Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 1:39 pm
Jamey Eisenberg and I will debut our Top 20 rookies for dynasty leagues on the site, but through the process of culminating that list I wound up ranking the 30 most prominent rookies just for 2011.
Now if you're like my boss, you'll say "How many rookies realistically make an impact in their first season?" The answer: Not many. But this year there are a healthy amount of running backs landing in situations where they'll at least split reps, a pair of receivers with really good potential, a slew of mediocre quarterbacks -- many of whom could end up starting before this season is over -- and two fairly non-descript tight ends.
The feeling I have is that we'll have a year where maybe five or six running backs make a decent impact along with one of the two elite receivers. I don't think any of the quarterbacks will be much to write home about, although I do think it will be a QB taken in Round 2 that ends up outproducing the QBs taken in Round 1.
Here's the list of rookies ranked solely for 2011:
Mark Ingram, RB, NO
Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
Julio Jones, WR, ATL
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
Roy Helu, RB, WAS
A.J. Green, WR, CIN
Cam Newton, QB, CAR
Jake Locker, QB, TEN
Christian Ponder, QB, MIN
Alex Henery, PK, PHI
Taiwan Jones, RB, OAK
Titus Young, WR, DET
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
Leonard Hankerson, WR, WAS
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
Rob Housler, TE, ARI
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, KC
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
Blaine Gabbert, QB, JAC
Delone Carter, RB, IND
Dion Lewis, RB, PHI
Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
Evan Royster, RB, WAS
Alex Green, RB, GB
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:40 pm
If you're worried about Maurice Jones-Drew not being effective or holding up for the 2011 season because of offseason knee surgery and a perceived "bone-on-bone" condition, get over it.
A source close to the Jaguars' star running back told CBSSports.com on Wednesday that Jones-Drew is ahead of schedule on his rehab from surgery for a torn meniscus and is already running and cutting in what was referred to as "grueling" rehab.
It's worth noting that Jones-Drew began feeling pain in his right knee during the preseason and played through it for 14 of 16 games, including a six-week span late in the year where he had consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts. Rehab is still expected to last through May, but according to the source, Jones-Drew will be "better than ever" when it's time for training camp.
For a player who has been as consistently productive as Jones-Drew has been over his career, that's a lot off our minds.
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:01 am
16 regular-season games? 17 games? 18? Two preseason games? Three? Four? The questions and concerns about the future of the NFL schedule have been batted around for well over a year, yet there seems to be no common ground between the NFL Players Union and the NFL's owners on what's best for everyone.
Here's a thought: Addition by subtraction. And I'm not talking regular-season games. I've got a two-pronged plan on how the league and the union should end this.
Generally speaking, season ticket holders don't pony up the big bucks for the preseason games. If anything, they're a pain. No one likes going because you see an inferior product compared to a regular-season game. Some season ticket holders complain that they can't even give their preseason tickets away.
So Part I of my solution to the schedule snafu is simple: Every team kills one preseason game. Thus, every team will play one preseason game at home and one on the road. The end.
However, in doing so, NFL teams are NOT obligated to reduce their season-ticket prices. Yes, this means they'll still charge patrons their 10-game price for nine games, but it's one of those annoying preseason games they're cutting. Does this mean fans are getting stuck with footing the bill for the owners making more profit? Yes it does. Is it bad P.R.? On the surface it is, but I can't imagine many season ticket holders being up in arms over losing value on their tickets by having one less preseason game to shlep out to. If a good business has a failing or faulty product, they fix or eliminate it, right? That's what the NFL is doing here. If fans are upset and the team wants to do something to make up for it, they could offer some sort of special experience where season ticket holders could meet players, have a banquet with the coaches, spend an afternoon tossing the pigskin around on the field, whatever. Accomodations could be made.
If a preseason game is chucked, teams would probably schedule a scrimmage with another team in its place, which makes for an opportunity to sell general admission tickets (you know you'd pay $10 or $20 to see your team scrimmage) and perhaps a TV deal or webcast deal for the scrimmage itself. A scrimmage would give coaches a chance to work against opposing teams and players in specific game situations that might not come up (or not come up enough) in a preseason game. For instance, on one side of the field an offense works on third-down plays against a third-down defense and on the other, a goal-line offense works against a goal-line defense.
