Every Thursday from now until the season starts I will be taking part in a mock draft with random users. Maybe you can get lucky -- or unlucky, depending on how you feel -- and get me in one of your drafts.
I did my first one today, and it was very interesting. I would encourage all of you to take part in as many mock drafts as possible heading into your league draft because it is a great way to determine how your draft might go and give you tips on what to expect.
Some of the topics discussed in our chat log:
Ken Is that the real, live Eisenberg?
Jamey Yes, it's me.
Ken We're in the presence of greatness!
Jamey Feel free to ask any questions.
Ken It's like going to a cooking class, and finding it's taught by Wolfgang Puck!
Ken Jamey, do you expect Marshawn Lynch's legal...um...opportunities to effect his performance? Should we take him anyway?
Jamey As of now, continue to draft Lynch as a low-end No. 1/high No. 2 ... He could miss time, but hard to say now.
James I don't believe he misses time.
Andrew NFL wheels of justice seem to be selective. . .
chip I live up here in western N.Y. and watch the news every day... And from what I'm hearing , It's not gonna be that big of a deal...
James That is what I am thinking, Chip
Ken Loved Jonathan Stewart at Oregon Is he ready to roll?
Jamey I like Stewart a lot, he's going to get yards and TDs in Carolina
Robert What do you think of K. Smith in Detroit?
Jamey I like Smith a lot also since he's going to start ... the offense in Detroit is going to change a lot with Martz gone
James I still believe Calhoun is a dark horse in Detroit...guy really never got a chance with injuries.
James If he can stay healthy, Smith and him could be a solid 1-2 punch.
Jamey agreed, but i think calhoun only gets a chance if Smith is hurt
Ken Radio here in Detroit, still thinks Tatum is starting
James Not to be harsh...Bell sucks.
Jamey Never a good thing when you show up to minicamp out of shape, which is what Bell did
Ken Agree.. fumbles a lot
chip The only time Bell did anything was in Denver...
Matt jamey do you like being at front or back of draft order
Jamey Matt, I really don't have a preference, but being in the front gives you more options in Round 2-3 but less talent.
Matt cool thanks
chip Do u think Chicago goes out and gets a veteran like a K.Jones ? ? ?
Jamey If you click on Forte's update today, you can find out about that. Lovie said no.
chip Awesome ! ! 1
Robert where do you think Alexander and Jones will land?
Jamey I think Alexander will wait to see if a starter gets hurt, but it wouldn't surprise me if he went to Denver
Jamey Jones to New England makes senses because they can keep him on the bench until they need him
chip Not to overload u with ques. after ques. but as a Die Hard Chiefs fan How do think L.J. does this yr. with the additions they hav
Jamey I think LJ has a bounce-back year ... he won't be a stud like he was before the injury, but 1,200 yds is likely
James Word out of KC is that Edwards is going to use more of a RBBC with Smith and Charles
Jamey Yes, the Chiefs will use Smith and Charles more, but LJ is still the guy there.
chip Smith and Charles will see the field... But give me a break... L.J. is a beast and will always be...
James I am not downplaying LJ's potential...but he was overused and Edwards cannot afford him being out long term
chip Whats your take on Darren McFadden ? ? ?
chip I don't know how to gauge him this yr.
Jamey McFadden will be good, if you take him as a rookie RB on a bad team. If you take him to be the next AP, you will be disappointed
Jamey Good No. 3 option or No. 2 depending on how you build your team
Robert so Fargas still the starter?
Jamey As of now, yes ... but McFadden will start before long
Brendon is there any way that Portis can stay healthy for 2 seasons
Jamey Yes, Portis should be fine ... He should be great in this offense.
chip I really like Portis... And the funny thing is... Is that he's still young as hell...
Jamey Yeah, 27 this year
James Zorn should use Portis more effectively than Gibbs did...IMO
chip Scheffler or Shockey ? ? ?
Jamey Scheffler has more upside
chip Yeah , I agree..
Matt Jamey what do you think of James Hardy
chip Ask him in a year from now...
