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Mock Draft #10
Ended July 31, 2003
  This mock draft was conducted by ten fantasy football fanatics from our message boards. It was based on a league using standard performance scoring.

The Draft

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
1 RB Williams,Ricky 1 RB Green,Ahman 1 WR Moulds,Eric 1 QB Warner,Kurt
2 RB Tomlinson,Lad. 2 WR Moss,Randy 2 QB Culpepper,D. 2 WR Holt,Torry
3 RB Portis,Clinton 3 RB Henry,Travis 3 QB McNabb,Don. 3 RB Smith,Antowain
4 RB Faulk,Marshall 4 RB Taylor,Fred 4 QB Vick,Michael 4 WR Boston,David
5 RB Holmes,Priest 5 RB Dillon,Corey 5 WR Robinson,Koren 5 WR Horn,Joe
6 RB McAllister,Deuce 6 RB Barber,Tiki 6 QB Manning,Peyton 6 WR Ward,Hines
7 RB Alexander,Shaun 7 RB Lewis,Jamal 7 WR Burress,Plaxico 7 WR Driver,Donald
8 WR Harrison,Marvin 8 RB Davis,Stephen 8 QB Gannon,Rich 8 WR Toomer,Amani
9 RB James,Edgerrin 9 RB Garner,Charlie 9 RB Martin,Curtis 9 TE Shockey,Jeremy
10 WR Owens,Terrell 10 RB Green,William 10 RB George,Eddie 10 WR Price,Peerless
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1 TE Gonzalez,Tony 1 RB Smith,Onterrio 1 WR Rice,Jerry 1 TE Sharpe,Shannon
2 WR Johnson,Chad 2 RB Bettis,Jerome 2 RB Barlow,Kevan 2 WR Brown,Troy
3 WR Coles,Laver. 3 RB Shipp,Marcel 3 RB Dunn,Warrick 3 TE Stevens,Jerramy
4 RB Hambrick,Troy 4 QB Maddox,Tommy 4 WR Jackson,Darrell 4 QB Favre,Brett
5 QB Brooks,Aaron 5 WR Smith,Rod 5 WR Johnson,Key. 5 RB Mack,Stacey
6 RB Thomas,Anthony 6 RB Stewart,James 6 WR Gardner,Rod 6 TE Pollard,Marcus
7 WR Booker,Marty 7 WR Mason,Derrick 7 RB Canidate,Trung 7 TE Franks,Bubba
8 WR Stallworth,Donte' 8 WR Porter,Jerry 8 DT Buccaneers 8 QB Green,Trent
9 TE Heap,Todd 9 WR Smith,Jimmy 9 QB Bledsoe,Drew 9 DT Dolphins
10 WR Bruce,Isaac 10 QB Garcia,Jeff 10 WR Wayne,Reggie 10 RB Staley,Duce
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1 WR Conway,Curtis 1 PK Elam,Jason 1 PK Gramatica,M. 1 TE Miller,Billy
2 WR Chambers,Chris 2 RB Smith,Emmitt 2 RB Alstott,Mike 2 TE Fauria,Christian
3 DT Eagles 3 RB Duckett,T.J. 3 WR Morgan,Quincy 3 PK Janikowski,S.
4 WR Rogers,Charles 4 DT Steelers 4 RB Hearst,Garrison 4 WR Brown,Tim
5 DT Panthers 5 TE McMichael,R. 5 RB Zereoue,Amos 5 WR Bryant,Antonio
6 DT Falcons 6 QB Hasselbeck,M. 6 QB Pennington,Chad 6 WR Taylor,Travis
7 TE Crumpler,Alge 7 QB Johnson,Brad 7 RB Johnson,Larry 7 DT Titans
8 QB Brady,Tom 8 RB Buckhalter,C. 8 WR Davis,Andre' 8 PK Feely,Jay
9 DT Packers 9 PK Akers,David 9 QB Collins,Kerry 9 QB Plummer,Jake
10 DT Ravens 10 QB McNair,Steve 10 WR Reed,Josh 10 DT Cowboys
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1 TE Jolley,Doug 1 RB Jordan,Lamont 1 DT Raiders 1 QB Kitna,Jon
2 WR Galloway,Joey 2 PK Vinatieri,Adam 2 PK Reed,Jeff 2 PK Andersen,M.
3 TE Lewis,Chad 3 DT Patriots 3 PK Mare,Olindo 3 PK Dawson,Phil
4 TE Becht,Anthony 4 DT Bears 4 PK Kasay,John 4 PK Brown,Josh
5 PK Wilkins,Jeff 5 PK Longwell,Ryan 5 PK Anderson,Gary 5 PK Stover,Matt
6 TE Wycheck,Frank 6 TE Alexander,St. 6 DT Broncos 6 DT Jaguars
7 TE Johnson,Eric 7 DT Giants 7 PK Nedney,Joe 7 PK Edinger,Paul
8 WR Lelie,Ashley 8 DT Redskins 8 TE Clark,Dallas 8 TE Mili,Itula
9 WR Morton,Johnnie 9 TE Chamberlain,B. 9 DT Chargers 9 DT Colts
10 PK Vanderjagt,M. 10 PK Carney,John 10 DT Saints 10 RB Bennett,Michael

