By John Turney
|Elinor Kaine in the early 1970s Credit: UPI|
However, in 1969, Elinor Kaine, a New York-based syndicated columnist wrote this one in her column "Football and the Single Girl"—
We don't know for sure if it is the first but we do know for sure it is ONE OF the earliest and the earliest we've seen to date while looking for them.
Upon seeing it one Twitter Ms. Penna (her name now) said, "Oh my goodness! And OJ as well! What fun—can’t tell you how much fun it is seeing this!"
When asked what the impetus was in penning the column she replied, "Used to go to PJ Clarke's in NYC and a few guys would sit around with me talking about the draft with a few Bloody Marys. The word "mock" was not invented for football fifty years ago, believe me."
Kaine was a pioneer in many ways, you can read more about that HERE and the mock draft may very well be another one of those. We'll let you know when we find out more.