The crew here at Rant Sports recently gathered a group of 10 pigskin heads to partake in their first mock draft of the year. Fortunately, I was able to land a spot in that event and wound up with the second overall pick no less. Those of you reading probably either love fantasy football or are in the same boat as I was with the second overall picks in your draft. For your researching and viewing pleasure, I have compiled my results from our mock and given each guy a little analysis. Personally, I believe I would have ended up winning this league if it had actually been in effect. Enjoy!
Round 1, Pick 2 – RB Arian Foster – There’s not a lot of explanation needed here. Adrian Peterson was selected number one, and Foster is a unanimous no-brainer at number two. He’s proven his worth plenty of times.
Round 2, Pick 19 – QB Peyton Manning – While this year is ‘the year to wait on quarterback,’ I couldn’t resist Manning. Looking at the Denver Broncos‘ offense this year, I think they could be historically good. Too many weapons to throw the ball to means a ton of fantasy points for Manning.
Round 3, Pick 22 – RB Frank Gore – At this point, a running back was a necessity. Gore was the best available, and I like him because of the fact that Michael Crabtree is out for a long time. Gore is the best weapon Colin Kaepernick has especially with the team thin at wideout. He should get plenty of carries.
Round 4, Pick 39 – WR Wes Welker – Welker was one of the best options on the board. Having Manning at quarterback, he was a lock for my team. Having a great QB/WR connection on your team can really boost your points and Welker/Manning is arguably the best one out there.
Round 5, Pick 42 – WR Victor Cruz – While Cruz has had his share of complaints this offseason, I still don’t doubt his talent, and the amount of balls he’ll get thrown his way this year should stay the same. The run game is up in the air with two unproven backs, and Cruz will be the number one guy on offense.
Round 6, Pick 59 – WR Percy Harvin - This was tough. Harvin has injury questions surrounding him, but I am banking on him healthy at the beginning of the year. He should transform that offense into an even scarier machine.
Round 7, Pick 62 – TE Jason Witten - Having my starters set and Witten available, knowing he’s a big red zone target, I had to take him. Witten gets his catches every single game and is always one of Tony Romo‘s top targets.
Round 8, Pick 79 – RB Rashard Mendenhall - Assuming full health, I love Mendenhall this year. He could take the majority of carries, and to get a starting running back in round 8 is a steal.
Round 9, Pick 82 – WR Steve Smith - He always seems to be around at this time and never disappoints. Again, getting a starting player at this point is robbery. He’s the number one option, and in round 9, I say thank you.
Round 10, Pick 99 – D/ST Seattle Seahawks - Getting a top-ranked defense here was far too tempting. Many like to wait, but I couldn’t resist. Seattle only got better on defense this offseason. How do you pass on that?
Round 11, Pick 102 – WR Cecil Shorts - He emerged as the overall number one guy toward the end of last season, and I like where his development is heading. Both quarterbacks like him a lot.
Round 12, Pick 119 – RB Fred Jackson - If C.J. Spiller suffers yet another injury, Jackson’s carries could go up. This could wind up being a big-time sleeper pick.
Round 13, Pick 122 – RB Jacquizz Rodgers - Don’t buy into all the Steven Jackson hype. Carries will come Rodgers’ way. Count on it.
Round 14, Pick 139 – K Matt Prater - Denver will score lots of points. I like points.
Round 15, Pick 142 – QB Ben Roethlisberger - I can’t complain with getting a quality backup in the last round. Options are limited, but he always finds ways to put up points.
QB: Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger
RB1: Arian Foster, Rashard Mendenhall, Jacquizz Rodgers
RB2: Frank Gore, Fred Jackson
WR1: Wes Welker, Percy Harvin, Cecil Shorts
WR2: Victor Cruz, Steve Smith
TE: Jason Witten
K: Matt Prater