Mocking the Mocks: Wes Bunting's latest (and greatest?)

AUBURN AL - NOVEMBER 13: A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs fails to pull in this reception against Richard Samuel #22 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

How many Mock Drafts have you seen lately that didn't include either Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton being drafted #1 overall by Carolina?  There are a few, but certainly not many.

Most NFL circles seem to think QB is the biggest area of need for the Panthers, but there have also been arguments that neither Gabbert or Newton is truly worthy of a #1 overall grade.  They will both get their shots to start in the NFL, but how many other teams would even consider taking either of them with the first pick?  That's the conundrum the Panthers are in, much like the Jets were when they took Mark Sanchez with the 5th overall pick two Drafts ago.

Most scouts had Sanchez much lower on their Draft boards, but the Jets needed a QB.  Some call it a reach, some say it was filling their largest need with the best available player at that position.  And that's just the scenario that the NFP's Director of College Scouting has the Panthers avoiding.

Wes Bunting recently released his latest Mock, and has Gabbert falling all the way to the Patriots at #28, behind Christian Ponder at #25 (Seahawks), and ahead of Newton at #31 (Bills).

Bunting also has the Bears trading down from their slot at #29, allowing the Raiders to grab CB Jimmy Smith.

Top to bottom, Bunting's Mock definitely does not follow a lot of the consensus picks, but I have to say that it seems very realistic from my perspective.  Of course, trying to predict trades in Mock Drafts is almost impossible, but he gives a very realistic approach in his.

What do you think?

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