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Mock Draft #12
Ended August 18, 2003
  This mock draft was based on standard performance scoring for a 12 team league that does not require tight ends and starts 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, PK and DEF each week. Tight ends are merely considered as receivers.

Below the listing of resulting teams is a quick synopsis of each team's draft strategy and success.

The Draft

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
1 RB Tomlinson,Lad 1 RB Davis,Stephen 1 WR Moulds,Eric 1 QB Gannon,Rich
2 RB Portis,Clinton 2 RB Green,William 2 WR Burress,Plaxico 2 WR Driver,Donald
3 RB Williams,Ricky 3 RB Green,Ahman 3 WR Horn,Joe 3 RB Smith,Onterrio
4 RB Alexander,Shaun 4 RB Henry,Travis 4 WR Price,Peerless 4 WR Mason,Derrick
5 RB Faulk,Marshall 5 WR Moss,Randy 5 RB Mack,Stacey 5 WR Toomer,Amani
6 RB Holmes,Priest 6 RB Taylor,Fred 6 QB McNabb,Dono 6 WR Coles,Laveranues
7 RB McAllister,Deuce 7 RB Garner,Charlie 7 QB Manning,Peyton 7 WR Booker,Marty
8 RB James,Edgerrin 8 QB Vick,Michael 8 RB Martin,Curtis 8 WR Porter,Jerry
9 WR Harrison,Marvin 9 RB Dillon,Corey 9 WR Holt,Torry 9 WR Conway,Curtis
10 WR Owens,Terrell 10 RB Lewis,Jamal 10 WR Johnson,Chad 10 WR Stallworth,Donte'
11 QB Culpepper,Da 11 WR Robinson,Koren 11 WR Ward,Hines 11 RB Stewart,James
12 RB Barber,Tiki 12 RB George,Eddie 12 WR Boston,David 12 WR Bruce,Isaac
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1 WR Smith,Jimmy 1 TE Gonzalez,Tony 1 QB Green,Trent 1 WR Muhammad,M
2 RB Dunn,Warrick 2 WR Johnson,Key 2 QB McNair,Steve 2 RB Staley,Duce
3 WR Smith,Rod 3 DT Buccaneers 3 QB Hasselbeck,M 3 RB Barlow,Kevan
4 WR Chambers,Chris 4 QB Garcia,Jeff 4 QB Favre,Brett 4 RB Alstott,Mike
5 RB Hambrick,Troy 5 QB Warner,Kurt 5 WR Lelie,Ashley 5 DT Eagles
6 WR Gardner,Rod 6 WR Wayne,Reggie 6 WR Reed,Josh 6 RB Williams,Moe
7 WR Jackson,Darrell 7 WR Rogers,Charles 7 WR Streets,Tai 7 DT Panthers
8 WR Rice,Jerry 8 WR Johnson,Kevin 8 RB Thomas,Anthony 8 RB Smith,Emmitt
9 RB Canidate,Trung 9 TE Shockey,Jeremy 9 WR Thrash,James 9 RB Gordon,Lamar
10 QB Brooks,Aaron 10 WR Morgan,Quincy 10 RB Hearst,Garrison 10 RB Smith,Antowain
11 RB Buckhalter,C 11 WR Taylor,Travis 11 RB Bettis,Jerome 11 WR Galloway,Joey
12 WR Brown,Troy 12 TE Heap,Todd 12 RB Zereoue,Amos 12 DT Ravens
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1 RB Duckett,T.J. 1 QB Pennington,Chad 1 WR Ferguson,Robert 1 DT Falcons
2 DT Packers 2 DT Cowboys 2 WR McCardell,K 2 PK Vanderjagt,M
3 DT Dolphins 3 PK Akers,David 3 WR Warrick,Peter 3 WR Bates,D'wayne
4 RB Shipp,Marcel 4 RB Jordan,Lamont 4 DT Titans 4 DT Redskins