Playing one less preseason game wouldn't have a tremendous financial impact on the owners -- they wouldn't have the extra stadium operating costs, but they might have to give back some money to local TV stations for their preseason coverage unless the game is replaced by the aforementioned scrimmage. But playing one less preseason game would have an impact on the players as it represents one fewer game for them to incur injuries.
Part II of my solution is equally simple: Expand the Thursday night package and sell it to a network, with the owners keeping the majority of the money gained from the package. Without knowing the specifics, it is believed that both NBC and ESPN paid well over $600 million per season to broadcast one game a week. Under this proposal, the NFL would keep the first $500 million gained from a TV deal for a Thursday package and split the remaining revenues with the players. (Currently the NFL is charging NFL Network $0 million for the Thursday games).
Why is this important? Because then the owners could simply give the players what they originally wanted: Take $1 billion off the top of the league's $9 billion in revenue and split the remaining $8 billion. Now, the league would conceivably land closer to $10 billion in revenue with a Thursday night TV deal and take $1.5 billion off the top. With $8.5 billion remaining, that's more money for all parties involved. Would it be a problem selling the NFL to a network for $500 million? I think we both know the answer to that question.
Players keep 16 games, lose two preseason games (one per team) and still get the same slice of pie (if not bigger) they've been served for years. Owners keep the ticket revenue they've been accustomed to while picking up significantly more non-union revenue. Fans and networks ultimately end up paying more, but not an exhorbitant amount -- in the case of the fans they'll just pay what they have been paying all along. A network will see the chance to buy the Thursday package as a business opportunity. The rookie wage scale, health care issues and retirement fund dilemmas would fall into place.
The league and its players would ultimately have a Collective Bargaining Agreement without much disagreement. Fantasy Football leagues wouldn't be in peril, nor would our normal Sunday rituals in the fall and winter. Life would be good again.
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:26 pm
Leave it to Tiki Barber to make some NFL headlines during a week where no NFL transactions are allowed while a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is hammered out.
Barber announced Tuesday that he will attempt a comeback after being out of the league since retiring four years ago. He will be 36 years old when the season starts.
The Giants, his old team who still hold his rights, responded to this news with the following statement:
"We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list."
So there's one team that we can scratch off the potential suitors list. And frankly, 31 more should follow.
Let's consider the facts: Barber hasn't played a down of football in four years. Sure, he claims he's still in great shape and is reinvigorated by watching his twin brother Ronde play while he's been out. But you can't help but think that even with his body getting all of that time off, he still pales in comparison to backup running backs on league rosters now, running backs who are free agents as of the new CBA and running backs available on Draft Day.
Even the most logical reunion -- Barber joining ex-Giants assistant coach John Fox in Denver -- doesn't make sense. The Broncos are looking for a back to help Knowshon Moreno out, but would they take on Barber or stick with someone like Correll Buckhalter, who's been playing ball all this time, is in game shape, has been productive and knows the offense?
I wouldn't be surprised to see Barber join a team for training camp, with the Broncos a possibility and the Buccaneers (Tiki and Ronde together) a potential fit. I would be surprised to see Barber make a final roster. And I would be even more surprised to see Barber earn a part-time role. You'd have to pop my eyes back into my head and pick up my jaw from the floor if Barber was starting somewhere and relevant in Fantasy again.
And the bottom line is that with his chances of taking on a decent role and being a Fantasy option, even a backup, beyond slim to none, no one should consider him draft-worthy. But it might be an interesting story following him through his career ressurection.
Remember, not many people thought Ricky Williams could come back and be significant, yet it was two seasons ago he had over 1,100 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Barber can only hope he can deliver a percentage of that.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:56 pm
There's no doubt that the tight ends at the top of my positional rankings list are great for Fantasy. They're essentially big-play receiver types that you can line up at the tight end spot. The same reason why you love them are the same reason why NFL coaches love the athletic tight ends.
