Over the weekend, myself along with nine other Rant Sports writers got together for the first Rant Sports 2013 Fantasy Football mock draft, and the results were interesting. Let’s take a look at how it all shook out.
Round 1-Jamaal Charles-Charles was my no. 3 player in queue after Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster. Charles is going to ascend to a new level in the new Kansas City Chiefs offense. Everything that a player like LeSean McCoy (who went one pick sooner) is, Charles has with more blinding speed. Charles might lose a little ground in terms of rushing yards but should more than make up for it with additional receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Round 2-Alfred Morris-When my pick snaked back around I had to move fast. Morris wasn’t my ideal choice, but the running back cupboard was bare other than some committee types and aging veterans. I had planned to draft Aaron Rodgers in the second, but he went one pick before my selection, so Morris and his 1,500 yard and 10 TD potential was a nice consolation prize.
Round 3-Colin Kaepernick-Kaepernick was only on the field for a portion of the season, but his physical gifts are evident. A full season in this system and he should flourish. I won’t be shocked if he tops 4,000 passing, 1,000 rushing, and over 30 total touchdowns. Getting a 4,000 passer is great, but you add in the rushing yards and it’s like having an additional starter on your roster.
Round 4-Andre Johnson-There was a time when Johnson was considered a 2nd round prospect, so getting him in the 4th was a steal. The Houston Texans added some weapons in the passing game this offseason which could take away some of Johnson’s targets but should free him up in coverage allowing him some long touchdowns. He’s still a great WR1 and a steal at this point.
Round 5-Lamar Miller-At this point in the draft I like to look at players I have identified as ascending players who I project to have huge jumps in projection. Miller is the first of them, and it’s really going to come down to touches. Miller is the most talented back the Miami Dolphins have, so by mid-season he should take over the bulk of the touches. He, along with a couple of my other later round picks should make for great Flex plays.
Round 6- Antonio Brown-Two things are certain. One is that Brown is the best receiving option Ben Roethlisberger has, and two is Roethlisberger is going to be slinging it all over the field. Brown’s game is speed and the deep pass. He likely won’t top 80 catches, but with nearly 14YPC average for his career, 1,200 yards is not out of the question.
Round 7- Daryl Richardson-Richardson is another risk/reward pick. He is taking first team reps and is the best running back option the St. Louis Rams have. With an improved passing game there will be lanes for him to run through and could be a steal here.
Round 8-DeSean Jackson-With the news that Jeremy Maclin is done for the year after tearing his ACL in training camp, this pick looks even better. Jackson is going to be the kind of player you plug in with the right matchup and let him ring up big numbers.
Round 9- Andy Dalton- Round 10 TY Hilton-Round 11 DeAngelo Williams- Round 12 Danario Alexander-Rounds 9-12 are about depth. These are bye week fill ins and potential plug in players in case of injury. I’m very happy with all four of these picks, and Williams in particular could be a nice flex player.
Round 13 Pittsburgh Defense-Round 14 Matt Bryant-Round 15 Coby Fleener-I always set aside my final three picks for defense/special teams, kicker, and tight end. I had these three in my queue before the draft started as my only options and they all lasted. Fleener could end up a top 5 tight end with all the injuries in the league.
Overall I love this squad. There’s very little risk with any of my picks, and if a few can take that next step this team will be tough to beat.
QB-Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton
RB-Jamaal Charles, Alfred Morris, Lamar Miller, Daryl Richardson, DeAngelo Williams
WR-Andre Johnson, Antonio Brown, DeSean Jackson, TY Hilton, Danario Alexander