5 WR Finneran,Brian 5 QB Johnson,Brad 5 WR Boerigter,Marc 5 WR Chrebet,Wayne
6 WR Moss,Santana 6 DT Steelers 6 PK Feely,Jay 6 WR Walker,Javon
7 QB Bledsoe,Drew 7 RB Johnson,Larry 7 RB Faulk,Kevin 7 QB Harrington,Joey
8 WR Pinkston,Todd 8 QB Maddox,Tommy 8 RB Rhodes,Dominic 8 WR Smith,Steve
9 QB Collins,Kerry 9 QB Brady,Tom 9 PK Gramatica,M 9 WR Bradford,Corey
10 WR Johnson,Andre 10 QB Plummer,Jake 10 QB Kitna,Jon 10 WR Brown,Tim
11 WR Kennison,Eddie 11 QB Ramsey,Patrick 11 TE McMichael,Randy 11 WR Schroeder,Bill
12 RB Pittman,Michael 12 WR Morton,Johnnie 12 WR Jurevicius,Joe 12 QB Brees,Drew
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1 PK Elam,Jason 1 DT Raiders 1 WR Hakim,Az-zahir 1 PK Conway,Brett
2 DT Patriots 2 DT Saints 2 WR White,Dez 2 PK Edinger,Paul
3 DT Giants 3 TE Pollard,Marcus 3 RB Wheatley,Tyrone 3 DT Jaguars
4 WR Hilliard,Ike 4 WR Looker,Dane 4 DT Bills 4 DT Browns
5 DT Seahawks 5 WR Branch,Deion 5 PK Andersen,M 5 DT Jets
6 WR Bennett,Drew 6 DT Bears 6 PK Reed,Jeff 6 PK Epstein,Hayden
7 PK Carney,John 7 RB Toefield,Labr 7 WR Patten,David 7 DT Colts
8 PK Wilkins,Jeff 8 DT Broncos 8 PK Nedney,Joe 8 PK Hanson,Jason
9 WR Caldwell,Reche 9 PK Vinatieri,Adam 9 PK Mare,Olindo 9 PK Stover,Matt
10 PK Janikowski,S 10 PK Longwell,Ryan 10 TE Franks,Bubba 10 PK Brown,Josh
11 WR Bryant,Antonio 11 RB Peterson,Adrian 11 QB Blake,Jeff 11 PK Lindell,Rian
12 WR Jenkins,Martay 12 PK Dawson,Phil 12 PK Hollis,Mike 12 RB Davenport,Najeh

The Positions

Quarterbacks
1.11 Culpepper,Da
2.08 Vick,Michael
3.06 McNabb,Dono
3.07 Manning,Peyton
4.01 Gannon,Rich
5.1 Brooks,Aaron
6.04 Garcia,Jeff
6.05 Warner,Kurt
7.01 Green,Trent
7.02 McNair,Steve
7.03 Hasselbeck,M
7.04 Favre,Brett
9.07 Bledsoe,Drew
9.09 Collins,Kerry
10.01 Pennington,Chad
10.05 Johnson,Brad
10.08 Maddox,Tommy
10.09 Brady,Tom
10.1 Plummer,Jake
10.11 Ramsey,Patrick
11.1 Kitna,Jon
12.07 Harrington,Joey
12.12 Brees,Drew
15.11 Blake,Jeff
Kickers
10.03 Akers,David
11.06 Feely,Jay
11.09 Gramatica,M
12.02 Vanderjagt,M
13.01 Elam,Jason
13.07 Carney,John
13.08 Wilkins,Jeff
13.1 Janikowski,S
14.09 Vinatieri,Adam
14.1 Longwell,Ryan
14.12 Dawson,Phil
15.05 Andersen,M
15.06 Reed,Jeff
15.08 Nedney,Joe
15.09 Mare,Olindo
15.12 Hollis,Mike
16.01 Conway,Brett
16.02 Edinger,Paul
16.06 Epstein,Hayden
16.08 Hanson,Jason
16.09 Stover,Matt
16.1 Brown,Josh
16.11 Lindell,Rian
Defenses
6.03 Buccaneers
8.05 Eagles
8.07 Panthers
8.12 Ravens
9.02 Packers
9.03 Dolphins
10.02 Cowboys
10.06 Steelers
11.04 Titans
12.01 Falcons
12.04 Redskins
13.02 Patriots
13.03 Giants
13.05 Seahawks
14.01 Raiders
14.02 Saints
14.06 Bears
14.08 Broncos
15.04 Bills
16.03 Jaguars
16.04 Browns
16.05 Jets
16.07 Colts

