West Sports Report Mock Draft – Round 8
West Sports Report Analysis
8-1 The Sports Bank - Lewis, Jamal CLE RB
Lewis seems very old, but he isn’t even 30 yet. He has hit the 1,000 yard plateau in 7 of his 9 professional seasons and is still the number one option in the Cleveland backfield. I’d like to see his touchdown totals go up from last year (only 4 TD) but Lewis in the 8th round is a steal.
8-2 KFFL - Schaub, Matt HOU QB
Kurt Warner is far from certain to play in all 16 games, making it important to secure a strong backup. It looks like the Texans finally have a running game, which should take some pressure off Schaub. He was on pace to throw for 4,426 yards and 22 touchdowns last year.
8-3 West Sports Report - Walter, Kevin HOU WR
Walter should have a huge year in Houston and could put up huge numbers due to the attention Andre Johnson and Steve Slaton get.
8-4 Football Fan Spot - Olsen, Greg CHI TE
I need a tight end and Olsen is my top TE available here. He’s actually my 5th rated tight end and a huge sleeper. Cutler loves throwing it to his tight end, as shown by the fact that even Tony Scheffler has averaged 600 yards receiving over the last two years when Cutler was in Denver. Now in Chicago, Cutler isn’t going to have much choice but to throw Olsen’s way often, especially in the end zone. His other two options are a converted kick returner/cornerback and a running back. Olsen is also in his 3rd year, the year when wide receivers and tight ends tend to break out. All signs point to Olsen having a top 5 TE season this year.
My best player available, Hines Ward should be a reliable WR3 for me, especially if Ben Roethlisberger is healthy and consequently reverts back to 2007 form.
8-6 Draft Zoo - Steelers, Pittsburgh PIT Def
Guess I’m the first one going defense. I really don’t see anyone at any other position that has more value than someone I can get later. I’ve got my eye on a few RBs and WRs, but they should be around next pick. I always like having two top defenses, so I need to go ahead and grab one here. The Steelers are good for about 50 sacks and probably a few scores here. Hoping Mike Wallace gets hot as a return man.
Once again, I need my third starting WR and I believe Holt will put up decent statistics this year…he won’t put up Torry Holt 5 years ago stats, but I feel that Marc Bulgar is a terrible QB and David Gerrard is a definite upgrade. Looking for respectable numbers from my 3rd WR and I’m glad he fell to me in the 8th round.
8-8 LestersLegends – Coles, Laveranues CIN WR
I hitched my wagon to Carson Palmer, why not add one of his new horses in Coles? Coles is a safe WR3 that should be good for nearly 1000 yards and 6+ TDs if he can stay healthy. Housh took a lot of receptions with him to the Great Northwest. Coles will be in line to snag many of them.
This isn’t a pick based on the fact that I think that the Bears’ defense is really that good — Although the signing of Tippecanoeandtylertoo to play outside linebacker is a huge help. The Bears’ defense scores touchdowns. The Bears’ return game scores touchdowns. This should be a valuable pick that, along with another defense that hasn’t been selected yet, will be one of the top two D’s in fantasy football.
8-10 Fantasy Draft Edge - Winslow, Kellen TBB TE
From a personal stand point I’m not at all a big fan of this guy. BUT when he decides to focus, gives some effort and be his best he is very talented. A fresh start and a new situation could lead to the WR like numbers we saw in ’06 and ’07.
8-11 Fantasy Football Extreme - Greene, Shonn NYJ RB
I expect Greene to start by mid-season. Greene has the ability to outperform all other rookies in 2009.
8-12 Junkyard Jake - Brown, Donald IND RB
It’s hard to believe that Joseph Addai is as bad as he looked last year, but Donald Brown could emerge as a very capable platoon-mate if Addai can rebound. In the case that last season was not a fluke for Addai, Donald Brown has a rare burst and agility that could make him a very interesting fantasy RB this season.