It’s almost here! After a bajillion mock drafts, a gazillion hours on NFL Network rehashing the same 50 prospects ad nauseum, five billion comments about how there’s no way such and such player falls past such and such point in the draft, endless quarterback bashing, and countless articles comparing draft prospects who won’t even be starters to Hall of Fame players, the real 2021 NFL draft is almost here! So ... time for a draft game. The 2021 NFL Draft will take place from Thursday, April 29, 2021 through Saturday, May 1, 2021. Everybody and their doctor’s dog’s second cousin thrice removed has put out mock drafts and speculated on whom their favorite team might take. Let’s see how well you can predict the Jets picks.
The game is simple. List 10 players you think the Jets will take in the 2020 NFL Draft. No need to identify the rounds they get picked in, and no bonuses for correctly identifying rounds; just get the names right. Get a first round pick right and you earn one point. Get a second or third round pick right (again, just the name; no need to get the round right) and you earn three points. Get a 4th through 7th round pick right and you earn five points. So if you correctly pick the Jets’ 2nd round pick, a 5th round pick and a 6th round pick, you earn 13 points (3+5+5 = 13). Get a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick right and you earn seven points (1+3+3 = 7). Later round picks earn more points because the farther you go in the draft the less certainty there is for the possible picks. Identifying a short list of, say, ten possibilities at pick #11 is not that difficult and the pick will almost certainly come from that list. Identifying a list of ten names for Pick #211 is a fool’s errand and the pick will almost certainly not come from that list.
Sounds simple, right? So let’s have at it. The winning entry will get bragging rights as GGN’s best draftnik for a year, and a year’s supply of my dumbest jokes, free of charge. Who can best read the tea leaves and correctly identify the Jets picks? Leave your selections in the comments. One entry per member, please; in the case of multiple entries all but the first entry will be ignored. No need to pick one for each round; if you prefer the safety of picking all names that might go at Pick #23 in the hopes of getting at least that one right, that’s your prerogative. Also no need to pick unique selections; if you agree with others’ picks, you can still use them yourself. All you draftniks out there, let’s see what you’ve got.