But if you miss on them, should you shed a tear? Maybe if you're near an onion. Otherwise, no. In fact, you should smile.
Assuming you play in an 8-, 10- or 12-team league and start only one tight end, you are already locked at the position. It's done already. Consider the Top 16 Fantasy tight ends:
1. Antonio Gates, SD
2. Dallas Clark, IND
3. Jason Witten, DAL
4. Vernon Davis, SF
5. Rob Gronkowski, NE
6. Jermichael Finley, GB
7. Tony Gonzalez, ATL
8. Chris Cooley, WAS
9. Kellen Winslow, TB
10. Zach Miller, OAK
11. Jimmy Graham, NO
12. Marcedes Lewis, JAC
13. Aaron Hernandez, NE
14. Owen Daniels, HOU
15. Brandon Pettigrew, DET
16. Kevin Boss, NYG
Would anyone prefer someone like Boss or Pettigrew to Gates or Clark? Probably not. But there's nothing un appealing about starting Boss or Pettigrew in Fantasy.
In standard leagues that start one tight end, every single owner will have someone sitting there waiting for them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so one owner might swipe Gates or Clark in late Round 4 while another waits until Round 8 or 9 for Gonzalez or Cooley while another spends his third-to-last pick on Pettigrew or Boss. Any way you slice it, you're getting tremendous value.
But should we make good use of the talent that's there and challenge our league further? Should Fantasy commissioners consider adapting rosters to require TWO starting tight ends in 2011? Why not take advantage of the depth and talent at the position, which is only going to expand as teams look for more mismatch material to dominate defenses?
Roster impact: Owners would expand starting lineups to include a second tight-end slot and expand Fantasy drafts by one round to accomodate the extra player.
Draft impact: Tight ends would start flying off the boards much sooner (Round 3?), and multiple owners would get left holding the bag and gambling on the likes of Jermaine Gresham and Tony Moeaki -- not that that would necessarily be a bad thing.
Time-spent impact: Assuming you don't nail down two good tight ends, it would be more work on the waiver wire to solidify the tight end spots. Some owners don't mind that work, others go through it enough with one tight end as it is.
Scoring impact: More points, obviously. Is that a bad thing?
It's another draft pick, another roster spot at another lineup spot at a position bursting at the seams with talent. Sounds like a win all the way around for eager Fantasy owners.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:00 pm
You know the quarterbacks who did well in Fantasy Football in 2010. But you might not know how a team's cumulative quarterback performance fared.
Well, now you do.
Why is this information relevant? Consider the performance of the Broncos, Cowboys and Lions. Had the starters for those teams stayed on the field (or in the case of the Broncos, had the rookie seen more playing time sooner), they would have conceivably been Fantasy superstars and key components to an owner's title run.
The quarterbacks on those teams didn't finish in the Top 10 in standard scoring, but their teams did. So something those teams did went right for their QBs to total so many Fantasy points. That's real good news for Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford, who will continue with their current offenses; the Broncos won't run the same scheme so there is some concern about what Tim Tebow will be asked to run next year and if he can run it successfully.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:31 am
In my rankings this week you'll find something rather startling: Tom Brady is not in my Top 12. It's not an attempt to be "out there" or to draw shock value. Based on the matchup, as well as Brady's receiving corps, as well as his history against the Ravens' defensive scheme, I don't think Brady will have a great week.
Brady's stats over his last 40 starts will tell you that he is a Fantasy stud, but a big reason for those numbers was the presence of wide receiver Randy Moss. Never once did Brady play a game without Moss from 2007 through Week 3 of this year, and his numbers were mostly excellent. Before Moss, Brady was pretty good but not a 300-yard bomber. In fact, from 2001 to 2006 -- a five-year window where he won three Super Bowls but didn't play with a talent like Moss -- Brady had 17 300-yard games over 108 starts, including the postseason. That's one every six games or so, which is pretty good. But that pales in comparison to the 15 300-yard games he had over 40 starts with Moss (including the postseason) -- one 300 yarder every 2.67 games!
