By Steve Rieder
Editor's Note: The article below is part of our Betting Predators "NFL Draft 2021 Content Hub" series, where we'll be covering all aspects of the NFL Draft, from compiling consensus mock draft data on top experts in the field to breaking down best bet values at each pick and each position, as well as post-draft dynasty rankings and season-long fantasy rankings To receive an alert/update every time we drop a new article, simply scroll down to the bottom of this page, enter your email address and click the "subscribe" button to the right. Any questions, comments or topics you'd like to see covered in the future? Hit us up any time on Twitter (@BetPredators), or send us an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org. BOL!
Perhaps the greatest resource sports bettors use to bet the NFL Draft are mock drafts.
During draft season, it seems like every sports website on the internet puts out their own version of a mock draft, but to truly quantify the magnitude of the exercise, NFL Mock Draft Database has collected over a thousand mocks this year alone, and the number is growing daily. Not every author carries the same respect, clout, connections or accuracy as others though. Although it can be confusing and overwhelming to identify the "best from the rest," we at the Betting Predators have done the work for you.
We've both researched and identified the best mock draft experts over the last several years and combined each of their mock drafts into one easy-to-read, sortable spreadsheet. This "Consensus NFL Mock Draft" spreadsheet will allow you to see what the experts think of each player and each team, without the distraction of other 'inferior' (less accurate) mock drafters. When we reference average draft position (ADP) at the Betting Predators, we don't just calculate the entire collection of mock drafts on the internet, we simply highlight the ADP of the experts - and the results of each mock draft expert we take into the highest consideration here as well, as you'll note by the work we publish over the next week.
In the table/spreadhseet below we have identified the best mock drafters ("experts") in blue. Each mock draft expert publication is linked in the header of the sheet as well. Our "EXPERT ADP" column is also designed to help you identify the consensus ADP of all the best mock drafters, in addition to the average of each of their players/picks in the first round. Please keep in mind that any player who didn't make every single expert mock draft in our spreadsheet does not have an ADP listed in our EXPERT ADP column.
To differentiate between our experts below, ESPN Draft Analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay's mock drafts are in red, and the reason we have included the ESPN mock drafts in our data is to simply highlight the most influential mock drafts on the internet. Even though their accuracy has been below average, to say the least, identifying discrepancies between the EXPERT ADP and the ESPN ADP will present betting opportunities for us and a good start to find value in the marketplace as finalize our NFL Draft cards.
To get a better mobile view/reading experience, please click here to open the full spreadsheet in either Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. Any questions or thoughts? As always, hit us up on Twitter any time @BetPredators. We'll be using this data below to publish our Betting Predators Mock Draft 1.0 soon.
We've also included screenshots of our consensus data below as an easy alternative to viewing the spreadsheet or the link. We will also update our mock draft consensus spreadsheet daily and through the start of the first round on Thursday (and post our most recent update times at the top of this article).
Please note that the screenshots at the bottom of this article were last updated on Saturday, April 24th, while the spreadsheet is actually being updated daily (last update was made as of Monday, April 26th).