Seahawks mock drafts: Tyree Wilson "long" gone or a "reach" at pick 5?
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The last two edge players from the Big-12 who were drafted in the first round were L.J. Collier (TCU) and Bruce Irvin (West Virginia). Yes, Bruce Irvin is the second-most recent first round edge player drafted out of the Big-12 conference.
11 years after Bruce and four years after Collier, will the Seattle Seahawks go 3-for-3 and select Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson with the fifth overall pick? That’s what mock drafts are saying over and over and over again. Is it fair? No, better yet…is it a desirable outcome?
Because of course the Seahawks could draft Wilson. As we sit here today, the Seahawks could draft Calijah Kancey or Anthony Richardson or even Tyson Bagent. Mock drafts are nothing more than someone’s sick and twisted fantasy, a fictional account of some future event that happens to exist in a realm that will have an actual outcome on April 27th. But they are still nothing more than fiction and meritless beyond scratching that itch in your brain that desperately wants to find out how the actual draft will unfold.
The older I get, the less I want to be seen as some person sitting in a dark room in the middle of the night, sipping sideways on an off-brand Coca-Cola, deeply examining some kid’s version of events that he posted on a social media website.
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No matter how many mock drafts you read or create, it will never impact or accurately reflect the real world.
“But it helps me get to know the prospects.” Two things:
2 - 98% of the prospects will not be on the Seahawks and more than 90% won’t even play significant snaps against the Seahawks in their careers
Which is all well and fine, there’s nothing wrong with being a well-rounded NFL fan. Read mock drafts! Get to know the prospects! That’s something I’m touching on today, obviously. I’m just saying, if fans could will certain players to their favorite teams, nobody would ever “Boo!” at the NFL Draft. If anyone could write a mock draft that gave you an accurate picture of what will happen, Roger Goodell would have that person assassinated a la Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory.
It’s fascinating to me that anyone could read a mock draft from Mel Kiper or Todd McShay or name ‘em and actually have emotional reactions to the outcomes. It’s not real!
The question today of Tyree Wilson is not one of whether the mock drafts are “right”. I guarantee you, they’re never right. Especially not in a year like this when nobody knows what will happen from the very first pick.
The question today of Tyree Wilson is not whether or not you should be happy or mad when a mock draft connects the Seahawks to Wilson. You should never have any emotional reaction to a mock draft. You shouldn’t even say, “That’s wrong” or “That’s right”, refer to the previous point: Mock drafts never right or wrong. They’re fiction. You should read mock drafts almost the same way that you would read a recipe for soup; if you like an ingredient use it, if you don’t like an ingredient, don’t use it, if you think an ingredient is missing, add it.
But nobody reads a recipe for soup and screams, “No! NO! NOT CARROTS! DAMN IT! THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE CARROTS!!! HAS “INA GARTEN” EVER HEARD OF…CELERY??!?! IDIOT!”
You don’t root for or against the outcome of a recipe. You agree or disagree with your desired soup ingredients…and then you move on.