2013 Fantasy Football: Early Mock Draft Round 3

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Who Will be the Next Picks?

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We are now two rounds into this 2013 fantasy football early mock draft. There have been some clear things that have happened so far. There were 11 running backs taken in the first two rounds along with two quarterbacks, five wide receivers and a tight end. The run of running backs isn’t terribly surprising. There are several teams around the NFL that are using two running back systems these days, but having two stud running backs for your fantasy team is the norm. It is where players have been picked that can be surprising. Here is a look at how round one and two went.

There was just one quarterback taken in each of the first two rounds and only one in the first 18 picks. It sounds like a lot of these teams were looking to set their running back position early on. The format once again is a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, kicker and a defense. There have been four teams out of the 10 who have taken their starting two running backs already. There is even a team that hasn’t taken a single running back yet.

As we enter round three of this draft, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Will the team with no running backs take one this round? Where do the teams who have two running backs already go next? Who will be the next quarterback taken? Will there be a surprise pick somewhere? It’s time to begin the next round of the draft as the team who had the top overall pick and the final pick of the second round, gets the first pick of this round.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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21. WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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Jones brings a dynamic wide receiver to this team’s roster after a season that featured 79 catches for 1,198 yards. He is turning into one of the best in the entire game.

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22. WR Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

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White did what he normally does last season with 92 catches for 1,351 yards. His teammate Julio Jones may have gone one pick earlier, but I would rather have White.

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23. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

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The stock of Fitzgerald went up with the addition of Carson Palmer. Fitzgerald may have had 71 catches last season, but don’t be surprised if he finishes with over 90 this coming year.

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24. QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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Newton is the ultimate dual-threat after passing for 3,869 yards and rushing for another 741. This is the quarterback you want if you are looking for someone that can pass and run.

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25. QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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Kaepernick changed a lot of what defenses did last season when he became the starter. He would finish with 1,814 passing yards and 415 yards on the ground. I would watch for a sophomore slump.

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26. RB Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

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Jackson has a new address, but goes to a place where he could surpass his 1,042 yards from a year ago. This is a pick that may be very smart this low in the third round.

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27. WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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Johnson slips to this pick because there really isn’t much around him which will allow defenses to focus on keeping the ball out of his hands. Johnson still had 112 catches for 1,598 yards though last year.

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28. WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

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Cobb was a breakout star in 2012 with 80 catches for 954 yards. The departure of Greg Jennings should allow for even bigger numbers this coming year.

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29. WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants

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Cruz is a restricted free agent and could hold out which makes this pick dangerous. If Cruz is there from day one though, he could match his 86-catch year from 2012.

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30. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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Here’s a huge surprise. Brady falls all the way to the bottom of the third round. The weapons aren’t around him right now to be any higher. He may have thrown for 4,827 yards a season ago, but unless his receivers get healthy, he won’t match that in 2013, especially with no Wes Welker anymore.

1 of 11

Who Will be the Next Picks?

picks
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

We are now two rounds into this 2013 fantasy football early mock draft. There have been some clear things that have happened so far. There were 11 running backs taken in the first two rounds along with two quarterbacks, five wide receivers and a tight end. The run of running backs isn’t terribly surprising. There are several teams around the NFL that are using two running back systems these days, but having two stud running backs for your fantasy team is the norm. It is where players have been picked that can be surprising. Here is a look at how round one and two went.

There was just one quarterback taken in each of the first two rounds and only one in the first 18 picks. It sounds like a lot of these teams were looking to set their running back position early on. The format once again is a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, kicker and a defense. There have been four teams out of the 10 who have taken their starting two running backs already. There is even a team that hasn’t taken a single running back yet.

As we enter round three of this draft, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Will the team with no running backs take one this round? Where do the teams who have two running backs already go next? Who will be the next quarterback taken? Will there be a surprise pick somewhere? It’s time to begin the next round of the draft as the team who had the top overall pick and the final pick of the second round, gets the first pick of this round.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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21. WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

jones
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Jones brings a dynamic wide receiver to this team’s roster after a season that featured 79 catches for 1,198 yards. He is turning into one of the best in the entire game.

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22. WR Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

white
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

White did what he normally does last season with 92 catches for 1,351 yards. His teammate Julio Jones may have gone one pick earlier, but I would rather have White.

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23. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

fitz
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The stock of Fitzgerald went up with the addition of Carson Palmer. Fitzgerald may have had 71 catches last season, but don’t be surprised if he finishes with over 90 this coming year.

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24. QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

new
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Newton is the ultimate dual-threat after passing for 3,869 yards and rushing for another 741. This is the quarterback you want if you are looking for someone that can pass and run.

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25. QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

kaep
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kaepernick changed a lot of what defenses did last season when he became the starter. He would finish with 1,814 passing yards and 415 yards on the ground. I would watch for a sophomore slump.

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26. RB Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

jackson
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson has a new address, but goes to a place where he could surpass his 1,042 yards from a year ago. This is a pick that may be very smart this low in the third round.

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27. WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

johnson
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson slips to this pick because there really isn’t much around him which will allow defenses to focus on keeping the ball out of his hands. Johnson still had 112 catches for 1,598 yards though last year.

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28. WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

cobb
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Cobb was a breakout star in 2012 with 80 catches for 954 yards. The departure of Greg Jennings should allow for even bigger numbers this coming year.

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29. WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants

cruz
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Cruz is a restricted free agent and could hold out which makes this pick dangerous. If Cruz is there from day one though, he could match his 86-catch year from 2012.

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30. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a huge surprise. Brady falls all the way to the bottom of the third round. The weapons aren’t around him right now to be any higher. He may have thrown for 4,827 yards a season ago, but unless his receivers get healthy, he won’t match that in 2013, especially with no Wes Welker anymore.


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