Running Backs
1.01 Tomlinson,Lad 2.04 Henry,Travis 5.09 Canidate,Trung 8.1 Smith,Antowain
1.02 Portis,Clinton 2.06 Taylor,Fred 5.11 Buckhalter,C 9.01 Duckett,T.J.
1.03 Williams,Ricky 2.07 Garner,Charlie 7.08 Thomas,Anthony 9.04 Shipp,Marcel
1.04 Alexander,Shaun 2.09 Dillon,Corey 7.1 Hearst,Garrison 9.12 Pittman,Michael
1.05 Faulk,Marshall 2.1 Lewis,Jamal 7.11 Bettis,Jerome 10.04 Jordan,Lamont
1.06 Holmes,Priest 2.12 George,Eddie 7.12 Zereoue,Amos 10.07 Johnson,Larry
1.07 McAllister,Deuce 3.05 Mack,Stacey 8.02 Staley,Duce 11.07 Faulk,Kevin
1.08 James,Edgerrin 3.08 Martin,Curtis 8.03 Barlow,Kevan 11.08 Rhodes,Dominic
1.12 Barber,Tiki 4.03 Smith,Onterrio 8.04 Alstott,Mike 14.07 Toefield,Labr
2.01 Davis,Stephen 4.11 Stewart,James 8.06 Williams,Moe 14.11 Peterson,Adrian
2.02 Green,William 5.02 Dunn,Warrick 8.08 Smith,Emmitt 15.03 Wheatley,Tyrone
2.03 Green,Ahman 5.05 Hambrick,Troy 8.09 Gordon,Lamar 16.12 Davenport,Najeh

Wide Receivers
1.09 Harrison,Marvin 4.1 Stallworth,Donte' 7.06 Reed,Josh 12.06 Walker,Javon
1.10 Owens,Terrell 4.12 Bruce,Isaac 7.07 Streets,Tai 12.08 Smith,Steve
2.05 Moss,Randy 5.01 Smith,Jimmy 7.09 Thrash,James 12.09 Bradford,Corey
2.11 Robinson,Koren 5.03 Smith,Rod 8.01 Muhammad,M 12.1 Brown,Tim
3.01 Moulds,Eric 5.04 Chambers,Chris 8.11 Galloway,Joey 12.11 Schroeder,Bill
3.02 Burress,Plaxico 5.06 Gardner,Rod 9.05 Finneran,Brian 13.04 Hilliard,Ike
3.03 Horn,Joe 5.07 Jackson,Darrell 9.06 Moss,Santana 13.06 Bennett,Drew
3.04 Price,Peerless 5.08 Rice,Jerry 9.08 Pinkston,Todd 13.09 Caldwell,Reche
3.09 Holt,Torry 5.12 Brown,Troy 9.1 Johnson,Andre 13.11 Bryant,Antonio
3.1 Johnson,Chad 6.01 Gonzalez,Tony 9.11 Kennison,Eddie 13.12 Jenkins,Martay
3.11 Ward,Hines 6.02 Johnson,Key 10.12 Morton,Johnnie 14.03 Pollard,Marcus
3.12 Boston,David 6.06 Wayne,Reggie 11.01 Ferguson,Robert 14.04 Looker,Dane
4.02 Driver,Donald 6.07 Rogers,Charles 11.02 McCardell,K 14.05 Branch,Deion
4.04 Mason,Derrick 6.08 Johnson,Kevin 11.03 Warrick,Peter 15.01 Hakim,Az-zahir
4.05 Toomer,Amani 6.09 Shockey,Jeremy 11.05 Boerigter,Marc 15.02 White,Dez
4.06 Coles,Laveranues 6.1 Morgan,Quincy 11.11 McMichael,Randy 15.07 Patten,David
4.07 Booker,Marty 6.11 Taylor,Travis 11.12 Jurevicius,Joe 15.1 Franks,Bubba
4.08 Porter,Jerry 6.12 Heap,Todd 12.03 Bates,D'wayne  
4.09 Conway,Curtis 7.05 Lelie,Ashley 12.05 Chrebet,Wayne  

Resulting Teams (R# - the draft round the player was selected)

  R# 1 Raven R# 2 Blitzkrieg R# 3 potman R# 4 Beguile
QB 7 Green,Trent 7 McNair,Steve 7 Hasselbeck,M 7 Favre,Brett
QB 12 Brees,Drew 10 Ramsey,Patrick 10 Plummer,Jake 10 Brady,Tom
RB 1 Tomlinson,Lad 1 Portis,Clinton 1 Williams,Ricky 1 Alexander,Shaun
RB 2 George,Eddie 4 Stewart,James 2 Lewis,Jamal 2 Dillon,Corey
