SITE NEWS: 2014 BRB Mock Draft

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Battle Red Blog is about to start its 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Read on to see how you can be a part of it and live out all your general managing dreams.

The 2014 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft isn't the only mock draft that's about to kick off. As is customary, Battle Red Blog will have its own intrasite (is that a word?) mock draft as well. A member or multiple members from the BRB community will act as general managers for a given team. In other words, no community poll format.

How do we determine which community member gets to represent a given team? Simple--you call dibs on said team before anyone else does in a separate post that will publish at 9 a.m. CDT tomorrow. That rule, and others, for the 2014 BRB Mock Draft are explained...now.

1. If you want to throw your hat into the ring to act as GM for a team in this mock draft, you should do so via the Comments in a post that will publish promptly at 9 a.m. CDT tomorrow morning. Any attempts to claim a team in the Comments to any other post (including this one) will not be honored. It'll be first come/first serve tomorrow, so if you want in on this, be ready to stake your claim as soon as the aforementioned post publishes at 9 a.m. CDT.

2. Normally, we reserve the Texans' pick for the BRB staff. In light of the Texans having the first overall pick and us making that selection for the team in the SB Nation NFL Mock Draft, however, we're going to open the Texans' general manager position up to the masses this year. Thus, whoever calls dibs on the Texans first in tomorrow's post at 9 a.m. CDT gets to act as their fake GM. This includes getting to make the 33rd overall pick as well; not coincidentally, that's where the 2014 BRB Mock Draft will end.

3. If more than one person says he or she wants to act as GM for a given squad, those folks can form a front office that in turn puts their heads together about who to pick.

4. In addition to making the pick, the fake GM or the fake front office will be responsible for submitting a short write-up explaining why the pick was who it was. Something like this is what we're envisioning, though it doesn't necessarily have to be that detailed. We just want a good explanation for why you're doing what you're doing.

5. There will be a clock/deadline to keep things moving, so you'll need to get your pick in on time. If a team doesn't get its pick in on time, a poll will go up, and the BRB community will make the pick for that team.

6. At this point, we're thinking two picks will be published per weekday, at approximately 10 a.m. CDT and 4 p.m. CDT. The pick that will be published at 10 a.m. CDT will be due to me via e-mail by 7 p.m. the previous night. The pick that will be published at 4 p.m. CDT will be due to me via e-mail by 12 p.m. CDT.

7. Trades are allowed, but they will not affect the timetable for submitting picks. In other words, if the Rams' pseudo-GM strikes a trade for the second overall pick, the team acquiring that second overall pick is still responsible for submitting that pick before St. Louis' original deadline to submit the pick expires.

8. While trades are permitted, be reasonable. The Rams are not going to part with the second pick in the draft to get Steven Jackson back from the Falcons. Moreover, this is essentially a one-round mock draft, so it's not like you'll get to display your brilliance by utilizing all those third and fourth round picks you acquired for your first-rounder.

9. We'd like to start the draft on Monday, April 7th, with the Texans' first pick being published at 10 a.m. CDT that morning. That means the Texans' pick would be due to me via e-mail no later than 7 p.m. CDT on Sunday, April 6th.

For the sake of completeness, here's the current order of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft:

1. Houston Texans
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Oakland Raiders
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Detroit Lions
11. Tennessee Titans
12. New York Giants
13. St. Louis Rams
14. Chicago Bears
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Dallas Cowboys
17. Baltimore Ravens
18. New York Jets
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Arizona Cardinals
21. Green Bay Packers
22. Philadelphia Eagles
23. Kansas City Chiefs
24. Cincinnati Bengals
25. San Diego Chargers
26. Cleveland Browns
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Carolina Panthers
29. New England Patriots
30. San Francisco 49ers
31. Denver Broncos
32. Seattle Seahawks
33. Houston Texans

Note that this means no one should call dibs on the Redskins or Colts in tomorrow's post; they don't have a first-round draft pick right now, thanks to the RGIII and Trent Richardson trades, respectively.

I'm sure I've forgotten something, so fire off any questions in the Comments below. Remember to stake your claim to a team in the post that goes up at 9 a.m. CDT tomorrow.

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