Tag:mock draft
Posted on: April 23, 2008 4:46 pm

How to write a mock draft in 20 minutes

One of the first discussions I had with my managing editor, Peter Madden, was the irrelevance of an NFL Mock Draft on a Fantasy site.

"The NFL Draft process only has Fantasy relevance once the players are taken," my boss told me (or he told me something like that. I can't remember it was three years ago. I can't remember what my kid's name is but I can tell you anything you want to know about Quentin Griffin).

So doing a mock draft was taboo in the Fantasy department ... until today.

For some reason, Peter is in an amazing mood. Short of winning the lottery or hearing great news about his beloved Boston Red Sox, something must have struck him because he gave me permission to do a mock draft. And without me pestering him, either!

"But if it takes you more than 20 minutes, I'm burying your links," he said. Or something to that effect. I can't remember, it was three hours ago.

So I'm not going to waste any more time. Here's what's on my mind.

The 20-minute clock starts ... NOW!

1. Miami - Jake Long

2. St. Louis - Glenn Dorsey
Best defensive player available.

3. Kansas City (trade w/ Atlanta) - Chris Long
I love this. The ol' Raiders Hall of Famer's son comes to the arch-rival to play in the spot made open by Jared Allen's departure. Chiefs fans will LOVE seeing Howie wearing a Chiefs hat in Radio City Music Hall.

4. Oakland - Vernon Gholston
Darren McFadden is an option, but Gholston is the cherry on top of a much improved defense.

5. Atlanta (trade w/ Kansas City) - Matt Ryan
Figure the Falcons get a second-round pick in addition to the quarterback they would have taken at 3 anyway.

6. New York Jets - Darren McFadden
Finally, a rookie RB whose hype will (almost) match where he gets drafted in Fantasy leagues.

7. New England - Leodis McKelvin
Pats need some youth on defense; McKelvin can play as a cornerback under Belichick's tutelage and work on special teams.

8. New Orleans (trade w/ Baltimore) - Sedrick Ellis
The Ravens move down, pick up a 2 and stick it to the Bengals. Ellis fills a huge need (literally) for the Saints.

9. Cincinnati - Keith Rivers
Drafted a year too late, Rivers will help shore up the Bengals' suddenly plentiful LB corps.

10. Baltimore (trade w/ New Orleans) - Branden Albert
The Ravens need depth and talent along the O-line. Albert fits the bill.

11. Buffalo - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Bills defense adds more speed, more energy. And now they're formidable.

12. Denver - Ryan Clady
See Baltimore at 10. Clady won't have to change his allegiance -- he's still a Bronco!

13. Detroit (trade w/ Carolina) - Rashard Mendenhall
Fearing that the Bears take Mendenhall, the Lions move up to get their guy. They would also settle for Derrick Harvey.

14. Arizona (trade w/ Chicago) - Derrick Harvey
They need a DE of the future and don't want anyone else to get it.

15. Carolina (trade w/ Detroit) - Jonathan Stewart
The perfect compliment to DeAngelo Williams

16. Chicago (trade w/ Arizona) - Jeff Otah
As much as I think Otah is overrated, the Bears cannot ignore O-line needs.

17. Kansas City - Brian Brohm
Makes too much sense. The Chiefs now have added key players to both sides of the football.

18. Houston - Mike Jenkins
So tempted to give them a RB, but the youthful cornerback helps their defense.

19. Eagles - Devin Thomas
I don't like any of the WRs going this early, but Thomas can help out some now and realy develop into a No. 1 WR later.

Clock's running out on me ...

