A friendly reminder: nobody knows a thing.

While projecting the NFL Draft is a fun exercise, we simply cannot predict the future. The only way someone would ever get close to figuring the draft out is if one of these analysts actually has a copy of Gray's Sports Almanac. So, really, there's no shame in getting a mock draft wrong.

Reminder: A lot of these guys study hours of tape, know the backstories and abilities of hundreds of prospects and play out every imaginable scenario in their head, so it's not like Daniel Jeremiah and a band of jamokes put out drafts and steal money. 

That all said, as much fun as it is to dissect a mock draft, it's also interesting to see where mocks went wrong. To that end, more often than not, mock drafts are very, very wrong. The 2020 NFL Draft proved to be fools of us all, once again proving that nobody knows a thing.

So here are some of the bigger mock drafts from the experts and just how wrong they were:

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Vinnie Iyer's mock draft (Sporting News)

Sporting News' last mock draft, a three-round edition, was unveiled on April 20. Here's how the first round broke down:

Pick No. Team Player Position School

1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsJustin HerbertQBOregon6Los Angeles ChargersTua TagovailoaQBAlabama7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Jacksonville JaguarsCJ HendersonCBFlorida10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Derrick Brown DTAuburn14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJerry JeudyWRAlabama15Denver BroncosHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama16Atlanta FalconsJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysK'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Xavier McKinneySAlabama19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)AJ TerrellCBClemson20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)AJ EpenesaEDGEIowa21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Justin JeffersonWRLSU23New England PatriotsTee HigginsWRClemson24New Orleans SaintsJordan LoveQBUtah State25Minnesota VikingsJeff GladneyCBTCU26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre SwiftRBGeorgia27Seattle SeahawksYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansZach BaunEDGE/OLBWisconsin30Green Bay PackersRoss BlacklockDTTCU31San Francisco 49ersTrevon DiggsCBAlabama32Kansas City ChiefsCesar RuizOLMichigan

Picks correct: 6/32

Takeaways: The second half of the 2020 NFL Draft was truly, truly unpredictable, so to see our own misses after No. 11 is no surprise. After all, the draft featured surprise picks like Jordan Love to the Packers and CeeDee Lamb to the Cowboys, so everyone on this list deserves some slack.

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Mel Kiper's mock draft (ESPN)

Kiper's final mock draft was released on April 23.

Pick No. Team Player Position School

1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsDerrick BrownDTAuburn4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsTua TagovailoaQBAlabama6Los Angeles ChargersJustin HerbertQBOregon7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Jacksonville JaguarsJeff OkudahCBOhio State10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCJ HendersonCBFlorida13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Jerry JeudyWRAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJustin JeffersonWRLSU15Denver BroncosCeeDee LambWROklahoma16Atlanta FalconsK'Lavon ChaissonOLBLSU17Dallas CowboysXavier McKinneySAlabama18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Javon KinlawDTSouth Carolina19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Jordan LoveQBUtah State20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Austin JacksonOTUSC21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklaho,a22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama23New England PatriotsCesar RuizOLMichigan24New Orleans SaintsBrandon AiyukWRArizona State25Minnesota VikingsJaylon JohnsonCBUtah26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Josh JonesOTHouston27Seattle SeahawksTee HigginsWRClemson28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansYetur Gross-MatosDEPenn State30Green Bay PackersCole KmetTENotre Dame31San Francisco 49ersAntoine Winfield Jr.CB/SMinnesota32Kansas City ChiefsJonathan TaylorRBWisconsin

Picks correct: 6/32

Takeaways: While some positions were right — the Vikings after a corner back, the Chiefs taking a running back — the spot and players were wrong. The Chiefs took LSU back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with No. 32, while the 49ers traded out of the 31 spot, giving the Vikings that pick, who selected Jeff Gladney out of TCU. In all, a pretty average showing for the godfather of mock drafts. The Mockfather, if you will.

Todd McShay's mock draft (ESPN)

Pick No. Team Player Position School

1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsIsaiah SimmonsLB/SClemson5Miami DolphinsTua TagovailoaQBAlabama6Los Angeles ChargersJordan LoveQBUtah State7Carolina PanthersDerrick BrownDTAuburn8Arizona CardinalsTristan WirfsOTIowa9Jacksonville JaguarsJustin HerbertQBOregon10Cleveland BrownsJedrick WillsOTAlabama11New York JetsJerry JeudyWRAlabama12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersMekhi BectonOTLouisville15Denver BroncosAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia16Atlanta FalconsJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysCJ HendersonCBFlorida18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Xavier McKinneySAlabama19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Antoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Brandon AiyukWRArizona State21Philadelphia EaglesPatrick QueenLBLSU22Min

