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2017 NFL Draft: The Armchair GM Challenge

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Are you smarter than John Schneider?
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Due to popular demand, the 2017 NFL Draft Armchair GM challenge has been set up. Me and some commenter whose username I didn't even recognize have volunteered to take on handling the processing of the entries for the draft and announcing its winner.

At this time there are not any prizes involved, but that could change if someone decides to sponsor the competition.

UPDATE: The Tacoma Comedy Club is now sponsoring the Armchair GM Challenge, so the winner will receive a party pack of 12 tickets (a $240 value), while second place will receive a set of 4 tickets (an $80 value) and third place will receive 2 tickets (a $40 value). A huge shout out and round of thanks to Adam and the Tacoma Comedy Club for making this happen.

What is this and how does it work? Here’s a detailed explanation from last year’s competition, which was run by Nate Dogg:

How it works

The Armchair GM Championship is a confidence poll, much like the ones you may have done for the college football bowl season. Everyone will submit a list of 20 names that they believe the Seahawks will draft, in order of how confident they are that the player will be picked by Seattle. The first name on your list will be worth 30 points, the second name 29 points, the third 28 points, and so on and so forth. Once the draft is over, we'll add up everyone's points and see which one of us is actually John Schneider in disguise.

In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided based first off of who picked the most players, then who had the highest scoring correct pick, then by who had the higher scoring pick from the lowest round.

For an example of how this works, this is last year’s winner: danviens, with 64 points:

The list: Connor McGovern, Germain Ifedi, Joe Haeg, Joe Dahl, Vernon Butler, Chris Jones, Kenny Clark, Bronson Kaufusi, Rees Odhiambo, Evan Boehm, Max Tuerk, Shon Coleman, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jason Spriggs, Kenran Drake, Tyler Ervin, Leonte Carroo, Nick Vannett, Devon Cajuste, Kyle Murphy

danviens hit a huge number with Ifedi at number two, then Odhiambo ninth on his confidence poll, then just the edge he need with Vannett towards the end. (hint: these can be hard.)

In any case, to submit your entry for the challenge, submit your list of twenty players in the comments section below or email them to in accordance with the following criteria:

  • do not number or bullet point the players (they will have to be cut and pasted into a spreadsheet and bullet pointing or numbering them makes it a TON more work)
  • be sure to spell the names of the players you are listing correctly because no credit will be given if a name is not correct (so for those of you who still can't correctly spell names like Kam, Prosise and Odhiambo, pay special attention as you're submitting your picks)
  • please be sure picks are submitted prior to the announcement that the Browns are on the clock for the first overall selection.

If you really want to get on my good side, the absolute best way to submit your entries will be to email an Excel spreadsheet or share a Google Sheet with your name/username in box A1 and the twenty selections in boxes A2-A21.

As in years past, the scoring for the competition will be 20 points if the top guy on your list is chosen by the Hawks, 19 points for the second guy and on down the list through a single point foe the twentieth player.

Any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to ask away in the comment section here.