The College Draft occurs
in the inverse order of the previous year's standings. So the team
with the worst record gets the first draft pick in each round, and
the World Champion gets the last pick of each round. The College
Draft lasts seven rounds.
At the start of each
new season, the College Draft will be held. The computer will automatically
pick players for all computer-controlled teams.
If you wish to see a
list of the players picked by each team, look in the Output directory
of your Football Mogul installation for files beginning with the
After the computer teams
have made their picks (or if your team gets to make the first pick),
you will be instructed to make a draft pick. The Draft Dialog
gives you access to all available players.
Players are initially
ranked from best to worst in order of 'CSS'. This stands for Combined
Scouting Score -- a rating from 0.0 (lowest) up to 10.0 (highest)
that estimates each player's overall career prospects as a pro football
player. As the name suggests, this number is calculated by the combined
efforts of the scouting staffs of every team in order to
provide some basic shared information for all teams (and the press).
If you want the inside scoop on a player, look at the specific ratings
for each skill (e.g. Accuracy, or Rushing). The other ratings inside
the Scouting Report are compiled by your
own personal scouting staff. Unlike the CSS, their accuracy depends
greatly on the amount of money you've invested in your Scouting
Teams that are in the process of rebuilding (i.e. looking for
long term prospects, instead of just players who can help them
win immediately) should lean towards drafting underclassmen
when possible. Underclassmen may not be as ready for the pros
as graduating Seniors, but they have more years of improvement
ahead of them. On the flip side, teams looking to be competitive
in the upcoming season are usually better served by drafting
Seniors who can make a more immediate contribution to the team.
If you are looking to
fill a specific need, you may wish to sort the college players not
by overall value, but by position. Simply click on
the 'Position' radio button. It takes a few seconds to re-sort the
players, so please be patient.
As with other dialogs,
you can get a Scouting Report for a
player by double-clicking on him, or by clicking the 'Scouting'
button. Once you have found a player you wish to draft, hit the
'Draft' button. A Contract Negotiation Dialog
will pop up. If you cannot reach a suitable agreement with a college
player, simply hit the 'Decline' button. Your draft pick will not
be used up, and you will be returned to the Draft Dialog where you
can search for another player who's signing terms are more to your
If you don't have enough room under the Salary Cap to sign a
college draftee, just hit the 'Leave' button. Go make some room
under the Salary Cap by releasing players or trading them away.
Then return to the Draft Dialog and sign the player.