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Pick #21 – Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
Pick #22 – Julio Jones, WR, ATL
Pick #23 – Randall Cobb, WR, GB
Pick #24 – Alfred Morris, RB, WSH
Pick #25 – Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
Pick #26 – Alshon Jeffrey, WR, CHI
Pick #27 – Montee Ball, RB, DEN
Pick #28 – Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
Pick #29 – Julius Thomas, TE, DEN (My Pick)
Pick #30 – Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
Pick #31 – C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
Pick #32 – Antonio Brown, WR, PIT (My Pick)
Pick #33 – Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Pick #34 – Reggie Bush, RB, DET
Pick #35 – Ben Tate, RB, CLE
Pick #36 – Frank Gore, RB, SF
Pick #37 – Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
Pick #38 – Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
Pick #39 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Pick #40 – Pierre Garcon, WR, WSH
Pick #41 – Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
Pick #42 – DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
Pick #43 – Trent Richardson, RB, IND
Pick #44 – Keenan Allen, WR, SD
Pick #45 – Andrew Luck, QB, IND
Pick #46 – Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
Pick #47 – Wes Welker, WR, DEN
Pick #48 – Roddy White, WR, ATL
Pick #49 – Percy Harvin, WR, SEA (My Pick)
Pick #50 – Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
Pick #51 – Ray Rice, RB, BAL
Pick #52 – Andre Ellington, RB, ARI (My Pick)
Pick #53 – Cam Newton, QB, CAR
Pick #54 – Vernon Davies, TE, SF
Pick #55 – Robert Griffin III, QB, WSH
Pick #56 – Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
Pick #57 – Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
Pick #58 – Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Pick #59 – Nick Foles, QB, PHI
Pick #60 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
Pick #61 –Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
Pick #62 – Jason Witten, TE, DAL
Pick #63 – Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
Pick #64 – Julian Edelman, WR, NE
Pick #65 – Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
Pick #66 – Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
Pick #67 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
Pick #68 – Joique Bell, RB, DET
Pick #69 – Golden Tate, WR, DET (My Pick)
Pick #70 – Marques Colston, WR, NO
Pick #71 – Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
Pick #72 – Michael Floyd, WR, ARI (My Pick)
Pick #73 –Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
Pick #74 – Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
Pick #75 – Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
Pick #76 – Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
Pick #77 – Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
Pick #78 – Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
Pick #79 – Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
Pick #80 – Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
Pick #81 – Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
Pick #82 – Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
Pick #83 – Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
Pick #84 – Seahawks D/ST
Pick #85 – Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
Pick #86 – Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
Pick #87 – Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
Pick #88 – Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
Pick #89 – Danny Woodhead, RB, SD (My Pick)
Pick #90 – Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
Pick #91 – Danny Amendola, WR, NE
Pick #92 – Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ (My Pick)
Pick #93 – Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
Pick #94 – Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
Pick #95 – Greg Olson, TW, CAR
Pick #96 – Panthers D/ST
Pick #97 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
Pick #98 – Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
Pick #99 – Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
Pick #100 – Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
Pick #101 – DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
Pick #102 – David Wilson, RB, NYG
Pick #103 – Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND
Pick #104 – Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
Pick #105 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
Pick #106 – Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
Pick #107 – Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
Pick #108 – Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
Pick #109 – Lamar Miller, RB, MIA (My Pick)
Pick #110 – Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
Pick #111 – Steve Smith, WR, BAL
Pick #112 – Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN (My Pick)
Pick #113 – Tre Mason, RB, STL
Pick #114 – Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
Pick #115 – Mark Ingram, RB, NO
Pick #116 – Greg Jennings, WR, MIN
Pick #117 – Tom Brady, QB, NE
Pick #118 – James Jones, WR, OAK
Pick #119 – Andre Brown, RB, FA
Pick #120 – Donald Brown, RB, SD
Pick #121 – Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Pick #122 – Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
Pick #123 – Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
Pick #124 – Philip Rivers, QB, SD
Pick #125 – Latavius Murray, RB, OAK
Pick #126 – Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
Pick #127 – Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
Pick #128 – LeGarrett Blount, RB, PIT
Pick #129 – Mike Evans, WR, TB (My Pick)
Pick #130 – 49ers D/ST
Pick #131 – Jordan Reed, TE, WSH
Pick #132 – James Starks, RB, GB (My Pick)
Pick #133 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Pick #134 – Broncos D/ST
Pick #135 Cardinals D/ST
Pick #136 – Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE
Pick #137 – Christine Michael, RB, SEA
Pick #138 – Rams D/ST
Pick #139 – Bengals D/ST
Pick #140 – Knile Davis, RB, KC
Pick #141 – Chiefs D/ST
Pick #142 – C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
Pick #143 – Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
Pick #144 – Roy Helu, RB, WSH
Pick #145 – Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
Pick #146 – Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
Pick #147 – Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
Pick #148 – Patriots D/ST
Pick #149 – Bills D/ST (My Pick)
Pick #150 – Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Pick #151 – Tavon Austin, WR, STL
Pick #152 – Justin Tucker, K, BAL (My Pick)
Pick #153 – Mason Crosby, K, GB
Pick #154 – Phil Dawson, K, SF
Pick #155 – Nick Novak, K, SD
Pick #156 – Buccaneers D/ST
Pick #157 – Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
Pick #158 – Blair Walsh, K, MIN
Pick #159 – Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Pick #160 – Charles Clay, TE, MIA
Mock drafts are valuable, because they allow you to simulate the events of a real draft, and see what mistakes you made and things you can exploit when the actual thing takes place. Here are some of the things I noticed.
