAHAHA! No.
But, they do provide insight into media and fans' perceptions of certain players.
In many cases, media-generated mocks are reinforced by off-the-record conversations with team scouts, general managers, and player agents. When you approach mocks with this context in mind, they absolutely have meaning. They matter.
But, hey. Don't take my word for it. Listen to Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson. At his annual pre-draft press conference on Thursday, Grigson admitted that, yes, he does read other people's mock drafts:
Grigson admits he pays attention to mock drafts. Watches to see how players being viewed around league. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) April 18, 2013
Next time someone in the media tells you that mock drafts are worthless, kick that dude in the crotch.
Or, better yet, just unfollow him on Twitter.
Here's the quote from Grigson at his presser regarding mock drafts:
I'd be lying if I didn't say I don't look at it. I mean, it's kind of like reading my morning paper. When I get here early in the morning and I go through my routine, and drink my coffee and put on the music and go through the emails, I like one of my assistants give me the latest mock draft just to see the groupings of players. Those guys talk to people in the NFL. They talk to NFL personnel. So, there has to be some merit to it. We've always done it anywhere I've ever been.
Every once and a while, you'll see someone creep into one that you thought had first round value, but you didn't think anyone else really did, then you kind of feel that maybe the cat's out of the bag because everyone's seeing his name in that light now. So, there's something to be said for that.