The Positions

Quarterbacks
3.02 Culpepper,D. 8.04 Favre,Brett
3.03 McNabb,Don. 8.08 Green,Trent
3.04 Vick,Michael 9.08 Brady,Tom
3.06 Manning,Peyton 10.06 Hasselbeck,M.
3.08 Gannon,Rich 10.07 Johnson,Brad
4.01 Warner,Kurt 10.1 McNair,Steve
5.05 Brooks,Aaron 11.06 Pennington,C.
6.04 Maddox,Tommy 11.09 Collins,Kerry
6.1 Garcia,Jeff 12.09 Plummer,Jake
7.09 Bledsoe,Drew 16.01 Kitna,Jon
Tight Ends
4.09 Shockey,Jeremy 12.02 Fauria,Christian
5.01 Gonzalez,Tony 13.01 Jolley,Doug
5.09 Heap,Todd 13.03 Lewis,Chad
8.01 Sharpe,Shannon 13.04 Becht,Anthony
8.03 Stevens,Jerramy 13.06 Wycheck,Frank
8.06 Pollard,Marcus 13.07 Johnson,Eric
8.07 Franks,Bubba 14.06 Alexander,St.
9.07 Crumpler,Alge 14.09 Chamberlain,B.
10.05 McMichael,R. 15.08 Clark,Dallas
12.01 Miller,Billy 16.08 Mili,Itula

Running Backs
1.01 Williams,Ricky 2.04 Taylor,Fred 5.04 Hambrick,Troy 8.1 Staley,Duce
1.02 Tomlinson,Lad. 2.05 Dillon,Corey 5.06 Thomas,Anthony 10.02 Smith,Emmitt
1.03 Portis,Clinton 2.06 Barber,Tiki 6.01 Smith,Onterrio 10.03 Duckett,T.J.
1.04 Faulk,Marshall 2.07 Lewis,Jamal 6.02 Bettis,Jerome 10.08 Buckhalter,C.
1.05 Holmes,Priest 2.08 Davis,Stephen 6.03 Shipp,Marcel 11.02 Alstott,Mike
1.06 McAllister,Deuce 2.09 Garner,Charlie 6.06 Stewart,James 11.04 Hearst,Garrison
1.07 Alexander,Shaun 2.1 Green,William 7.02 Barlow,Kevan 11.05 Zereoue,Amos
1.09 James,Edgerrin 3.09 Martin,Curtis 7.03 Dunn,Warrick 11.07 Johnson,Larry
2.01 Green,Ahman 3.1 George,Eddie 7.07 Canidate,Trung 14.01 Jordan,Lamont
2.03 Henry,Travis 4.03 Smith,Antowain 8.05 Mack,Stacey 16.1 Bennett,Michael