Jamey I like Hardy, but he still plays for a young QB in Edwards ... should be good for TDs
Robert I think it depends on the Lynch issue and how well Edwards does
Here are the rosters:
The setup was QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, RB-WR flex, K, DST
QB 7 (#82) McNabb, Donovan (QB PHI)
RB 1 (#10) Portis, Clinton (RB WAS)
RB 3 (#34) Stewart, Jonathan (RB CAR)
WR 2 (#15) Edwards, Braylon (WR CLE)
WR 6 (#63) Johnson, Calvin (WR DET)
TE 10 (#111) Daniels, Owen (TE HOU)
RB-WR 4 (#39) Bush, Reggie (RB NO)
K 14 (#159) Kaeding, Nate (K SD)
DST 13 (#154) Eagles, DST (DST PHI)
RS 9 (#106) Manning, Eli (QB NYG)
RS 5 (#58) James, Edgerrin (RB ARI)
RS 8 (#87) Galloway, Joey (WR TB)
RS 11 (#130) Johnson, Bryant (WR SF)
RS 12 (#135) Jackson, Vincent (WR SD)
Comment: I love the running backs and flex spot. Receivers are questionable outside of Edwards, but I was pleased.
QB 5 (#60) Roethlisberger, Ben (QB PIT)
RB 3 (#36) Johnson, Rudi (RB CIN)
RB 4 (#37) White, LenDale (RB TEN)
WR 1 (#12) Moss, Randy (WR NE)
WR 2 (#13) Owens, Terrell (WR DAL)
TE 7 (#84) Davis, Vernon (TE SF)
RB-WR 6 (#61) Bowe, Dwayne (WR KC)
K 10 (#109) Dawson, Phil (K CLE)
DST 8 (#85) Chargers, DST (DST SD)
RS 9 (#108) Young, Vince (QB TEN)
RS 12 (#133) Bush, Michael (RB OAK)
RS 13 (#156) Williams, Cadillac (RB TB)
RS 11 (#132) Gaffney, Jabar (WR NE)
RS 14 (#157) Utecht, Ben (TE CIN)
Comment: Can't ask for better starting receivers than Moss and Owens, but his running backs have a lot of questions coming into the season.
QB 8 (#86) Cutler, Jay (QB DEN)
RB 1 (#11) Barber, Marion (RB DAL)
RB 2 (#14) Johnson, Larry (RB KC)
WR 3 (#35) Burress, Plaxico (WR NYG)
WR 6 (#62) Ward, Hines (WR PIT)
TE 10 (#110) Scheffler, Tony (TE DEN)
RB-WR 4 (#38) Jacobs, Brandon (RB NYG)
K 11 (#131) Vinatieri, Adam (K IND)
DST 13 (#155) Giants, DST (DST NYG)
RS 14 (#158) Bradshaw, Ahmad (RB NYG)
RS 5 (#59) Forte, Matt (RB CHI)
RS 7 (#83) Evans, Lee (WR BUF)
RS 9 (#107) McAllister, Deuce (RB NO)
RS 12 (#134) Peterson, Adrian (RB CHI)
Comment: Great collection of running backs, especially with Forte as his fourth. Receiver could be a problem, as well as QB, but this team is solid. Chips obviously likes the Giants.
QB 6 (#65) Garrard, David (QB JAC)
RB 1 (#8) Lynch, Marshawn (RB BUF)
RB 2 (#17) Grant, Ryan (RB GB)
WR 4 (#41) Williams, Roy (WR DET)
WR 5 (#56) Holmes, Santonio (WR PIT)
TE 12 (#137) McMichael, Randy (TE STL)
RB-WR 3 (#32) Jones-Drew, Maurice (RB JAC)
K 14 (#161) Reed, Jeff (K PIT)
DST 10 (#113) Seahawks, DST (DST SEA)
RS 9 (#104) Schaub, Matt (QB HOU)
RS 7 (#80) Jones, Felix (RB DAL)
RS 8 (#89) Johnson, Chris (RB TEN)
RS 11 (#128) Brown, Reggie (WR PHI)
RS 13 (#152) Bruce, Isaac (WR SF)
Comment: This is a solid team, although depth at receiver could be an issue. Andrew went the route of QB by committee by not drafting a legit starter.
