Along with nine other writers, I had the privilege of participating in the first Rant Sports Mock Draft for the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
The draft was a 10-man snake draft and I was randomly selected to make the first overall pick! The best part of the first pick is you get back-to-back picks for every round after the first. The worst part of this style is waiting 18 picks between each set of picks.
I feel as if my team would be very strong at the running back and quarterback positions, but weak at wide receiver. Without further ado, I give to you my round-by-round analysis of my draft picks.
Round 1 – Adrian Peterson
Drafting Adrian Peterson number one overall is a no brainer for any logical fantasy owner. Going into 2012, drafting Peterson first would have been risky. His 2011 season ended when he blew out his knee. Peterson silenced his critics and ran for an astronomical 2,097 yards, finishing just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. Peterson knows how to be great. I could not be happier with this pick.
Round 2 – Darren McFadden
With almost all of the best running backs already off the board, I knew I had to get another star running back. Darren McFadden made it on to my list of the top 10 2012 fantasy football busts who will bounce back in 2013. I strongly believe McFadden has what it takes to be one of the elite NFL running backs.
Round 3 – Drew Brees
Drew Brees is not my favorite fantasy quarterback and for several years, I have kept the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady as my quarterback in my fantasy league. With a team that is falling apart at the seams and Brady’s receiving core not having its top five receivers from last year, I could not justify picking Brady in this draft. Brees will likely have another solidly consistent year and I am content with this pick.
Round 4 – DeMarco Murray
The Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray is primed to have a breakout season. Watch for Murray to run around and through defenses this season. Great pick in the fourth round!
Round 5 – Jordy Nelson
This was my first disappointing pick of the draft. Because of the nature of a snake draft, there were already nine elite receivers taken before I could get back around to drafting a wide receiver. So, Jordy Nelson will have to do, despite being a letdown as my first receiver drafted.
Round 6 – Dwayne Bowe
The Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is not a bad sixth round pick. Some of the hype from previous seasons has faded, but Bowe will still put up solid numbers.
Round 7 – Owen Daniels
Something freaked out on my draft board because I did not see that Jason Witten was still available. Owen Daniels from the Houston Texans is not a bad starting tight end. Alas, this pick makes me cry a little bit, just because of the mix up.
Round 8 – Tony Romo
As a Cowboys fan, I know that Tony Romo is an elite quarterback and will do solidly in the fantasy rankings; that does not make drafting him any easier. I try to stay away from Romo because he can be so inconsistent. But, he was the best available QB.
Round 9 – Danny Woodhead
I snatched up Danny Woodhead and am excited to see what he will do. Running behind the San Diego Chargers’ number one back Ryan Mathews, Woodhead has a chance to get a lot of playing time.
Round 10 – Miles Austin
I was surprised to see Miles Austin drop this low. Despite taking a backseat to Dez Bryant, Austin had six touchdowns and almost 1,000 yards in 2012. Excellent mid-late pick!
Round 11 – Shonn Green
Shonn Green was my first backup running back taken. Green runs behind Chris Johnson, but Johnson’s inconsistent play makes selecting Green not a bad idea. I could end up regretting this pick.
Round 12 – Robert Woods
Round 13 – Green Bay Packers D/ST
If you do not get one of the top three fantasy defenses, it does not really matter who you pick. So, I took the best available at the time, the Green Bay Packers.
Round 14 – Jermichael Finley
I feel as if Jermichael Finley is a good pick here, even if he is Rodgers’ fourth passing option. With little talent left, he will do.
Round 15 – Randy Bullock
Randy Bullock is the kicker for the Texans and to be honest with you, I only selected him because I ran out of time.
So that does it for my Mock Draft team. I would love to read your thoughts on this team’s weaknesses, strengths, my choices or anything else. Please leave a comment.