I contend that those days are over, as they have been this season: Zero 300-yard games while Moss was playing in a seemingly limited role (22 targets over four games).
Brady's receiving corps added Deion Branch this week, a receiver who easily had his best years with Brady in New England, including a career-best 2005 when he averaged 62.3 yards per game and less than one touchdown every three games. Those are Branch's best numbers as he finished '05 with 998 receiving yards and five scores. The Branch playing for New England now is not the same as the 2005 Branch: Since the Patriots smartly traded him away for two first-round picks, Branch has had multiple knee surgeries and has clearly lost his speed as his receiving average dropped from 13.7 yards per catch in his first three years in Seattle to 9.5 over his last 18 games there. Branch, who is expected to help replace Moss, will be a good source of receptions but not a gamebreaker, which some people will say he never was.
The rest of Brady's receiving corps is good but much, much easier to defend against now that Moss is gone. And that's music to the ears of the Ravens defense.
Baltimore's secondary has been lights-out this year: The only touchdowns they've allowed were to Benjamin Watson in Week 3 and two to Brandon Lloyd last week, one on a sensational deep-ball grab and another late to pad the Broncos' stats. They've shut down Mark Sanchez and Carson Palmer, each of whom threw for multiple touchdowns against the Patriots, by the way. And even with the Broncos throwing for 314 yards on 38 attempts last week, the Ravens' secondary is still yielding just 156.6 passing yards per game.
Next, I want you to check out Brady's career numbers against the Ravens' defense as well as against Rex Ryan's Jets defense. Ryan previously coordinated with the Baltimore D and did a pretty good job of scheming against Brady until recently. But even after Ryan left the Ravens, Ray Lewis & Co. have done a pretty good job containing Brady while Ryan's bunch in New York have begun to fizzle out.
vs. BAL (11/28/04): 15 of 30 passing (50.0 pct.), 172 yards (5.73 yards/att.), 0 TDs, 0 INT
at BAL (12/03/07): 18 of 38 passing (47.4 pct.), 257 yards (6.76 yards/att.), 2 TDs, 1 INT
at NYJ (09/20/09): 23 of 47 passing (48.9 pct.), 216 yards (4.59 yards/att.), 0 TDs, 1 INT
vs. BAL (10/04/09): 21 of 32 passing (65.6 pct.), 258 yards (8.1 yards/att.), 1 TD, 0 INT
vs. NYJ (11/22/09): 28 of 41 passing (68.3 pct.), 310 yards (7.6 yards/att.), 1 TD, 0 INT
vs. BAL (1/10/10): 23 of 42 passing (54.8 pct.), 154 yards (3.7 yards/att.), 2 TD, 3 INTs
at NYJ (9/19/10): 20 of 36 passing (55.6 pct.), 248 yards (6.9 yards/att.), 2 TD, 2 INTs
Keep in mind, Brady had some good numbers and some bad numbers against this aggresive version of the 3-4 scheme designed to attack him, but all except the 2004 numbers were done with Moss in the lineup. Again, notice just one 300-yard game and three games with more than one touchdown through the air.
I'd also like to point out that the Ravens specifically have done a good job limiting Wes Welker. In two games against Baltimore, one in December, 2007 and one in October, 2009, Welker totaled nine catches for 66 yards and no scores. In the interest of full disclosure, it's worth pointing out that Welker's replacement in the team's playoff game last year, Julian Edelman, scalded the Ravens for two scores while catching six passes for 44 yards. It's conceivable that Welker would have those numbers, especially since both of those touchdowns were hard-earned on broken plays. Or maybe the Ravens didn't take Edelman as seriously as they do Welker.
There's another issue even the most ardent of Patriots fans will take with this: The team is money after the bye week. Brady scorched Miami for 332 yards and a touchdown last year after the bye; in 2007 he hung five touchdowns and 373 yards at Buffalo. And the Patriots have only lost once following the bye with Brady as their quarterback.