QB 2 (#18) Romo, Tony (QB DAL)
RB 1 (#7) Addai, Joseph (RB IND)
RB 4 (#42) Parker, Willie (RB PIT)
WR 3 (#31) Smith, Steve (WR CAR)
WR 6 (#66) Harrison, Marvin (WR IND)
TE 5 (#55) Cooley, Chris (TE WAS)
RB-WR 7 (#79) Driver, Donald (WR GB)
K 12 (#138) Folk, Nick (K DAL)
DST 10 (#114) Jaguars, DST (DST JAC)
RS 8 (#90) Rivers, Philip (QB SD)
RS 13 (#151) Sproles, Darren (RB SD)
RS 14 (#162) Rhodes, Dominic (RB IND)
RS 11 (#127) Olsen, Greg (TE CHI)
RS 9 (#103) Washington, Leon (RB NYJ)
Comment: Very solid team, although depth at RB could be an issue. If Parker loses touchdowns to Mendenhall as expected, Ken could struggle.
QB 1 (#9) Brady, Tom (QB NE)
RB 2 (#16) McGahee, Willis (RB BAL)
RB 3 (#33) McFadden, Darren (RB OAK)
WR 5 (#57) Marshall, Brandon (WR DEN)
WR 7 (#81) Coles, Laveranues (WR NYJ)
TE 6 (#64) Gonzalez, Tony (TE KC)
RB-WR 4 (#40) Brown, Ronnie (RB MIA)
K 9 (#105) Gostkowski, Stephen (K NE)
DST 8 (#88) Bears, DST (DST CHI)
RS 11 (#129) Garcia, Jeff (QB TB)
RS 12 (#136) Williams, DeAngelo (RB CAR)
RS 10 (#112) Engram, Bobby (WR SEA)
RS 13 (#153) Rice, Sidney (WR MIN)
RS 14 (#160) Crumpler, Alge (TE TEN)
Comment: I like this team a lot but there are a couple of "ifs" that need to have positive results, notably Marshall's arm and Brown's knee. If those hold up, this team is great.
QB 4 (#44) Palmer, Carson (QB CIN)
RB 1 (#5) Gore, Frank (RB SF)
RB 3 (#29) Jones, Julius (RB SEA)
WR 2 (#20) Fitzgerald, Larry (WR ARI)
WR 5 (#53) Jennings, Greg (WR GB)
TE 6 (#68) Clark, Dallas (TE IND)
RB-WR 7 (#77) Berrian, Bernard (WR MIN)
K 12 (#140) Brown, Josh (K STL)
DST 13 (#149) Packers, DST (DST GB)
RS 10 (#116) Delhomme, Jake (QB CAR)
RS 14 (#164) Carlson, John (TE SEA)
RS 8 (#92) Mendenhall, Rashard (RB PIT)
RS 9 (#101) Cotchery, Jerricho (WR NYJ)
RS 11 (#125) Brown, Chris (RB HOU)
Comment: Great receivers with Fitgerald, Jennings and Berrian, and solid starters at RB with Gore and Jones. Depth at RB could be an issue.
QB 6 (#70) Bulger, Marc (QB STL)
RB 1 (#3) Jackson, Steven (RB STL)
RB 2 (#22) Graham, Earnest (RB TB)
WR 3 (#27) Colston, Marques (WR NO)
WR 7 (#75) White, Roddy (WR ATL)
TE 5 (#51) Gates, Antonio (TE SD)
RB-WR 4 (#46) Turner, Michael (RB ATL)
K 13 (#147) Rackers, Neil (K ARI)
DST 14 (#166) Buccaneers, DST (DST TB)
RS 10 (#118) Campbell, Jason (QB WAS)
RS 8 (#94) Torain, Ryan (RB DEN)
RS 9 (#99) Clayton, Mark (WR BAL)
RS 11 (#123) Porter, Jerry (WR JAC)
RS 12 (#142) Ward, Derrick (RB NYG)
Comment: Another team I like a lot, but if the Rams struggle again, Lamar is done. But he has studs at running back, tight end and at least one elite receiver in Colston.
