"Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.”
"If any of my competitors were drowning, I'd stick a hose in their mouth.”
Enough quotes! Let's get down to brass tax. The 2010 NFL draft is just around the corner, and to every pencil pushing former jock with way too much time on his or her hands, I hereby invite you to join my game.
This is not an original idea, but I don't see Yahoo giving me a better drag-and-drop option, so I'm bringing it here to Bleacher Report.
So here's the dirty: create your own mock draft à la Blaine Spence's "2010 NFL Mock Draft: San Francisco 49ers Fans, Build Your Own Mock Draft." Only instead of going seven rounds with who you want your team to take, we go one round with who you think all teams will take.
Scoring: Fortune favors the bold, so let's encourage some gutsy moves.
Picks: One point will be awarded for a correct pick.
Example: With the first overall pick, the St. Louis Rams select Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma.
If that's accurate, one point is scored for a correct pick.
Trades: 10 points will be awarded for a player accurately predicting that a team makes a day of the draft move away from their original pick, and another 10 points will be awarded to any player accurately predicting the team moving into that spot.
Too complex for your tiny brain? Here's an example:
San Francisco has the 13th overall pick. San Francisco will trade this pick (10 points if correct) to New England for the Patriots first-round pick (10 points if correct) and one of their second-round picks (sorry, no points for any second-round action), so predicting this play would yield 20 points so far. If you also predicted New England taking C.J. Spiller at that pick (and they do) that would be another point for a total of 31 points.
If, on the other hand, this happened but you predicted the 49ers traded their pick to Indianapolis, 10 points would be awarded for the 49ers trading their pick away.
Trades made prior to draft day (Seattle's 14th overall pick from Chicago for instance) do not count. They are obviously not day-of trades.
Got it? Comment with your mock (though I suggest waiting until a day or two before the draft) to clarify scoring.
Winner gets nothing but "I told you so" bragging rights and honorable mention when the results are published.
I'd say good luck, but who needs luck when you've got skill—and way, way too much time on your hands.