2013 Fantasy Football: Early Mock Draft Round 7

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Which Players Will Be Drafted Next?

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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

As the weather warms up, people look ahead to a lot of different things. There are people who want to look ahead to the summer and other people who look to the end of summer for football to begin. That means fantasy football and my early mock draft continues with the seventh round. We have seen each of our 10 teams take a quarterback, so that is set. Here is a look at how things have gone so far with rounds one, two, three, four, five and six.

There have been no defenses or kickers taken yet, but no one is going to do that in the first six rounds of a draft unless if that player is on their favorite team. I’m not sure if the defenses will begin during the eighth round since there will be just two rounds left to go. I expect a rush of kickers in the final round, but who knows if one of these teams will decide to jump up and go for it early.

We begin the seventh round with the team that has the top pick in this draft and a team that just selected their starting quarterback in the late round. The rosters again are a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, kicker and a defense. The draft is also set up in a snake-style format with no flex position. I will revisit that when I release my full preseason mock draft in August. The team that is selecting first is down to just needing a tight end, kicker and defense. It’s time to start the seventh round with the 61st overall pick...

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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61. TE Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Daniels is one of the better tight ends in the game right now. He finished with 62 catches for 716 yards last season and could be in line for more work this season.

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62. WR Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Smith benefits from having Cam Newton on his team in a big way. Smith’s 73 catches for 1,174 yards may be a good barometer for his 2013 campaign.

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63. WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

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When you look at a receiver that had just 49 catches, you don’t usually think draft-worthy at this point. Smith had 855 yards receiving over those catches and will pass the 1,000-yard mark this coming year.

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64. San Francisco 49ers Defense

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The first defense off the board comes here in the seventh round. San Francisco was fourth in the NFL last season in opposing passing and rushing yards allowed.

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65. TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Davis had 41 catches for 548 yards in 2012, but I think he could get closer to 60 catches coming in 2013 if Colin Kaepernick will trust him more.

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66. TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

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Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Gates is obviously in the waning years of his career, but still had 49 catches last year for 538 yards. This is a pick that is based a lot on name value only, I think.

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67. WR Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson was very solid in 2012 with 79 catches for 1,046 yards. A new quarterback may lead to slightly lower numbers this coming year.

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68. Seattle Seahawks Defense

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

I thought we would see just one defense come off the board in this round, but I was wrong. Seattle was in the top 10 in the NFL giving up yards rushing and passing last season.

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69. WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

This pick could easily turn into a gold mine. Brown had 66 catches for 787 yards last year, but with injuries and departures, I think Brown is heading for a career year in 2013.

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70. WR James Jones, Green Bay Packers

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are obviously a lot of weapons for Aaron Rodgers to throw to. Jones had 64 catches for 784 yards last season. I expect he will come in very close to those numbers again this coming year.

1 of 11

Which Players Will Be Drafted Next?

draft
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

As the weather warms up, people look ahead to a lot of different things. There are people who want to look ahead to the summer and other people who look to the end of summer for football to begin. That means fantasy football and my early mock draft continues with the seventh round. We have seen each of our 10 teams take a quarterback, so that is set. Here is a look at how things have gone so far with rounds one, two, three, four, five and six.

There have been no defenses or kickers taken yet, but no one is going to do that in the first six rounds of a draft unless if that player is on their favorite team. I’m not sure if the defenses will begin during the eighth round since there will be just two rounds left to go. I expect a rush of kickers in the final round, but who knows if one of these teams will decide to jump up and go for it early.

We begin the seventh round with the team that has the top pick in this draft and a team that just selected their starting quarterback in the late round. The rosters again are a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, kicker and a defense. The draft is also set up in a snake-style format with no flex position. I will revisit that when I release my full preseason mock draft in August. The team that is selecting first is down to just needing a tight end, kicker and defense. It’s time to start the seventh round with the 61st overall pick...

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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61. TE Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

daniels
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Daniels is one of the better tight ends in the game right now. He finished with 62 catches for 716 yards last season and could be in line for more work this season.

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62. WR Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

smith
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Smith benefits from having Cam Newton on his team in a big way. Smith’s 73 catches for 1,174 yards may be a good barometer for his 2013 campaign.

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63. WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

smith
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When you look at a receiver that had just 49 catches, you don’t usually think draft-worthy at this point. Smith had 855 yards receiving over those catches and will pass the 1,000-yard mark this coming year.

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64. San Francisco 49ers Defense

49ers
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The first defense off the board comes here in the seventh round. San Francisco was fourth in the NFL last season in opposing passing and rushing yards allowed.

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65. TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

davis
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Davis had 41 catches for 548 yards in 2012, but I think he could get closer to 60 catches coming in 2013 if Colin Kaepernick will trust him more.

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66. TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

gates
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Gates is obviously in the waning years of his career, but still had 49 catches last year for 538 yards. This is a pick that is based a lot on name value only, I think.

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67. WR Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

johnson
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson was very solid in 2012 with 79 catches for 1,046 yards. A new quarterback may lead to slightly lower numbers this coming year.

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68. Seattle Seahawks Defense

seahawks
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

I thought we would see just one defense come off the board in this round, but I was wrong. Seattle was in the top 10 in the NFL giving up yards rushing and passing last season.

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69. WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

brown
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

This pick could easily turn into a gold mine. Brown had 66 catches for 787 yards last year, but with injuries and departures, I think Brown is heading for a career year in 2013.

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70. WR James Jones, Green Bay Packers

jones
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are obviously a lot of weapons for Aaron Rodgers to throw to. Jones had 64 catches for 784 yards last season. I expect he will come in very close to those numbers again this coming year.


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