NBA Draft: Mocking the mocks

NBA Draft: Mocking the mocks
May 22, 2012, 4:00 pm
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As always before posting mock draft chatter on our site, this disclaimer: we still do not have an actual draft order. Projecting the Wizards at No. 2 overall is just that, a projection.Still, that could indeed be where the Wizards land. I'm no math guy, but the odds suggest as much.The makeup of the Wizards roster suggests the team will not target a wide-bodied center and especially one with the potential downside of UConn's Andre Drummond - and yet that is exactly what the folks at Draft Express continue to project.The latest mock draft on the NBA Draft site came out on Monday.Like its previous versions, has the powerful but raw center slotted to the Wizards with the second overall pick. I've stated my opinion over the last few weeks - click here and here for examples - why Drummond is simply to risky for the Wizards, who need not take one at center with Nene and the improving Kevin Seraphin in the mix.Enough Drummond. Other thoughts on this mock:In the second round, DE has the Wizards taking Vanderbilt's shooting guard John Jenkins at No. 32 and Texas' 6-foot-1 combo guard J'Cocavn Brown with their second second-round pick. As I've written before, if Jenkins slips out of the first round, he makes for a near ideal choice assuming the Wizards do not take Beal or UConn's Jeremy Lamb in the first.The top 5 picks - Anthony Davis, Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and Bradley Beal - are as expected. Maybe not the order, but the players. Jared Sullinger at seven seems a touch high for my taste; other mocks project the tail end of the lottery. Along with Drummond and Harrison Barnes, I am most intrigued to see which why the buzz shifts for the Ohio State power forward in the coming weeks.As for the locals, Baltimore native Will Barton (Memphis), Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn, Loyola's Scott Machado and Virginia's Mike Scott all receiver second-round status. Maryland's Terrell Stoglin and the Georgetown trio of Jason Clark, Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson, not listed.