NFL DRAFT GAME: Welcome to my NFL Draft Game I created a few years ago as a way to make watching the draft more exciting. We have fantasy football, and mock drafts, but why not a game with points awarded for guessing each teams correct pick. You can play it for just the 1st round or the entire draft. Its totally up to you. You can even play all by yourself as you watch. The way it works is with each round pick of the draft, you write down a player you think that team will draft. You get points based how correct your pick was starting with the correct player, if that’s wrong, then picking the position correct and if nothing else just picking if the team picked an offensive or defensive player. Let me break it down. Each person playing the game picks a player. The pick MUST be made prior to Roger Goodell announcing it at the podium OR prior to the player being shown talking on the phone. If you pick has not been written down completely or said aloud before it shows either of these happens on TV, then your pick doesn’t count. The points are awarded based on how quickly and how correct the pick was. Only one amount of points is award per pick. If the team makes a trade, a new pick is allowed but only if the trade was announced. (Optional) 10 Points are awarded for the first person to make a pick and have the player name drafted correctly. Either you say it out loud that you have made your pick or you can put the name in a hat first. To prevent someone from getting this bonus if it takes the whole time for someone to make any pick, the pick must be given within the first 3 mins the team is on the clock. Also, in order to get the 10 points, you are not allowed to change your pick once you have announced it, so the extra bonus is truly a gamble if you are trying to gain points. Most of the time, people only guess with the early picks. 6 Points are awarded for picking the correct player drafted but you were not the first one to make the pick or didn’t get it in within the first 3 mins. Most of the time you want to wait to make the pick. And its hard to be the first one. 3 Points are awarded if you get the position correct, but not the right player. For example; you pick the Titans will draft Warwack with 10th pick, but they draft Cooper instead. Because they are both Guards, you get the 3 points for correct position. 1 Point is awarded if you get the correct offensive or defensive player correct. So if nothing else, if you say we are taking a Guard and we draft WR, then you at least get 1 point. The person with the highest total at the end wins. In the past, my friends and I have done a $10 entry fee, winner take all. It might sound weird at first, but believe me, it’s a great way to make watching the draft a lot more fun. You can even do it for later rounds, but its almost impossible to get the exact player correct. If doing the 10 points is too confusing for you, its not required. We started doing it because we wanted to give some advantage to the guys that knew their stuff and could make the pick really quickly. From there, its up to you if you want to add anything else. What do you guys think? It would be great if this could be applied to a website and a game engine could be created for everyone to do this online. Maybe I should pitch the idea to ESPN or Yahoo? For now, its all on paper. Last I played with a guy on the phone, and it worked pretty well.