Clearly, giving Bill Belichick two weeks to prepare for an opponent has done wonders for the Pats. But how much of that time has been spent reinventing the offense this year? It's been a while since we've seen the Patriots without Randy Moss. Are they going to seamlessly perform without him (they sort of did that in Week 4)? There's also a question of what role the running game will have post-Moss; do not put it past the Patriots to try using the run against Baltimore. Remember, this vaunted Ravens defense was picked apart by Peyton Hillis and Rashard Mendenhall -- who's to say Belichick won't scheme his offense to attack Baltimore the same way? You can't just say he's going to have Brady throw like crazy -- the guy will find wrinkles anywhere and has shown in the past that he will tailor his offense to attack the weaknesses of the opponent.
I know sitting Brady is a tall order, and some of us can't do it because we don't have a backup. But playing without Moss against a strict defense doesn't seem to suggest a big game for Brady. Don't be surprised if he underwhelms against the Ravens, even with the extra week to prepare.
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:36 pm
Mock drafts are fun, but they're never a perfect science. This point was proven Friday when I mocked with 11 of my Twitter followers (follow me @daverichard).
We realized something was up when we saw Andre Johnson go first overall, then Jason Witten in Round 3 and Jets DST in Round 5. All of those picks -- reaches in every regard -- were taken by someone with the ID kalebJORDAN.
What could I do? Stop the draft? Start another? Kick him out of the draft room? The reality is that in every league, there's a "wild card," an owner who doesn't think like the rest of the world and his picks always make the other owners laugh or whine. So I thought it would be a good idea to let the draft play out with kalebJORDAN making his picks.
Suffice to say, I typed "LOL kalebJORDAN" in the chat window quite a bit. Here are the results of our mock draft complete with the rationale behind my picks:
1 kalebJORDAN Johnson, Andre (WR HOU)
2 MOE_UNIT Johnson, Chris (RB TEN)
3 Wu-Tang Forever Peterson, Adrian (RB MIN)
4 Dominators Jones-Drew, Maurice (RB JAC)
5 Whippers Rice, Ray (RB BAL)
6 Bucs Turner, Michael (RB ATL)
7 Multiples Manning, Peyton (QB IND)
8 G.O.W. Gore, Frank (RB SF)
9 Bears Rodgers, Aaron (QB GB)
10 Dave Richard Jackson, Steven (RB STL)
11 dstnbldwn Moss, Randy (WR NE)
12 Huevos Rancheros Brees, Drew (QB NO)
My pick: Steven Jackson
Jackson might not be the most popular first-round pick, but he's an every-down back. That's a rarity in and of itself. The Rams also have a fairly easy schedule and not much else on offense to take the workload away from Jackson. The only issue with picking Jackson this year is getting a good third rusher to put in his place when/if he gets hurt. Landing him 10th overall is pretty good value.
I also considered: Drew Brees, DeAngelo Williams
13 Huevos Rancheros Williams, DeAngelo (RB CAR)
14 dstnbldwn Wayne, Reggie (WR IND)
15 Dave Richard Jackson, DeSean (WR PHI)
16 bears Mendenhall, Rashard (RB PIT)
17 G.O.W. Schaub, Matt (QB HOU)
18 Multiples Mathews, Ryan (RB SD)
19 Bucs Marshall, Brandon (WR MIA)
20 Whippers Austin, Miles (WR DAL)
21 Dominators White, Roddy (WR ATL)
22 Wu-Tang Forever Johnson, Calvin (WR DET)
23 MOE_UNIT Grant, Ryan (RB GB)
24 kalebJORDAN Brady, Tom (QB NE)
My pick: DeSean Jackson
You know I'm super-high on D-Jax this year. I think he's going to be phenomenal in a pass-aggressive Eagles offense. Plus it's his third year and he's motivated to land a big contract. He's the perfect storm of Fantasy wideouts.
I also considered: No one. Jackson was my guy all the way.
