Before we get into the draft, I need you to know a couple of things. First, I wanted to create as authentic a process as possible. To do this, I acquired the help of two other drafters. Second, I split up the divisions in this way: the drafter could not draft for the division of his favorite team because there would be too much bias (Duckworth – Steelers, Me – Browns, DMO – Raiders); I split up the teams in the AFC and NFC West between the three drafters; and finally, each drafter received the corresponding division between conferences (i.e. Drafter 1 – AFC North, NFC North).
Third, once the pick was made, we engaged in meaningful discussion about the pick and the thought process that went into the selection. Last, I wanted to have a good time. Anyone who is a fan of the NFL draft undoubtedly knows this is Christmas Day B. So, why not fill out the Christmas List with a couple of my good friends?
Here is how the drafting broke down: Chuck Stanec (CS) – AFC/NFC South and San Diego, Kansas City, and Seattle. John Duckworth (JD) – AFC/NFC East and Oakland, St. Louis, and San Francisco. D-Mo (DMO) – AFC/NFC North and Denver, and Arizona. Each pick was limited to 5 minutes including the discussion portion to keep things moving.
(On another note, due to the lockout, players cannot be traded for picks this year. With a presumed rookie wage scale, this draft could be incredibly insane with trades of picks for picks, or there may be little trading at all with so much labor uncertainty. This has the potential of being one of the greatest drafts – entertainment-wise - ever.)
Now, the draft format has been laid out for you, onto the 2011 Mock Draft.