By midnight Wednesday it will be officially time for all mock drafters that participate in the main industry contest to put down their pens and submit their final versions. Round one of the NFL Draft takes place Thursday night in Chicago. If half the trade rumors prove true and the draft mirrors the start of this year's free agency, expect a wild, wild night.
At this point seemingly every angle with the draft has been examined and pondered, especially with the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens on CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com. Since this is my last chance for final thoughts...
- Redskins GM Scot McCloughan stating this week that he wanted 10 or so picks shouldn't have come as a shock. Perfect world, he finds a way to trade down from the No. 5 overall selection. That shouldn't be a problem if Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota or USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams are available. Don't hold your breath for Mariota, but Williams remains in play if the Jaguars take Florida pass rusher Dante Fowler and the Raiders follow most projections by selecting a wide receiver fourth overall.
- As for potential trade down partners, the Falcons (8th) make plenty of sense because the drop isn't much and still puts the Redskins ahead of the Giants and Rams, two teams that are thought to be in the market for offensive linemen. Based on McCloughan's talk of wanting "Big, tough nasty strong guys," decent chance that's the direction he goes should the Redskins make a deal first.
- If the Ravens are truly in the receiver or corner mindset that most projections suggest, the best player available from those two spots is likely a pass defender rather than a pass catcher. There could be four wide outs selected in the first 12-16 picks, but the second corner probably doesn't go off the board until the second half of the draft.
- We all know better than to believe anything anybody says about the draft this week, but I'm buying into the idea of the Browns trying to move up. Between Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon, not to mention most off the last four decades, the impressions of the organization is hardly ideal. Making a splashy move won't 100 percent change that, but the Browns certainly need to change the narrative, not to mention find a quarterback. Cleveland might want the fifth pick if Alabama wide receiver Amari Copper is available.
- Trickiest teams to project and therefore the ones who could truly shake up the first round: New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints.
- Trickiest players to project: Randy Gregory, La'el Collins, Shane Ray, Andrus Peat, Dorial Green-Beckham, Jaelen Strong. For Peat and Strong it's simply a matter of gauging where they land considering conflicting reports have their floor-ceiling values 15-20 spots apart. The others are all about off-the-field matters.
- Best and worst case scenarios for the Redskins, Ravens and the entire NFC East
- Top 10 most likely players for the Redskins and Ravens in the first round. Includes links to player profiles.
- The extreme, trade-heavy mock. This was a fun exercise looking at a scenario where all the trades plus prospect risers and fallers happen at once, but within reason.
MORE NFL DRAFT: Redskins pre-draft depth chart, offense