Mock Draft review: Picking No. 6
Here is a look at my team from our 12-team standard mock draft.
I liked Dave Richard's breakdown of his team following our 12-team mock draft from Thursday, so I'll do something similar here. The full draft review will done shortly, and it should be posted on the site no later than early next week. You can hear the first 10 rounds dissected on the Fantasy Football Today podcast.
But here's my team at No. 6 overall and some players I also considered at that spot.
Round 1 (6): Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions. I planned on either Johnson or Jimmy Graham unless Eddie Lacy slipped, and he went at No. 5. I like Johnson better than Graham right now because of the potential holdout, but that could change if Graham is in training camp on time.
Round 2 (19): DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys. Murray is a Top 10 RB with no competition for carries, and new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan should enhance his skills. I was hoping Le'Veon Bell or Giovani Bernard would fall to this spot, but they went just before I was up in Round 2.
Round 3 (30): Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals. Ellington has the chance to be C.J. Spiller circa 2012 after he averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per catch in a shared role last year with Rashard Mendenhall. Well, Mendenhall is gone, and Bruce Arians is fired up about his new RB. I was targeting Ellington in this spot.
Round 4 (43): Andre Johnson, WR, Texans. I was deciding between my No. 2 WR or No. 3 RB here, and the choices were Johnson, Keenan Allen and Stevan Ridley. I went with Johnson since Bill O'Brien's offense could help him score more touchdowns, but I might regret passing on Ridley, who should rebound with LeGarrette Blount now gone.
Round 5 (54): Joique Bell, RB, Lions. Don't be surprised if Bell is the better Fantasy RB than Reggie Bush this year with new coach Jim Caldwell expected to run the ball more. Bell should lead the Lions in rushing touchdowns and will also be a factor in the passing game. He's going to continue what he started last year, and I drafted him over Steven Jackson.
Round 6 (67): Golden Tate, WR, Lions. My third Lion, I expect Tate to have a breakout season leaving the run-oriented Seahawks for the more pass-happy Lions. He'll be in single coverage all game opposite Calvin Johnson, and he should have his first 1,000-yard campaign. He gives me another option at flex or No. 2 WR, and I targeted him in this spot.
Round 7 (78): Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens. I was looking at QB now, but the draft allowed me to wait since Nathan Zegura was the only owner drafting behind me in need of one with Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III and Jay Cutler on the board. I'd be happy with either one, so I took the last Top 5 TE in Pitta. He'll rebound in a big way under offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Round 8 (91): Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys. Zegura went with Griffin at No. 86, so Romo was the easy choice here. Linehan will allow Romo to maximize his weapons with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten and Murray, and Romo should be great if his back holds up as expected.
Round 9 (102): Rueben Randle, WR, Giants. I was torn at this spot with Randle and Saints RB Khiry Robinson. In hindsight I should have taken Robinson since WR is a luxury at this point with Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Tate. I love Randle's upside as the replacement for Hakeem Nicks, but getting a fourth RB made more sense for my team.
Round 10 (115): Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks. Once I passed on Robinson I knew I was taking Michael at this spot. Pete Carroll is already talking up Michael as a breakout player for Seattle, and Marshawn Lynch's workload is worrisome. I wanted Michael prior to the draft, and this was a good spot to pull the trigger.
Round 11 (126): Nick Foles, QB, Eagles. This pick was purely based on value. I consider Foles a bust candidate this season now that he lost DeSean Jackson, but as a No. 2 QB to pair with Romo I'll take it. I had planned on taking Stepfan Taylor here to handcuff to Ellington, but he was drafted at No. 117 by J. Darin Darst.
Round 12 (139): Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys. The talent on the board is slim, so I'll handcuff Murray here. Hopefully I'll never have to use him, but he's good insurance in case Murray gets hurt.
Round 13 (150): Steve Johnson, WR, Bills. Why not take a flier on a No. 1 WR here? Johnson is a year removed from three consecutive seasons with at least 76 catches, 1,000 yards and six touchdowns, so this is a no-brainer at this spot.
Round 14 (163): Saints DST. Best one on the board
Round 15 (174): <player idref=er, K, Ravens. Best one on the board
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