1) Don’t pull the trigger on a quarterback too early – I drafted Drew Brees in the second round, and whilst he is a top three quarterback, and almost certainly will finish there in scoring at the position, I don’t think I should have made this pick. With the likes of Tony Romo and Philip Rivers remaining at the start of round 13, I would much prefer to take an elite WR like A.J. Green or Demaryius Thomas in round 2, and wait until much later to draft my starting QB. The depth at the position validates this strategy.
2) I almost caught Ball – One player I am high on this year is Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball. After I enjoyed being Knowshon Moreno’s owner last year, I would feel comfortable taking Ball in the second or the third round this year. In this particular mock draft, Ball actually went in round three, and I had planned to nab him with pick 29. He was taken just two selections earlier, and was actually an autopick after the player had left the draft early. I had to settle for his Denver teammate, Julius Thomas. Not the worst consolation prize.
3) Is there much more value earlier on? – I think that better value could be found towards the end of round 7 and later, than that in rounds 4 to 7. Antonio Brown, Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, who were all taken in round 4 could be just as productive as Golden Tate, Michael Floyd and Emmanuel Sanders – who were all taken at least three rounds later. There are plenty of other examples, but I suppose that the proof will be in the results.
4) Mr Not-So-Irrelevant? – In this mock draft, Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay was taken with the last pick. If this was a real draft, then that selection could prove to be great value. Clay is at the top of the tight end depth chart in Miami, and should see plenty of targets from Ryan Tannehill, after Mike Wallace disappointed last year. While it may be a risk to expect starting tight end production from him in fantasy, Clay will more than likely be a potential flex starter, and should be able to adequately fill in for a starting tight end on a bye week. Last season Clay was the seventh-best fantasy tight end; selecting him last overall in the draft should reflect immense value. Fellow tight ends Jordan Reed, Greg Olson, Dennis Pitta, and Kyle Rudolph were all available late on as well.
5) The sloppy seconds aren’t all that sloppy – So once the draft concluded, I was able to scroll through the list of the players who remained on the board, and there were a lot of good players in there. Even though he had a nightmare season last year, Eli Manning was one player who I was surprised to see go undrafted, and he was joined by the likes of Stevie Johnson, Carson Palmer, Andrew Hawkins, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Jarrett Boykin on the list of players who managed to go through all 16 rounds without being taken. It is worth noting, however, that in a league with more than ten teams, all of those players would probably be gone by the end of those drafts.
Round 1 – Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
Really solid pick to open up my draft, and I would be more than happy if Eddie Lacy fell to me in the first round in the real draft. There are only a couple of players I would take over Lacy, and the pick got this mock draft off to a good start.
Round 2 – Drew Brees, QB, NO
I was pleased with Brees right after I drafted him, but when it became apparent that I could’ve waited until much later on to draft a starting quarterback, I realised that I could’ve done much better at number 12.
Round 3 – Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
Like I said earlier on, I was hoping that this pick would be Montee Ball. It wasn’t, but Julius Thomas shouldn’t be looked down on though, because he is still a starting calibre tight end, and will have Peyton Manning throwing to him again. He definitely has third round value.
