Mock DraftsJuly 27, 2007


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July 2007 10 Team Mock Draft

By Roberto Baltazar

As the “real” drafting in fantasy football leagues will soon begin, 10 Cafe members signed up for a mock serpentine draft, and were given the opportunity to choose their draft spots with the intention of enabling them to practice their drafting skills in preparation for the all-important player selection process, as well as to assess the quality of the fantasy team they would end up with given their respective drafting strategies.

The roster requirements for this draft consisted of a starting lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, one team defense, and six bench spots, with standard scoring.

Below are the results of the mock draft, and if you are curious to know the reasons why some drafters picked or passed on a certain player read on, as 3 of the drafters have provided their insights regarding these matters. These gentlemen were not merely drafting for the sake of doing a mock, but also to help them build a team of championship caliber in their “real” leagues.

Pick #PlayerRoundTeam
1.Ladainian Tomlinson – RB, SD
1Mad911
2. Steven Jackson – RB, STL
1PMoney
3.  Larry Johnson – RB, KC
1TheRiver
4.   Frank Gore – RB, SF
1Indys
5.    Shaun Alexander – RB, SEA
1benb18a
6.     Joseph Addai – RB, IND
1Yianni
7.      Brian Westbrook – RB, PHI
1Hubarooski
8.       Willie Parker – RB, PIT
1BlueBandit
9.        Reggie Bush – RB, NO
1Treat24
10.         Rudi Johnson – RB, CIN
1Amazinz
11.         Chad Johnson – WR, CIN
2Amazinz
12.        Peyton Manning – QB, IND
2Treat24
13.       Steve Smith – WR, CAR
2BlueBandit
14.      Torry Holt – WR, STL
2Hubarooski
15.     Marvin Harrison – WR, IND
2Yianni
16.    Reggie Wayne – WR, IND
2benb18a
17.   Clinton Portis – RB, WAS
2Indys
18.  Laurence Maroney – RB, NE
2TheRiver
19. Willis McGahee – RB, BAL
2PMoney
20.Marshawn Lynch – RB, BUF
2Mad911
21.Larry Fitzgerald – WR, ARI
3Mad911
22. Roy Williams – WR, DET
3PMoney
23.  Terrell Owens – WR, DAL
3TheRiver
24.   Marques Colston – WR, NO
3Indys
25.    Travis Henry – RB, DEN
3benb18a
26.     Ronnie Brown – RB, MIA
3Yianni
27.      Cedric Benson – RB, CHI
3Hubarooski
28.       Edgerrin James – RB, BUF
3BlueBandit
29.        Adrian Peterson – RB, MIN
3Treat24
30.         Maurice Jones-Drew – RB, JAC
3Amazinz
31.         Randy Moss – WR, NE
4Amazinz
32.        Antonio Gates – TE, SD
4Treat24
33.       TJ Houshmandzadeh – WR, CIN
4BlueBandit
34.      Anquan Boldin – WR, ARI
4Hubarooski
35.     Carson Palmer – QB, CIN
4Yianni
36.    Donald Driver – WR, GB
4benb18a
37.   Plaxico Burress – WR, NYG
4Indys
38.  Javon Walker – WR, DEN
4TheRiver
39. Thomas Jones – RB, NYJ
4PMoney
40.Tom Brady – QB, NE
4Mad911
41.Calvin Johnson – WR, DET
5Mad911
42. Andre Johnson – WR, HOU
5PMoney
43.  Drew Brees – QB, NO
5TheRiver
44.   Jamal Lewis – RB, CLE
5Indys
45.    Lee Evans – WR, BUF
5benb18a
46.     Tony Gonzalez – TE, KC
5Yianni
47.      Donovan McNabb – QB, PHI
5Hubarooski
48.       Deuce McAllister – RB, NO
5BlueBandit
49.        DeAngelo Williams – RB, CAR
5Treat24
50.         Cadillac Williams – RB, TB
5Amazinz
51.         Hines Ward – WR, PIT
6Amazinz
52.        Braylon Edwards – WR, CLE
6Treat24
53.       Marc Bulger – QB, STL
6BlueBandit
54.      Deion Branch – WR, SEA
6Hubarooski
55.     Darrell Jackson – WR, SF
6Yianni
56.    Marion Barber – RB, DAL
6benb18a
57.   Santana Moss – WR, WAS
6Indys
58.  Ahman Green – RB, GB
6TheRiver
59. Vernon Davis – TE, SF
6PMoney
60.Brandon Jacobs – RB, NYG
6Mad911
61.Mark Clayton – WR, BAL
7Mad911
62. Donte Stallworth – WR, NE
7PMoney