25 kalebJORDAN Witten, Jason (TE DAL)
26 MOE_UNIT Romo, Tony (QB DAL)
27 Wu-Tang Forever Fitzgerald, Larry (WR ARI)
28 Dominators Greene, Shonn (RB NYJ)
29 Whippers Rivers, Philip (QB SD)
30 Bucs Rice, Sidney (WR MIN)
31 Multiples Smith, Steve (WR NYG)
32 G.O.W. Addai, Joseph (RB IND)
33 bears Moreno, Knowshon (RB DEN)
34 Dave Richard Colston, Marques (WR NO)
35 dstnbldwn Benson, Cedric (RB CIN)
36 Huevos Rancheros Jennings, Greg (WR GB)
My pick: Marques Colston
I looked to lock up two elite receivers, and with a couple of surprises earlier in the round (notably Witten and Rivers going early), Colston fell into my lap. Should be the most productive wideout in New Orleans by a mile.
I also considered: No one.
37 Huevos Rancheros Boldin, Anquan (WR BAL)
38 dstnbldwn Smith, Steve (WR CAR)
39 Dave Richard Charles, Jamaal (RB KC)
40 bears Ochocinco, Chad (WR CIN)
41 G.O.W. Gates, Antonio (TE SD)
42 Multiples McCoy, LeSean (RB PHI)
43 Bucs Thomas, Pierre (RB NO)
44 Whippers Davis, Vernon (TE SF)
45 Dominators Favre, Brett (QB MIN)
46 Wu-Tang Forever Wells, Beanie (RB ARI)
47 MOE_UNIT Clark, Dallas (TE IND)
48 kalebJORDAN Brown, Ronnie (RB MIA)
My pick: Jamaal Charles
I consider this pick a steal as Charles has 1,200-yard, seven-touchdown potential and a guy I've seen drafted as high as late Round 2. After analyzing Thomas Jones a bit more this week, I like Charles' chances to keep playing strong and getting a lot of work in 2010.
I also considered: Pierre Thomas, Beanie Wells
49 kalebJORDAN Jets (DST NYJ)
50 MOE_UNIT Bowe, Dwayne (WR KC)
51 Wu-Tang Forever Ward, Hines (WR PIT)
52 Dominators Jackson, Vincent (WR SD)
53 Whippers Welker, Wes (WR NE)
54 Bucs Driver, Donald (WR GB)
55 Multiples Best, Jahvid (RB DET)
56 G.O.W. Harvin, Percy (WR MIN)
57 bears Sims-Walker, Mike (WR JAC)
58 Dave Richard Celek, Brent (TE PHI)
59 dstnbldwn Portis, Clinton (RB WAS)
60 Huevos Rancheros Finley, Jermichael (TE GB)
My pick: Brent Celek
This pick was based on the needs of the two guys drafting after me. I didn't have a huge desire for any of the quarterbacks left, the running backs left all looked the same and the receivers were good but neither of the owners picking after me really needed one. Celek would fill a void in my lineup and I wouldn't have to sweat getting a tight end later. Maybe a smidge of a reach, but I was confident he wouldn't come back to me for my next pick.
I also considered: Jonathan Stewart
61 Huevos Rancheros Stewart, Jonathan (RB CAR)
62 dstnbldwn Jacobs, Brandon (RB NYG)
63 Dave Richard Garcon, Pierre (WR IND)
64 bears Floyd, Malcom (WR SD)
65 G.O.W. Nicks, Hakeem (WR NYG)
66 Multiples Wallace, Mike (WR PIT)
67 Bucs Manning, Eli (QB NYG)
68 Whippers Forte, Matt (RB CHI)
69 Dominators Mason, Derrick (WR BAL)
70 Wu-Tang Forever Jones, Felix (RB DAL)
71 MOE_UNIT Crabtree, Michael (WR SF)
72 kalebJORDAN Flacco, Joe (QB BAL)
My pick: Pierre Garcon
My plan worked and the receiver I wanted the most fell into my lap. Garcon should go about here in drafts, and because I think he'll play a lot this season, my expectations are high. Best of all, he's my No. 3 receiver, so I don't have to rely on him a lot if things happen that change his Fantasy value.
