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(,1,1,2…), 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.

What do you do for your pool?

Please submit your ideas for an NFL Mock Draft Pool!




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