Draftivus is the gift that keeps on giving, and in the spirit of the season, it is time to begin the signups for our Annual MHR Community Mock Draft.
Those of you who have been around for a while already know how this works, but we'll run through the process again here, since there are a lot of new members, and a few things are going to change this year.
First, we hold a signup period for everyone who wants to claim a team, who they will then pick for in a mock draft. This is a pretty simple process. Just put your claim in the thread below, and don't delay, because it is first come, first served. When you go to choose a team, do a quick scan of the comments to make sure they aren't already taken, and have a second or even third team in mind. As the day goes on and for as long as it takes to fill out the list, we will occasionally update the list after the break, so that you can scan it quickly to find open teams. A special circumstance exists for the Denver Broncos, however. Last year we held a drawing to see who would represent the Blue and Orange, but this year, all the pressure of the Broncos picks rests with the man himself, John Bena. You think McD had it bad last year, I don't expect that this communtiy will give any quarter to John's picks, and in return I don't think that John will hold back when making it clear why he does what he does. Heavy is the head that wears the crown.
The Draft begins Tuesday, March 23rd (tomorrow). The picks will occur at a rate of one pick per day, minimum. But as soon as one pick is posted, the next person is on the clock, and can submit their pick at any time, so multiple picks could go up over a short period of time if you guys are particularly active. Because we need at least one pick a day to execute this, every person who gets a team will be obligated to make their pick within 24 hours of the previous pick. When each "GM" goes on the clock, they will be notified of their deadline. Anyone who fails to meet the deadline will have their pick made by the commisioners (Styg, EJ, and Sayre) so that the show can keep rolling.
As I just mentioned, STYG, EJRuiz, and Sayre will be serving as commissioners for this Mock Draft. Once the Rams are on the clock, their GM will have 24 hours to submit an email to [styg50(at)gmail(dot)com]detailing:
- The player they are picking
- An overview of their reasons for making the pick. This should be at least a paragraph.
- A one sentence summary of the pick, to be included in the draft synopsis that goes up in every post. Format should be, "With the [number] pick in the 2010 MHR Community Mock Draft, the [team name] selects [position], [player name], [school]
- Details of the trade, if you engaged in one.
- Anything else that is fun/cool/weird that you would like to add, and personal flair is welcome! Feel like you need to role-play Al Davis' selection, or deliver the Bucs' pick headline style? Go for it!
Trades ARE ALLOWED with commissioner approval! Just hash out a deal you can both agree on, and get it emailed to the commissioner anytime before it is your selection. The commissioner may make suggestions and send it back, or approve it and send it through. Since you aren't likely to arrange a trade until it is your turn to pick, you should also send the details of the pick when you send the trade. If you want to execute a trade, be aware you will need to work quickly. The more time you give yourself, the better positioned you will be to meet your deadline. Just remember, the trade needs to be reasonable, so be prepared to make a case for it.
Remember to submit the email to [styg50(at)gmail(dot)com]. The commisioners will post the pick to the front page as quickly as they can. The post will provide your pick, the information you include on the pick, a current draftboard, linking all the previous picks, and an announcement to the next person on the clock and their official deadline for submitting the pick. Submit your pick at any time before the deadline. We will go through the picks right up to DraftDay.
Are you ready to get started Bronco Country? Then let's get this list filled out below!
After the break is the list of teams and who has them, as well as a sample pick from 2008 to give you an idea of how it is done.
So have a Merry/Happy/Congratulations/Condolences-on-your- Draftivus!
REMEMBER: It is first come first served in the comments below (timestamps will be used), and John Bena will be the one selecting for the Broncos.
