As close to #1 as possible. You can really get some strong talent with the opening rounds of your draft. And I always like the ability to make 2 picks close together so I get more of the players that I want, versus having to take whoever is left to me.
Depends on the quality of the draft. Last year, I'd say 2 (LT2 and Priest=Tier1) this year I say 5 (Portis, Priest, Green, Alexander, LT2). The key is to go as low is you can while getting a top-tier RB. Some might argue 6 with the inclusion of Deuce in tier1
This year 1-4 are the best, followed by 5-7. AVIOID at ALL costs drafting 8-10.
1-7 you are guaranteed a starting RB and a stud at that. Once you hit 8-10, big question marks with your first round pick.
The advantage in past years with 8-10 is the early 2nd round pick. This year, the majority of second rounders are question marks. Rudi.. Will Perry get phased in, Henry (see Rudi), D. Davis.. health issues, Dillon.. back to be a stud... I don't know. etc... .
I would want no later than 4th. I get either LT2, Priest, Ahman or Deuce. All guaranteed starters. Although I am hearing Ahman may lose some carries to Najeh.
I have 6th this year and it is exactly where I want to be. Any of the top 6 backs are fine with me (Priest, LT2, Green, portis, alexander, or deuce) and I like having the highest 2nd round pick as possible as someone is bound to make a silly pick or two above me leaving me with a top #2 back or a top #1 wr.
Though being at #3 isn't bad either as you could argue that the second tier Rb's are all pretty much the same and there will be a top flight WR at 3.03 available.
I think bungle613 had it right... I see so many question marks in that second round that if I can pick early and leave other owners to have to deal with those tough decisions, I am happy to do so.
Regardless in any draft I like closer to one end than the middle. You can make strong moves in one position before others can join in on the run. Better than not following a run is getting the first two picks in it!
I'm 8th pick in a 10 team league and wouldn't want any other spot. I'll get a top RB: Deuce, Alexander, Edge or Lewis (all of which could be top 3 or 4 by years end), a top 3 Wide Receiver (Moss, Manning or Holt). Plus, with as deep as the second tier runners are this year, I'll still get a solid #2 RB (or maybe Gonzo) with my 3rd pick.
Because the second tier backs are so hard to rank this year, I would rather use my second pick on an elite wide receiver than on a 10th ranked running back who could very well put up 20th ranked stats. I think all of the 2nd tier running backs this year have giant question marks next to each of them. The top 3 wide receivers don't.