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nesota Vikings (from Bills)Justin JeffersonWRLSU23New England PatriotsAJ EpenesaDEIowa24New Orleans SaintsKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma25Minnesota VikingsTrevon DiggsCBAlabama26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Joshua JonesOTHouston27Seattle SeahawksK'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU28Baltimore RavensRoss BlacklockDTTCU29Tennessee TitansYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State30Green Bay PackersTee HigginsWRClemson31San Francisco 49ersAJ TerrellCBClemson32Kansas City ChiefsD'Andre SwiftRBGeorgia

Picks correct: 6/32

Takeaways: Really, on par with everyone else on this list, McShay got most of his damage done in the first 10 picks. Again, some positions were right, but players were off. Also, McShay was determined to get Jordan Love drafted higher than Justin Herbert. Both were first-round picks, but Herbert went much higher (No. 6 overall to the Chargers).

Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft (NFL Network)

Daniel Jeremiah released his final mock draft on Wednesday, April 22.

Pick No. Team Player Position School

1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Detroit LionsJeff OkudahCBOhio State4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Miami DolphinsJustin HerbertQBOregon6Los Angeles ChargersTua TagovailoaQBAlabama7Carolina PanthersIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson8Arizona CardinalsJedrick WillsOTAlabama9Atlanta Falcons (from Jaguars)Derrick BrownDTAuburn10Cleveland BrownsAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Justin JeffersonWRLSU14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJerry JeudyWRAlabama15Denver BroncosHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama16Jacksonville Jaguars (from Falcons)Javon KinlawDTSouth Carolina17Dallas CowboysCJ HendersonCBFlorida18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Austin JacksonOTUSC19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)AJ TerrellCBClemson20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)K'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU21Philadelphia EaglesKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Jaylon JohnsonCBUtah23New England PatriotsCole KmetTENotre Dame24New Orleans SaintsJalen ReagorWRTCU25Minnesota VikingsYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Cesar RuizOLMichigan27Seattle SeahawksTrevon DiggsCBAlabama28Baltimore RavensPatrick QueenLBLSU29Tennessee TitansIsaiah WilsonOTGeorgia30Green Bay PackersBrandon AiyukWRArizona State31San Francisco 49ersJeff GladneyCBTCU32Kansas City ChiefsRoss BlacklockDTTCU

Picks correct: 6/32

Takeaways: Of all these mock drafts, Jeremiah wsa the only one who had Reagor going in the first round. Reagor ended up going in the first round, but not to the Saints as was mocked. Instead, Reagor went to the Eagles at No. 21 and the choice was met with lots and lots of criticism.

Peter King's mock draft (NBC Sports)

Pick No. Team Player Position School

1Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQBLSU2Washington RedskinsChase YoungDEOhio State3Miami Dolphins (from Lions)Justin HerbertQBOregon4New York GiantsTristan WirfsOTIowa5Detroit Lions (from Dolphins)Jeff OkudahCBOhio State6Los Angeles ChargersAndrew ThomasOTGeorgia7Carolina PanthersDerrick BrownDTAuburn8Arizona CardinalsIsaiah SimmonsS/LBClemson9Jacksonville JaguarsCJ HendersonCBFlorida10Cleveland BrownsJedrick WillsOTAlabama11New York JetsMekhi BectonOTLouisville12Las Vegas RaidersCeeDee LambWROklahoma13New England Patriots (from 49ers)Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama14Tampa Bay BuccaneersJavon KinlawDTSouth Carolina15Denver BroncosJerry JeudyWRAlabama16Atlanta FalconsK'Lavon ChaissonOLBLSU17Dallas CowboysXavier McKinneySAlabama18Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)AJ EpenesaEDGEIowa19Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Kristian FultonCBLSU20Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Justin JeffersonWRLSU21Philadelphia EaglesHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama22Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Trevon DiggsCBAlabama23San Francisco 49ers (from Patriots)Joshua JonesOTHouston24New Orleans SaintsAJ TerrellCBClemson25Minnesota VikingsTee HigginsWRClemson26Miami Dolphins (from Texans)Austin JacksonOTUSC27Seattle SeahawksYetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State28Baltimore RavensKenneth MurrayLBOklahoma29Tennessee TitansIsaiah WilsonOTGeorgia30Green Bay PackersMichael Pittmann Jr.WRUSC31Dallas Cowboys (from 49ers)Cesar RuizOLMichigan32Kansas City ChiefsJeff GladneyCBTCU

Picks correct: 9/32

Takeaways: Well, well, what have we here? King has the most right picks with nine, and he gets partial credit for the Lions taking Jeff Okudah, though he had a mock trade happening between Detroit and Miami to get that to happen. He also had the Dolphins taking Austin Jackson, but at No. 26, not 18 as they did.

But King, not particularly known for his mock draft takes, still did best of all the experts listed here, living up to his last name.