- St,Louis Rams: Broncoman27
Detroit Lions: Tim Lynch
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Skotty
- Washington Redskins: PredominantlyOrange
- Kansas City Chiefs: DBroncs1414
Seattle Seahawks: maxwellsdemon
- Cleveland Browns: oc60
- Oakland Raiders: Arimaris
Buffalo Bills: kentuckybronco
- Jacksonville Jaguars: mikebirty
- Denver Broncos: John Bena
- Miami Dolphins: black_knight101
- San Francisco 49ers: JDub15
- Seattle Seahawks: maxwellsdemon
- New York Giants: BroncoTiLLIDie
- Tennessee Titans: Charlie Kirkpatrick
- SanFrancisco 49ers: JDub15
- Pittsburgh Steelers: bfree2bronc
- Atlanta Falcons: maritimebronco
- Houston Texans: rg2247
- Cincinnatti Bengals: ejruiz
- New England Patriots: Sayre
- Green Bay Packers: dwr
- Philadelphia Eagles: j-man
- Baltimore Ravens: broncospirit15
- Arizona Cardinals: Jon Tollerud
- Dallas Cowboys: HorseStance
- San Diego Chargers: elvisalex
- New York Jets: Digger24
- Minnesota Vikings: Tanner Thomas Thoms
- Indianapolis Colts: TheAngelsColts
- New Orleans Saints: Orange and Blue
- Carolina Panthers: Idaho Nate
- Chicago Bears: THE papigrande, whose picking prowress is unmatched in the multiverse! (too bad no one will get to see it....
Here is a sample from the 2008 Community Mock:
WE HAVE A TRADE!!
That's right, the Broncos and EJRuiz777 have decided to trade down. Who stepped up to get into the Top 12? None other than the Minnesota Vikings and jontollerud. Here are the details of the trade --
Vikings Get - #12 Pick
Broncos Get - #17 Pick, #73 Pick(3rd Round)
Here are the GM's thoughts on the deal --
Broncos G.M. - EJRuiz777 -- Earlier today I was approched by Jon Tollerud (representative of the Minnesota Vikings in this MHR Community Draft) with a trade offer for the #12 overall pick. Though we were comfortable with our probable selection there, we opted to accept his proposal to trade down to #17 and acquire the #73 pick as compensation. The extra selection replaces the one we previously traded in order to attain DT Marcus Thomas in last year's draft and puts us in a position to snag one of several intriguing prospects that we would otherwise be unable to get at reasonable value. Moreover, we feel as though we'll be able to acquire a useful piece of the puzzle at #17, but we will explore the possibility of trading further down in the first round or even entirely out of it if the right offer were to present itself (I'm looking at you, Dolphins and Falcons!). This was not an easy decision, but I feel as though it is in the best interest of our franchise.
Vikings G.M - jontollerud -- After much deliberation the Vikings were willing to do the trade for a few reasons:
It benefits Minnesota by going up ahead of a few teams that are drafting for the same positions we are.
We already have a third round pick so we don't lose anything too horrible by trading one away. We can also couple a few of our later picks perhaps and go for another trade with someone else.
it appeals to Denver who originally had the 3rd rounder we are trading to them and ,they get back in the third round which as I said in another post is absolutely something they will want to do because currently there are 66 players that will go between Denver's 2nd and 4th round picks.
With the trade portion handled, let's get to the Vikings pick...
With the 12th pick in the MHR Community Mock NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...
DERRICK HARVEY, DE -- FLORIDA
Vikings G.M. - jontollerud -- This was Hard. I almost didn't want to trade but after looking at other Mock Drafts, Team need for those drafting before us and our personal needs I opted to trade. I could have gone with River (LB, USC) as well but found that our pass rush was much more in need from the front three than the back four. Also Harvey is a machine at 6'4" 271lbs., and looked very solid at the combine as well as during the past two years. He was a huge part of Florida's Nation Championship Game Win, as he sacked the elusive Troy Smith Twice in the Game. With 49 total tackles, 17 Tackles for Loss, 8.5 Sacks, 3 hurries 1 forced fumble and 5 passes defended in 07 to follow up his stellar sophomore year performance ( http://www.cfbstats.com/2006/player/235/77199/index.html ), This seems to be a logical choice for a team who need to hurry up the QB and scare a few RB's into hiding. This should pan put to be a wonderful pick for us and I truly hope this is the first of many picks this year with Championship Caliber TEAM written all over it. No one player can make a Championship Team, but Harvey is one of the many pieces we feel fits in the Viking Puzzle.