2013 Fantasy Football: Early Mock Draft Round 5

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Which Player Will be a Surprise Pick?

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We have reached the halfway point of this 2013 fantasy football early mock draft. We have seen many of the top players get drafted already, but there is still some quality players still left on the board. There have been eight quarterbacks taken so far, which leaves two teams still waiting on who they want to pick for their starter. I’m curious how much longer those teams will wait. Here is a look at how round one, two, three and four went.

The thing that interests me at this point of the draft is when someone will have the guts to pick a defense. I’m sure it won’t be in this round as there are still too many skill players left, but I get the feeling that it is going to happen sooner than later. If you are just starting to look at this draft, the format is this. It is a PPR-league that will have nine rounds with each team getting three wide receivers, two running backs, a quarterback, tight end, kicker and defense. There is no flex position for this draft. I will revisit this in the fall and at that point will bring a flex spot and bench positions as well.

We begin the fifth round with a team that has taken two running backs and two wide receivers so far. Will they take their quarterback during this round? There is only one way to find out. You are always welcome to comment on what has happened so far and a full recap of the draft will be coming next week. It’s now time for the 41st pick in the draft as Round 5 gets underway...

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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41. WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

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Wayne had a bounce back year in a big way with 106 catches for 1,355 yards in 2012. I’m not sure if he can do it again but an 80-catch year would be fantastic.

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42. RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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Ridley broke out with 1,263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He may be expected to do even more this coming season.

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43. TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

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Gonzalez has decided to come back for one more season after having 93 catches and 930 yards in 2012. He is a good pick here, but he won’t match those numbers.

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44. RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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Gore finished with 1,214 rushing yards last season. There is room for even more yardage for Gore this coming season, but could he be nearing the end of his career bringing lower numbers?

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45. RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

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Murray got hurt and would run for just 663 yards. This could be a dangerous selection with his injury history. It will be something to watch out for.

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46. WR Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a shocker without any doubt. Amendola is expected to take the place of Wes Welker. He may have had 63 catches last season, but he could find himself with closer to 80 or 90 if not more this season. It is a risky selection no matter what.

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47. WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson was a beast in 2012, with 72 catches and 1,384 yards. There is no doubt that those numbers could increase in 2013, especially since he was targeted 147 times a season ago.

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48. WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

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Crabtree had his best season yet with 85 catches for 1,105 yards. The emergence of Colin Kaepernick may cause Crabtree’s numbers to decline slightly though.

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49. TE Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Here is one of the most consistent tight ends in the game. Witten had 110 catches for 1,039 yards last season. He could be in line for another 100-catch campaign.

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50. WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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Nelson may have had only 49 catches in 2012, but with moves made at the wide receiver position, I would think he could finish with 65-75 catches in 2013.

1 of 11

Which Player Will be a Surprise Pick?

pick
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

We have reached the halfway point of this 2013 fantasy football early mock draft. We have seen many of the top players get drafted already, but there is still some quality players still left on the board. There have been eight quarterbacks taken so far, which leaves two teams still waiting on who they want to pick for their starter. I’m curious how much longer those teams will wait. Here is a look at how round one, two, three and four went.

The thing that interests me at this point of the draft is when someone will have the guts to pick a defense. I’m sure it won’t be in this round as there are still too many skill players left, but I get the feeling that it is going to happen sooner than later. If you are just starting to look at this draft, the format is this. It is a PPR-league that will have nine rounds with each team getting three wide receivers, two running backs, a quarterback, tight end, kicker and defense. There is no flex position for this draft. I will revisit this in the fall and at that point will bring a flex spot and bench positions as well.

We begin the fifth round with a team that has taken two running backs and two wide receivers so far. Will they take their quarterback during this round? There is only one way to find out. You are always welcome to comment on what has happened so far and a full recap of the draft will be coming next week. It’s now time for the 41st pick in the draft as Round 5 gets underway...

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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41. WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

wayne
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Wayne had a bounce back year in a big way with 106 catches for 1,355 yards in 2012. I’m not sure if he can do it again but an 80-catch year would be fantastic.

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42. RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

ridley
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Ridley broke out with 1,263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He may be expected to do even more this coming season.

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43. TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

gonzalez
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzalez has decided to come back for one more season after having 93 catches and 930 yards in 2012. He is a good pick here, but he won’t match those numbers.

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44. RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

gore
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Gore finished with 1,214 rushing yards last season. There is room for even more yardage for Gore this coming season, but could he be nearing the end of his career bringing lower numbers?

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45. RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

murray
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Murray got hurt and would run for just 663 yards. This could be a dangerous selection with his injury history. It will be something to watch out for.

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46. WR Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

amendola
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a shocker without any doubt. Amendola is expected to take the place of Wes Welker. He may have had 63 catches last season, but he could find himself with closer to 80 or 90 if not more this season. It is a risky selection no matter what.

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47. WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

jackson
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson was a beast in 2012, with 72 catches and 1,384 yards. There is no doubt that those numbers could increase in 2013, especially since he was targeted 147 times a season ago.

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48. WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

crabtree
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Crabtree had his best season yet with 85 catches for 1,105 yards. The emergence of Colin Kaepernick may cause Crabtree’s numbers to decline slightly though.

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49. TE Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

witten
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Here is one of the most consistent tight ends in the game. Witten had 110 catches for 1,039 yards last season. He could be in line for another 100-catch campaign.

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50. WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

nelson
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson may have had only 49 catches in 2012, but with moves made at the wide receiver position, I would think he could finish with 65-75 catches in 2013.


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