Posted: Sun December 30, 2012 11:05PM; Updated: Mon December 31, 2012 12:20PM
Eric Mack

Way-too-early fantasy football Mock Draft: Peterson No. 1

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Coming off an ACL tear, Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards during an MVP-caliber season.
Coming off an ACL tear, Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards during an MVP-caliber season.
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Adrian Peterson might have finished just nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, but he earned another significant honor this season ... and it has nothing to do with the NFL playoffs.

Peterson is going to be the No. 1 pick in fantasy football in 2013, assuming (knock on wood), he doesn't get injured next week in the postseason.

Heck, scratch that. Peterson could blow out his knee again and still be the top pick next year. After all, he's already proven capable of overcoming a major knee reconstruction to rush for a near-record 2,097 in a calendar year.

There is no way to make the case for anyone else as the top pick. Peterson reminded everyone this season that in fantasy circles, he is the man.

For the final Fantasy Football Fast Forward of 2012, we're mapping out what the first seven rounds of next season's draft would look like if the draft were held today. Free agency, trades, postseason hype, coaching changes, injuries and the draft will all impact eventual pre-draft rankings, but this is where things stand as the regular season concludes. But by all means, debate away. There's nothing better to do for the next eight-plus months anyway.

2013 Mock Draft
Round 1
Pick Player Team Position Position rank
1 Adrian Peterson MIN RB 1
2 Arian Foster HOU RB 2
3 Doug Martin TB RB 3
4 Marshawn Lynch SEA RB 4
5 Ray Rice BAL RB 5
6 Aaron Rodgers GB QB 1
7 Calvin Johnson DET WR 1
8 Drew Brees NO QB 2
9 Tom Brady NE QB 3
10 C.J. Spiller BUF RB 6
11 LeSean McCoy PHI RB 7
12 Alfred Morris WAS RB 8
Round 2
13 Jamaal Charles KC RB 9
14 Stevan Ridley NE RB 10
15 Cam Newton CAR QB 4
16 Peyton Manning DEN QB 5
17 A.J. Green CIN WR 2
18 Robert Griffin III WAS QB 6
19 Chris Johnson TEN RB 11
20 Trent Richardson CLE RB 12
21 DeMarco Murray DAL RB 13
22 Brandon Marshall CHI WR 3
23 Julio Jones ATL WR 4
24 Rob Gronkowski NE TE 1
Round 3
25 Dez Bryant DAL WR 5
26 Matt Ryan ATL QB 7
27 Demaryius Thomas DEN WR 6
28 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC RB 14
29 Jimmy Graham NO TE 2
30 Roddy White ATL WR 7
31 Victor Cruz NYG WR 8
32 Matt Forte CHI RB 15
33 Darren McFadden OAK RB 16
34 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR 9
35 Eric Decker DEN WR 10
36 Wes Welker NE WR 11
Round 4
37 Vincent Jackson TB WR 12
38 Reggie Wayne IND WR 13
39 Percy Harvin MIN WR 14
40 Andre Johnson HOU WR 15
41 Marques Colston NO WR 16
42 Frank Gore SF RB 17
43 Matthew Stafford DET QB 8
44 Jordy Nelson GB WR 17
45 Randall Cobb GB WR 18
46 Tony Romo DAL QB 9
47 Reggie Bush MIA RB 18
48 Jason Witten DAL TE 3
Round 5
49 Greg Jennings GB WR 19
50 Aaron Hernandez NE TE 4
51 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG RB 19
52 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN RB 20
53 Andrew Luck IND QB 10
54 Hakeem Nicks NYG WR 20
55 Michael Crabtree SF WR 21
56 Mike Wallace PIT WR 22
57 Miles Austin DAL WR 23
58 Shonn Greene NYJ RB 21
59 Stevie Johnson BUF WR 24
60 Steve Smith CAR WR 25
Round 6
61 Steven Jackson STL RB 22
62 Darren Sproles NO RB 23
63 Ryan Mathews SD RB 24
64 Knowshon Moreno DEN RB 25
65 Mike Williams TB WR 26
66 Cecil Shorts JAC WR 27
67 James Jones GB WR 28
68 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB 11
69 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB 26
70 Torrey Smith BAL WR 29
71 Sidney Rice SEA WR 30
72 Eli Manning NYG QB 12
Round 7
73 Russell Wilson SEA QB 13
74 D. Williams CAR RB 27
75 Mikel LeShoure DET RB 28
76 Andy Dalton CIN QB 14
77 Colin Kaepernick SF QB 15
78 Jeremy Maclin PHI WR 31
79 Michael Turner ATL RB 29
80 Vick Ballard IND RB 30
81 Mark Ingram NO RB 31
82 DeSean Jackson PHI WR 32
83 Dwayne Bowe KC WR 33
84 Fred Jackson BUF RB 32

We'll leave it at that and guarantee this won't actually be how things shake out. It was an interesting exercise, though, and it can help fantasy players determine any early keeper decisions they might be forced to make.

And on that note, enjoy the long, cold winter. Fantasy baseball just doesn't capture our imaginations the same way football can.

Eric Mack writes fantasy for Track his weekly starts and sits every Thursday, his last-minute Cheat Sheet on Sunday mornings and his Fantasy Fast Forward on Sunday nights. You find also him on Twitter, where you can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him for fantasy advice or challenging him to a head-to-head fantasy game @EricMackFantasy. He reads all the messages there (guaranteed) and takes them very, very personally (not really).

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