2013 Fantasy Football: Early Mock Draft Round 8

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Which Player Will be the Biggest Surprise Pick?

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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

We are nearing the end of the 2013 fantasy football early mock draft as many of our teams are filling the final spots on their rosters with either defenses or kickers at this point in time. I will be recapping the whole draft coming up later in the week and you can decide which team looks the best after this draft. The question during the eighth round of the draft will be which defenses will come off the board first. Here is how rounds one, two, three, four, five, six and seven went.

There were two defenses taken during the seventh round which really surprised me as I thought we wouldn’t see any activity on that until the final two rounds. It is obvious that those two owners wanted to get a jump on their selections and had certain defenses in mind. I am curious if that same thought process will come with kickers before the final round as well. I get the feeling that we will see some kickers being picked during this round. I am wondering which kickers will get chosen at this point, however.

If you are just starting to follow, here is the format again. It is a PPR-league with each team picking a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, a tight end, kicker and defense. There is no flex spot during this draft. There will be when I do my full mock draft right before the season gets underway. I’m sure there will be some changes between now and then. It is now time to begin the eighth round with the 71st overall selection...

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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71. Denver Broncos Defense

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denver was one of the best in the NFL last season, being third in both passing yards and rushing yards allowed per game on average.

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72. Houston Texans Defense

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston is a solid pick here just because it will get Brian Cushing back this season. The defense will be better than some of its stats from last year showed.

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73. TE Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

pitta
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards last season for the Super Bowl champions. He could find himself with an increased role this year.

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74. Chicago Bears Defense

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The Bears were the kings of the turnovers last season, with several defensive touchdowns to their credit. Chicago was eighth in the NFL in both passing and rushing yards allowed.

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75. K Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

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Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The first kicker off the board comes here. Gostkowski was 29-for-35 last season and will get plenty of chances again this season.

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76. K Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The strongest leg in the whole league comes from Janikowski. He went 31-for-34 last year with a long of 57 yards. He could hit from 65 yards one of these days.

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77. TE Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

olsen
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Olsen looked sharp last year with 69 catches for 843 yards. I would think that he will come close to those numbers again.

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78. Baltimore Ravens Defense

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens are definitely down from last year. They were also not too special in regards to yards allowed last season. This pick may not be the best one out there.

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79. K Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

walsh
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Walsh made 35 of his 38 field goal attempts last year during his rookie campaign. He will likely get the same amount of chances this coming season.

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80. Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers probably should have been drafted higher considering how good they were last year, being first in the NFL in passing yards allowed and second in rushing yards.

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Which Player Will be the Biggest Surprise Pick?

pick
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

We are nearing the end of the 2013 fantasy football early mock draft as many of our teams are filling the final spots on their rosters with either defenses or kickers at this point in time. I will be recapping the whole draft coming up later in the week and you can decide which team looks the best after this draft. The question during the eighth round of the draft will be which defenses will come off the board first. Here is how rounds one, two, three, four, five, six and seven went.

There were two defenses taken during the seventh round which really surprised me as I thought we wouldn’t see any activity on that until the final two rounds. It is obvious that those two owners wanted to get a jump on their selections and had certain defenses in mind. I am curious if that same thought process will come with kickers before the final round as well. I get the feeling that we will see some kickers being picked during this round. I am wondering which kickers will get chosen at this point, however.

If you are just starting to follow, here is the format again. It is a PPR-league with each team picking a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, a tight end, kicker and defense. There is no flex spot during this draft. There will be when I do my full mock draft right before the season gets underway. I’m sure there will be some changes between now and then. It is now time to begin the eighth round with the 71st overall selection...

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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71. Denver Broncos Defense

broncos
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denver was one of the best in the NFL last season, being third in both passing yards and rushing yards allowed per game on average.

3 of 11

72. Houston Texans Defense

texans
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston is a solid pick here just because it will get Brian Cushing back this season. The defense will be better than some of its stats from last year showed.

4 of 11

73. TE Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

pitta
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards last season for the Super Bowl champions. He could find himself with an increased role this year.

5 of 11

74. Chicago Bears Defense

bears
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears were the kings of the turnovers last season, with several defensive touchdowns to their credit. Chicago was eighth in the NFL in both passing and rushing yards allowed.

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75. K Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

gostkowski
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The first kicker off the board comes here. Gostkowski was 29-for-35 last season and will get plenty of chances again this season.

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76. K Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

janikowski
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The strongest leg in the whole league comes from Janikowski. He went 31-for-34 last year with a long of 57 yards. He could hit from 65 yards one of these days.

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77. TE Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

olsen
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Olsen looked sharp last year with 69 catches for 843 yards. I would think that he will come close to those numbers again.

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78. Baltimore Ravens Defense

ravens
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens are definitely down from last year. They were also not too special in regards to yards allowed last season. This pick may not be the best one out there.

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79. K Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

walsh
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Walsh made 35 of his 38 field goal attempts last year during his rookie campaign. He will likely get the same amount of chances this coming season.

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80. Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

steelers
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers probably should have been drafted higher considering how good they were last year, being first in the NFL in passing yards allowed and second in rushing yards.


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