Here is the kind of football fan I apparently am—the type who joins a booster club to support his team, but doesn’t pay for the Sunday Ticket to watch all the games. The type who never played in high school, but played with the high school players in backyards on Saturday afternoons. This level of interest may explain why I could tell you the players I want my beloved Seahawks to pick up in the first three rounds (later rounds to be determined pending results), but why I had no idea that the 2010 NFL Draft starts tonight at 7:30pm. As a result, I’m now scrambling to get some NFL draft apps on my iphone. If you’re in the same situation, here’s a quick rundown of some of the better once I’ve found.
Mock Draft 2010 – NFL Draft Edition ($2.99)
It’s mostly a bit late for this one, but it’s still kind of fun.
Mock Draft 2010 – NFL Draft Edition allows you to scout the top 350 draft prospects and decide where you think they’ll end up. It comes complete with most the stats you’d want to see. If you’re connected via Wi-Fi, you can watch highlight videos.
You can e-mail your mock draft to friends, but I’m surprised there’s no Facebook integration. I mean, seeing 350 draft spots on Facebook would be annoying, but I think it’d be fun to share the first round or two.
Mock Draft 2010 apparently has live draft coverage, but I can’t offer thoughts on that seeing that the draft hasn’t started yet. (Seriously? Thursday night?) When draft picks are made, a whistle will sound and the name will appear next to the generic, unlicensed helmets. Probably not as much fun as watching all those insane Jets fans live in New York, but better than nothing.
2010 NFL Draft Database ($3.99)
Although this app is much more basic (yet more expensive) than Mock Draft 2010, it does hold two advantages:
- It contains a full database of over 2,700 draft prospects, searchable by name, position or school.
- The database is stored on your phone, so you don’t need an Internet connection to access it.
Now, do you need access to 2,700 draft prospects? Likely, no, but for those who really dig deeply into this stuff, it’s here. It contains basic information on each player, as well as “pros” and “cons” for those players expected to go in the first three rounds.
It’s not the prettiest app I’ve ever seen, but what do you expect? It has the word “database” in the title, for pete’s sake.
Surprisingly, that’s about it for draft-specific apps worth mentioning. Here, however, are some other sports related apps that may be useful for news and analysis over the next few days:
- NFL Pro Tweets – Free
- Pro Football Live (NFL) – $0.99
- Qwik NFL News – $0.99
- Sportacular – Free
- Sportacular Pro – $1.99
- Sporting News Pro Football – Free (Hass!)
- Sports News – $9.99
- SportsTap – Free
Also, there are a lot of team specific apps. Just do a search for your team and see what comes up. Hopefully, your selection is better than mine.
If I missed an app that you find particularly useful, be sure to let me know in the comments below.
Oh, and as always, Go Seahawks! Don’t draft Tim Tebow!