Wide Receivers
1.08 Harrison,Marvin 4.07 Driver,Donald 6.08 Porter,Jerry 9.04 Rogers,Charles
1.1 Owens,Terrell 4.08 Toomer,Amani 6.09 Smith,Jimmy 11.03 Morgan,Quincy
2.02 Moss,Randy 4.1 Price,Peerless 7.01 Rice,Jerry 11.08 Davis,Andre'
3.01 Moulds,Eric 5.02 Johnson,Chad 7.04 Jackson,Darrell 11.1 Reed,Josh
3.05 Robinson,Koren 5.03 Coles,Laver. 7.05 Johnson,Key. 12.04 Brown,Tim
3.07 Burress,Plaxico 5.07 Booker,Marty 7.06 Gardner,Rod 12.05 Bryant,Antonio
4.02 Holt,Torry 5.08 Stallworth,Donte' 7.1 Wayne,Reggie 12.06 Taylor,Travis
4.04 Boston,David 5.1 Bruce,Isaac 8.02 Brown,Troy 13.02 Galloway,Joey
4.05 Horn,Joe 6.05 Smith,Rod 9.01 Conway,Curtis 13.08 Lelie,Ashley
4.06 Ward,Hines 6.07 Mason,Derrick 9.02 Chambers,Chris 13.09 Morton,Johnnie

Kickers
10.01 Elam,Jason 15.02 Reed,Jeff
10.09 Akers,David 15.03 Mare,Olindo
11.01 Gramatica,M. 15.04 Kasay,John
12.03 Janikowski,S. 15.05 Anderson,Gary
12.08 Feely,Jay 15.07 Nedney,Joe
13.05 Wilkins,Jeff 16.02 Andersen,M.
13.1 Vanderjagt,M. 16.03 Dawson,Phil
14.02 Vinatieri,Adam 16.04 Brown,Josh
14.05 Longwell,Ryan 16.05 Stover,Matt
14.1 Carney,John 16.07 Edinger,Paul
Defenses
7.08 Buccaneers 14.03 Patriots
8.09 Dolphins 14.04 Bears
9.03 Eagles 14.07 Giants
9.05 Panthers 14.08 Redskins
9.06 Falcons 15.01 Raiders
9.09 Packers 15.06 Broncos
9.1 Ravens 15.09 Chargers
10.04 Steelers 15.1 Saints
12.07 Titans 16.06 Jaguars
12.1 Cowboys 16.09 Colts

