A couple of weeks ago, I asked which format the community would prefer for the 2011 BRB Mock Draft. I figured the answer would be simple: Community Poll or Pseudo General Manager. Little did I know that another idea would be proposed that seems like it combines the best of both worlds.
As the debate raged in the Comments, the rarely opinionated, really-doesn't-care-at-all-about-a-BRB-mock-draft-because-it's-not-like-he-ever-talks-about-it Rip Jersey proposed:
Everyone that wants to participate sign up for the team they want to rep. If there are five for the Chiefs, that is the FO and they elect a GM. Then they all interact by email or IM and provide input. Maybe they vote amongst themselves with the GM having veto power for ties. Then the GM writes up a ditty and makes the pick on a timetable. If the pick is not made in time, the pick goes up for a 2 hour general public vote and that is the official pick. No trading.
Endorsing a Rip idea? I'm as surprised as you are, but that's precisely what I'm doing. Thus:
1. Your Houston Texans are not eligible for the purpose of this exercise. We'll either poll the BRB staff for that pick, or we'll have a community-wide poll.
2. If you want to throw your hat into the ring to act as GM for the purpose of a team in this mock draft, do it in the Comments to this post. If no one else wants the gig, you're the sole decision-maker.
3. If more than one person says he or she wants to act as GM for a given squad, those folks form a front office that in turn puts their heads together about who to pick. Like Smithiak, except hopefully with more first round success.
4. In addition to making the pick, the fake GM or the fake front office will be responsible for simultaneously submitting a short write-up explaining why the pick was who it was.
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.
6. I'm 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 in order for us to have time for a community poll that night/early the next morning. The pick that will be published at 4 p.m. CDT will be due to me via e-mail by 12 p.m. CDT, again so we can have a community poll if necessary.
If possible, I'd like to start the draft on Monday, March 28th, with the Panthers' first pick being published at 10 a.m. that morning. I'm sure I've forgotten something, so fire off any questions in the Comments below.