Drafttek's main product uses a computer model (VBA on MSExcel platform) to generate a 7-round mock-up of the 2014 NFL Draft. As team needs and player rankings change over the months leading up to the draft, Draft Tek will be the first out of the block with updated projections - on a daily basis if events warrant.
The goal of Drafttek's model is to produce a "plausible" imitation of the draft. An algorithm weighs the available players on a ranked "Big Board" against a matrix of team positional needs. Positions that are most likely to be addressed via the draft are identified with higher priority codes. Of course what is needed by a team may not be available; a team with a TE as the highest priority will think twice before selecting their #35 rated player at selection #10 in the first round. Thus the algorithm must often weigh between "reaching" for a position of high need versus selecting a better valued player at a position of lesser need.
User Interactive Online Draft Simulator (ODS)
Drafttek converted its popular computer model to an online version, called ODS - Online Draft Simulator. Readers can run our primary simulation themselves or change team need inputs to create new mocks based upon their views. Or modify the team selection order to simulate the trade rumor dujour. It's free and doesn't even require sign-up!
Drafttek.com employs 26 college and pro football analysts. Our personnel have "day jobs" with a disparate range of expertise, with several currently employed in mainstream media: sports talk radio, newspaper reporting, and online media.
1) Pre-Draft trades and rumors - we've heard them all (and invented our own!). Using our computer model, we'll tell you how that rumor will likely affect the rest of the draft.
2) Risers/Plungers - In the months prior to the draft, we're busy running dozens of draft models daily. We've got a real good idea what positions/players will be in high demand, and which guys will go a round or two late.
Contact Media Relations here: Warren@Drafttek.com
|NBA Chief Analyst||Vacant||NBATeamNeeds@Drafttek.com|
|Green Bay||"Jersey Al" Bracco||Packers@Drafttek.com|
|New England||Matt Pfleger||Patriots@Drafttek.com|
|New Orleans||Rick McGlothlin||Saints@Drafttek.com|
|NY Giants||Jesse Bartolis||Giants@Drafttek.com|
|NY Jets||Rich Tinley||Jets@Drafttek.com|
|San Diego||Brett Stott||Chargers@Drafttek.com|
|San Francisco||Jordan Plocher||Niners@Drafttek.com|
|Tampa Bay||Warren Hauck||Comments@Drafttek.com|