63.  Reggie Brown – WR, PHI
7TheRiver
64.   Warrick Dunn – WR, ATL
7Indys
65.    Todd Heap – TE, BAL
7benb18a
66.     Julius Jones – RB, DAL
7Yianni
67.      Jeremy Shockey – TE, NYG
7Hubarooski
68.       Laveranues Coles – WR, NYJ
7BlueBandit
69.        Jerious Norwood – RB, ATL
7Treat24
70.         Alge Crumpler – TE, ATL
7Amazinz
71.         Chris Chambers – WR, MIA
8Amazinz
72.        Chester Taylor – RB, MIN
8Treat24
73.       Ladell Betts – RB, WAS
8BlueBandit
74.      Vernand Morency – RB, GB
8Hubarooski
75.     Chicago Bears – DEF
8Yianni
76.    Matt Hasselbeck – QB, SEA
8benb18a
77.   Kellen Winslow – TE, CLE
8Indys
78.  Chris Cooley – TE, WAS
8TheRiver
79. Matt Leinart – QB, ARI
8PMoney
80.Terry Glenn – WR, DAL
8Mad911
81.Baltimore Ravens – DEF
9Mad911
82. Drew Bennett – WR, STL
9PMoney
83.  Joey Galloway – WR, TB
9TheRiver
84.   Santonio Holmes – WR, PIT
9Indys
85.    Jerricho Cotchery – WR, NYJ
9benb18a
86.     Vincent Jackson – WR, SD
9Yianni
87.      Greg Jennings – WR, GB
9Hubarooski
88.       Brandon Jackson – RB, GB
9BlueBandit
89.        Fred Taylor – RB, JAC
9Treat24
90.         Kevin Jones – RB, DET
9Amazinz
91.         Eli Manning – QB, NYG
10Amazinz
92.        Bernard Berrian – WR, CHI
10Treat24
93.       Jason Witten – TE, DAL
10BlueBandit
94.      D.J. Hackett – WR, SEA
10Hubarooski
95.     Chris Henry – RB, TEN
10Yianni
96.    Tatum Bell – RB, DET
10benb18a
97.   SD Chargers – DEF
10Indys
98.  NE Patriots – DEF
10TheRiver
99. Jerry Porter – WR,OAK
10PMoney
100.Devery Henderson – WR, NO
10Mad911
101.Dallas Clark – TE, DAL
11Mad911
102. Adrian Peterson – RB, MIN
11PMoney
103.  LaMont Jordan – RB, OAK
11TheRiver
104.   Vince Young – QB, TEN
11Indys
105.    Jon Kitna – QB, DET
11benb18a
106.     Phillip Rivers – QB, SD
11Yianni
107.      Jay Cutler – QB, DEN
11Hubarooski
108.       Robert Meachem – WR, NO
11BlueBandit
109.        Matt Jones – WR, JAC
11Treat24
110.         Jacksonville Jaguars – DEF
11Amazinz
111.         Adam Vinatieri – K, IND
12Amazinz
112.        Anthony Gonzalez – WR, IND
12Treat24
113.       Denver Broncos – DEF
12BlueBandit
114.      Michael Turner – RB, SD
12Hubarooski
115.     Kevin Curtis – WR, PHI
12Yianni
116.    Muhsin Muhammad – WR, CHI
12benb18a
117.   Rueben Droughns – RB, NYG
12Indys
118.  Tony Romo – QB, DAL
12TheRiver
119. Philadelphia Eagles – DEF
12PMoney
120.Mike Bell – RB, DEN
12Mad911
121.Ben Roethlisberger – QB, PIT
13Mad911
122. Shayne Graham – K, CIN
13PMoney
123.  Brandon Marshall – WR, DEN
13TheRiver
124.   Derrick Mason – WR, BAL
13Indys
125.    Maurice Morris – RB, SEA
13benb18a
126.     Nate Kaeding – K, SD
13Yianni
127.      Pittsburgh Steelers – DEF
13Hubarooski
128.       Ronald Curry – WR, OAK
13BlueBandit
129.        Troy Williamson – WR, MIN
13Treat24
130.         Lendale White – RB, TEN
13Amazinz
131.         Michael Vick – QB, ATL
14Amazinz
132.        Minnesota Vikings – DEF
14Treat24
133.       Kevan Barlow – RB, PIT
14BlueBandit
134.      Anthony Thomas – RB, BUF
14Hubarooski
135.     Chris Brown – RB, TEN
14Yianni
136.    Miami Dolphins – DEF
14benb18a
137.   Jake Delhomme – QB, CAR
14Indys
138.  Jeff Wilkins – K, STL
14TheRiver
139. Steve McNair – QB, BAL
14PMoney
140.Dwayne Bowe – WR, KC
14Mad911
141.Robbie Gould – K, CHI
15Mad911
142. Ben Watson – TE, NE
15PMoney
143.  Randy McMichael – TE, STL
15TheRiver
144.   Neil Rackers – K, ARI
15Indys
145.    David Akers – K, PHI
15benb18a
146.     Kevin Walter – WR, HOU
15Yianni
147.      Jason Elam – K, DEN
15Hubarooski
148.       Mike Nugent – K, NYJ
15BlueBandit
149.        Matt Stover – K, BAL
15Treat24
150.         Isaac Bruce – WR, STL
15Amazinz

