A continuation of my hypothetical USFL series. Narrative up soon and in pieces.
Player placement is based on collegiate territory research, polling, and some hypotheticals. Number re-arrangements for NFL vets based as closely as possible on that player's number in college. Veterans also based on researching preseason NFL transactions and contemporary trade/cut/signing rumors for a little what-if stuff.
This hack uses Buck's "Juice Helper" so it is challenging, though I also modified offensive stats--high pass control, receptions--to keep the frenzied "USFL" feel.
If you wish to vote on future player placements, follow me on Twitter (@Tombor13).
I apologize for the delay.
-7 minute quarters
-Stats after every quarter
-Graphic Tweaks, including funky end zones
-Sim Data Tweaks
-Offensive Formation Tweaks
-3 team, 3 Division Structure
-12 teams make playoffs (as opposed to original 8 teams)
-18 game, locked, custom schedule
-All Pro: '87 All-NFL Vs. '87 All-USFL (I had to make modifications: if an All-Pro is in the USFL, they were replaced by an all-conference or Pro Bowler)
*New Jersey trades rights to Kelvin Martin (NFL), Scott Schwedes (signed), Steve Trapilo (signed), and '87 and '88 Open Draft 1st round picks to Oklahoma for rights to Brian Bosworth (10 years, $15 million). The '87 pick is via Chicago, completing compensation for Keith Byars signing in '86.
*Pittsburgh trades their 9th round selection to New Jersey per arbitrator ruling after the Maulers signed Joe Shield.
*Memphis trades rights to Walter Lewis and Dwight Stone to Birmingham for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks in the '88 Open Draft; one territorial selection.
*Oklahoma trades an 11th round Open Draft pick to Memphis for rights to Clyde Duncan per arbitrator ruling.
*Denver trades 16th and 18th round Open Draft picks to Houston for rights to Rick McIvor. Deal completed to avoid arbitration.
*San Antonio trades James Hadnot (cut in training camp), 5th, 8th, and 12th round picks to Washington for rights to Ethan Horton per arbitrator decision; Washington request for a 2nd round pick denied.
*Houston trades 4th round open draft pick to Washington for rights to Calvin Daniels per arbitrator decision; Washington request for a 1st round pick denied.
*Denver trades Stan Blinka to Oklahoma for a 6th round Open Draft pick in '88.
*Los Angeles trades Darrell Patillo to Baltimore for a 5th round Open Draft pick in '88.
*San Antonio trades 13th round '88 Open Draft pick to Los Angeles for rights to Gary Moten.
Jeff Van Raaphorst
Michael Clemons (2nd round Open Draft)
Freddie Robinson #10
Dwight Stone (4th round Open Draft)
Les Miller* (3rd round Open Draft)
Jeff Criswell (17th round Open Draft)
Frankie Neal (1st round Open Draft)
Pete Najarian* (11th round Open Draft)
Ed Simmons (2nd round Open Draft)
Kevin Willhite (19th round Open Draft)
Matt Stevens (9th round Open Draft)
Kirby Jackson (2nd round Open Draft)
Rick Finney (5th round Open Draft)
Wayne Haddix* (17th round Open Draft)
Doug DuBose (22nd round Open Draft)
Brian Bosworth (rights trade w/Oklahoma)
Ed Rubbert* (8th round Open Draft)
John Clay (1st round Open Draft via NJ) ('87 Raiders)
Andrew Jackson (15th round Open Draft)
Scott Schwedes (New Jersey rights, Boz trade)
Steve Trapilo (New Jersey rights, Boz trade)
Cornell Burbage (3rd round Open Draft)
John Settle (2nd round Open Draft)
David Caldwell (rights trade w/Houston, future considerations)
Kevin Murray* (signed post NFL Draft)
Eddie Hunter (10th round Open Draft pick)
Jeff Zimmerman (rights trade w/Jacksonville, future considerations)
USFL Transactions Free Agency/Trades/Listing Acquisition
Stefon Adams ('85 territorial pick)
Tyrone Anthony ('84 territorial pick)
Mike McCloskey (‘83 territorial pick)
Darrell Pattillo (trade w/LA for 5th round '88 Open Draft pick)
Walter Lewis (trade w/Memphis for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round '88 Open Draft picks)
Owen Gill ('85 territorial pick)
Gary Ellerson ('86 territorial pick)
Adam Schriber (‘84 territorial pick)
Jason Stauvosky (rights swap w/Oklahoma, future considerations)
Charles Alexander #4 ('83 Bengals)
Keith Browner ('84 territorial pick)
Paul McDonald #16
Timmie Ware #19 ('85 territorial pick)
Mike Siano (‘86 territorial pick)
Clyde Glover ('84 territorial pick)
Earnest Jackson ('83 9th round Open Draft pick)
Byron Smith ('84 territorial pick)
Gordon Brown ('86 territorial pick)
Larry Station (rights trade w/Chicago, future considerations)
Pat Franklin (‘86 territorial pick)
James Noble ('86 territorial pick)
Buzz Sawyer ('85 territorial pick)
Greg Allen ('85 territorial pick)
Harvey Clayton ('83 territorial pick)
Dan Banish (‘83 territorial pick)
Reggie Pleasant ('85 territorial pick)
*USFL '88 or future hack