When Mel Kiper comes out with a new mock draft, we invariably link to it or post about it. They're virtually guaranteed to start a discussion within the community. But how accurate are they?
Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice took the time to actually examine each of Mel Kiper's final mock drafts for the last five years. Mock drafts are little more than guesses of varying degrees, so it's not surprising that Mel got way, way, WAY more wrong than he did right. As it pertains to your Houston Texans, Kiper nailed precisely zero of their last five (5) first round draft picks.
If Mel Kiper's initial mock drafts over the last 5 years were 100% accurate, here's who your team would have drafted: pic.twitter.com/riGs2f4yVH— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) February 18, 2015
To wit, if Kiper was right, the Texans would have drafted the following players in the first round instead of the guys listed after them in parentheses; you know, the guys who the Texans actually took:
2010: Brian Price (Kareem Jackson)
2011: Aldon Smith (J.J. Watt)
2012: Mohamed Sanu (Whitney Mercilus)
2013: Keenan Allen (DeAndre Hopkins)
2014: Johnny Manziel (Jadeveon Clowney)
Imagine, if you will, how different the 2015 Houston Texans would look if they had drafted Brian Price, Aldon Smith, Mohamed Sanu, Keenan Allen, and Johnny Manziel.
Then go read another mock draft, you sicko.