FantasyPros NFL Mock Draft Contest Scoring

Our scoring system rates the accuracy of 1st round NFL mock drafts. We reward correctly identifying the following elements of your mock draft:

  1. Draft Slots: How each player’s predicted draft slot compares to their actual draft slot.
    • e.g. For the player you mocked 5th overall, how far away was his actual draft slot?
  2. Player Ranks: Predicting each player’s draft rank within their position.
    • e.g. Was your top RB actually the first running back off the board?
  3. Positions: Whether the correct position was selected for each team.
    • e.g. Did you correctly predict that {Team A} would draft a QB?
  4. Teams: Predicting the right team that drafted each player.
    • e.g. Did you correctly predict the actual player that {Team A} drafted?

Possible Points

There are 10 possible points for each predicted pick (and, therefore, 320 total possible points). These are:

  1. Four possible points based on the player’s draft slot
    1. 4 points if the player is drafted at the predicted slot
    2. 3 points if the player’s actual draft slot is within 1 of the prediction.
    3. 2 points if the player’s actual draft slot is within 2 of the prediction.
    4. 1 point if the player’s actual draft slot is within 5 of the prediction.
  2. Three possible points based on the player’s rank within their position (the predicted player must have been drafted in the 1st or 2nd round to get any points for this).
    1. 3 points if the player’s positional rank is predicted correctly
    2. 2 points if the player’s positional rank is within 1 spot of the prediction.
    3. 1 point if the player’s positional rank is within 2 spots of the prediction.
  3. Two points if the team drafted the predicted position in the 1st round (not necessarily the same player or the same draft pick).
  4. One point if the team drafted the predicted player (not necessarily at the same draft spot).

This system rewards predicting players’ draft spots correctly, as any system should, but also gives points for some of the correct predictions that can be present even when draft spots miss. For example, in the 2017 draft, say someone predicted Marshon Lattimore would be drafted 5th overall, while he actually went 11th. Even though the person only gets 1 point for missing by more than 5 draft spots, he or she also gets points for correctly predicting that Lattimore would be the first CB off the board. Additionally, while one might have predicted that Tennessee would take Lattimore 5th and Mike Williams 18th, and they actually took Corey Davis 5th and Adoree’ Jackson 18th, he or she does get points for correctly predicting that Tennessee would take a WR and a CB in the 1st round. 

Note also that we will include a tie-breaker question to help break any ties that occur via our points setup. If a tie still exists after the tie-breaker questions is applied, we will award the higher rank spot to the entry that was submitted earlier.

Examples from a 2017 Mock Draft

Below is a walk-through of sample picks in a 2017 mock draft to cover a variety of scenarios, with explanations for the scoring. Please note that “Prediction” refers to the predicted pick that came from the mock draft.

Pick 1
Prediction: Myles Garrett, DE to CLE
Actual: Myles Garrett, DE to CLE
Score: 4+3+2+1=10 points

This is a perfect pick, so the predictor gets 4 points for correctly identifying that Garrett would go 1st overall, 3 points for Garrett being the 1st DE drafted, 2 points for Cleveland picking a DE, and 1 point for correctly predicting Garrett would end up on the Browns.


Pick 2
Prediction: Mitch Trubisky, QB to SF
Actual: Mitch Trubisky, QB to CHI
Score: 4+3+0+0=7 points

Here the predictor gets 4 points for predicting that Trubisky would go 2nd overall and 3 points for predicting he would be the 1st Quarterback drafted, but does not get the 2 points for predicting that SF would draft a QB, and does not get the 1 point for predicting SF would draft Trubisky.


Pick 3
Prediction: Jamal Adams, S to CHI
Actual: Solomon Thomas, DE to SF
Score: 1+3+0+0=4

The predictor didn’t correctly predict Jamal Adams’ draft spot, but he was within 5 spots and therefore gets 1 point. He or she also gets 3 points because Adams was the first Safety drafted.


Pick 4
Prediction: Leonard Fournette, RB to JAX
Actual: Leonard Fournette, RB to JAX
Score: 4+3+2+1=10 points


Pick 5
Prediction: Marshon Lattimore, CB to TEN
Actual: Corey Davis, WR to TEN
Score: 0+3+2+0=5 points

Lattimore was actually drafted 11th, so the predictor’s pick was off by more than 5. They therefore get zero points in the first category. They did correctly predict Lattimore would be the first CB off the board. The predictor does get 2 points for correctly predicting that TEN would take a CB in the 1st round (they actually took Adoree’ Jackson 18th), and misses the point for predicting Lattimore ends up on TEN.