 

Mockers’ Analysis/Opinions:

Mocker: benb18a

My two most difficult decisions were my first two picks of the draft. I was drafting from the precarious fifth position, which I think is the hardest spot in the draft because it comes right after the “big four”, who are the consensus top four picks. After that quartet the next several spots become extremely cloudy. I have seen Alexander, Addai, Westbrook, and Parker drafted and ranked at this spot, with no clear cut favorite. The choice for me came down to Alexander and Westbrook. Both have proven their ceilings can be pretty high, but both are also injury risks. The fact that there was no PPR played a big part in this decision, as so far as TDs and total yards are concerned I predict Alexander will have the better season. I’m not crazy about drafting young or unproven players this high, which eliminated Addai. I also liked how Alexander looked at the end of last season, and the fact that he plays in the worst defensive division in football.

With my second round pick I was faced with the decision of either grabbing an elite WR before they were all gone or getting a top-tier RB2. This was a difficult choice, as I had no idea if a wide receiver run might force me to settle for a WR2 as my WR1. A majority of fantasy players put RB depth as their number one priority on draft day, but I am part of the “starting roster first” camp, so I decided to draft all three of my starting wideouts before getting a RB3, since there were still some decent guys left in the sixth round. I am glad I made that choice, as Travis Henry fell to me in round three, giving me the possibility of having two potential top ten running backs and a top five wideout.

As far as having a drafting strategy, I don’t really employ a certain strategy every time, as all drafts look different after the first round is in the books. I go with the flow, and simply try to figure out who will be there the next round, what position has the best values, etc. This is why I drafted Lee Evans in the fifth round instead of Brandon Jacobs. I decided to give myself a very solid WR3 who has a ton of upside at that position over a running back who has never carried a full workload.

I tried to get an elite QB, but as you can see by the draft results those players were all drafted within three picks before mine, but I didn’t really place too much emphasis on it, as I try not to reach for anybody. I was content to wait until the middle rounds to pick up two quarterbacks to platoon. I am happy with Kitna and Hasselbeck, but not thrilled. They didn’t exactly impress me in 2006 so far as turnovers are concerned, especially if we consider their performance during the second half of last season, but they are capable of having big games and putting up top 10 seasons, so I feel I could use those two depending on their matchups.

I usually wait until the last two rounds to pick up a defense because I was able to use the WW matchup strategy last season with positive results. I ended up with Miami in the fourteenth round, which I was pleased with, as I think they have a decent chance of being a top five D/ST this season. I don’t feel the temptation to reach in the middle rounds for a defense, and I instead picked up some bench players that while not spectacular, weren’t unreliable either.

Mocker: Indys_Time

Running Backs: With my first round pick (1.04) I selected Frank Gore, who I feel is due to mirror last season’s production for an improving team in San Francisco. At 2.07 I drafted Clinton Portis, as even though Portis will likely split time with Ladell Betts he could easily amass 1400 total yards with 10+ total touchdowns, and the timeshare actually makes Portis less of an injury risk since Betts will be taking some of the carries and punishment. For my backups I chose Jamal Lewis (5.04), Warrick Dunn (7.04), and Reuben Droughns (12.07). Jamal Lewis is a solid back who could top 1000 yards with 6+ TDs. Dunn might be near the end of his career, but in a redraft league he still has a fair amount of value. Finally, while Droughns might be #2 on the depth chart in New York for now, I have a feeling he will be the number 1 back for the Giants by midseason.

