I left off last time discussing my first mock draft of the year as it neared the middle of the second round. My team started off by selecting WR Larry Fitzgerald at 1.09 and RB Marion Barber at 2.04. One thing I forgot to include in the last post was the link to the draft hosted at MyFantasyLeague.com, so you can follow along.
After plugging away through the weekend we are now in the middle of the sixth round, so there is a fair bit to update. Click the link above or review the following images for the draft results, and then I will comment on the thinking behind each of my picks.
3.09 RB Ronnie Brown – I was debating Reggie Bush vs. Ronnie Brown for this pick before ThunderingBlurb snatched up Bush, making my decision for me. This is Brown’s second year back from a knee injury that cut short a phenomenal first half of the 2007 season. With Ricky now 32, Brown should see more workload shifted his way. Brown is no slouch catching the ball either, recording over 30 receptions in each of his 4 seasons.
4.04 TE Antonio Gates – This is a little earlier than I would like to take Gates, but I’m not enamored with the available WR at this spot either since T.J. Houshmandzadeh just left the building. In terms of picking Gates over Tony Gonzalez, I prefer Gates based on youth and having a better QB. Even though Gonzo was a better option last year with marginal QBs, I believe Gates’ off year was mostly due to recovering from that toe injury that I would hope is now behind him.
5.09 WR Chad Ochocinco – I was hoping Aaron Rodgers would fall to this pick but he went back at the 5.04. While that still left Kurt Warner and Tony Romo as options at QB, I’m already invested in the Cards and Cowboys, have more confidence in Rodgers going into this season and prefer to pass on QB now to get my second WR, where pickings are getting a little slim. Based on the preliminary projections from Mike Krueger at FF Today, Antonio Bryant is ranked higher than Ochocinco (never going to get used to typing that name), but I feel Bryant should slip a little further and Ocho provides good value here given the talent/situation/potential if he can play nice with his coaches and teammates. Admittedly, a big “if”…
6.04 WR Antonio Bryant – Ah, here he is. Warner just got nabbed and Romo is still available, but given the risk with Ochocinco, it is a good idea to go back to the well at WR right away. Plus to get FF Today’s 12th ranked WR in the 6th round is a good deal. Bryant is a bit of a headcase himself, having worn out his welcome a few times in his career. He produced great in the second half of last season though. Playing the percentages, there is a good chance at least one of Ocho and Bryant will outperform their draft position. The other consideration here was upside RB Jonathan Stewart who ended up going a pick later.
Looking ahead, top priorities are clearly a starting QB, a primary backup RB and then depth plus a defense and kicker in the final rounds. Tony Romo did get picked at 6.07 which is fine. I’m not convinced it will be addition by subtraction for Romo having exchanged Terrell Owens for Roy Williams. I’m looking at Donovan McNabb as the last Tier 2 QB on my rankings, so we’ll see if he makes it back.
Now how does this happen? FantasySharks selected pick 6.12 at 3:00pm Eastern, 5.5 hours ago, and has not made their pick at 7.01 immediately after. Talk about not paying attention to what is going on. I guess this is why we mock draft so early. Not only to see where players fall, but to get our collective heads on straight.