Welcome to Pro Football Network’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft Simulator! In creating this, we envisioned a process that allows users to have a nuanced draft experience on both your desktop and mobile device. Best of all, it is 100 percent free of charge. No paywall. No limited trial. It is free now and will always be free.
Although the 2021 draft season is almost a year away, it is never too early to start building your favorite team with future draft prospects. Want to do a series of quick drafts for comparing cohorts? You can do that. Want to have a two-hour long, methodical draft and recreate the realism of the NFL Draft? Done. With user-to-sim and sim-to-sim trades, no two drafts are the same!
Note: The draft order in the simulator has been determined by Las Vegas odds as of April 25, 2020. We will continually update the draft order as the odds change.
Begin your mock draft experience
Your mock draft experience begins when you select the team – or teams – you want to control. Select as many as you’d like or select none at all. Once you’ve decided who you want to control, click on the Start Simulation link. From there, you’ll be able to choose how many rounds you want to draft along with the speed of how you want the draft to play out.
Once you’ve sorted that out, you’ll enter the PFN Draft Room. There, you’ll see the player selection column, the pool of available players, and four icons to help you navigate your experience in PFN’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator.
Keep track of who you and other teams have drafted
Before we get into the four main icons, we want to mention that you can see who you and other teams have drafted at that point in the draft. Additionally, you can see the team’s future picks. Simply click the team icon to the left of the player they selected.
Trade current and future year draft picks
This might be the best feature of the PFN’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator. Not only can you trade current year draft picks, but you can also dive into 2022 draft picks to trade away or acquire. But it’s just more than you – the user – proposing trades to the simulator. In fact, we have coded the draft machine to have the sim-controlled teams trade with each other. Now, you risk being jumped by another team if you wait too long to select the guy you want to draft.
We use the Rich Hill Model Trade Chart, which is a modernized version of the original Jimmy Johnson Trade Chart. The chart, hosted by DraftTek.com, can be found here and you can reference it when trying to trade up or down the board. While the current chart won’t be updated until the final draft order is set, the values for each pick remains the same.
Please note that not only have we placed a higher premium on the top 10 picks in the draft (meaning it will cost a bit more than what the trade chart suggests) but we have also configured the algorithm in such a way that if a team you want to trade with is eyeing a certain player in that particular simulation, it will cost more than what the trade chart suggests is a fair price. This is done to maintain the unpredictability of the PFN’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator, ensuring that you get a different experience each time you press the play button.
2021 team needs won’t be updated until the NFL season begins in September. At that time, we will have a better idea of the weaknesses in a team and what they may be looking for in the 2021 NFL Draft.
This one is self-explanatory. Click this to stop or begin the simulator, allowing you to think of new trade possibilities and customize the experience as much as you see fit.
Not liking the way the board is playing out? Made a mistake in selecting one player over the other? Click this button to immediately restart your draft experience.
All feedback is appreciated
PFN will continue to update code and add complexities over time to our mock draft simulator. Our goal is to give you the best mock draft simulator experience in cyberspace. If you have any feedback for us, please be sure to email us at [email protected].
This isn’t the finish line for us, but the beginning of the race. You can expect to have optimized mobile displays and a commitment to a streamlined process of feedback and implementation. You can expect a dedicated team that combines football education with savvy programming to give you an unrivaled way of engaging with the NFL Draft — to be a step ahead of the pack. You can expect a premium product, and any developments to achieve a better product, at no cost. EVER.