In my last post I included pick-by-pick commentary of the first 8 rounds of my most recent mock draft. The mock finished up Monday, so let’s go over the final 8 rounds, and you can review the entire mock at MyFantasyLeague.com.
9.02 WR Kevin Walter, HOU – Since I grabbed Tony Gonzalez early I’m a little weaker at WR than other positions with Donnie Avery and Bernard Berrian manning the WR2 spot. It doesn’t hurt to throw another name into that rotation, especially an established vet who has been a decent PPR contributor each of the past 2 seasons.
10.11 QB David Garrard, JAC – I’m not overly excited picking Garrard, but he is a safe pick at this point, mitigating the risk of Donovan McNabb going down to injury. I do see a clear drop-off between him and the remaining QB available, while I can save my longer shot RB and WR depth picks for later in the draft.
Interesting to note I picked Garrard at 11.09 in the prior mock draft. He was the 18th QB selected in both drafts. I guess I’m in the camp that Garrard is underrated this year.
11.02 WR Domenik Hixon, NYG – Similar to the Josh Morgan pick just before at 11.01, someone has to catch the ball some of the time on the Giants. The question here is, will it be Hixon generating the most fantasy points? For this season, I think so.
Hixon is another player I drafted in both mocks, although last time was somewhat earlier at 9.09. The FF Today projections definitely put Hixon in the sleeper category, and it would seem not many others share those thoughts, preferring to wait longer for Steve Smith or even rookie Hakeem Nicks.
12.11 DEF Chicago Bears – This defense has an uncanny knack for turnovers and taking it to the house. This doesn’t lead to the most consistent scoring around, but hey, it is fun to watch and I’m game to roll the dice those points show up on the weeks I need them.
13.02 RB Ricky Williams, MIA – Some better WR prospects are on the board at this pick than RB prospects, but I have more need for RB depth. Ricky represents some cheap insurance on Ronnie Brown at this point.
14.11 RB Glen Coffee, SF – Taking a stab here at a rookie who should be active and involved given the shallow RB depth chart in San Fran. Admittedly though (and now that I’ve reviewed it to refresh my memory), Coffee did not get a good review in the highly recommended Rookie Scouting Portfolio.
15.02 K Mason Crosby, GB – The more I think about the Green Bay Packers, I think their offense is ready for really big things this year. Crosby is a very good kicker, playing in a good offense. I’ll take him now instead of waiting and grabbing a leftover with the next to last pick in the draft.
16.11 TE Vernon Davis, SF – Mr. Next To Mr. Irrelevant for this draft, and new member of How the Mighty Have Fallen Club, Vernon Davis. Sure, he’s fallen, but his NFL and FF claim to fame was all hype and no substance. Great athlete, but not and maybe never will be, a “football player”. At this point though I’ll take a longshot on him getting his act together in a new offense.