Before we even get a chance to see who rises and falls at this weeks Combine, lets take a fun look at some previous years pre-Combine top 10 mock drafts and how it ended up (listed are team, projected pick and actual pick).
2007Oakland, JaMarcus Russell, JaMarcus RussellDetroit, Calvin Johnson, Calvin JohnsonCleveland, Brady Quinn, Joe ThomasTampa Bay, Gaines Adams, Gaines AdamsArizona, Joe Thomas, Levi BrownWashington, LaRon Landry, LaRon LandryAtlanta, Amobi Okoye, Jammal AndersonMiami, Levi Brown, Ted GinnHouston: Darrelle Revis, Amobi Okoye.Analysis: The Lions, Browns and Redskins were the only teams among the top 10 that have consistent contributors. Russell is one of the big busts of all time and by Adams death, he was already playing for Chicago.
2008Miami, Chris Long, Jake LongSt. Louis, Glenn Dorsey, Chris LongAtlanta, Matt Ryan, Matt RyanOakland, Darren McFadden, Darren McFaddenKansas City, Jake Long, Glenn DorseyNY Jets, Vernon Gholston, Vernon GholstonNew Orleans, Sedrick Ellis, Sedrick Ellis.Jacksonville, Brian Brohm, Derrick HarveyCincinnati, Aqib Talib, Keith RiversNew England, Michael Jenkins, Jerod Mayo.Analysis: Jake Long has been the best of the group but only Gholston and Harvey have flamed out. The Patriots trade up a handful of spots to get Mayo.
2010St. Louis, Ndamukong Suh, Sam BradfordDetroit, Anthony Davis, Ndamukong SuhTampa Bay, Gerald McCoy, Gerald McCoyWashington, Russell Okung, Trent WilliamsKansas City, Eric Berry, Eric BerrySeattle, Bryan Bulaga, Russell OkungCleveland, Joe Haden, Joe HadenOakland, Derrick Morgan, Rolando McClainBufffalo, Jimmy Clausen, C.J. SpillerJacksonville, Jason Pierre-Paul, Tyson AlualuAnalysis: The two biggest decisions came at No. 4 Williams has been effective albeit immature but Okung cant stay healthy, and at No. 10 where the Jaguars must still have nightmares for not talking JPP.
2011Carolina, Nick Fairley, Cam NewtonDenver, DaQuan Bowers, Von MillerBuffalo, A.J. Green, Marcel DareusCincinnati, Marcel Dareus, A.J. GreenArizona, Blaine Gabbert, Patrick PetersonSan Francisco, Prince Akumunara, Aldon SmithTennessee, Von Miller, Jake LockerDallas, Cameron Jordan, Tyron SmithAnalysis: The final group of 10, only Locker didnt contribute for the team that eventually drafted them. A pretty good percentage.Contact OHalloran at firstname.lastname@example.org