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Drafting at No. 1 overall

By Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Jamaal Charles should be the easy choice at No. 1 overall. (USATSI)
Jamaal Charles should be the easy choice at No. 1 overall. (USATSI)

This week's mock draft with users Thursday was a 12-team standard league, and I had the No. 1 overall pick. I'm planning to do a 12-team mock draft to pick from every spot from now until the middle of August, so hopefully many of you will get a chance to draft with me.

As always, you can find the information on Twitter @jameyeisenberg. And feel free to comment on the draft and my selections below.

This was a 14-round mock draft with a lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and FLEX (RB/WR/TE) with five bench spots.

Round 1: Jamaal Charles (me), LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Peyton Manning, Montee Ball, Jimmy Graham, DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster Le'Veon Bell

My pick: Charles is the No. 1 overall pick for me because of his talent and Andy Reid's offense. His offensive line won't be the same, but I'm not expecting much of a drop-off. I will take him No. 1 overall in all leagues.

Round 2: Giovani Bernard, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Doug Martin, Jordy Nelson, A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery, Zac Stacy (me)

My pick: My eyes were getting big when Green started falling, but he went just before my pick. I like Stacy in this spot because I still consider him a workhorse rusher. He's a solid No. 2 running back to pair with Charles.

Round 3: Antonio Brown (me), Randall Cobb, Andre Ellington, C.J. Spiller, Bishop Sankey, Rob Gronkowski, Vincent Jackson, Drew Brees, Michael Crabtree, Aaron Rodgers, Larry Fitzgerald, Julius Thomas

My pick: I thought about Gronkowski here and actually entertained one of the quarterbacks in Rodgers and Brees. But Brown is the last elite receiver on the board, and I love his upside in that Steelers offense.

Round 4: Pierre Garcon, Ryan Mathews, Toby Gerhart, Shane Vereen, Reggie Bush, Frank Gore, Keenan Allen, Andre Johnson, Victor Cruz, Matthew Stafford, Stevan Ridley, Cordarrelle Patterson (me)

My pick: I was thrilled to get Patterson here, and I would have gone with Michael Floyd if he went. Patterson has Top 10 potential this season if he builds off last year's finish as expected. I plan to target him in all leagues.

Round 5: Joique Bell (me), Michael Floyd, Roddy White, Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Johnson, Vernon Davis, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Wes Welker, Trent Richardson

My pick: I was looking at either Bell or going back-to-back receivers with Floyd, but I like Bell's upside at his position just a little bit better. He should build off last year's solid performance and is a breakout candidate in all leagues.

Round 6: Matt Ryan, Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith, Rashad Jennings, DeSean Jackson, Ray Rice, Steven Jackson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Dennis Pitta, Pierre Thomas, Julian Edelman (me)

My pick: I was looking at Luck and Pitta as the round unfolded, but both went before my pick. I settled for the best player available, which is Edelman. He should again be a candidate for 100-plus catches, 1,200-plus yards and six touchdowns and is an excellent No. 3 receiver.

Round 7: Tony Romo (me), Terrance Williams, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mike Wallace, T.Y. Hilton, Tom Brady, Jeremy Maclin, Seahawks, Jay Cutler, Jordan Reed, Jason Witten, Kendall Wright

My pick: I debated Witten or another receiver like Williams or Wright at this spot, but I took my quarterback in Romo. I'm glad I did with Brady and Cutler being selected in this round. Romo is in line for a big year this season with that bad defense and the addition of Scott Linehan calling plays.

Round 8: Marques Colston, Mike Evans, Fred Jackson, Terrance West, Eric Decker, Greg Olsen, Devonta Freeman, Knowshon Moreno, Rueben Randle, Nick Foles, Jeremy Hill, Khiry Robinson (me)

My pick: Robinson was the player I hoped for this round, especially when West was drafted four picks in. Robinson won't be an every-week starter for Fantasy owners, but he's a good No. 3 running back with upside.

Round 9: Kyle Rudolph (me), Cam Newton, Reggie Wayne, Lamar Miller, Brandin Cooks, 49ers, DeAngelo Williams, Danny Woodhead, Riley Cooper, Carlos Hyde, Christine Michael, Sammy Watkins

My pick: Rudolph was the last of the starting-caliber tight ends I feel comfortable with this season. I love the idea of any tight end in a Norv Turner offense, and Rudolph has the chance to be this year's Cameron with a breakout season.

Round 10: Dwayne Bowe, Darren Sproles, Marvin Jones, Zach Ertz, Eric Ebron, Kenny Stills, Hakeem Nicks, Coby Fleener, Bernard Pierce, Martellus Bennett, Cecil Shorts, Stepfan Taylor (me)

My pick: I like taking Taylor anywhere after Round 8 because I'm expecting him to work well as the No. 2 running back behind Andre Ellington in Arizona. He should lead the Cardinals in rushing touchdowns and is a solid stash candidate in all leagues.

Round 11: Tre Mason (me), Jonathan Stewart, Heath Miller, Jordan Matthews, Darren McFadden, LeGarrette Blount, Kelvin Benjamin, Ladarius Green, Chris Ivory, David Wilson, Philip Rivers, Andre Williams

My pick: I went with Mason here as the handcuff option for Stacy. We'll see how the split works in St. Louis, but if Stacy gets hurt then I should be covered. I like Mason better than Knile Davis, who is the handcuff for Charles, since Mason should get more work for the Rams even without an injury.

Round 12: Tavon Austin, Carson Palmer, Justin Hunter, Antonio Gates, Ben Roethlisberger, Knile Davis, Anquan Boldin, Rams, Russell Wilson, Cardinals, Charles Clay, Jarrett Boykin (me)

My pick: I was looking at a few receivers when the round started in Boykin, Hunter and Rod Streater. I like Boykin the best, and I'm expecting him to do well as the No. 3 receiver for the Packers this year.

Round 13: Panthers (me), Chiefs, Brian Hartline, Stephen Gostkowski, Andy Dalton, James White, Broncos, Delanie Walker, Patriots, Buccaneers, Bears, Steelers

Round 14: Phil Dawson, Steven Hauschka, Matt Prater, Justin Tucker, Matt Bryant, Mason Crosby, Shayne Graham, Adam Vinatieri, Bills, Alex Henery, Robbie Gould, Dan Bailey

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