20. San Francisco (trade w/ Tampa Bay) - Gosder Cherilus
21. Washington Redskins - Philip Merling
22. Dallas - Limas Sweed
23. Pittsburgh - Jerod Mayo
24. Tennessee - Kentwan Balmer
25. N.Y. Giants (trade w/ Seattle involving Shockey) -  Kenny Phillips
26. Jacksonville - Calais Campbell
27. San Diego - Chris Williams
28. Dallas - Felix Jones
29. Tampa Bay (trade w/ San Fran) - DeSean Jackson
30. Green Bay - Dustin Keller
31. Seattle (trade w/ New York) - James Hardy

... with 30 seconds to spare!!
Category: NFL
Tags: mock draft
Posted on: February 19, 2008 4:33 pm

Offseason exercising

No, this isn't a blog about what I am doing this offseason to stay in shape (or lack thereof). Instead, I'm reporting on a mock draft I did with the guys at FantasyFootballXtreme.com.

We mocked it up -- 12 teams, 14 rounds, standard scoring. We started the day after the Super Bowl.

Here are my picks (I went 10th in serpentine draft).

1. Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Why him?: Last high-touch RB left on the board who still gets goal-line touches. I did not like making this pick.
Passed over: Willis McGahee (probably should have taken him), Ryan Grant, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush, Marion Barber, Willie Parker.

2. Willie Parker, RB, PIT
Why him?: Couldn't pass on his potential. Should up his TDs from 2007's two.
Passed over: Marion Barber, Earnest Graham, All WRs

3. Marques Colston, WR, NO
Why him?: Last youngish big-play No. 1 WR left on the board, and he's a third-year player in a contract year in 2008. I am expecting huge stats.
Passed over: Torry Holt, Wes Welker, Roy Williams

4. Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Why him?: Should continue to develop into quality receiver for Packers. Last of the No. 1s available.
Passed over: Brandon Marshall, Laurence Maroney, Anquan Boldin, Tony Romo, Antonio Gates

5 and 6, respectively: Travis Henry and Selvin Young, RBs, DEN
Why them?: Just trying to cover my bases on Denver runners. Can't remember the last time a Broncos RB went this late in drafts (could it be 2006?). Best case: Henry starts elsewhere and Young starts in Denver. Worst case: Broncos trade up for Darren McFadden.
Passed over: Calvin Johnson, Derek Anderson, Thomas Jones, Donald Driver

7. Brett Favre, QB, GB
Why him?: I needed a quarterback, and I am convinced he will come back for one more year based on the talent the Packers have and might still add. But I made this pick knowing I had to back him up properly.
Passed over: Donovan McNabb, Vernon Davis

8. Bernard Berrian, WR, FA
Why him?: He's going to sign somewhere to be a No. 1 receiver. Anywhere is better than Chicago.
Passed over: Bobby Engram, Reggie Williams, Santana Moss, Todd Heap

9. Jamaal Charles, RB, ROOKIE
Why him?: I'm a huge fan of his and think he can be a complete NFL back as soon as this year.
Passed over: Eli Manning

10. Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
Why him?: I am a big believer in him and expect big things from him -- if he can stay healthy.
Passed over: Jay Cutler, Matt Leinart, David Garrard, Jake Delhomme

11. Heath Miller, TE, PIT
Why him?: I needed a tight end, he's pretty good. Not a pick I loved.
Passed over: DeShaun Foster, Cadillac Williams

12. Nate Burleson, WR, SEA
Why him?: Another player I expect big things from in 2008.
Passed over: Chargers DST, Donte Stallworth

13 and 14. Packers DST and Nick Folk


No. 1 pick: Adrian Peterson; LaDainian Tomlinson was second

Tom Brady went 5th overall, Peyton Manning went 8th overall ... next QB was Tony Romo in the fourth round, an absolute steal. Carson Palmer was next at the last pick in Round 4.

Michael Turner went 25th overall (first pick in Round 3).

Darren McFadden went 31st overall (seventh pick in Round 3). Rashard Mendenhall was the second rookie taken (55th overall -- seventh pick in Round 5), and Jonathan Stewart went after him.

11 of 12 picks in Round 14 were kickers. That's the way it should be.

For a full review of the draft, including the ripping of me taking Portis in Round 1, click here: http://fantasyfootballxtreme.com/20
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