RB 9 Duckett,T.J. 5 Dunn,Warrick 8 Smith,Antowain 8 Gordon,Lamar
RB 16 Davenport,Najeh 14 Peterson,Adrian 15 Wheatley,Tyrone 9 Shipp,Marcel
WR 3 Moulds,Eric 2 Robinson,Koren 3 Horn,Joe 3 Price,Peerless
WR 4 Bruce,Isaac 3 Burress,Plaxico 4 Stallworth,Donte' 4 Conway,Curtis
WR 5 Smith,Jimmy 6 Taylor,Travis 5 Smith,Rod 5 Chambers,Chris
WR 10 Morton,Johnnie 8 Galloway,Joey 6 Morgan,Quincy 12 Bradford,Corey
WR 11 Ferguson,Robert 11 McCardell,K 11 Warrick,Peter 13 Hilliard,Ike
WR 15 Hakim,Az-zahir 12 Schroeder,Bill 12 Brown,Tim 6 Shockey,Jeremy
PK 6 Heap,Todd 15 White,Dez 14 Longwell,Ryan 14 Vinatieri,Adam
PK 13 Elam,Jason 16 Lindell,Rian 16 Brown,Josh 16 Stover,Matt
DT 14 Dawson,Phil 9 Packers 9 Dolphins 11 Titans
DT 8 Ravens 13 Patriots 13 Giants 15 Bills
  R# 5 SBM Cur R# 6 Maize R# 7 juve R# 8 flypaste
QB 2 Vick,Michael 3 McNabb,Dono 3 Manning,Peyton 6 Warner,Kurt
QB 10 Maddox,Tommy 12 Harrington,Joey 9 Bledsoe,Drew 10 Johnson,Brad
RB 1 Faulk,Marshall 1 Holmes,Priest 1 McAllister,Deuce 1 James,Edgerrin
RB 3 Mack,Stacey 2 Garner,Charlie 2 Taylor,Fred 3 Martin,Curtis
RB 5 Hambrick,Troy 10 Johnson,Larry 8 Williams,Moe 7 Thomas,Anthony
RB 8 Smith,Emmitt 14 Toefield,Labr 11 Faulk,Kevin 11 Rhodes,Dominic
WR 4 Porter,Jerry 4 Booker,Marty 4 Coles,Laveranues 2 Moss,Randy
WR 6 Johnson,Kevin 5 Gardner,Rod 5 Jackson,Darrell 4 Toomer,Amani
WR 7 Lelie,Ashley 6 Rogers,Charles 6 Wayne,Reggie 5 Rice,Jerry
WR 9 Finneran,Brian 7 Reed,Josh 7 Streets,Tai 9 Pinkston,Todd
WR 11 Boerigter,Marc 9 Moss,Santana 12 Walker,Javon 12 Chrebet,Wayne
WR 12 Smith,Steve 13 Bennett,Drew 15 Patten,David 14 Branch,Deion
PK 15 Andersen,M 11 Feely,Jay 13 Carney,John 13 Wilkins,Jeff
PK 16 Hanson,Jason 15 Reed,Jeff 16 Epstein,Hayden 15 Nedney,Joe
DT 13 Seahawks 8 Panthers 10 Steelers 8 Eagles
DT 14 Broncos 16 Colts 14 Bears 16 Jets
  R# 9 Kennyg71 R# 10 soopanuts R# 11 GoldenGopher R# 12 billay
QB 6 Garcia,Jeff 5 Brooks,Aaron 1 Culpepper,Da 4 Gannon,Rich
QB 9 Collins,Kerry 11 Kitna,Jon 15 Blake,Jeff 10 Pennington,Chad
RB 2 Henry,Travis 2 Green,Ahman 2 Green,William 1 Barber,Tiki
RB 5 Canidate,Trung 4 Smith,Onterrio 5 Buckhalter,C 2 Davis,Stephen
RB 8 Alstott,Mike 7 Hearst,Garrison 7 Bettis,Jerome 7 Zereoue,Amos
RB 10 Jordan,Lamont 8 Barlow,Kevan 8 Staley,Duce 9 Pittman,Michael
WR 1 Harrison,Marvin 1 Owens,Terrell 3 Ward,Hines 3 Boston,David
WR 3 Holt,Torry 3 Johnson,Chad 4 Driver,Donald 5 Brown,Troy
WR 4 Mason,Derrick 9 Johnson,Andre 6 Johnson,Key 8 Muhammad,M
WR 7 Thrash,James 12 Bates,D'wayne 9 Kennison,Eddie 11 Jurevicius,Joe
WR 13 Caldwell,Reche 14 Pollard,Marcus 13 Bryant,Antonio 13 Jenkins,Martay
WR 14 Looker,Dane 15 Franks,Bubba 11 McMichael,Randy 6 Gonzalez,Tony
PK 11 Gramatica,M 10 Akers,David 12 Vanderjagt,M 15 Hollis,Mike
