West Sports Report Mock Draft – Round 3
West Sports Report Analysis
3-1 Junkyard Jake - Manning, Peyton IND QB
The retirement of Tom Moore, and the absence of Marvin Harrison this season raises some concerns, but in reality, Manning is essentially his own offensive coordinator on many plays, and Anthony Gonzalez should prove to be an upgrade over Harrison this season.
3-2 Fantasy Football Extreme - Colston, Marques NOS WR
We recently posted an article on Marques Colston’s microfracture surgery and we came to the conclusion that he has a strong shot at being close to 100 percent by Week 1. Colston’s microfracture procedure was not thought to be as serious as some microfracture surgeries, and given his youth and situation, he is well worth the risk at this point in a 2009 mock draft. Of course we will monitor his progress this off-season and adjust accordingly, but for now Colston still has fantasy WR1 talent and he will make a fine third player for our squad!
3-3 Fantasy Draft Edge - Jennings, Greg GBP WR
3-4 The Sports Bank - Gates, Antonio SDC TE
With Cutler gone the Broncos will likely get back to running the football. Knowshon will easily beat out the Misfits that were brought in during the offseason. He is running behind a good offesive line and should produce immediately. Plus, with Shanahan gone, you don’t have to worry about mind games.
3-6 Fantasy Draft Tools - Bowe, Dwayne KCC WR
Couldn’t pass up Bowe here, in 2008, he had 86 catches for just over 1000 yards and 7 scores. He was sharing the targets with tony gonzalez and still managed to have the 3rd highest targets in the league for WRs (only behind Brandon Marshall & Andre Johnson)…Tony G is gone which may mean more coverage for Bowe, but Matt Cassel is an upgrade of Tyler Thigpen. Look for even more improved stats in 2009. Gladly take him with the 30th overall pick.
I’ll be honest, I really wanted Knowshon here. So nice pick, Lester. Anyway, now that Brandon Marshall won’t miss any time from a suspension, I think he’s one of the best receiving options left. If Randy Moss can grab 11 TDs with Cassel at the helm, then I think Marshall can put up similar or better numbers with Kyle Orton in the same system.
3-8 WalterFootball.com - Smith, Kevin DET RB
I really wanted Knowshon Moreno here, but apparently DraftZoo wasn’t going to let that happen. But Kevin Smith is a nice consolation prize. In the final seven weeks of his rookie season, Smith averaged 21 attempts and 83.9 rushing yards per contest. He was also a factor in the passing game, catching 39 balls for 286 yards in 2008. Now that he’s in his second year, Smith will be even more involved.
Roddy White had 88 catches for 1382 yards last year, despite the fact that Matt Ryan only threw 434 times. The Falcons are giving Ryan more of a role in the offense this season, as Michael Turner was way overworked last year, and thus White’s targets will go up. I see no reason why Ryan won’t throw 500+ times this season and if that happens, White should get 1400+ yards and improve his touchdown total, 7, as well. White is also in a contract year, which means he’ll be motivated.
3-10 West Sports Report - Thomas, Pierre NOS RB
Pierre Thomas will be getting a lot of carries this year with the departure of Deuce McAllister. I can never count on Reggie Bush to be healthy or in fact even the run the football. Hopefully Sean Payton realizes that he has something special, lets Drew Brees rest a little bit, and gives Thomas the Ball.
3-11 KFFL - Owens, Terrell BUF WR
Needed a wide receiver at this point. Owens was the best available. Owens was great in his first year in Philly and Dallas; think that pattern continues in Buffalo, especially with motivation for a new contract after the season. Definitely some worries that he’s near the end of his line, but I think he has at least one more good season in him.
3-12 The Sports Bank - Rivers, Philip SDC QB
Rivers exploded last season to be the quarterback he was drafted to be. 4,000 yards and 34 TD’s were numbers that cannot be ignored. A healthy LT might bring those figures down a little bit, but not enough to the point that would allow a top quarterback like Rivers fall back to me with the 60th pick.