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The 2021 Field Gulls Armchair GM Draft Challenge

NFL: NOV 30 Seahawks at Eagles Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year, when hope reigns supreme and fans of teams across the NFL look to the three day NFL draft for the hope and upside of the future. For the Seattle Seahawks it’s an interesting draft season as the team holds just three picks after having traded away multiple selections. The picks the team has traded include:

  • A first and third round selection for Jamal Adams,
  • A fifth round pick for Gabe Jackson and
  • A sixth round pick for Stephen Sullivan

That of course has left the team holding opportunities to draft the next Hall of Famer at just the following points of the draft:

  • Round 2, Pick 56
  • Round 4, Pick 129
  • Round 7, Pick 250

Now, it is entirely possible that John Schneider could trade down to add more selections, or he could trade players currently on the roster in order to add more picks. However, given the limited amount of information available on players in the draft, and the fact that the pool of players available to be selected is far smaller than in typical years, it won’t be a surprise if the Hawks take the approach of winding up with fewer selections this season compared to prior years.

In any case, as is traditionally the case, For fans who would like to try and predict what the Seahawks will do during the draft, the opportunity has arrived, and as in years past fans can now predict up to 20 draft eligible players they believe the team will select. Whether the team uses its picks on a Jordyn Brooks, L.J. Collier, Rashaad Penny, Malik McDowell or Germain Ifedi, the more fun part than imagining how a player will make an instant impact is being right when predicting what Pete Carroll and John Schneider will do.

For those unfamiliar with how the scoring works for the challenge, each entrant chooses 20 players they believe the Seahawks may select in the draft. Those 20 players are then entered into the entry form in the order in which one believes them to be drafted. For example, the player one believes is most likely to be drafted by Seattle goes in the “30 Point Selection”. If that player is then taken by the team in any of the seven rounds of the draft, the entrant gets 30 points. The process then follows for the remaining 19 selections, with each being worth one less possible point down to the player one believes least likely to be selected by the Seahawks worth 11 points.

Then, at the end of the draft, the entrant with the most points wins. If multiple entrants finish with the same number of points, there are two separate tiebreakers that will be used to decide the victor.

To address one question that always comes up, when it comes to the preferred spelling, the spelling of a player’s name will be considered correct only if it exactly matches the spelling used on DraftScout.com. This is more important because the score calculations are performed by a script that doesn’t care if you were only one letter off in your spelling. Entries using a spelling that is not identical to that used on Draft Scout will not count because I will not be taking the time to manually tabulate the scoring.

So, without wasting any further time, here is the link to the entry form:

NOTE: Only put the player’s first and last name. DO NOT put the player’s position or school, as that will cause the script used for scoring to not count the entry and you will finish with zero points.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2021 FIELD GULLS ARMCHAIR GM CHALLENGE ENTRY FORM

The entry deadline is the start of the second round coverage on Friday April 30, 2021 at 6 PM New York Time*.

*If the Seahawks somehow trade into the first round and make a selection in the first round, then the deadline for entry accelerates to the time of the first report of a trade on Thursday. Luckily, that won’t happen since it goes against every fiber of being in John Schneider’s body, so we can all plan on submitting things at 2:58 PM New York Time on Friday like responsible, procrastinating adults.