Welcome to the 5th annual Niners Nation Mock Draft Database. This compilation of 2012 NFL Mock Drafts contains 30 different mock drafts to give us a snapshot of what folks are predicting the 49ers will do in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. There is some knowledge behind the picks, but random chance has plenty to do with it as well. If you want to wax nostalgic, you can check out our 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 databases.
In the months leading up to the NFL Draft, hundreds, if not thousands of websites put together mock drafts on a fairly regular basis. Some of these people have put a lot of time and energy into their daily or weekly mock drafts, while others slap something together for some page views and never look back. A few offseasons ago I decided it would be worthwhile to compile them in a handy-dandy guide for everyone out there. We had over 30 mock drafts included and it helped give us a solid idea of what kind of consensus (if any) there was for the 49ers first round pick.
We've settled in at approximately 30 mock drafts. There are hundreds, if not thousands of mock drafts on the Internet so I won't claim that this is fully representative of the Internet. But if 25 out of 30 sites are showing one guy, I think it's safe to say we are getting a bit of consensus. We generally use more prominent sites since they have a certain level of respectability, or at least they're well known to be worth considering. Not all are the most prominent, but we have generally stuck with some similar sites over the years. If you click on the link for the given mock you can read what they have to say about the particular player. I might add 2nd and 3rd round mock drafts to the database, but we'll see how things develop in the coming weeks.
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