It is too late to retroactively make last year's drafted players available to be kept this year, but, if the league would like to institute a keeper policy, we can do so starting this year.
Here are the parameters the league would use if a keeper policy was instituted (although they too could be negotiable):
1. OklahomIraqis team owners may only keep up to two players.
2. The only players eligible for "keep" would be players drafted by the team owner and kept throughout the season. Players that were drafted but released or traded later could not be kept the following season.
3. Team owners would have to give up a draft pick equal to the round just prior to the round the player was initially drafted in. For example, if last year's draft class was eligible for "keep," Pyle could keep Steve Smith (NYG) in exchange for his 11th round pick this year. Pyle drafted Smith in the 12th round of last year.
4. Every season that a player is kept, the compensation given up increases by one round. In the above example, if Pyle were to keep Smith again for the 2011 season, he would give up a 10th round pick. The following year, it would be a 9th round pick, and so on.
5. First round picks cannot be kept.
6. Once the compensation for a kept player reaches a first round pick, the player can be kept for only one season. For example, Leal selected Chris Johnson in the second round last season. Under this scenario, Leal could keep Johnson for this season, but Johnson would not be eligible to be kept any season thereafter.
What are your thoughts on starting a keeper league? In a keeper league, coaches are allowed to keep a certain number of drafted players from the year before going into the next season. I have heard of a lot of different scenarios for keeper league rules, but the one I like the most is like this:
Each team can keep up to two (or three) DRAFTED players from the previous season, giving up their draft pick in the round immediately preceding the round the player was originally drafted. For example, Bruesch drafted Mike Sims-Walker in the 16th round last year. If he wanted to keep him, he would have to give up his 15th round pick this season. Every year that you keep a player, you have to give up one round earlier (so, in 2011, Sims-Walker would cost Bruesch a 14th round pick) until it is a first round pick. Coaches may keep a player only one season after it costs them a first round pick.
This rewards players for good drafting over years and creates true "teams," as well as slightly shorter drafts. I would have to see how Yahoo allows for this system, but it can be managed easily. Tell me your thoughts. We'll vote before the season begins.