QB 1 (#4) Manning, Peyton (QB IND)
RB 2 (#21) Lewis, Jamal (RB CLE)
RB 5 (#52) Jones, Thomas (RB NYJ)
WR 3 (#28) Holt, Torry (WR STL)
WR 4 (#45) Johnson, Chad (WR CIN)
TE 8 (#93) Heap, Todd (TE BAL)
RB-WR 6 (#69) Chambers, Chris (WR SD)
K 10 (#117) Graham, Shayne (K CIN)
DST 9 (#100) Colts, DST (DST IND)
RS 12 (#141) Kitna, Jon (QB DET)
RS 13 (#148) Williams, Ricky (RB MIA)
RS 11 (#124) Walker, Javon (WR OAK)
RS 14 (#165) Curry, Ronald (WR OAK)
RS 7 (#76) Crayton, Patrick (WR DAL)
Comment: This team is solid, but John has a lot of question marks in Lewis and Johnson. I don't think Lewis does well this year, and Johnson could struggle. John also took Manning ahead of Brady.
QB 3 (#25) Brees, Drew (QB NO)
RB 1 (#1) Tomlinson, LaDainian (RB SD)
RB 4 (#48) Young, Selvin (RB DEN)
WR 2 (#24) Johnson, Andre (WR HOU)
WR 5 (#49) Boldin, Anquan (WR ARI)
TE 7 (#73) Miller, Heath (TE PIT)
RB-WR 6 (#72) Moss, Santana (WR WAS)
K 13 (#145) Crosby, Mason (K GB)
DST 10 (#120) Redskins, DST (DST WAS)
RS 14 (#168) Edwards, Trent (QB BUF)
RS 12 (#144) Shockey, Jeremy (TE NYG)
RS 8 (#96) Fargas, Justin (RB OAK)
RS 9 (#97) Stallworth, Donte' (WR CLE)
RS 11 (#121) Norwood, Jerious (RB ATL)
Comment: Robert has a great team with LT, Brees, Johnson and Boldin. If Young pans out, this could be the team to beat, although he would have been better off taking another RB instead of a backup TE.
QB 3 (#26) Anderson, Derek (QB CLE)
RB 1 (#2) Peterson, Adrian (RB MIN)
RB 4 (#47) Smith, Kevin (RB DET)
WR 2 (#23) Houshmandzadeh, T.J. (WR CIN)
WR 6 (#71) Gonzalez, Anthony (WR IND)
TE 5 (#50) Witten, Jason (TE DAL)
RB-WR 7 (#74) Taylor, Fred (RB JAC)
K 12 (#143) Bironas, Rob (K TEN)
DST 9 (#98) Steelers, DST (DST PIT)
RS 14 (#167) Dunn, Warrick (RB TB)
RS 8 (#95) Green, Ahman (RB HOU)
RS 10 (#119) Burleson, Nate (WR SEA)
RS 11 (#122) Hardy, James (WR BUF)
RS 13 (#146) Cowboys, DST (DST DAL)
Comment: I like this team a lot also, and Burleson probably ends up starting ahead of Gonzalez. He has a solid mix of running backs and receivers with veterans and youth. But never draft two defenses.
QB 7 (#78) Hasselbeck, Matt (QB SEA)
RB 1 (#6) Westbrook, Brian (RB PHI)
RB 3 (#30) Maroney, Laurence (RB NE)
WR 2 (#19) Wayne, Reggie (WR IND)
WR 4 (#43) Welker, Wes (WR NE)
TE 5 (#54) Winslow, Kellen (TE CLE)
RB-WR 9 (#102) Taylor, Chester (RB MIN)
K 13 (#150) Scobee, Josh (K JAC)
DST 6 (#67) Vikings, DST (DST MIN)
RS 8 (#91) Rodgers, Aaron (QB GB)
RS 14 (#163) Branch, Deion (WR SEA)
RS 10 (#115) Curtis, Kevin (WR PHI)
RS 11 (#126) Bell, Tatum (RB DET)
RS 12 (#139) Patriots, DST (DST NE)
Comment: This team has great balance with solid running backs and quarterbacks and an elite tight end. If Hasselbeck performs to last year's level, this could be the team to beat.