PK 15 Mare,Olindo 13 Janikowski,S 16 Edinger,Paul 16 Conway,Brett
DT 12 Redskins 6 Buccaneers 10 Cowboys 12 Falcons
DT 16 Browns 16 Jaguars 14 Saints 14 Raiders

Team Analysis

Team First 5 Picks/Grade* Draft Slot Analysis
1 RB-RB-WR-WR-WR
Plan Grade: B -
Started out with the standard LT pick then opted for Eddie George and Eric Moulds at the 2/3 turn. Passed on all QBs except for Vick (snicker) and used the 4/5 to gain more depth at WR with Isaac Bruce and Jimmy "sniffy" Smith (good thing he missed Vick) who was later suspended for 4 weeks. Took Heap with his 6th pick which was probably a mistake in a league that does not require a TE since he passed on Lelie, Morgan, Wayne and several other WRs that will likely score more points. Perfect timing on grabbing Trent Green in the 7th before a mini-run started though personally I preferred Hasselbeck there. Taking that 3rd WR before his 3rd RB meant that he passed on Dunn, Hambrick and the like and then waiting until the 9th round to get that RB3 left him with Duckett ( a nice grab at that point) and Davenport who has minimal value. This strategy produced a nice set of starters but fairly unreliable backups in every position. Biggest knock is waiting on RB3 for so long.
2 RB-WR-WR-RB-RB
Plan Grade: A -
Started out great with Portis and then went for the WR-WR ploy at his 2/3 gaining solid WRs with Robinson and Burress for a very nice start. Smart move was to fall back to RBs the next two picks and with James Stewart and Warrick Dunn to use the two interchangeably for his RB2. Later took McNair as his QB (7) and immediately backup his WR with Travis Taylor (6). I would have preferred some slightly different names at a few of the starting spots but overall, this plan worked out pretty well with solid starting WR, Portis and a duo for RB2 and safe McNair for his QB. It works but I would have rather seen a few more sleeper types later on than older guys like Galloway, Schroeder and McCardell.
3 RB-RB-WR-WR-WR
Plan Grade: A
Had a great start with Ricky Williams and then still reaching Jamal Lewis (2) for a very nice RB pair. Grabbed Horn (3) and then Stallworth (4) which is a little questionable considering they play for the same team but still added Rod Smith (5) and Morgan (6) for a solid set of four WR. Reached Hasselbeck (7) and Plummer (10) for a nice upside pair taken so late. Antowain Smith (8) is a little weal for a RB3 but got him pretty late anyway. Wheatley is a throw away probably. Loved taking the Dolphins (9). Ended up with a squad strong and deep in all positions other than RB, but had such a great first two he could end up with a very strong contender. This worked out very well for him.
