Adrian Peterson is the easy choice at No. 4 overall
Doing a mock draft at No. 4 overall.
Here was the mock draft with users I did last week picking at No. 4 overall. I'll be posting the mock draft with users at No. 5 overall later today and didn't want to fall behind.
As always, you can jump in these mock drafts with me at any time. I post the info on Twitter @JameyEisenberg, and the drafts are first come, first serve for 11 of you.
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, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson (me), Eddie Lacy, Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham, Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Giovani Bernard, DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster
My pick: I don't want Peterson in the Top 3 picks this year because I expect Charles, McCoy and Forte to be better, but I like him at No. 4 overall. There's some risk given his career carries and that he's had surgery on his knee and groin in two of the past three years. But obviously he's done a good job overcoming trends, and he should thrive with Norv Turner. If you consider him a risk, this is a good spot for him.
Round 2: Julio Jones, Le'Veon Bell, Alfred Morris, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Marshall, Montee Ball, Zac Stacy (me), Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Doug Martin
My pick: I was hoping for a Top 6 receiver, and maybe Jordy Nelson would have made more sense. But Stacy should be a borderline No. 1 running back, and I'm not worried about Tre Mason taking away work. Stacy and Peterson give me a competitive advantage at a weak position compared to the majority of the league.
Round 3: Jordy Nelson, Rob Gronkowski, Toby Gerhart, Antonio Brown (me), Ryan Mathews, Bishop Sankey, Alshon Jeffery, Andre Ellington, Randall Cobb, Julius Thomas, Matthew Stafford, Michael Crabtree
My pick: Brown should pick up where last season left off when he shined in the second half of the season after the Steelers started running a no-huddle attack. He will remain Ben Roethlisberger's go-to weapon, especially with Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery gone.
Round 4: C.J. Spiller, Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson, Shane Vereen, Ray Rice, Reggie Bush, Frank Gore, Colin Kaepernick, Pierre Garcon (me), Andre Johnson, Joique Bell, Matt Ryan
My pick: Garcon gets company this season with the addition of DeSean Jackson and return to health of Jordan Reed, but he should still be the No. 1 target for Robert Griffin III. He's an ideal No. 2 receiver in the majority of leagues.
Round 5: Keenan Allen, Victor Cruz, Stevan Ridley, Cordarrelle Patterson (me), Vernon Davis, Percy Harvin, Rashad Jennings, Wes Welker, Tom Brady, Ben Tate, Golden Tate, Chris Johnson
My pick: Patterson is the type of player to get excited about because he could become a Top 10 Fantasy receiver this season if things go his way. He showed amazing ability toward the end of last year, and the addition of Turner could help Patterson shine. All he needs is Matt Cassel or Teddy Bridgewater to get him the ball on a consistent basis, and we're counting on that happening.
Round 6: Andrew Luck, Jeremy Maclin, Emmanuel Sanders, Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, Roddy White, Torrey Smith, DeSean Jackson, Michael Floyd (me), Jason Witten, Fred Jackson, Kendall Wright
My pick: I went with value over need here with Floyd since he'll be my No. 4 receiver, but I like him as a breakout candidate this year. I'm now set at receiver with Brown, Garcon, Patterson and Floyd and can load up at running back while taking a quarterback and tight end soon.
Round 7: Terrance West, Julian Edelman, Mike Wallace, Pierre Thomas (me), Marques Colston, DeAngelo Williams, Cam Newton, Eric Decker, Dennis Pitta, Nick Foles, Terrance Williams, T.Y. Hilton
My pick: Thomas is better suited as a No. 4 running back in standard leagues than a No. 3 option, but based on our roster he'll do just fine. It's unlikely I'll use a running back at flex with Patterson and Floyd, but I could need to start Thomas when Peterson and Stacy are on a bye.
Round 8: Jordan Cameron, Kyle Rudolph, Jordan Reed, Seahawks DST, Reggie Wayne, Sammy Watkins, Greg Olsen, Devonta Freeman, Zach Ertz (me), Maurice Jones-Drew, Hakeem Nicks, Lamar Miller
My pick: The tight end run happened in this round with five coming off the board. I don't love jumping in on runs, especially at the end of them, but getting a potential standout like Ertz was important. He's expected to play a vital role for the Eagles this season, and I consider him a breakout candidate and Top 10 option at his position.
Round 9: Martellus Bennett, 49ers DST, Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III (my pick), Mike Evans, Jay Cutler, Khiry Robinson, Dwayne Bowe, Eric Ebron, Kenny Stills, Christine Michael, Darren McFadden
My pick: Once again I was influenced by the draft, but I felt Griffin made the most sense there after Romo was drafted. I'm expecting Griffin to rebound this season with his knee at 100 percent and an improved receiving corps. If he plays to his level of expectation this should be a steal.
Round 10: Cardinals DST, Danny Woodhead, Russell Wilson, Jeremy Hill, Heath Miller, Rueben Randle, Kelvin Benjamin, Tre Mason, Bernard Pierce (me), Knowshon Moreno, Hakeem Nicks, Ladarius Green
My pick: I like taking Pierce as late as possible this season because he could be a tremendous bargain. You're already guaranteed two starts with Rice suspended, and Pierce could make this a competitive backfield if he does well in those two games. The reports in training camp have indicated Pierce has looked better than Rice, and he could end up as a prominent part of the offense all season.
Round 11: Riley Cooper, Darren Sproles, Tavon Austin, Stepfan Taylor (me), Carlos Hyde, DeAndre Hopkins, Marvin Jones, Antonio Gates, Harry Douglas, Jarrett Boykin, Stephen Gostkowski, Ben Roethlisberger
My pick: Taylor has plenty of sleeper appeal as the No. 2 running back for the Cardinals behind Ellington. We expect Taylor to work at the goal line, and Rashard Mendenhall had eight rushing touchdowns last year. If Taylor comes close to that he'll have the chance to be a Top 24 running back this season.
Round 12: Chris Ivory, Greg Jennings, Mark Ingram, Anquan Boldin, Ahmad Bradshaw, Delanie Walker, James Starks, Panthers DST, Rams DST (me), Doug Baldwin, James White, Charles Clay
My pick: I went with the Rams DST here because they had the highest upside of any option on the board. I still have another player position spot to fill, but the Rams could easily be a Top 3 Fantasy option this season, so lock them up sooner rather than later.
Round 13: Broncos DST, Kenny Britt, Patriots DST, Charles Sims (me), Phil Dawson, Bears DST, Chiefs DST, Steven Hauschka, Danny Amendola, Buccaneers DST, Carson Palmer
My pick: Sims has the chance to help the Bucs in the passing game and play behind Martin, If Martin gets hurt, Sims would see a large role, but right now he'll be a specialist and someone to stash in most standard formats.
Round 14: Jordan Matthews, Matt Prater, Lions DST, <player idref=er, Blair Walsh, Matt Bryant, Mason Crosby, Odell Beckham, Shayne Graham (me), Adam Vinatieri, Dan Bailey, Nick Novak
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