Resulting Teams

  # 1 - blaw23 # 2 - Maize # 3 - snaggy # 4 - Beer
QB 6 Garcia,Jeff 3 Culpepper,D. 3 McNabb,Don. 3 Vick,Michael
QB 10 McNair,Steve 12 Plummer,Jake 8 Green,Trent 10 Johnson,Brad
RB 1 Williams,Ricky 1 Tomlinson,Lad. 1 Portis,Clinton 1 Faulk,Marshall
RB 2 Green,William 2 Garner,Charlie 2 Davis,Stephen 2 Lewis,Jamal
RB 8 Staley,Duce 7 Barlow,Kevan 7 Dunn,Warrick 5 Hambrick,Troy
RB 16 Bennett,Michael 11 Alstott,Mike 10 Buckhalter,C. 11 Hearst,Garrison
WR 3 Moulds,Eric 5 Johnson,Chad 4 Toomer,Amani 4 Driver,Donald
WR 4 Price,Peerless 6 Smith,Jimmy 5 Coles,Laver. 6 Mason,Derrick
WR 7 Rice,Jerry 9 Chambers,Chris 6 Porter,Jerry 7 Jackson,Darrell
WR 9 Conway,Curtis 13 Galloway,Joey 11 Morgan,Quincy 9 Rogers,Charles
TE 5 Gonzalez,Tony 4 Shockey,Jeremy 13 Lewis,Chad 8 Franks,Bubba
TE 13 Jolley,Doug 14 Chamberlain,B. 16 Mili,Itula 13 Becht,Anthony
PK 11 Gramatica,M. 10 Akers,David 12 Feely,Jay 15 Kasay,John
PK 14 Carney,John 15 Reed,Jeff 15 Mare,Olindo 16 Edinger,Paul
DT 12 Cowboys 8 Dolphins 9 Eagles 12 Titans
DT 15 Raiders 16 Colts 14 Redskins 14 Giants
  # 5 - FightingEvil # 6 - potman # 7 - lobsterclaw # 8 - Rover
QB 5 Brooks,Aaron 3 Manning,Peyton 6 Maddox,Tommy 3 Gannon,Rich
QB 10 Hasselbeck,M. 11 Pennington,Chad 8 Favre,Brett 9 Brady,Tom
RB 1 Holmes,Priest 1 McAllister,Deuce 1 Alexander,Shaun 2 Henry,Travis
RB 2 Barber,Tiki 2 Dillon,Corey 2 Taylor,Fred 4 Smith,Antowain
RB 6 Stewart,James 5 Thomas,Anthony 7 Canidate,Trung 6 Shipp,Marcel
RB 11 Zereoue,Amos 8 Mack,Stacey 11 Johnson,Larry 10 Duckett,T.J.
WR 3 Robinson,Koren 4 Horn,Joe 3 Burress,Plaxico 1 Harrison,Marvin
WR 4 Ward,Hines 6 Smith,Rod 4 Boston,David 5 Stallworth,Donte'
WR 7 Johnson,Key. 7 Gardner,Rod 5 Booker,Marty 11 Davis,Andre'
WR 12 Taylor,Travis 12 Bryant,Antonio 12 Brown,Tim 13 Lelie,Ashley
TE 8 Pollard,Marcus 10 McMichael,R. 9 Crumpler,Alge 8 Stevens,Jerramy
TE 14 Alexander,St. 13 Wycheck,Frank 13 Johnson,Eric 15 Clark,Dallas
PK 13 Wilkins,Jeff 14 Longwell,Ryan 15 Nedney,Joe 12 Janikowski,S.
PK 15 Anderson,Gary 16 Stover,Matt 16 Brown,Josh 16 Dawson,Phil
DT 9 Panthers 9 Falcons 10 Steelers 7 Buccaneers
DT 16 Jaguars 15 Broncos 14 Bears 14 Patriots
  # 9 - osmonaught # 10 - bb98
 
 
QB 7 Bledsoe,Drew 4 Warner,Kurt
 
 
QB 11 Collins,Kerry 16 Kitna,Jon
 
 
RB 1 James,Edgerrin 2 Green,Ahman
 
 
RB 3 Martin,Curtis 3 George,Eddie
 
 
RB 6 Bettis,Jerome 6 Smith,Onterrio
 
 
RB 10 Smith,Emmitt 14 Jordan,Lamont
 
 
WR 2 Moss,Randy 1 Owens,Terrell
 
 
WR 4 Holt,Torry 5 Bruce,Isaac
 
 
WR 8 Brown,Troy 7 Wayne,Reggie
 
 
WR 13 Morton,Johnnie 11 Reed,Josh
 
 
TE 5 Heap,Todd 8 Sharpe,Shannon
 
 
TE 12 Fauria,Christian 12 Miller,Billy
 
 
PK 14 Vinatieri,Adam 10 Elam,Jason
 
 
PK 16 Andersen,M. 13 Vanderjagt,M.
 
 
DT 9 Packers 9 Ravens
 
 
DT 15 Chargers 15 Saints
 
 

 

