2013 Draft Prep: 12-team standard mock draft
No shortage of news and developments since the NFL Draft. We gathered a dozen of our best and brightest Fantasy Football minds for a 12-team, standard scoring mock draft.
Training camp is approaching, which means your Draft Day is just around the corner. With that in mind, we encourage you to participate in as many mock drafts as possible, which you can do here at CBSSports.com.
It's the best practice for your real draft. You can test different strategies and see how a draft will unfold without any pressure. It's a fun exercise, and I try to do at least one a week.
We recently did a 12-team standard mock draft with our staff, which should reflect all the news from the offseason (the Patriots mess at tight end, Michael Crabtree Achilles injury, Robert Griffin III comeback from knee surgery, etc.). And there will be more mock drafts to come over the next few weeks as we approach the season.
In this draft, my colleague Nando Di Fino wanted to try a different strategy at No. 5 overall. His plan was to take three running backs with his first three picks, but he got derailed. He started with C.J. Spiller in Round 1 and Reggie Bush in Round 2, but Demaryius Thomas fell into his lap in Round 3. He couldn't pass on Thomas there. He wanted to load up on running back depth early knowing there would be plenty of quality receivers in the middle rounds he could use and be comfortable with. But like all drafts, things can change your approach, and you have to adjust when that happens.
For my team, I had two scenarios that I would like to do over again. I was thrilled with my first seven picks of Jamaal Charles , A.J. Green , David Wilson , Montee Ball , Ahmad Bradshaw , Matthew Stafford and Torrey Smith . But in Round 8 I made a silly mistake.
Since I waited to take a second receiver and already had four running backs I went with a third receiver in Josh Gordon hoping that Ben Tate , Bryce Brown or Vick Ballard would make it back to me in Round 9. All went before my selection, and I wasn't happy. In hindsight, I should have taken Tate, and I still could have gotten a quality No. 3 receiver in Lance Moore , who I took with my next pick.
Then in Round 12 I decided to go with the best talent on the board, which was the 49ers DST. I rarely ever take a DST before the second-to-last round, but it made the most sense at that spot. I figured in Round 13 that I could get Knile Davis , the expected handcuff for Charles, but again he went two picks before I was up.
While I like my team, those two picks were frustrating. But again, that's why we practice in preparation for the real thing.
In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
3. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
7. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
9. Will Brinson, CBSSports.com Eye on Football Blogger
10. Michael Hurcomb, Editor, Fantasy Sports
11. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
12. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
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