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Mock Draft #13
Ended August 18, 2003
  This mock draft was based on standard performance scoring for a 12 team league that starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 "Flex" (RB/WR/TE), PK and DEF each week. The difference in this mock is that the league uses a flex position which ideally is a RB, and awards one point per reception. This draft was conducted just prior to the injury to Michael Vick and the promotion of Kelly Holcomb, as well as the release of Derrick Alexander.

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 WR Moss,Randy 1 TE Gonzalez,Tony 1 RB Hearst,Garrison
2 RB Holmes,Priest 2 RB Green,Ahman 2 TE Shockey,Jeremy 2 WR Boston,David
3 RB Alexander,Shaun 3 RB Dillon,Corey 3 QB Vick,Michael 3 RB Staley,Duce
4 RB Williams,Ricky 4 RB Lewis,Jamal 4 TE Heap,Todd 4 WR Driver,Donald
5 RB Faulk,Marshall 5 WR Owens,Terrell 5 WR Holt,Torry 5 RB Smith,Onterrio
6 RB Portis,Clinton 6 RB Green,William 6 WR Ward,Hines 6 WR Johnson,Chad
7 RB James,Edgerrin 7 RB Taylor,Fred 7 RB Stewart,James 7 QB McNabb,Donovan
8 RB McAllister,Deuce 8 RB Davis,Stephen 8 RB George,Eddie 8 WR Price,Peerless
9 RB Henry,Travis 9 WR Burress,Plaxico 9 WR Booker,Marty 9 WR Smith,Jimmy
10 WR Harrison,Marvin 10 WR Moulds,Eric 10 WR Toomer,Amani 10 RB Thomas,Anthony
11 RB Garner,Charlie 11 RB Martin,Curtis 11 WR Horn,Joe 11 RB Dunn,Warrick
12 RB Barber,Tiki 12 WR Robinson,Koren 12 QB Culpepper,Daunte 12 RB Barlow,Kevan
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1 WR Mason,Derrick 1 TE Jolley,Doug 1 RB Canidate,Trung 1 RB Smith,Antowain
2 WR Brown,Troy 2 QB Warner,Kurt 2 WR Porter,Jerry 2 TE Lewis,Chad
3 WR Smith,Rod 3 RB Zereoue,Amos 3 TE McMichael,Randy 3 QB Green,Trent
4 QB Manning,Peyton 4 QB Hasselbeck,Matt 4 DT Buccaneers 4 WR Randle El, Antw
5 QB Gannon,Rich 5 QB Garcia,Jeff 5 TE Miller,Billy 5 RB Smith,Emmitt
6 WR Bruce,Isaac 6 WR Johnson,Key 6 TE Sharpe,Shannon 6 TE Crumpler,Alge
7 WR Coles,Laveranues 7 WR Gardner,Rod 7 QB Brooks,Aaron 7 RB Mack,Stacey
8 WR Rice,Jerry 8 WR Stallworth,Donte' 8 WR Reed,Josh 8 QB Favre,Brett
9 TE Franks,Bubba 9 RB Hambrick,Troy 9 PK Akers,David 9 WR McCardell,Keenan
10 TE Pollard,Marcus 10 WR Chambers,Chris 10 WR Moss,Santana 10 WR Pinkston,Todd
11 RB Bettis,Jerome 11 WR Conway,Curtis 11 WR Wayne,Reggie 11 QB Bledsoe,Drew
12 WR Jackson,Darrell 12 WR Morgan,Quincy 12 QB Collins,Kerry 12 QB Plummer,Jake
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1 QB McNair,Steve 1 DT Seahawks 1 RB Buckhalter,C 1 WR Boerigter,Marc
2 QB Pennington,Chad 2 WR Kennison,Eddie 2 RB Duckett,T.J. 2 RB Fargas,Justin
