Sorting out the rookies for the future

Everyone is excited about this year's rookie class, and why not? It features a strong-armed, accurate quarterback picked No. 1 overall, the heir-apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson, a Reggie Bush clone, a receiver deemed worthy enough to wear Michael Irvin's No. 88 and another player who doesn't want to be known as a "RB" or a "WR" but as an "OW" -- offensive weapon.

Figuring out how these rookies will fare in Fantasy drafts this season is the next step. If our research on how rookies have done versus their veteran counterparts is any indication, running backs will be hot commodities, then receivers, then ... well, probably not much so long as your draft isn't more than, say, 17 rounds.

Fellow CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer Jamey Eisenberg and I recently hopped on Twitter and conducted a 48-pick (four-round) rookie-only mock draft. We picked without regard to position or need and drafted the best players available as if we were going to own these players for years to come. That said, the results should be useful to those of you playing in dynasty leagues with rookie-only drafts; the results might be a little bit different if we drafted specifically with 2010 in mind (quarterbacks and tight ends wouldn't be picked as high as they were, for example).

Here are the results:

Pick Writer Round 1
1 Richard Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
2 Eisenberg Ben Tate, RB, Texans
3 Richard C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
4 Eisenberg Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns
5 Richard Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
6 Eisenberg Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
7 Richard Dexter McCluster, WR, Chiefs
8 Eisenberg Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
9 Richard Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
10 Eisenberg Arrelious Benn, WR, Buccaneers
11 Richard Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks
12 Eisenberg Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
Pick Writer Round 2
13 Eisenberg Jimmy Clausen, QB, Panthers
14 Richard Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
15 Eisenberg Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers
16 Richard Tim Tebow, QB, Broncos
17 Eisenberg Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers
18 Richard Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings
19 Eisenberg Jordan Shipley, WR, Bengals
20 Richard Mardy Gilyard, WR, Rams
21 Eisenberg Joe McKnight, RB, Jets
22 Richard Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
23 Eisenberg Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
24 Richard Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
Pick Writer Round 3
25 Richard Colt McCoy, QB, Browns
26 Eisenberg Marcus Easley, WR, Bills
27 Richard Armanti Edwards, WR, Panthers
28 Eisenberg Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots
29 Richard Damian Williams, WR, Titans
30 Eisenberg Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
31 Richard Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
32 Eisenberg LeGarrette Blount, RB, Titans
33 Richard Taylor Price, WR, Patriots
34 Eisenberg Anthony Dixon, RB, 49ers
35 Richard Deji Karim, RB, Jaguars
36 Eisenberg Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals
Pick Writer Round 4
37 Eisenberg Ed Dickson, TE, Ravens
38 Richard James Starks, RB, Packers
39 Eisenberg Charles Scott, RB, Eagles
40 Richard Carlton Mitchell, WR, Browns
41 Eisenberg John Skelton, QB, Cardinals
42 Richard Joe Webb, WR, Vikings
43 Eisenberg Tony Moeaki, TE, Chiefs
44 Richard Dorin Dickerson, WR, Texans
45 Eisenberg Garrett Graham, TE, Texans
46 Richard Trindon Holliday, WR, Texans
47 Eisenberg Anthony McCoy, TE, Seahawks
48 Richard Naaman Roosevelt, WR, Bills

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