West Sports Report Mock Draft – Round 1

Jun 3, 2009
Round One
West Sports Report Analysis

1. Junkyard Jake - Peterson, Adrian MIN RB
Peterson seems to be the clear choice at #1 in 2009. More receiving yards (only 125 in 2008) and TDs (10 last year) would be nice, but that is really just nitpicking if can come close to a repeat of 1,760 rush yards and 4.8 YPC.

2. Fantasy Football Extreme - Jones-Drew, Maurice JAC RB
MJD at No. 2 overall might seem a slot or two too high for some, but the little guy is going to explode in 2009.

3. Fantasy Draft Edge - Turner, Michael ATL RB
We’d have felt better with MJD and although we feel he won’t match last year’s numbers it’s tough not to take Turner here. LT is getting old, Jackson can’t stay healthy and Forte isn’t on this level.

4. The Sports Bank - Forte, Matt CHI RB
Matt Forte is a great pick as he will benefit from actually having a quarterback. A little concerned with the workload he got last year though.

5. LestersLegends - Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR
The RBs on the board have too many question markes for a top five pick.  Two RB systems are becoming the norm.  With Fitz you can pretty much pencil in 1400 yards and 10 TDs.  Plus, Arizona has a cakewalk in the fantasy playoffs. 6. Fantasy Draft Tools - Westbrook, Brian PHI RB
Even with the drafting of McCoy and its almost guaranteed he won’t play a full season, he can single handily carry a fantasy team from week to week.

7. Draft Zoo - Johnson, Chris TEN RB
The Titans have already stated that they’re looking to get Johnson even more involved this year. If you ask me, I’d say Jeff Fisher’s been getting Johnsons involved for a while. Can’t beat experience like that. I think he’s better than the seventh-best player in the draft, so I like getting him here.

8.  WalterFootball.com - Tomlinson, LaDainian SDC RB
So, let’s see… LaDainian Tomlinson just had his worst season ever. For the record, he rushed for 1,110 yards, caught 52 passes for 426 receiving yards, and scored 12 touchdowns. Oh the horror. Tomlinson was coming off a torn MCL and suffered a toe injury. Now he’s healthy again.

9. Football Fan Spot - Slaton, Steve HOU RB
Houston’s offense really took off last season after Slaton was given more work. The Texans don’t have another running back to cut into Slaton’s carries so you have to believe that the 20+ carries per game he was getting towards the end of last season will continue. He had 4 100 rushing yard games in his last 7 games last season and he’ll only get better with experience. He also had 50 catches for 377 yards last season which is a very nice added bonus.


10. West Sports Report - Jackson, Steven STL RB
Steven Jackson could be very good if he can somehow stay healthy. The Rams are going to run the ball alot this year and upgraded some at their offensive line. Jackson will also dominate PPR leagues.

11. KFFL - Williams, DeAngelo CAR RB
The Panthers won’t be going away from the run anytime soon, so the talented Williams should see plenty of touches in Carolina’s two-headed attack. He was the best running back left on the board.

12. The Sports Bank - Johnson, Andre HOU WR
Johnson absolutely crushes in PPR leagues but even in a standard league he is a lock for 1200 yards receiving. I’m hoping he can find the end zone more than the 8 times he scored last season.

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