4 RB-RB-WR-WR-WR
Plan Grade: B +
Evidently liked Team 3's game plan and it worked out about as well. Took Alexander (1) as a safer pick than Faulk or Holmes but what he loses in high end potential he makes up for in a higher floor for his RB1. Reached Dillon (2) and then went after WRs netting Price (3), Conway(4) and Chambers (5). Still reached Favre (7) and Brady (10) just like Team 3. This plan worked about as well, but is downgraded from having less strong backup WRs and RBs. The Strategy did work though for the drafter who "drafted" behind Team 3 and got similar results, just not quite as attractive backups in my opinion but obviously they were in his guys.
5 RB-QB-RB-WR-RB
Plan Grade: C
This is the all "cross your fingers" team partially beyond his control. Took Marshall Faulk (1) who had fallen in most people's perspective and then was "the one" that got burned with Vick at the 2.07 pick. Personally, given that no QBs had been taken yet I would have thought that aggressive anyway. Third pick wisely went back to RBs and got Stacey Mack (3) ahead of Curtis Martin which seems also aggressive. Landed Porter (4) as his WR1 and then returned to get Hambrick as his RB3 later adding Emmitt Smith (8) for four starting running backs of which three are likely average at best and one could be great or just injured when you really need him. Took Kevin Johnson (6) and then made some very nice upside WR picks in Lelie (7), Finneran (9) and Boerigter (11). Defenses were backburnered and shows with only SEA and DEN. Even disregarding the Vick fiasco not his fault, this was a very aggressively assembled team that has a shot at being great only if it hits on all cylinders and several players significantly exceed expectations. Taking a QB so early put him behind in RBs and WRs and though a good job was done on getting a mixture, it still looks more like a team destined to .500 or less unless Vick comes back and makes a big difference and Faulk returns to form.
6 RB-RB-QB-WR-WR
Plan Grade: B -
Started out Holmes who had fallen pretty far and then nabbed Garner (2) which looked good but together they qualify for social security. McNabb (3) was a great pick and then widely went after WRs heavy, getting Booker (4), Gardner (5), Rogers (6) and Josh Reed (7) which as a group should always provide two decent starters. Liked the CAR defense (8) and even went early to get a top PK (11). This worked out reasonably well for his starting crew, but his "best guess" backup of Holmes could well be wrong and Toefield has real value mainly to the Taylor guy, not as a potential backup RB which, technically, this team has none. Harrington as a backup to McNabb is also pretty weak. This is a team that could produce great games with solid starters but bye weeks or injuries will kill this team. I liked the initial plan of five, but not nearly as much where he went after that.
7 RB-RB-QB-WR-WR
Plan Grade: B +
The vaunted 7 spot that has done so well - let's see here. Took McAllister as final Tier One RB, grabbed Taylor (2) as a risky upside RB2, then still netted Manning (3) and reached Coles (4) and Darrell Jackson (5). Solid and unspectacular backups in all positions deals some strength of depth. The only real downgrade to this plan is that it resulted in WRs that will have to be mixed and matched deftly each week and I did not like taking the risk on Taylor when Lewis or Dillon was still available. Still, pretty solid draft all in all but a team that would require some good management to succeed.
8 RB-WR-RB-WR-WR
Plan Grade: A -
This team faced the big decision this year - use the 1.08 on either the best WR (Harrison) or take a chance that Edgerrin James can return to 2000 form and make us forget the past two years. He rolled the dice with Edge and then landed Randy Moss (2) and even Curtis Martin (3). Toomer (4) and Rice (5) added nice depth to WR and though I did not care for the rest of the WR, there are many who would like them so they are fine. Got Anthony Thomas (7) and tried to backup James with Rhodes (11) which is smart except this year his backup could be one of four different RBs and very likely not Rhodes due to injury. Eagles (8) gave him a great defense and taking Warner (6) is yet another risk pick but Brad Johnson is a solid fallback if needed. Thanks to a few players falling, this strategy actually worked as long as risk is not bothersome. If Warner and James return to form - this is a monster team. If not, it will only be average. I give it the high grade on nice backups where he needed it most and a good set of starters - at least it seems that way now before the season starts.