I also considered: Michael Crabtree, Joe Flacco
73 kalebJORDAN Cowboys (DST DAL)
74 MOE_UNIT Williams, Cadillac (RB TB)
75 Wu-Tang Forever Kolb, Kevin (QB PHI)
76 Dominators Gonzalez, Tony (TE ATL)
77 Whippers Vikings (DST MIN)
78 Bucs Daniels, Owen (TE HOU)
79 Multiples Aromashodu, Devin (WR CHI)
80 G.O.W. Breaston, Steve (WR ARI)
81 bears Shiancoe, Visanthe (TE MIN)
82 Dave Richard Cutler, Jay (QB CHI)
83 dstnbldwn Ryan, Matt (QB ATL)
84 Huevos Rancheros Barber, Marion (RB DAL)
My pick: Jay Cutler
Awesome value, and another reason why waiting on a quarterback isn't such a bad idea. Cutler's arm mixed with Mike Martz's playbook should result in some epic passing stats. That might include a lot of interceptions, but I'll take the bad with the good in this case. I probably would not have gone this route had I not drafted Steven Jackson in Round 1.
I also considered: No one. I was going Cutler all the way.
85 Huevos Rancheros Maclin, Jeremy (WR PHI)
86 dstnbldwn Bush, Reggie (RB NO)
87 Dave Richard Collie, Austin (WR IND)
88 bears Meachem, Robert (WR NO)
89 G.O.W. Packers (DST GB)
90 Multiples Hardesty, Montario (RB CLE)
91 Bucs Ravens (DST BAL)
92 Whippers Moss, Santana (WR WAS)
93 Dominators Hartley, Garrett (K NO)
94 Wu-Tang Forever Bush, Michael (RB OAK)
95 MOE_UNIT 49ers (DST SF)
96 kalebJORDAN Holmes, Santonio (WR NYJ)
My pick: Austin Collie
I love him. If you've been listening to me or reading me this offseason you'd know this. I think he's going to be awesome, and with the receiver pool drying up faster than LeBron James jersey sales in Ohio, I had to take one more guy. Now I could platoon either of the Colts' receivers opposite Reggie Wayne all season long. And, Anthony Gonzalez can't possibly play in place of both of them, so I am completely locked in with a capable Colts wideout who won't see double coverage. Sweet!
I also considered: No one. Jeremy Maclin went two picks ahead, making my choice easier.
97 kalebJORDAN Bryant, Dez (WR DAL)
98 MOE_UNIT Tomlinson, LaDainian (RB NYJ)
99 Wu-Tang Forever Forsett, Justin (RB SEA)
100 Dominators Eagles (DST PHI)
101 Whippers Akers, David (K PHI)
102 Bucs Longwell, Ryan (K MIN)
103 Multiples Tate, Ben (RB HOU)
104 G.O.W. Crosby, Mason (K GB)
105 bears Spiller, C.J. (RB BUF)
106 Dave Richard Palmer, Carson (QB CIN)
107 dstnbldwn Miller, Zach (TE OAK)
108 Huevos Rancheros Steelers (DST PIT)
My pick: Carson Palmer
Nothing is promised with Cutler like it is (figuratively) with Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees, so I needed a backup. I loved getting Palmer here because he has No. 1 quarterback potential. I'm fortunate he lasted this long, though I suppose I might have been able to wait one more round. In retrospect, I could have done better getting Thomas Jones here to back up Charles and then get Palmer.
I also considered: Thomas Jones
109 Huevos Rancheros Jones, Thomas (RB KC)
110 dstnbldwn Gostkowski, Stephen (K NE)
111 Dave Richard Bradshaw, Ahmad (RB NYG)
112 bears Slaton, Steve (RB HOU)
113 G.O.W. Hightower, Tim (RB ARI)
114 Multiples Houshmandzadeh, T.J. (WR SEA)
115 Bucs Jackson, Fred (RB BUF)
116 Whippers Gonzalez, Anthony (WR IND)
117 Dominators Taylor, Chester (RB CHI)
118 Wu-Tang Forever Berrian, Bernard (WR MIN)
119 MOE_UNIT Cotchery, Jerricho (WR NYJ)
120 kalebJORDAN Cooley, Chris (TE WAS)
My pick: Ahmad Bradshaw
Let the backup running back talent build begin! Bradshaw is on my short list of breakout candidates and felt that he was a good choice here. I also would have been happy with the other rushers available at this point, and they went right after Bradshaw did.