Round 4 – Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
I wasn’t really happy with Antonio Brown in round 4. He had a great season last year with 1,499 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, but I just can’t see him repeating with similar numbers in 2014. That’s not to say he won’t, but I don’t think he’ll be much better than the likes of Percy Harvin and Golden Tate, who I selected later on in the draft. Having said that, I shared a similar feeling about the other top players left on the board when I made this pick, which is why I went with Brown. I’ll be hoping for someone better when it comes to the real thing though.
Round 5 – Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
This is a classic risk pick – but the huge upside, and former success I myself have enjoyed with Harvin meant that I couldn’t pass on him with my fifth round pick. The talent is there, but Harvin has only once played a full 16-game season, and has never reached the 1,000 yard plateau. His track record isn’t good, but I do have a good feeling about him. He’s the top receiver in Seattle, but there are other threats, so he shouldn’t have to deal with any triple teams, as the Seahawks also have Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin to take the pressure off Harvin. I see this as high-risk, high-reward.
Round 6 – Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
The Percy Harvin pick came at the expense of Andre Ellington. It was between those two, and was a really close call. Fortunately, Ellington was still on the board just three picks later when I was on the clock again, and so I made him my selection. Ellington could be one of the breakout stars of the season, as he steps into the starting role in Arizona.
Round 7 – Golden Tate, WR, DET
My seventh pick was probably one of the best I made in this mock draft – and that was selecting Golden Tate with the sixty-ninth pick. Tate should be Detroit’s second receiver behind Megatron, and whilst the Lions break tight end Ebron into their offense, Tate could see enough targets to make him a WR2 in fantasy.
Round 8 – Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
I’ve always been a Larry Fitzgerald fan, but 2014 could be the year Fitz is unseated as the top receiving threat in Arizona. The man who could do just that is Michael Floyd, and comes at a fraction of the price. Floyd is worth the risk here, and should at least be a serviceable flex player.
Round 9 – Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
Woodhead was one of the surprises of the season last year, as he helped San Diego reach the Playoffs and pick up a postseason win. Although Woodhead is a running back, he gained more yards and touchdowns through the air, than he did on the ground. The problem with Woodhead is going to be guessing which week he’s going to perform well in. But if he was to be in my fantasy team on one of his good weeks, then he would give me a big boost.
Round 10 – Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
I spent so much time trying to scroll for a better value pick here, that I ran out of time, and Chris Ivory came to me with autopick. I don’t think Ivory will score many fantasy points unless Chris Johnson goes down with an injury at some point. He wasn’t overly productive last season when he was the starting running back in New York.
Round 11 – Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
This pic was particularly pleasing, as I expect Miller to start for the Dolphins, and do a lot better than Knowshon Moreno, who was taken three rounds earlier. If Lamar Miller was still around in round 11 when the real draft takes place, then I will have no trouble taking him – provided there’s no-one obviously better remaining.
Round 12 – Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
One good pick was followed by another, as I managed to get Kyle Rudolph in round 12. Rudolph will be playing under Norv Turner this year, who is known for utilising his tight ends. Rudolph is great insurance for me here, because not only would he be able to plug the gap for me when Julius Thomas is on his bye week, but he also has the potential to be used in the flex slot should any of my running backs or wide receivers not be up to scratch.
Round 13 – Mike Evans, WR, TB
This was a flier pick. I don’t expect Mike Evans to produce, but his uncertain ceiling made his selection an intriguing one. He may not catch a lot of balls, but the opportunity is there if he performs well enough – even if he will be across the field from Vincent Jackson.
Round 14 – James Starks, RB, GB
This was the typical handcuff pick. If Eddie Lacy goes down, then I have the option to put James Starks in his place. Other than that, I wouldn’t expect Starks to do much other than warm the bench.
Round 15 – Bills D/ST
With all the top D/STs gone at this point, the top remaining D/ST left was the Bills, so this pick was a no brainer.
Round 16 – Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Again, another best player available pick to fill the empty kicker spot. I would have no complaints if Tucker fell to me in the real thing. I also had my eye on Dan Bailey, but chose to go with Tucker, who finished third in scoring amongst kickers last year.
Summary: I would be pretty pleased if I ended up with this roster, because there is depth, and there are some quality players who I could play week in, week out. But the thing I was unhappy with once the mock draft ended and I had evaluated my team, is that I knew it could’ve been better. It is hard to guess what other teams are going to do, and in another draft, the order could be completely different. But doing this mock draft has shown me a couple of things; such as I need to do much more preparation, and that I can wait longer to take a quarterback. If you’re serious about fantasy football, then mock drafting is a worthwhile exercise.