2 Simple Ideas For An NFL Mock Draft Pool

nfl mock draft pool screenshotThe NFL has created a product that is consumable 365 days a year.  There is the combine, then the draft, on to training camp, preseason, ending in the SuperBowl, and repeat!

With the NFL draft on the horizon many draft experts are making their predictions for what teams will select what players at what position in the draft. Since they already know the NFL draft order, the two main considerations for predicting what player will get picked at a certain position are as follows, not necessarily in this order:

  • Who is the most skilled guy available
  • What are the major team needs

We thought this would be fun to do ourselves, we could be fantasy GMs and turn it into a contest to see who amongst our friends is the best prognosticator!  So we have done this the past couple of years and our first year we used option #1, this most recent year we used option #2.

*Examples below are for pools using only the 1st round of the draft.  You could apply the same concepts and have a pool for the entire draft, or for the 1st and 2nd rounds only, however you would like.

#1)  Snake Draft College Prospects

We all know what a snake draft is(1.2.3.4.4.3.2,1,1,2…), right?  Pick numbers out of a hat to see who gets to pick 1st, 2nd,3rd ,etc, and then everyone picks players they think will be drafted the highest.  At the end a winner is picked by whose players have the lowest total number after adding up their cumulative draft positions.  Any player not selected in the 1st round would get a score of 33. This is an easy and fun way to do an NFL Draft Pool that doesn’t require a whole lot of research (more consideration for the talent level of the draftee, less consideration for what a team’s positional needs are) and isn’t too hard to track assuming you don’t have many people in your draft.

For example: Jack’s players were drafted 2nd, 10th, 20th, and one who was not selected until the 2nd round.  His total is 65.  Glen selected 4 guys who were drafted 6th, 12th, 18th, and 31st so his total is 67. Jack’s team was better than Glen’s.

One downfall of this format is that you need to get everyone together (physically, online, conference call) to have the draft. This format is also flawed when trying to accommodate a larger group of participants.

#2)  Mock Draft 1st Round (or more), Pick Sheets

This is my favorite option of these two, but I would be happy to learn of other ideas as our NFL draft pool is in its infancy. It requires our participants to fill out a pick sheet where they predict what player will be selected at every spot in the 1st round (or as many rounds as you would like) of the NFL draft.  There are 32 spots to be filled.  Now pool participants consider what a specific teams needs are at a specific position.  We also can look at what teams have done in past drafts.  It inspires thought and consideration beyond who are the most talented NCAA players entering draft night.  We used this as a scoring system last year:

  • 10 points awarded for every exactly accurate pick
  • 5 points awarded for being within 1 spots of where a player is actually drafted
  • 2 points awarded for being 2 spots away from where a player is drafted
  • 1 point is awarded for being within 3-5 spots of where that player was selected
  • 320 points is a perfect draft score {you are the best NFL ‘mock-drafter’ there has ever been or ever will be if you are capable of this!}

Add up all the points that your mock draft board has accumulated and whoever in your pool has the most points is the winner!

This is option gives everyone a chance to predict every position in the 1st round of the draft and keeps us entertained as we watch live on NFL draft night.

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2018 NFL Draft Top Prospects

Feel free to use this list to support your draft

Name School Position
Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
Sam Darnold USC QB
Bradley Chubb N.C. State DE/OLB
Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
CB+A2:F17 Wyoming QB
Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama S
Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
Josh Rosen UCLA QB
Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
Roquan Smith Georgia LB
Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
Vita Vea Washington DT
Josh Jackson Iowa CB
Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
Marcus Davenport UTSA DE/OLB
Derwin James Florida State S
Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
Harold Landry Boston College DE/OLB
Connor Williams Texas OT
Taven Bryan Florida DL
Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
Leighton Vander Esch Boise State LB
Courtland Sutton SMU WR
Derrius Guice LSU RB
Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
Kolton Miller UCLA OT
Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
Arden Key LSU DE/OLB
Isaiah Wynn Georgia G
James Daniels Iowa C
Justin Reid Stanford S
Mike Hughes UCF CB
D.J. Moore Maryland WR
Jaire Alexander Louisville CB
Ronnie Harrison Alabama S
Hayden Hurst South Carolina TE
Carlton Davis Auburn CB
Ronald Jones II USC RB
Will Hernandez UTEP G
Sony Michel Georgia RB
Donte Jackson LSU CB
Billy Price Ohio State C/G
Mike Gesicki Penn State TE
Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/OLB
Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
Rasheem Green USC DE/DT
Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
Kerryon Johnson Auburn RB
James Washington Oklahoma St. WR
Lorenzo Carter Georgia DE/OLB
Jessie Bates Wake Forest S
Deon Cain Clemson WR
Tim Settle Virginia Tech DT
Armani Watts Texas A&M S
Martinas Rankin Mississippi OT
Nick Chubb Georgia RB
Dallas Goedert South Dakota St. TE
Anthony Averett Alabama CB
Harrison Phillips Stanford DT
Tyrell Crosby Oregon OT
Uchenna Nwosu USC LB
Deshon Elliot Texas S
Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
Mason Rudolph Oklahoma St. QB
Darius Leonard South Carolina St. LB
Dante Pettis Washington WR
Jerome Baker Ohio State LB
Rashaad Penny San Diego St. RB
Ian Thomas Indiana TE
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma DE/OLB
Equanimeous St. Brown Notre Dame WR
Malik Jefferson Texas DE/OLB
Desmond Harrison West Georgia OT
Michael Gallup Colorado St. WR
Frank Ragnow Arkansas C
Jeff Holland Auburn DE/OLB
Geron Christian Louisville OT
D.J. Clark LSU WR
Josh Sweat Florida State DE/OLB
Braden Smith Auburn G
Kyzir White West Virginia S
Kemoko Turay Rutgers DE/OLB
Trenton Thompson Georgia DT
Dorance Armstrong Jr. Kansas DE/OLB
Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
Chad Thomas Miami DE/OLB
Rashaan Gaulden Tennessee CB
Jordan Lasley UCLA WR
Jamarco Jones Ohio State OT
Tre’Quan Smith UCF WR
Jaylen Samuels N.C. State RB/FB/TE
Anthony Miller Memphis WR
Simmie Cobbs Jr. Indiana WR
Shaqueem Griffin UCF LB/DB
Joseph Noteboom TCU OT
Nick Nelson Wisconsin CB

 

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