Pick 6
Prediction: Deshaun Watson, QB to NYJ
Actual: Jamaal Adams, S to NYJ
Score: 1+2+0+0=3 points

0 points for predicting Watson’s draft spot outside 5 picks, 2 points for predicting Watson’s QB rank to within 1 (predicted 2, actual 3), no point for Watson landing on NYJ.


Pick 7
Prediction: Jonathan Allen, DE to LAC
Actual: Mike Williams, WR to LAC
Score: 0+1+0+0=1 point

No points for draft spot missing by more than 5, 1 point for DE rank within 2 (predicted 2, actual 4), no points for Allen’s landing spot.


Pick 8
Prediction: John Ross, WR to CAR
Actual: Christian McCaffrey, RB to CAR
Score: 3+1+0+0=4 points

3 points for draft slot within 1 (predicted 8, actual 9), 1 point for WR rank within 2 (predicted 1, actual 3), no points for landing spot.


Pick 9
Prediction: Soloman Thomas, DE to CIN
Actual: John Ross, WR to CIN
Score: 0+2+0+0=2 points

0 points for draft slot since it was off by 6 spots, 2 points for DE rank within 1 (predicted 3, actual 2), no points for landing spot.


Pick 10
Prediction: Malik Hooker, S to BUF
Actual: Patrick Mahomes, QB to KC
Score: 1+3+0+0=4 points

1 point for draft slot within 5 (predicted 10, actual 15), 3 points for correctly predicting S rank of 2.


Pick 11
Prediction: Reuben Foster, LB to NO
Actual: Marshon Lattimore, CB to NO
Score: 0+0+0+0=0 points

0 points for draft slot missing by more than 5 (predicted 11, actual 31), 0 points for LB rank missing by 3 (predicted 1, actual 6)


Pick 12
Prediction: OJ Howard, TE to CLE
Actual: Deshaun Watson, QB to HOU
Score: 0+3+2+0=5 points

0 points for draft slot, 3 points for correct TE rank, 2 points for predicting CLE would draft a TE in the 1st round (David Njoku 29th)


Pick 13
Prediction: Forrest Lamp, G to ARI
Actual: Haason Reddick, LB to ARI
Score: 0+3+0+0=3 points


Pick 14
Prediction: Christian McCaffrey, RB to PHI
Actual: Derek Barnett, DE to PHI
Score: 0+3+0+0=3 points


Pick 15
Prediction: Haason Reddick, LB to IND
Actual: Malik Hooker, S to IND
Score: 2+2+0+0=4 points


Pick 16
Prediction: Corey Davis, WR to BAL
Actual: Marlon Humphrey, CB to BAL
Score: 0+2+0+0=2 points


Pick 17
Prediction: Marlon Humphrey, CB to WAS
Actual: Jonathan Allen, DE to WAS
Score: 3+3+0+0=6 points


Pick 18
Prediction: Mike Williams, WR to TEN
Actual: Adoree’ Jackson, CB to TEN
Score: 0+2+2+0= 4 points

0 points for draft slot missing by 5+ (predicted 18, actual 7), 2 points for WR rank within 1 (predicted 3, actual 2), 2 points for TEN taking a WR in the 1st round (Corey Davis 5th), no points for landing spot.


Pick 19
Prediction: Derek Barnett, DE to TB
Actual: OJ Howard, TE to TB
Score: 1+3+0+0=4 points


Pick 20
Prediction: Cam Robinson, T to DEN
Actual: Garrett Boles, T to DEN
Score: 0+1+2+0=3 points

0 points for draft slot missing by 5+ (predicted 20, actual 34), 1 point for Tackle rank within 2 (predicted 1, actual 3), 2 points for DEN taking a Tackle in the 1st round, no points for landing spot.


Pick 21
Prediction: Jaraad Davis, LB to DET
Actual: Jaraad Davis, LB to DET
Score: 4+2+2+1=9 points

This looks like a perfect pick, but it actual loses a point for predicting that Davis would be the 3rd LB off the board when he was actually the 2nd.


Pick 22
Prediction: Charles Harris, LB to MIA
Actual: Charles Harris, LB to MIA
Score: 4+2+2+1=9

Just like the above, this is almost perfect, but it predicts Harris as the 4th LB off the board, when he was actually the 3rd.