Jun 24, 2008
I had another draft last night for another print magazine. This was only a mock, so I can’t say I took it as seriously as others. When I say that, I basically mean I didn’t both using a cheat sheet and marking players off; I just used the site’s pre-ranked players. That can be very dangerous, however, since good players are sometimes missed because they’re buried on a site’s pre-ranked players.
I had the 10th pick, so I thought it would be interesting to see how my team looked if I passed on a RB in the first round and went with WR Randy Moss. I also wanted to try out holding off even more on QB and TE.
Note on scoring: This was not PPR league, and the scoring was yardage-heavy, so you’ll notice some of my picks favored yardage guys. It was an odd setup in that you could start only 2 RBs (and 3 WRs), and they didn’t require or want you to draft a DT.
1st Pick: I went with Moss in the first over some of the shakier RBs because he’s damn near a lock for 1300+ yards and 15 TDs if even relatively healthy. You couldn’t say that about any of the remaining RBs, plus I knew I’d get a quality back in the 2nd round.
2nd Pick: I did get a quality back with Willis McGahee, who’s a solid 2nd round pick.
3rd Pick: After McGahee, I decided to roll with Brandon Marshall, who was the only remaining young stud at the position.
4th Pick: In the 4th, I had a few attractive options. I seriously considered Ronnie Brown, but given how I was somewhat vulnerable at RB, I went with Willie Parker, who should still touch the ball plenty despite the addition of Rashard Mendenhall.
5th Pick: I went right back to the RB position and drafted Thomas Jones. I didn’t like him last year, but I’m ready to buy now at a discount. This is a yardage-heavy league, and he’s clearly going to get a ton of carries behind a beefed up O-line.
6th Pick: I haven’t taken him yet, but in the 6th I took a flyer on Dwayne Bowe, who is a young talent with upside. His QB situation isn’t good, but he’s at least the clear go-to guy.
7th Pick: Next, I grabbed Anthony Gonzalez, who I really like this year. This might have been a round or two too early, but he’s been going high so far this year, and for good reason. If Marvin Harrison has issues, then Gonzalez will be golden.
8th Pick: I needed to get a QB, and I passed on David Garrard, who I have ranked higher, for Jay Cutler. I like teaming him with his boy Brandon Marshall, and I felt the need to acquire his upside after holding off on the position until the 8th round. Cutler has more upside than Garrard.
9th pick: Next up, I went for some upside with Felix Jones, who was this (NFL) draft’s most dynamic and versatile back. This is a yardage-heavy league, and he could easily total 1000+ total yards this year.
10th Pick: I needed a TE, and in a yardage-heavy league, I was a little surprised Owen Daniels was available. He’s an emerging talent who should be considered elite this time next year.
11th pick: At this point I had two picks remaining, and I had to draft a PK with one of them. I saw Titan RB Chris Johnson still on the board, and I couldn’t pass on him. He’s the real deal, and he’ll make a lot of big plays this year.
12th pick: Finally, I took Mason Crosby with my last pick. If the Packer offense doesn’t skip a beat, he’ll be fine. If they struggle a little, they’ll likely still move the ball and stall in the red zone, so he’ll be fine.
Overall, I’m not thrilled with my team, but I have a lot of very good players and pretty good balance – so I would expect this squad to be very competitive. Again, this is just a mock. Here’s my projected starting lineup for this yardage-heavy scoring.
QB: Jay Cutler
RBs: Willis McGahee, Willie Parker/Thomas Jones
WRs: Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Bowe
TE: Owen Daniels
PK: Mason Crosby
Backups: Felix Jones, Chris Johnson, Anthony Gonzalez