Team
First 5 Picks/Grade* Draft Slot Analysis
1
RB - RB - WR - WR - TE
Plan Grade: A
The smaller the league, the more coveted the early draft picks are. In this 10 man league, the #1 did the natural play of Ricky Williams, then was able to grab William Green for an RB2 - those four less picks than a 12 team league make a big difference here! Knowing that QBs exist even later in a smaller league, went straight for the WR shelf and nabbed Moulds and Price, then was able to reach Gonzalez (5) and Garcia (6). In a ten man league, this is likely the best possible scenario for positional picks as Team 1 was able to get two top 10 RB's, a top 4 WR, a top 3 TE and still have some depth. While I may not agree with every name, you cannot argue with the success of this plan.
2
RB - RB - QB - TE - WR
Plan Grade: A
The second team drafting took a similar approach. After Tomlinson, grabbed Garner. Taking Garner over Green missed a chance for a homerun hit in my book, but Green fell in this draft to me. Went for Culpepper (3) to secure the top QB and start the run but this meant that he would miss out on the top 9 receivers by his fourth pick. Given the depth still there for the next tier of WR, he went for starting the TE run and grabbed Shockey. Hit the WR's the next two picks to maintain at least acceptable numbers and found Chad Johnson and Jimmy Smith. Later had MIA defense (8) and Akers (10) to make the team chock-full-o-starters. While the WR's are a little weak, he more than compensates for it with top players in literally every other position. This is essentially the same team as #1, except he has a top QB instead of a top WR. The net points on either are likely the same.
3
RB - RB - QB - WR - WR
Plan Grade: B+
In a ten man league, starting RB-RB happened seven times in this mock. That probably makes sense. While team #3 took Portis, he also was able to reach Stephen Davis (2) and then took a top QB in McNabb. Opted for the #12 WR of Toomer over the #1 TE but after seeing the runs on WR in rounds 3 and 4 probably was concerned with getting nothing if he waited any longer. As it actually worked out, probably could have been stronger with that TE and waited a round on WR which were still at least decent for the next two rounds. Taking Toomer off a career year and Coles on a new team may be risk plays anyway. Waited a long time on TE's and will post average points there at best. This team needs a few things to go right with WR in order to remain a top team. Starting out Portis-Davis-McNabb was great but as the serpentine order works, in a ten man league the options start to get less the deeper you draft.
4
RB - RB - QB - WR - RB
Plan Grade: B -
Started out Faulk and Lewis and then added Vick (3) for an awesome 1-2-3. Then went with Driver (4) but secured his RB3 before anything else. Getting those backups become less hurried the smaller the league since obviously the quality in a position lasts longer than a larger league. Waited until the very end to bother with kickers or defenses but did grab Franks (8) early enough to get at least moderate production from his TE. The problem with this strategy is that it only produced two known difference makers in Vick and Faulk and the team did not even take Gordon for Faulk's annual two week vacation during the season. The receivers are wonderfully deep but likely without any top 10 players. This strategy focused on depth for the highest scoring positions but paid a price in lesser WRs and lower numbers from TE, PK and DEF each week. That's like over half your starting roster. This is a pretty standard way to draft but it bypasses some opportunities for safety nets.
5
RB - RB - WR - WR - QB
Plan Grade: A+
This ridiculously high grade is admittedly affected not only by a great strategy but also filling the spots with players that I really like. The standard RB-RB ploy continues to improve mid-round drafting with Holmes and Barber hitting the roster. Was able to then reach Robinson (3) and Hines Ward (4) and yet still get Brooks (5) for a QB. Backed-up Brooks with Hasselbeck in the 10th for big time depth. While he missed the top 3 TE's, Pollard (8) could perform very close to those and also has CAR (9). As this plan worked out, at least in my rankings, team ended up with two top 10 QB, two top 10 RB (or close), two top ten WR, the #4 TE and #2 Defense. This is a very solid team of starters and in my opinion about the best you can wring out of the #5 spot in a ten man draft along with some fortuitous drops of players that gave him great value picks.
6
RB - RB - QB - WR - RB
Plan Grade: A-
Mid-round drafting looks pretty advantageous this season and this mock bears that out. Starting McAllister and Dillon, was still able to get Manning (3) and then Horn (4). Used the #5 pick, which is like a #4 pick in a 12 team league, to backup his RBs with A-Train. Probably got away with that by still going Rod happy with Smith (6) Rod Gardner (7) for nice depth. McMichael later on is a solid, upside TE selection and ATL defense was nice. This plan worked pretty well but when you compare Team 5 to Team 6, you see a slight step down in all positions except for QB where he went in round 3. This is still a solid team and good strategy, just a slight step down from the picks next door for team 5 as it worked out.
