Mike Mayock, the draft guru on NFL.com, completed his first ever Mock Draft on the eve of the real thing, which starts later today at 8pm. He believes that due to the uncertainty of the NFL, the lack of a free agency period normally held prior to the draft and no ability to sign undrafted free agents, will lead to the most draft day trades in the history of the draft.
Mayock sees the Baltimore Ravens selecting Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith with the 26th overall pick and says that he believes Smith is actually a top-ten talent. This is his summary of the Ravens selection:
"This is a great fit and a win-win situation for both Smith and the Ravens. Smith is one of the most physically gifted players in the draft who has dealt with off-field issues, and he benefits from the infrastructure of the veteran locker room of the Ravens. The Ravens get a big, physical player who is a top-10 talent. "
Akeem Ayers, the UCLA linebacker that ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. had going to the Ravens in his final Mock Draft, went 30th overall to the New York Jets. Kiper also had Jimmy Smith coming off the board to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 23rd spot, three places ahead of the Ravens' pick.