4th Annual Thin Air Mock Draft Challenge

Happy Draft Day, Broncos fans! As promised, here again is your opportunity to enter a 1st round mock draft for the chance to win… still nothing, just like the last three years. Sorry I’m so late getting this up. Evolving priorities have limited my time and interest in my usual pre-draft work. Nevertheless, I thought it would be fun to do this again.

These mock drafts really are a good time. Much like fantasy football or NCAA tourney brackets, they give you a rooting interest in the Draft. All of a sudden you’ll find yourself caring about who the Tennessee Titans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft, and shouting “THAT’S RIGHT, KIPER!” and “YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT, TODD!” at your television, and any loved ones who share your home will no longer have any doubt that you’ve lost your damn mind.

Now that we’ve established the stakes, let’s get into the rules. I’ll give you until 5:00 pm MDT today to enter your mock into the comments below this post. You don’t need a lot of detail. Just list the FULL NAMES, ordered 1-32 but WITHOUT PICK NUMBERS, so I can copy and paste them into my scoring spreadsheet. I realize we can all edit posts, but I’m copying and pasting at 5 o’clock, so any sly maneuvers to beef up your picks after the fact will be in vain. Also, please don’t use ALL CAPS as it does not agree with the formula cells in the scoring spreadsheet.

Points will be awarded as follows:

Correct pick (Player in precise slot where he is selected): 8 points
Off by 1 slot, early or late: 4 points
Off by 2 slots, early or late: 2 points
Off by 3 slots, early or late: 1 point

Trades will not affect the scoring as points are awarded based on draft slot. For instance, if you have Nick Bosa going #2 to the 49ers, and the 49ers trade out of the pick, but the team trading in still selects Bosa, you still get 8 points. You’ve assigned Bosa to the 2 slot, and it doesn’t matter which team takes him there. Make sense?

The draft order is as follows:

1Arizona Cardinals
2San Francisco 49ers
3New York Jets
4Oakland Raiders
5Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6New York Giants
7Jacksonville Jaguars
8Detroit Lions
9Buffalo Bills
10Denver Broncos
11Cincinnati Bengals
12Green Bay Packers
13Miami Dolphins
14Atlanta Falcons
15Washington Redskins
16Carolina Panthers
17New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns)
18Minnesota Vikings
19Tennessee Titans
20Pittsburgh Steelers
21Seattle Seahawks
22Baltimore Ravens
23Houston Texans
24Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears)
25Philadelphia Eagles
26Indianapolis Colts
27Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys)
28Los Angeles Chargers
29Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs)
30Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints)
31Los Angeles Rams
32New England Patriots

I’ll try my best to post the score tallies periodically throughout the night.

Good luck, and Go Broncos.