(Matt Freed, Post-Gazette)
I had resisted doing this for a few months, since these mock drafts are as solid and stable as a drunk person trying to ride a surfboard on a 50-foot wave. By their very nature, the order of these things is pliable because developments emerge and perceptions change, so trying to constantly chronicle and update these things is likely to drive someone mad.
But with draft day finally here, the focus of West Virginia fans falls squarely on their prized product, wide receiver Kevin White.
Barely even two years removed from Lackawanna College in Scranton, White was widely viewed as one of the draft's top receivers at the end of the season, but following his freakish showing at the NFL combine in February, he's almost universally regarded as a top-10 pick. Some mocks even have him going as high as No. 3 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A handful of other Mountaineers will hear their names called over the next three days. There's no mistaking, however, that an overwhelming bulk of the interest centers around White and since most websites don't have mock drafts that go beyond the third round, it's a lot more effective focusing on the top prospect of the group.
Mel Kiper, ESPN (Insider): No. 6 New York Jets
ESPN NFL Nation: No. 6 New York Jets
Sports Illustrated: No. 7 Chicago Bears (Don Banks), No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars (Chris Burke), No. 10 St. Louis Rams (Doug Farrar)
NFL.com: No. 7 Chicago Bears (Daniel Jeremiah), No. 6 New York Jets (Mike Mayock), No. 11 Minnesota Vikings (Charles Davis), No. 12 Cleveland Browns (Charley Casserly), No. 7 Chicago Bears (Lance Zierlein), No. 7 Chicago Bears (Bucky Brooks), No. 4 Oakland Raiders (Brian Baldinger)
CBS Sports: No. 6 New York Jets (Rob Rang), No. 7 Chicago Bears (Dane Brugler), No. 10 St. Louis Rams (Pete Prisco), No. 9 New York Giants (Will Brinson)
Pro Football Talk: No. 6 New York Jets
Fox Sports: No. 13 New Orleans Saints
SB Nation: No. 7 Chicago Bears
Bleacher Report: No. 10 St. Louis Rams
Yahoo! Sports: No. 10 St. Louis Rams
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: No. 6 New York Jets
USA Today: No. 12 Cleveland Browns
Washington Post: No. 7 Chicago Bears
U-T San Diego: No. 9 New York Giants
Walter Football: No. 7 Chicago Bears
Of those mocks listed, here are the final tallies:
No. 7, Chicago Bears: 8
No. 6, New York Jets: 6
No. 10, St. Louis Rams: 4
No. 9 New York Giants: 2
No. 12, Cleveland Browns: 2
No. 3, Jacksonville Jaguars: 1
No. 4, Oakland Raiders: 1
No. 11, Minnesota Vikings: 1
No. 13, New Orleans Saints: 1
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