In this exciting new NFL world in which trades are seemingly a part of everyday life, mock drafts feel even more out of touch with what’s about to happen at the 2018 draft. Most mocks don’t account for possible trades up or down, yet only 17 of the 32 picks in the first round of last year’s draft were spent by the team who originally owned a given selection. Who would’ve expected that the Chiefs would beat the Cardinals to the punch for Patrick Mahomes?
Every year, I produce a mock that heads all the way in the opposite direction. Instead of a draft with no picks traded, this is the mock in which each and every first-round pick gets swapped. No selection is left behind. The goal is to try to create a trade for each pick that makes sense for two (or more) parties given their respective histories and present needs. I’m not saying I would suggest any teams should actually execute these trades, but if there’s a team like the Dolphins with a track record of trading up and have a need at a key position, it makes sense to build a trade in which they do so.