LestersLegends Mock Draft – Round 1
The legendary Paul Charchian was kind enough to do a mock draft with 11 ordinary fantasy football players (myself included). We are greatful at the opportunity to both learn from Charch as well as bragging rights with our friends because we were able to do a mock draft with a fantasy football icon. Here are the guidelines.
Jon – LaDainian Tomlinson
I chose him because he’s a fantasy scoring machine, year in year out. The only question mark that’s even near him is the lack of Lorenzo Neal’s presence. Still, I think he’s good enough to make do.
Tom – Adrian Peterson
David – Brian Westbrook
If this draft was 3 weeks from now and Stephen Jackson was in camp, he’d be the pick, but this holdout concerns me. Will he report? What shape will he be in when he does? Westbrook (knock on wood) seems to be past his injury issues and, to me, is one of the most underrated RBs in the game.
Awesome - Randy Moss
It was a little tough passing on Addai, given his versatility and the overall greatness of Indy, but Moss’ dominance at the position, in a field of pretty hazy projections (how does Marvin Harrison go from being ranked #1 last year to #37 this year???) and lackluster performers made picking Moss at #4 pretty easy. QBs are pretty deep, or at least you can grab one on the waiver wire in a pinch if you need to, when, inevitably, one of the starters gets hurt or replaced. WRs are the biggest drop off in talent this year, once you get rid of the top 5. And I have Moss ranked #1 at that position, like everyone else. It also helps that I’m not sold on any RB outside of LT, and I really won’t be surprised if 7 of this year’s top 10 ranked RBs end up as severe disappointments. There’s way too many RBBC in the NFL these days; the dominance of the RB in fantasy football is over. Grab the best player in the best situation (i.e. on the best team), and you won’t be disappointed. Everyone who picked Larry Johnson at #2 last year can’t say the same thing. Waaaay too many middle tier RBs (like 25 of them) for me to sweat grabbing one that, more than likely, will end up injured or a bust. I would have taken Moss at the #2 spot. And unless he gets hurt, I won’t be disappointed or surprised at his numbers. Let’s see how many people who take RBs in the first round this year can say that at the end (or middle) of the year.
Jason – Steven Jackson
Even with his hold out, which will end soon due to the amount of money he is losing and his bluff failing, with the Rams needing Jackson to be a focal point, he will be hard pressed not to strive for numbers he achieved in 2006. His catches out of the backfield should go up and, fingers crossed, barring an injury, his rushing numbers should be ridiculous. This year should also be a good Jackson year with the return of pro bowler Orlando Pace. A risk maybe, but the upside is to good to pass up at #5.
Luis – Marion Barber III
Marion has been a solid fantasy back the past 2 seasons as the backup and goal line back for the Dallas Cowboys. With Julius Jones gone he becomes the feature back for the Cowboys. With more carries and opportunities I expect 1200-1300 yards and close to 15 touchdowns. Close to 30 receptions as well. He’s more of straight ahead runner who is very durable and who rarely fumbles. I think he may be one of the stars of this upcoming fantasy season.
Ryan (Me) – Joseph Addai
Addai was too good of a value to pass up here. He is an explosive back for an explosive offense. As long as Peyton Manning is at the helm for the Colts the running game will always be set up.
Dan – Frank Gore
I choose Frank Gore. Albeit reluctantly. I dislike this pick. I would have liked to have taken Barber. The thinking behind that is Barber put up solid numbers whilst sharing carries with a veteran. Why couldn’t he continue with a rookie. Luis, I now dislike you as well. However, at least I didn’t take someone who will hold out for half the season with his team having no reason to sign him as they are going no-damn-where. (Steven Jackson) That said, Gore has put up good receiving numbers in his short career, and now Martz is in the picture. The hope is that Martz can only help Gore’s numbers.
Jase – Tom Brady
Joe – Clinton Portis
Stays on the field a ton. Gets the Goal Line carries.
Feel free to leave a comment (pro or con) about the picks.
Thanks to everybody, especially our Expert Paul Charchian, for participating in this.