Quarterbacks: For my starting QB I went with Vince Young (11.04), who I feel is an explosive, fast, invigorating new talent who could easily throw for 2500 passing yards and 20 touchdowns along with and additional 700 rushing yards and 10 TDs. The fantasy points he adds to a roster with his legs are why Vince Young is poised to finish among the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks, and are what convinced me to pick him. Just in case the Madden Curse strikes again I chose a proven fantasy backup in Carolina’s Jake Delhomme at 14.07.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: In my Starting wide receivers, Marques Colston (3.04), Plaxico Burress (4.07), and Santana Moss (6.07) I have 3 primary receiving options for their teams, and a trio that should give me solid production. My reserve wideouts include a potential breakout player in Pittsburgh’s Santonio Holmes (9.04) and a seasoned veteran in Derrick Mason (13.04). My tight end, Kellen Winslow (8.07), is due to produce again like last year, and should once again finish in the top 5 at his position.

Defense/Kicker: At D/ST I took the Chargers (10.07), as I feel that an elite defense can be the difference between winning and losing some weeks. I finished up my draft by selecting a solid kicker in Neil Rackers (15.04).

Steal of the Draft: The biggest steal that I could see in this draft was likely the Brandon Jacobs pick at 6.10. Jacobs is, for now, considered the starting RB for the New York Giants, and could potentially produce 1000+ yards and 10+ TDs.

Sleepers: There are several “sleeper” picks that I like in this draft. Santonio Holmes, while the #2 wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is quite capable in my opinion of gaining over 1000 yards with 7 touchdowns this season. Also, Anthony Thomas of Buffalo, at 14.04, fell very far for a redraft league. He could be a solid starter for most of the year and keep incoming rookie Marshawn Lynch behind him on the depth chart. In a year Lynch will probably have the starting spot, but for now the A-Train might be carrying the Buffalo Bills.

Mocker: BlueBandit24

Round 1: Willie Parker – Parker was the last “stud” RB on the board, and when both he and Westbrook dropped past 1.06 I decided I would take whoever fell to 1.08. He provided a solid #1 back to build around.

Round 2: Steve Smith – With 3 starting wide receivers, taking an elite one seemed like a logical choice in Round 2, especially with plenty of serviceable RBs to be had in the 3rd.

Round 3: Edgerrin James – I felt the need to secure my 2nd running back. Arizona has made some changes that should benefit the running game, and Edge doesn’t have anyone who will compete with him for carries.

Round 4: T.J. Houshmandzadeh – “Housh” is one of the top #2 wideouts and his numbers have improved every year.

Round 5: Deuce McAllister – RB depth is extremely valuable and I see Deuce as having RB2 value. If this were a “real” league, Deuce would be great injury insurance or trade bait.

Round 6: Marc Bulger – With no other players that I really liked available in Round 6, I went with an elite quarterback to further strengthen my starting lineup.

Round 7: Laveranues Coles – Filled out my receiving corps with a very reliable player. Not a “sexy” pick, but I feel very comfortable with him as a WR3.

Round 8: Ladell Betts – I had good RB depth already, so I gambled with Betts. If Portis goes down, he immediately becomes extremely valuable. Even if Portis stays healthy Betts is a good RB4.

Round 9: Brandon Jackson – A high upside running back to provide additional depth.

Round 10: Jason Witten – Not a great tight end, but a serviceable one who fills my need at the position.

Round 11: Robert Meachem – I’ll admit I immediately regretted not taking Matt Jones, but if Meachem wins the #2 gig across from Colston in New Orleans he has excellent potential with Drew Brees at the helm.

Round 12: Denver Broncos D/ST – A Top 5 defense in my opinion, and I wanted to secure a elite unit at that position.

Round 13: Ronald Curry – Hoping that this sleeper receiver comes through as Oakland’s top wideout.

Round 14: Kevan Barlow – Simply a handcuff for Parker, nothing more.

Round 15: Mike Nugent – I never take a kicker before the last round. However, Nugent did lead all kickers in scoring in the 2nd half of 2006, so I’m hoping that carries over.

 
Special thanks to benb18a, Indys_Time, and BlueBandit24 for contributing commentary for this article.

 
Robert is an active Cafe member who resides in Asia and is considered one of the best "sig" designers at the Cafe. You can find him in the forums where he posts under the name madaslives911.
 
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