9 WR-RB-WR-WR-RB
Plan Grade: C
With all Tier one RBs gone, wisely nabbed Harrison (1) and then still reached Henry (2) before filling out WRs with Holt (3) and Mason (4). Waiting on RB2 yielded Canidate (5) and Alstott (8) which are weak or at least questionable. Took Garcia (6) and thankfully tapped Collins (9) for a good duo. Did not like WAS or CLE for defenses and there is no true RB2 on the team. Tough spot to draft from, this strategy would have looked a little better with Hambrick, Dunn or James Stewart than Mason with the 5th pick and not put him quite so far behind trying to make up ground at the end of runs. As it ended up, probably could have been stronger with WR-RB-WR-RB and then WR or QB. The 5th pick dug a slight hole but was in the midst of a huge WR run and that may have impacted the decision. It is normally not a good idea to take a WR3 before a RB2 and that caused the lower grade.
10 WR-RB-WR-RB-QB
Plan Grade: A +
Opted to get Owens (1) and then reached Ahman Green (2) on the wrap back. Got a nice value with Chad Johnson (3) though most would have taken Boston or Driver. I think the pick is fine myself - nice upside and already had Owens for the stable WR. Wisely went back to RB with his 4th and got Onterrio Smith earlier than I have seen him ever go but as it worked out, not really that bad and he already had two WRs while all the other teams were draining that pool in the 4th. Took Brooks (5) and got Kitna (11) for a nice set of QBs. I loved the Andre Johnson (6) pick and Bates (9) is a decent, solid player. Was the "TB" guy taking them early in the 6th and Akers in the 10th. Was able to get Hearst (7) AND Barlow (8). This team is not quite as strong looking as perhaps teams 2 and 3, but this is about as well as I have seen the 10th spot deliver. Consider he has the #2 WR, #1 PK, #1 DEF, a solid QB situation and enough RBs to throw two decent ones out every week. Bold picks on some like Onterrio Smith and Chad Johnson but sometimes that is what making a winning team is about. Even considering that I absolutely hated the Pollard and Franks pick, I like the way the plan worked out in a very tough spot to draft from this season. This team should be solid and could be very good and one that surprises. Even if it fails, it was put together boldly and with both good forethought and luck. Thumbs up for the 10th spot for once.
11 QB-RB-WR-WR-RB
Plan Grade: C -
This strategy was interesting. Starting out with Culpepper (1) which I view as too early, gained William Green (2) as a nice upside grab. Followed that with Hines Ward (3) and Driver (4) and finally went back for RB2 which yielded Buckhalter (5). Later added Keyshawn Johnson (6) for a solid backup WR and was fortunate to still find Bettis (7) and Staley (8) for RB depth. Waited too long on a backup QB in Blake (15) and the rest of the receivers of Kennison (9), Bryant (13) and McMichael have little upside. Defenses and kickers are fine. The problem with this team is that it looks more like last year's team than this season's. Bettis, Staley, Ward and Driver all need to post better than expected numbers to keep this team going. This plan fails because taking a QB in the first round meant that every other pick was making up ground after runs started. I understand what the team was trying to do, but the best available players in the positions he needed were almost always about a round behind where he needed to be when he took them. This is a good example of the problems created in taking that QB in the first round.
12 RB-RB-WR-QB-WR
Plan Grade: B -
The swinger in the league started out with the standard RB-RB ploy, gaining nice, solid picks in Barber (1) and Stephen Davis (2) and then headed over to WR for Davis Boston (3). Was able to reach Gannon (4) as a falling tier one QB and then ran back to receivers to gain Troy Brown (5). My first inclination was to give this team a "C" because he managed to get almost entirely players that are not "my guys". The objective reality is that he has two solid RBs, a great QB situation and a lot of receivers I do not like. Then again, starting out RB-RB here is a solid start but led to him to miss the better WRs and then by the time he got back to RBs they were fairly stripped for RB3 and RB4. Lucked into Gannon. Discounting my player preferences, I think this drafter went after his perceived value about as well as could be done and did a good job with what he was left with, but the strategy did not work out as well this time.

* Grading reflects how well drafting plan worked out plus more than a little personal opinion.