Earlier this year, and I mean early, a series of discussions on various ND football boards, plus a lot of writing about how the talent on ND’s roster so “clearly” “outclasses” so much of the talent on the rosters of the opposition of 2009, got myself and a few other ND football bloggers to thinking about what a mock-draft of all that talent (Irish and not) might look like. So we decided to hold our own mock draft, and very soon we’ll start presenting each player picked in that draft across the various blogs.
The participating blogs in this inaugural (hopefully) exercise were, in alpha-order: The Blue-Gray Sky, Classic Ground, Rakes of Mallow, and HLS (with a guest appearance by Joe). And right up-front I’d like to thank the participants for trudging through the actual draft process in such patient and well-studied fashion. I eagerly look forward to reading their presentations of their picks and to writing my own.
Meanwhile, over there on the right of the screen (if you’re actually reading this on the HLS site), you’ll notice a little draft pick ticker I slapped together. Watch it carefully, as I’ll be adding the names of draft picks and links to their corresponding presentations as they become available here and at the other participating sites.
And now for some details about the draft. First, the rules.
- Each team will include 11 defensive players, 11 offensive players, a kicker, punter, kick returner, and punt returner.
- A player can play only 1 offensive role, 1 defensive role, and may play both punt and kick return.
- A player can be drafted from anywhere on his real-world team’s depth chart.
- Offensive teams must involve C, both T, both G, QB, one RB, one WR, and one TE. The other 2 remaining offensive slots may be filled with whatever combination of “flex” players, but may not include C, T, G, or QB.
- Defensive teams must involve at least 3 defensive linemen (DE and DT), and at least 3 linebackers. Also, GMs must develop either a 4-3 or a 3-4. So either your team will include 4 DL, 3 LB, and 4 DB or 3 DL, 4 LB, and 4 DB.
- No DCE’ing. We’d all like to know what Golden Tate could do from the tailback position, but let’s leave him at WR. Same for DE/LB type guys.
- Draft order was determined by
random number generatorpicking names from a hat. Whoever has first pick in the previous round is rotated to last pick of the next round. After the first 2 rounds, GMs took turns making 2 consecutive picks at a time to speed things up.
And now for some meta-info on the draft results:
- 5 Teams were drafted by 4 “GMs” and one team of “co-GMs” among the 4 participating sites.
- As math would have it, 130 players were drafted.
- 12 different positions saw a player from another team drafted before any Notre Dame players were drafted for that same position.
- My personal team only includes 1 Michigan (sucks!) player.
- Notre Dame was best represented in the draft with a full 11 picks more than SoCal.
- 3 Midshipmen were drafted.
- Nevada was as well represented as MSU. In fact, Nevada was better represented than BC.
- UConn was represented even better than Nevada. And UConn was 1 pick shy of tying Michigan (sucks!).
- Washington State and Washington have the exact same number of picks.
- 36 picks separated the #2 QB pick and the #3 QB pick.
Soon, Joe will reveal the #1 pick in the 2009 draft, and then we’ll have 130 opportunities for some great debate among the blogs and the readers. I hope you enjoy it.