Drafting at No. 2 overall
Jamaal Charles fell to the No. 2 spot, and that was just the start of a great draft at No. 2 overall.
This week's mock draft with users Friday was a 12-team standard league, and I had the No. 2 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: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles (me), LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Eddie Lacy, Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Montee Ball, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones
My pick: I like Charles at No. 1 overall, so I was happy to see him fall. I was going running back here no matter what, so this was an easy selection. I was surprised to see so many receivers go in the first round, but you can't argue with Johnson, Thomas, Bryant and Jones outside of wide receiver being a deep position, so maybe you could have waited until Round 2 to grab some of those guys.
Round 2: A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, Rob Gronkowski, Arian Foster, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Peyton Manning, Giovani Bernard, Jordy Nelson, Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris (me), Zac Stacy
My pick: I usually expect a Top 6 receiver to fall here, but clearly the early run pushed a lot of running back talent down. It's hard to expect Foster, Bell, Bernard and Morris to all be second-round picks, but I'll take Morris here since he should post quality stats in Washington's offense. He's a Top 15 running back in all standard formats.
Round 3: Toby Gerhart, Alshon Jeffery (me), Drew Brees, Doug Martin, Randall Cobb, Andre Ellington, Aaron Rodgers, Pierre Garcon, Larry Fitzgerald, C.J. Spiller, Victor Cruz, Julius Thomas
My pick: If Jeffery was gone I would have considered a few options in another running back like Martin, another receiver like Cobb or even pulling the trigger on Rodgers. But Jeffery was an easy choice since he has Top 5 potential playing in Marc Trestman's offense.
Round 4: Bishop Sankey, Vincent Jackson, Reggie Bush, Michael Crabtree, Shane Vereen, Ryan Mathews, Frank Gore, Ray Rice, Andre Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Keenan Allen (me), Roddy White
My pick: The two players I was targeting as the round was underway were Allen and Patterson because I wanted a quality No. 2 receiver in this spot. I would have taken Vereen if he came back to me, but he was obviously gone. I also realized there were two running backs on the board I wanted in Round 5 in Stevan Ridley and Joique Bell, so I gambled and grabbed Allen.
Round 5: Wes Welker, Stevan Ridley (me), Michael Floyd, Matthew Stafford, Percy Harvin, Joique Bell, Torrey Smith, Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas
My pick: Not many Fantasy owners want Ridley, but in Round 5 I'll gamble that he returns to form. Clearly he has to stop fumbling, but he ran well down the stretch last year after he was demoted behind LeGarrette Blount and has Top 12 potential as we saw in 2012. He's a solid flex option in standard leagues, and he was the No. 1 running back on the board.
Round 6: Golden Tate, Rashad Jennings, DeSean Jackson, Vernon Davis, Tom Brady, Ben Tate, Jason Witten, Matt Ryan, Jeremy Maclin, Julian Edelman, Kendall Wright (me), Jordan Cameron
My pick: Wright is a strong breakout candidate in his third season, and he should be a potential Top 24 receiver in 2014 if he can find the end zone just a few more times than he did in 2013. I like coming out of Round 6 with three quality running backs and receivers and feel like I did that here with Charles, Morris, Ridley, Jeffery, Allen and Wright.
Round 7: Nick Foles, Dennis Pitta (me), Terrance West, Jordan Reed, T.Y. Hilton, Mike Wallace, Seahawks, Marques Colston, Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Terrance Williams, Tony Romo
My pick: I was considering Kaepernick here, but there was a lot of depth at quarterback on the board, so I decided to wait. I went with a top breakout candidate at tight end in Pitta, who has Top 5 potential this season in Gary Kubiak's offense.
Round 8: Khiry Robinson, Eric Decker, Maurice Jones-Drew, Fred Jackson, Darren McFadden, Greg Olsen, DeAngelo Williams, Devonta Freeman, Danny Woodhead, Kyle Rudolph, Christine Michael (me), Reggie Wayne
My pick: I've been down on Lynch since the Super Bowl because of his workload from 2013, and this holdout only solidifies my belief he'll be a letdown this year. If Lynch struggles, Michael will get an extended look, and I'll gladly take him as my No. 4 running back. I also considered Bernard Pierce here now that we know Ray Rice is suspended for the first two games of the season.
Round 9: Kenny Stills, Robert Griffin III (me), Jeremy Hill, Lamar Miller, Zach Ertz, Knowshon Moreno, Sammy Watkins, Brandin Cooks, Mike Evans, Bernard Pierce, Charles Clay, Rueben Randle
My pick: The reason I waited on quarterback was because Griffin and Jay Cutler were still available, and I knew the owner at the No. 1 spot already had Foles. So I went with Michael in Round 8 knowing that Griffin was mine. I'm excited for him this season now that he appears to be back at 100 percent.
Round 10: Tavon Austin, Cam Newton, Dwayne Bowe, Riley Cooper, Darren Sproles, Eric Ebron, Heath Miller, Ladarius Green, Stepfan Taylor, Doug Baldwin, Tre Mason (me), Roy Helu
My pick: Mason gives me plenty of depth at running back and a good lottery ticket in case Stacy gets hurt. We don't expect Stacy to lose his job barring something unforeseen, but Mason's value would skyrocket if Stacy were out.
Round 11: Ahmad Bradshaw, Jarrett Boykin (me), Chris Ivory, Martellus Bennett, Hakeem Nicks, Marvin Jones, Jay Cutler, Antonio Gates, Andre Brown, Philip Rivers, David Wilson, LeGarrette Blount
My pick: Boykin should do well as the No. 3 receiver for the Packers behind Nelson and Cobb. The Packers don't have a threat at tight end, and Boykin should see plenty of targets in a great passing attack. I like him as my No. 4 receiver in any format.
Round 12: Kelvin Benjamin, DeAndre Hopkins, 49ers, Justin Hunter, Ben Roethlisberger, Delanie Walker, Rod Streater, Jordan Matthews, Anquan Boldin, Rams, Knile Davis (me), Dwayne Allen
My pick: I was looking at the Rams in this round and then getting Davis later, but it didn't work out for me. I'll take Davis whenever possible if I draft Charles to cover myself in the event of injury.
Round 13: Broncos, Panthers (me), Cecil Shorts, Cardinals, Patriots, Chiefs, Brian Hartline, Bengals, Buccaneers, Carlos Hyde, Steelers, Bears
Round 14: Stephen Gostkowski, Matt Prater, Phil Dawson, Steven Hauschka, Justin Tucker, Matt Bryant, Mason Crosby, Shayne Graham, Adam Vinatieri, Dan Bailey, Nick Novak (me), Robbie Gould
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