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The NFL draft is upon us! Who will land the next Saquon Barkley or Baker Mayfield?

Here’s what to expect at Fleaflicker:

#1: When are NFL rookies added?
NFL rookies are added to our player listing within 24-48 hours of the time they drafted, and then they’ll be evaluated and added to the overall rankings as quickly as possible. Undrafted free agents are added at the start of training camps. If you are looking to set up a rookie draft next week, May 1 or later is a safe bet!

#2: Can we run a rookie draft on Fleaflicker?
Commissioners who want to set up rookie-only drafts can do so using the recently added League >> Settings >> Configure Draft settings. This allows a commish to specify the exact number of rounds in a draft and provides the option to constrain the draft to rookies only. There is also a setting that allows commissioners to count players in the IR and Taxi Squad sections as separate from the draft or treat them just like any other players.

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NFL rookies can be easily spotted as they will have graduation cap icons next to their name during their first season. You will also notice that they don’t have stats listed from previous seasons like returning players.

#3: Can we run a rookie draft on Fleaflicker?
Commissioners who want to set up rookie-only drafts can do so using the recently added League >> Settings >> Configure Draft settings. This allows a commish to specify the exact number of rounds in a draft and provides the option to constrain the draft to rookies only. There is also a setting that allows commissioners to count players in the IR and Taxi Squad sections as separate from the draft or treat them just like any other players.

#4: I want to draft two more rookies, but my picks say Unused. Why?
Unused draft picks represent a team’s keepers. Let’s say your team has 40 rosters spots and 40 keepers allowed, and you have 36 keepers currently set. This leaves you with 4 viable picks in the draft, as you can only draft in as many rounds as needed to fill your roster. The 36 other picks will show in your draft pick list with a red highlight and the word “Unused.” If you want to draft in 6 rounds, you will need to decrease the keepers you have set to 34.

#5: I want to trade up to snag my rookie! Where is the draft info?
If you don’t see Draft as a navigation item or your 2018 picks,  your commish may have opened the player pool early which takes a league out of draft mode. To go back into draft mode, commissioners should go to League Settings > Edit Rosters and choose “These are complete rosters but still draft this season” in the bottom Keeper Options section and hit Save.

If you have additional questions we haven’t covered here, please reach out and let us know! Best of luck in your rookie drafts.