West Sports Report Mock Draft – Round 9
West Sports Report Analysis
9-1 Junkyard Jake - Keller, Dustin NYJ TE
Dustin Keller proved to be a quick learner in 2008, averaging about 7 catches per game during the month of November. Of course, much like the rest of the Jets passing game, the rookie was derailed by Brett Favre’s arm troubles. Nonetheless Keller enters 2009 as a high potential TE, who could very well be one of the Jets most productive receivers this season.
9-2 Fantasy Football Extreme - Carlson, John SEA TE
Carlson should breakout this seaon – it wouldn’t surprise me if he was a top 5-6TE in ’09.
9-3 Fantasy Draft Edge - Jones, Felix DAL RB
The Cowboys are working in a “wildcat” style formation to the offense specifically to get the ball to Felix Jones more often to let him make plays. We like depth and RB and this strengthens it.
9-4 The Sports Bank - Mendenhall, Rashard PIT RB
Handcuffing him to Willie Parker. Perhaps not literally. Or maybe literally. Would I get double credit for touchdowns?
With my last pick I went with a safe WR choice for my WR3. For my WR4 I will add a more explosive option that has a higher upside. If Anquan Boldin does get the trade he’s been asking for, Breaston’s value goes through the roof. If not, he’s still a solid option at this stage of the draft.
9-6 Fantasy Draft Tools - Sproles, Darren SDC RB
Depth at RB is key for Fantasy Football, so getting Sproles in the middle of the 9th round is great value for a guy that I project to have just over 500 yards on the ground and just under 500 yards in receptions. 1000 combined yards and 6 scores is good value here.
This might be a little early for Nicks, but everyone here seems to have a good read on who to draft, and I’m not taking a chance on missing him before my next pick. He comes from a pro-style offense, has good size, great hands, and good body control. Plus he’s walking into a great situation for a rookie receiver on a team that has no sure targets, and really none in the red zone. I really think Nicks will lead all rookie wideouts in TDs. And I needed a fourth WR.
9-8 WalterFootball.com - Jackson, Fred BUF RB
Fred Jackson really solidifies my running back corps. He’s going to have three chances to win over the coaching staff once Marshawn Lynch serves his suspension. Even if he splits carries with Lynch, Jackson will always be a factor with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
I’d like to credit Walter for stealing Fred Jackson, the first guy on mid RB mid round sleeper list. I don’t worry though, I have plenty more, so I can still afford to go WR here. Hester had 51 catches for 665 yards in his first full season as a wide receiver, despite the fact that weak armed Kyle Orton was the quarterback. Now, Jay Cutler is the quarterback and he has the arm strength to hit the speedy Hester downfield. Hester is going to be Cutler’s 3rd option after Olsen and Matt Forte, maybe even 2nd option if Cutler continues to gunsling the way he did in Denver, despite the fact that he has a real defense now. Now, with a year of experience at the position under his belt, and a quarterback who can hit him downfield, Hester should have 900+ yards. He isn’t a touchdown machine at 5-11, but he’ll get more than the 3 TDs he had last year just because the offense as a whole is better. Expect 5-7 TDs.
9-10 West Sports Report - Giants, New York NYG Def
Figured I’d take a top defense while it was still there. I can address the TE position on my way back.
9-11 KFFL - Ginn Jr., Ted MIA WR
Like the upside with Ginn. The third-year receiver improved significantly last year; I expect that to continue. He’s explosive (14.1 yards per catch) and still has room to improve on his receiving abilities. He’s one of the top targets in Miami’s passing attack. I’d already drafted a consistent receiver as my No. 3. With Ginn, I get a No. 4 that offers a lot of upside.
9-12 The Sports Bank - Ravens, Baltimore BAL Def
Rex Ryan may be gone from Baltimore but as long as Ed Reed is on the field, the Ravens defense is a constant turnover and touchdown threat.