7
RB - RB - WR -WR - WR
Plan Grade: B -
The interesting part of this mock is the variations on a similar theme as it applies to different draft slots. The seventh slot has been a great spot in the 12 man leagues and so far all teams started RB - RB like 12 team mocks have. At the seventh, Alexander and Taylor beef up the RB starters and then the natural play of WR-WR produced Burress and Boston (later creating the killer B's of Booker and Brown). This was a good plan here though I would not have passed Horn for Boston personally. At the 5th pick, opted to back up his WR with Booker. Certainly a studly group of receivers. Waited until the 6th for a QB and took Maddox over Garcia, Favre, Hasselbeck, etc. That pick was a reach since Maddox lasts until much later in the draft but still snapped up Favre in the 8th to make the position solid. Took his TE (Crumpler) and DEF (PIT) at the end of the run on starters. This team could be rocked if Taylor gets hurt or Boston takes time to settle in. Also RBs have little depth, with only Canidate who at best will share and Larry Johnson who may never play. This analysis is perhaps tweaked due to my personal feelings about some of the individual players, but the lower grade stems mostly from a lack of difference makers, some risky starters and the decision to backup WR so early.
8
WR - RB - QB - RB - WR
Plan Grade: C
Finally the RB-RB curse is lifted! Starting out with Harrison and then Henry was the best route. Opted for Gannon as the fifth QB taken which did empty my top tier for QBs, but then grabbed Antowain Smith as RB3 which left him with WR2 as riskier Stallworth when he could have had nine better receivers had he reversed it and gone WR - RB which still would have gotten him Bettis or Stewart or Barlow or any other RB in that tier. Taking a WR with the first pick makes sense, and his next two picks strategically emptied high tiers of QB or RB, but also probably made the team think that going RB in the 4th was necessary to get any value but in doing so, missed opportunity for better receivers while still would have had about the same brand of runner one round later. Team ended up with some big risk plays - Jerramy Stevens, Andre' Davis, Lelie, Shipp, etc. - all upside guys but still risks. Was smart enough to see the lack of difference makers to at least grab TB defense. The 8 spot is about the worst spot this season in my opinion since you miss out on top RBs, get a great WR but then a lesser RB2 and likely miss out on great QB and WR with the #3 pick which makes you accept even worse RBs later on. I have yet to see a strategy at #8 that seemed to work out greatly and it is a tough spot this year.
9
RB - WR - RB - WR - TE
Plan Grade: B
Knowing that he could get a top 3 WR on the backside, team took Edgerrin James and then Moss (2). Edge is a risk play that could spell disaster or incredible value. Already having a top WR and thinking that RBs would be short at 4th, took Curtis Martin (3) and still was able to reign in Holt (4) for a great starter set of WR. I liked the snatch of Heap at his 4th, getting far better value there than was available in other positions. This strategy waited until the 7th round for a QB and took Bledsoe and later Collins (11) who are neither "my kind of guys" but offered good value where they went. This team gets a B+ grade largely on his moves of good TE (Heap), Defense (GB), Moss and Holt and at least enough depth in RB to find two decent starters every week. I always prefer difference makers and he has Moss, Holt, Heap but unfortunately WR and TE score less than QB and RB. Drafting this deeply in this manner forces the team to make tough decisions in order to reach great players without ending up with crappy WR2 and RB2. He can never have a great RB1 and the play for Edge was his best to get one to break through the tier into the top echelon of RBs. Waiting on QB allowed him to do other things with decent results, but he needs to be 100% correct with this QBs to contend.
10
WR - RB - RB - QB - WR
Plan Grade: A -
The swing in a ten man league is always a wonderful treat when you are not waiting on 22 other picks to be made. Here the team grabbed Owens and followed that with Ahman Green. Was able to reach George (3) who fell in my opinion and then found Warner (4) who also was a great value grab. Paired up Bruce (5) with his QB and then appears to have sat back and done exactly what you should do with this swing set. Looked for value floating down to him but in a few cases forced himself to take a player/position a bit early knowing that 22 picks later the entire draftscape would be dramatically different. While this team has only Warner and Owens as most probable difference makers, good value picks with upside may well pop a few others into top categories before it is all said and done. Interesting mixture of old veterans (Sharpe, George, Bruce) with young blood (Onterrio Smith, Wayne, Reed, Miller) should manage to at least produce a competitive team.

* Review of the strategy of positional picks with a bit of my own wisdom/plain old prejudice.