I also considered: Tim Hightower, Fred Jackson, Steve Slaton, Chester Taylor
121 kalebJORDAN McFadden, Darren (RB OAK)
122 MOE_UNIT Bironas, Rob (K TEN)
123 Wu-Tang Forever Carlson, John (TE SEA)
124 Dominators Maroney, Laurence (RB NE)
125 Whippers Harrison, Jerome (RB CLE)
126 Bucs McGahee, Willis (RB BAL)
127 Multiples McCluster, Dexter (WR KC)
128 G.O.W. Williams, Ricky (RB MIA)
129 bears Williams, Roy E. (WR DAL)
130 Dave Richard Brown, Donald (RB IND)
131 dstnbldwn Bears (DST CHI)
132 Huevos Rancheros Knox, Johnny (WR CHI)
My pick: Donald Brown
Another pick, another backup rusher. Simple as that.
I also considered: Dexter McCluster (snaked three picks before me -- blast!), Larry Johnson
133 Huevos Rancheros McNabb, Donovan (QB WAS)
134 dstnbldwn Smith, Kevin (RB DET)
135 Dave Richard Johnson, Larry (RB WAS)
136 bears Saints (DST NO)
137 G.O.W. Evans, Lee (WR BUF)
138 Multiples Winslow, Kellen (TE TB)
139 Bucs Smith, Alex (QB SF)
140 Whippers Sproles, Darren (RB SD)
141 Dominators Chambers, Chris (WR KC)
142 Wu-Tang Forever Henne, Chad (QB MIA)
143 MOE_UNIT Britt, Kenny (WR TEN)
144 kalebJORDAN Westbrook, Brian (RB PHI)
My pick: Larry Johnson
Effectively my 12th-round pick in every league. I think he could be a dynamo this season with the Redskins, even if he's just a part-time player. He seemingly is a lock for the final roster.
I also considered: No one. I was locked in here.
145 kalebJORDAN Hester, Devin (WR CHI)
146 MOE_UNIT Cassel, Matt (QB KC)
147 Wu-Tang Forever Chargers (DST SD)
148 Dominators Washington, Nate (WR TEN)
149 Whippers Bryant, Antonio (WR CIN)
150 Bucs Burleson, Nate (WR DET)
151 Multiples Giants (DST NYG)
152 G.O.W. Edwards, Braylon (WR NYJ)
153 bears Sanchez, Mark (QB NYJ)
154 Dave Richard Dolphins (DST MIA)
155 dstnbldwn Stafford, Matthew (QB DET)
156 Huevos Rancheros Thomas, Demaryius (WR DEN)
My pick: Dolphins DST
I needed a DST.
I also considered: Titans DST, Lawrence Tynes
157 Huevos Rancheros Kaeding, Nate (K SD)
158 dstnbldwn Roethlisberger, Ben (QB PIT)
159 Dave Richard Tynes, Lawrence (K NYG)
160 bears Vinatieri, Adam (K IND)
161 G.O.W. Jones, Julius (RB SEA)
162 Multiples Reed, Jeff (K PIT)
163 Bucs Walter, Kevin (WR HOU)
164 Whippers Bell, Mike (RB PHI)
165 Dominators Ward, Derrick (RB TB)
166 Wu-Tang Forever Rackers, Neil (K HOU)
167 MOE_UNIT Manningham, Mario (WR NYG)
168 kalebJORDAN Carpenter, Dan (K MIA)
My pick: Lawrence Tynes
I needed a kicker.
I also considered: Nate Kaeding