Here’s an idea that I thought would be pretty fun, it's a game called "dream drafting." In this game, you are going to pretend to be Marty Hurney, and you get to pick your Panthers "dream draft." The dream draft is ultimately your ideal draft, who you would love to see picked. It’s like mock drafting, only there’s a catch: you must be realistic in dream drafting and there are rules to make it realistic!
The podium is waiting for you, so come on up and give us your picks!
Instead of simply mock drafting and picking whoever you want in whatever round, you are limited in dream drafting by having a draft "allowance" and are hamstrung by only being able to pick players who are projected to fall in that round. Now, before you jump into that draft room and start making us some picks, Marty Hurney, please read the rules of the game below...
To start off, we must prevent drafts from becoming too wishful. To prevent having players projected to go into the first round falling into the fifth round and such, there must be some rules! For each pick, you have to choose a player that is projected to go in that round. This means that there is no guessing who is rising and falling, only picking players projected to go in that round. To adhere to this, we must consult a prospect ranking chart. In my opinion, one of the best and most accurate player rankings out there is from CBS Sports/NFL Draft Scout, which we will use:
This is the official prospect rankings we will use for the game, and you are only allowed to pick players that are projected to go in each round. If a player is projected to fall possibly in one of two rounds, then it is fair game to pick him in either round. For example, Mikel Leshoure (the RB from Illinois) is projected, according to these rankings, to go in rounds 1-2, so you may choose him in either round. Although you are given this freedom, please try to be as honest and realistic as possible as to where the player will fall. Additionally, if you take a player that is projected to go in one of two rounds, please leave an explanation for why he goes in the round that you have chosen him to.
As Marty Hurney, you are given the Panthers projected picks in the draft to spend on players (from Walterfootball’s 2011 NFL Draft Order), which are:
Round 1, Pick 1
Round 3, Pick1
Round 3, Late Supplementary Pick (Which I have added since it is most likely for the loss of J Peppers)
Round 4, Pick 1
Round 5, Pick 1
Round 6, Pick 1
Round 7, Pick 1
From these picks, you may choose the players (from the prospect rankings) that are projected to go in each round respectively.
To make things more interesting, as Marty Hurney, you are given a "draft allowance." A draft allowance is a permitted amount that can be spent in the draft. It is comprised of these draft picks, and possible trades. There are rules to trading though, thus giving you your draft allowance. The first is that you may trade picks, however you cannot trade the first overall pick. There is no trading the first overall picks to keep our dream drafts realistic, being that Jerry Richardson publicly stated that he would not be trading it, and since it is likely that no other teams will want it enough to trade up for it. Other than the first round pick however, you may trade other picks for other picks. Here’s the catch though: you must only trade picks according to the Trade Value Chart, available here at Draft Countdown:
So, there will be no unrealistic trading.
Moreover, since Marty Hurney is a frequent draft day trader, trading next year’s picks for the current draft, you are given the freedom to trade next year’s picks for this year’s as well. Here’s the catch though: if trading next year’s pick(s) for this draft, you can only trade down into the next round. Instead addition to the Trade Value Chart, we will simply use the rule that this next year’s pick is worth lesser round in this year’s draft. So, for example if I wanted to trade next year’s first round pick, it would only get me into the second round this year (just like the Everette Brown trade). And if I wanted to get into the third round of the draft this year, I would have to give up my second round from next year (just like the Armanti Edwards trade). Also, you may only trade one of next year’s picks, you may not trade away the entire bank for this year’s draft
Again, just to recap, here are the rules:
1) You can only choose players that are projected to go in the round that you have the respective pick in.
2) The Prospect Ranking chart(s) that we will use is from CBS Sports/NFL Draft Scout. Picking players must accord to these rankings. No guessing who is rising and falling.
3) If a player is projected to go in either of two rounds, you may pick him in either of the two rounds, but please give an explanation as for why the player will go in the round you have chosen him. And please be as realistic as possible.
4) You may only pick players from the 7 Projected Panthers picks in 2011, although you may trade.
5) There is no trading the first overall pick.
6) If trading a pick in this year’s draft for other picks in this year’s draft, you must adhere to the Trade Value Chart available at Draft Countdown.
7) If trading a pick in next year’s draft for this year, you must adhere to trading down a round.
8) You may only trade one pick from next year’s draft, no trading away the bank.
Please be as honest and realistic as possible, which will make it all the more enjoyable and fun!
Alright, those are the rules. Now, get ready… get set…DREAM DRAFT!