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Fantasy Football Mock Draft, Part 1

Posted: Wednesday August 8, 2007 11:34AM; Updated: Wednesday August 8, 2007 1:18PM
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Now is the time when the mock drafts and experts drafts really take off. I've got at least four or five drafts coming up in the next couple of weeks (including the magazine's one next week), and I'll report on the results here.

For starters, I took part in an experts mock draft run by the people at MockDraftCentral.com. It was your basic 12-team, 15-round draft (you start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 flex, 1 K and 1 defense), with most of your normal stats: 4 points/passing TD; 6 points/rushing, receiving TD; -2 points/fumble, interception; 1 point/10 yards rushing or receiving; 1 points/20 yards passing. The big key is the 1 point per reception, which has grown a lot more popular in recent years.

I ended up with the No. 10 pick in the draft, which can be a sticky place to draft, but being near the turn is not the worst place to be. My picks are highlighted in blue.

Here are the results of the draft, plus analysis of my picks. If you want to sound off on the picks, head over to FanNation.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
1 1 LaDainian Tomlinson RB SD
1 2 Steven Jackson RB STL
1 3 Frank Gore RB SF
1 4 Joseph Addai RB IND
1 5 Larry Johnson RB KC
1 6 Brian Westbrook RB PHI
1 7 Shaun Alexander RB SEA
1 8 Willis McGahee RB BAL
1 9 Willie Parker RB PIT
1 10 Rudi Johnson RB CIN
1 11 Reggie Bush RB NO
1 12 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAX

Round 1: This could have been a spot to take Peyton Manning, but I opted for Rudi Johnson, who may not catch a ton of passes, but seems to provide consistent stats every year as the primary runner for the Bengals. It's not a sexy pick, but useful. It was interesting that Larry Johnson fell to the No. 5 pick with Joseph Addai and Frank Gore moving up the charts.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
2 1 Travis Henry RB DEN
2 2 Laurence Maroney RB NE
2 3 Edgerrin James RB ARI
2 4 Chad Johnson WR CIN
2 5 Steve Smith WR CAR
2 6 Ronnie Brown RB MIA
2 7 Marvin Harrison WR IND
2 8 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI
2 9 Terrell Owens WR DAL
2 10 Torry Holt WR STL
2 11 Antonio Gates TE SD
2 12 Reggie Wayne WR IND

Round 2: I think last year's second-half effort revived my interested in Edge, and I'm interested to see what he can do in a new offensive scheme. There were many ways I could've gone here, including Manning and Chad Johnson, but I felt that I needed another top-flight running back who's not sharing time.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
3 1 Roy Williams WR DET
3 2 Peyton Manning QB IND
3 3 Javon Walker WR DEN
3 4 Brandon Jacobs RB NYG
3 5 Thomas Jones RB NYJ
3 6 Marshawn Lynch RB BUF
3 7 Anquan Boldin WR ARI
3 8 Andre Johnson WR HOU
3 9 T.J Houshmandzadeh WR CIN
3 10 Randy Moss WR NE
3 11 Carson Palmer QB CIN
3 12 Clinton Portis RB WAS

Round 3: I'm a believer in Randy Moss with the Patriots, so I'm happy to take him here as my first wideout (but 13th receiver overall) since I've got my main running back slots filled. It's a bit of a gamble, but not a bad one in that offense.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
4 1 Drew Brees QB NO
4 2 Cedric Benson RB CHI
4 3 Donald Driver WR GB
4 4 Cadillac Williams RB TB
4 5 Deuce McAllister RB NO
4 6 Marques Colston WR NO
4 7 Ahman Green RB HOU
4 8 Tom Brady QB NE
4 9 Lee Evans WR BUF
4 10 Jerious Norwood RB ATL
4 11 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
4 12 Adrian Peterson RB MIN

Round 4: Moss and Driver are back to back on my wideout list, so it was easy for me to snatch him coming back around the bend.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
5 1 Jamal Lewis RB CLE
5 2 Braylon Edwards WR CLE
5 3 Plaxico Burress WR NYG
5 4 Calvin Johnson WR DET
5 5 Laveranues Coles WR NYJ
5 6 Darrell Jackson WR SF
5 7 Hines Ward WR PIT
5 8 Marc Bulger QB STL
5 9 Santana Moss WR WAS
5 10 Marion Barber RB DAL
5 11 Chris Chambers WR MIA
5 12 Reggie Brown WR PHI

Round 5: I really had my eye on Marc Bulger here, but he went a couple of picks before me, so I opted to get a little running back depth with Marion Barber, who was a nice sleeper in a few of my leagues last year but may be more of question mark with Wade Phillips as coach.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
6 1 Fred Taylor RB JAX
6 2 Deion Branch WR SEA
6 3 Joey Galloway WR TB
6 4 Tatum Bell RB DET
6 5 Julius Jones RB DAL
6 6 Donovan McNabb QB PHI
6 7 Mark Clayton WR BAL
6 8 Tony Gonzalez TE KC
6 9 LenDale White RB TEN
6 10 Jon Kitna QB DET
6 11 Brandon Jackson RB GB
6 12 Vincent Jackson WR SD

Round 6: Joey Galloway still has some gas left in the tank and has a decent quarterback in Jeff Garcia calling the shots, so I'll take that as a No. 3 wideout, even though he doesn't have the upside of a bunch of guys chosen not too far behind.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
7 1 Chester Taylor RB MIN
7 2 Todd Heap TE BAL
7 3 Kevin Jones RB DET
7 4 Chris Cooley TE WAS
7 5 Santonio Holmes WR PIT
7 6 LaMont Jordan RB OAK
7 7 Kellen Winslow TE CLE
7 8 Ladell Betts RB WAS
7 9 Jeremy Shockey TE NYG
7 10 Alge Crumpler TE ATL
7 11 Bernard Berrian WR CHI
7 12 Tony Romo QB DAL

Round 7: I got caught up in the tight end run and landed Alge Crumpler, although his value is up in the air with Joey Harrington at quarterback. In hindsight, I probably should've gone with Tony Romo, who I was hoping to slip to my turn coming around.

Round Pick Name Pos Team
8 1 Jason Witten TE DAL
8 2 Jerricho Cotchery WR NYJ
8 3 Matt Leinart QB ARI
8 4 DeShaun Foster RB CAR
8 5 Vernon Davis TE SF
8 6 Chris Brown RB TEN
8 7 Randy McMichael TE STL
8 8 Warrick Dunn RB ATL
8 9 Vince Young QB TEN
8 10 Anthony Gonzalez WR IND
8 11 D.J. Hackett WR SEA
8 12 Philip Rivers QB SD

Round 8: With a year under his belt and both Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin healthy, Matt Leinart should be in for a good year. Although seeing that Vernon Davis slipped beyond Leinart, I wonder if I should've gone Romo-Davis, instead of Crumpler-Leinart in this part of the draft.

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