3 WR Lelie,Ashley 3 WR Galloway,Joey 3 QB Johnson,Brad 3 TE Becht,Anthony
4 PK Elam,Jason 4 DT Packers 4 RB Rhodes,Dominic 4 WR Edwards,Troy
5 RB Gordon,Lamar 5 WR Muhammad,M 5 RB Williams,Moe 5 WR Bryant,Antonio
6 WR Taylor,Travis 6 DT Ravens 6 RB Davenport,Najeh 6 RB Bennett,Michael
7 WR Johnson,Kevin 7 WR Streets,Tai 7 RB Shipp,Marcel 7 WR Rogers,Charles
8 DT Eagles 8 WR Walker,Javon 8 QB Brady,Tom 8 DT Falcons
9 QB Maddox,Tommy 9 RB Anderson,Mike 9 RB Wheatley,Tyrone 9 WR Morton,Johnnie
10 DT Dolphins 10 RB Peterson,Adrian 10 QB Brunell,Mark 10 RB Stecker,Aaron
11 RB Alstott,Mike 11 WR Thrash,James 11 QB Fiedler,Jay 11 WR Ferguson,Robert
12 WR Thompson,Derrius 12 DT Panthers 12 RB Jordan,Lamont 12 WR Brown,Tim
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1 RB Chapman,Doug 1 TE Ricks,Mikhael 1 WR Johnson,Andre 1 WR Jurevicius,Joe
2 DT Giants 2 DT Titans 2 QB Kitna,Jon 2 QB Brees,Drew
3 TE Stevens,Jerramy 3 WR Jenkins,Martay 3 RB Morris,Maurice 3 DT Raiders
4 WR McCaffrey,Ed 4 WR Chrebet,Wayne 4 RB Richardson,Tony 4 DT Bills
5 TE Alexander,St 5 TE Mili,Itula 5 QB Bulger,Marc 5 TE Clark,Desmond
6 WR Bates,D'wayne 6 WR Hilliard,Ike 6 QB Couch,Tim 6 PK Vanderjagt,M
7 RB White,Jamel 7 RB Bryson,Shawn 7 DT Steelers 7 DT Saints
8 RB Betts,Ladell 8 RB Taylor,Chester 8 RB Johnson,Larry 8 WR Northcutt,Dennis
9 TE Riemersma,Jay 9 RB Chatman,Jesse 9 RB Levens,Dorsey 9 PK Hollis,Mike
10 RB Faulk,Kevin 10 RB Watson,Kenny 10 PK Andersen,M 10 WR Branch,Deion
11 WR Warrick,Peter 11 PK Feely,Jay 11 WR Finneran,Brian 11 RB Jones,Thomas
12 WR Robinson,Marcus 12 PK Gramatica,M 12 RB Wells,Jonathan 12 WR White,Dez
Round 17 Round 18 Round 19 Round 20
1 TE Clark,Dallas 1 PK Janikowski,S 1 WR Patten,David 1 DT Texans
2 TE Graham,Daniel 2 DT Colts 2 WR Bennett,Drew 2 WR Stokes,J.J.
3 DT Patriots 3 RB Toefield,Labr 3 RB Sapp,Cecil 3 QB Holcomb,Kelly
4 RB Griffin,Quentin 4 QB Stewart,Kordell 4 DT Jaguars 4 WR Glenn,Terry
5 QB Ramsey,Patrick 5 RB Brown,Chris 5 DT Bears 5 PK Reed,Jeff
6 RB Mungro,James 6 TE Brady,Kyle 6 PK Hall,John 6 WR Smith,Steve
7 QB Harrington,Joey 7 DT Cowboys 7 WR Terrell,David 7 RB McGahee,Willis
8 PK Wilkins,Jeff 8 PK Carney,John 8 DT Rams 8 RB Pittman,Michael
9 PK Mare,Olindo 9 WR Alexander,Derrick 9 WR Freeman,Antonio 9 QB Beuerlein,Steve
10 PK Stover,Matt 10 WR Gaylor,Trevor 10 WR Davis,Andre' 10 PK Brown,Josh
11 PK Longwell,Ryan 11 WR Caldwell,Reche 11 TE Dilger,Ken 11 DT Jets
12 WR Gaffney,Jabar 12 DT Redskins 12 PK Hanson,Jason 12 QB Leftwich,Byron

The Positions

Quarterbacks
3.03 Vick,Michael
3.12 Culpepper,Daunte
4.07 McNabb,Donovan
5.04 Manning,Peyton
5.05 Gannon,Rich
