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2019 Pride of Detroit Mock Draft Challenge

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We’re taking things up a notch and offering you the chance to compete against your fellow fans for bragging rights and prizes

You like mock drafts. Of course you like mock drafts or else you wouldn’t be here. You clicked on this article, it was right there in the title, and that’s why you’re here.

Well, the Pride of Detroit staff have been cooking up something we think you’re going to enjoy. We’re going to throw a draft party in Detroit for the first day of the draft, and during that party we’re going to be giving out prizes, both at the door and for some events. One of those is the first ever POD Mock Draft Challenge, where we challenge you to put on your best mock draft you possibly can in search of infinite bragging rights and of course, that sweet, sweet swag.

Interested in playing? We’re breaking it into two simple categories for you. If you’re going to be at the draft party, you’ll be in one group, and if you’re just playing from home, you’ll be in another. Simple!

NOTE: Only one entry per person. If you want to be in the at-home group, submit below. If you want to be in the draft party group, submit below, indicate on the form that you’ll be at the party, then check in with Kent at the party to confirm your attendance. You can also fill out a form by hand at the party.

We will be keeping track of each pick in the draft and rewarding points for every player you get correct based on where the are taken overall and what team they go to. So for an easy example, if you project the Cardinals will take Nick Bosa first overall, and they do, that’s two points (Correct team/player and player/overall). If, however, they trade down to 4, but still manage to get Bosa, that would be 1 point (Correct team/player, incorrect player/overall). If someone else traded up to 1 to take Bosa, you would get 1 point (Incorrect team/player, but correct player/overall).

During the first round of the draft, we will be entering the picks into a program of my own creation, which will then run the counts to give us our leaderboards, so you can follow along as the draft progresses and see how you’re doing. Since all of the ballots are sent to us via email, we have an easy way to contact you if you win, there’s no need to stay up through the whole round if you have work in the morning!

To make it easier for those of you who haven’t followed the draft as closely, you can manually run or simulate the first round by using FanSpeak or The Draft Network’s simulators—or any other one of your choosing. Then, simply follow the instructions on the ballot to get them to me to be entered. You are allowed one entrant per person. Best of luck!

To enter, simply follow the instructions at this link or listed below:

  1. Go here: POD Mock Challenge Ballot
  2. Fill out your name or twitter handle (email will be used by default otherwise), then fill out the ballot. Trades can be simulated just by changing the teams, but it is otherwise set up in the standard draft order already for your convenience.
  3. Click the Share button and ensure it’s set up so anyone with the link can view.
  4. Share the link or copy the URL and send it to me at kent.platte@gmail.com.

We will have more details with how you can follow along with the challenge during the draft, as the leaderboards will be updated with every selection. There will be prizes (TBD) for both the at-home and at-party winner. Good luck and have fun!