Some issues that may force the mock to change:
- Will Detroit pursue a QB such as Matt Cassell in free agency? Such a move would be more likely if they appointed Josh McDaniels as head coach (although they are unlikely to make such a smart move). If they did sign a free agent QB, expect them to look at offensive tackles Andre Smith and Michael Oher.
- Draft order is subject to change. With so many bad teams this year, including Seattle, the final draft order can change dramatically. Currently I have predicted the Seahawks to be picking fourth, however they could realistically pick anywhere from 2nd to 7th.
- Will the Seahawks cut or trade Matt Hasselbeck? If his back injury proves too problematic, Seattle may look to start a new era under Jim Mora with a new QB. If Detroit passes on a QuarterBack, Seattle could have their pick of the bunch. If Hasselbeck leaves you have to assume they will prefer to take a QB. Seattle's inability to groom a successor to Hasselbeck could come back to haunt them, especially if they have to snub a talent like Michael Crabtree to take a young signal caller. For more on the issue, see the article below.
- Influx of college talent declaring for the draft. Right now, I don't have Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow etc etc including in the mock. We should find out soon what their intentions are for 2009. If they choose to declare it could dramatically change the way a lot of teams intend to draft.