Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee graded his and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Matt Maiocco's 2008 mock drafts.
The scoring system goes like this: # of 1st round picks and closer to the spot they were drafted, and this is how Barrows came up with the closer to the spot they were drafted calculation:
"I tallied the following by calculating the difference between the player’s predicted draft position and his actual position. For example, Branden Albert went in the No. 15 slot but I had him going No. 9. So I wound up with a six for Albert. Naturally, the lower your score, the better you did."
Here are their scorecards, as well as those some NFL experts:
Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee - 25 1st rounders, proximity score 162.
Matt Maiocco, Santa Rosa Press Democrat - 25 1st rounders, proximity score of 148.
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com - 23 1st rounders, proximity score of 118.
Todd McShay, ESPN.com - 24 1st rounders, proximity score of 103.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - 24 1st rounders, proximity score of 102.
And finally, Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog - 25 1st rounders, with a proximity score of 95.
The final verdict: Mock drafts are utterly useless.