6.02 Warner,Kurt
6.04 Hasselbeck,Matt
6.05 Garcia,Jeff
7.07 Brooks,Aaron
7.12 Collins,Kerry
8.03 Green,Trent
8.08 Favre,Brett
8.11 Bledsoe,Drew
8.12 Plummer,Jake
9.01 McNair,Steve
9.02 Pennington,Chad
9.09 Maddox,Tommy
11.03 Johnson,Brad
11.08 Brady,Tom
11.1 Brunell,Mark
11.11 Fiedler,Jay
15.02 Kitna,Jon
15.05 Bulger,Marc
15.06 Couch,Tim
16.02 Brees,Drew
17.05 Ramsey,Patrick
17.07 Harrington,Joey
18.04 Stewart,Kordell
20.03 Holcomb,Kelly
20.09 Beuerlein,Steve
20.12 Leftwich,Byron
Tight Ends
3.01 Gonzalez,Tony
3.02 Shockey,Jeremy
3.04 Heap,Todd
5.09 Franks,Bubba
5.10 Pollard,Marcus
6.01 Jolley,Doug
7.03 McMichael,Randy
7.05 Miller,Billy
7.06 Sharpe,Shannon
8.02 Lewis,Chad
8.06 Crumpler,Alge
12.03 Becht,Anthony
13.03 Stevens,Jerramy
13.05 Alexander,St
13.09 Riemersma,Jay
14.01 Ricks,Mikhael
14.05 Mili,Itula
16.05 Clark,Desmond
17.01 Clark,Dallas
17.02 Graham,Daniel
18.06 Brady,Kyle
19.11 Dilger,Ken
Kickers
7.09 Akers,David
9.04 Elam,Jason
14.11 Feely,Jay
14.12 Gramatica,M
15.1 Andersen,M
16.06 Vanderjagt,M
16.09 Hollis,Mike
17.08 Wilkins,Jeff
17.09 Mare,Olindo
17.1 Stover,Matt
17.11 Longwell,Ryan
18.01 Janikowski,S
18.08 Carney,John
19.06 Hall,John
19.12 Hanson,Jason
20.05 Reed,Jeff
20.1 Brown,Josh
Defenses
7.04 Buccaneers
9.08 Eagles
9.10 Dolphins
10.01 Seahawks
10.06 Ravens
10.12 Panthers
12.08 Falcons
14.02 Titans
15.07 Steelers
16.03 Raiders
16.04 Bills
18.02 Colts
18.07 Cowboys
18.12 Redskins
19.04 Jaguars
19.05 Bears
19.08 Rams
20.01 Texans
10.04 Packers
17.03 Patriots
16.07 Saints
13.02 Giants
20.11 Jets

Running Backs
1.01 Tomlinson,Lad 3.07 Stewart,James 10.10 Peterson,Adrian 14.09 Chatman,Jesse
1.02 Holmes,Priest 3.08 George,Eddie 11.01 Buckhalter,C 14.10 Watson,Kenny
1.03 Alexander,Shaun 4.01 Hearst,Garrison 11.02 Duckett,T.J. 15.03 Morris,Maurice
1.04 Williams,Ricky 4.03 Staley,Duce 11.04 Rhodes,Dominic 15.04 Richardson,Tony
1.05 Faulk,Marshall 4.05 Smith,Onterrio 11.05 Williams,Moe 15.08 Johnson,Larry
1.06 Portis,Clinton 4.1 Thomas,Anthony 11.06 Davenport,Najeh 15.09 Levens,Dorsey
1.07 James,Edgerrin 4.11 Dunn,Warrick 11.07 Shipp,Marcel 15.12 Wells,Jonathan
1.08 McAllister,Deuce 4.12 Barlow,Kevan 11.09 Wheatley,Tyrone 16.11 Jones,Thomas
1.09 Henry,Travis 5.11 Bettis,Jerome 11.12 Jordan,Lamont 17.04 Griffin,Quentin
1.11 Garner,Charlie 6.03 Zereoue,Amos 12.02 Fargas,Justin 17.06 Mungro,James
1.12 Barber,Tiki 6.09 Hambrick,Troy 12.06 Bennett,Michael 18.03 Toefield,Labr
2.02 Green,Ahman 7.01 Canidate,Trung 12.1 Stecker,Aaron 18.05 Brown,Chris
2.03 Dillon,Corey 8.01 Smith,Antowain 13.01 Chapman,Doug 19.03 Sapp,Cecil
2.04 Lewis,Jamal 8.05 Smith,Emmitt 13.07 White,Jamel 20.07 McGahee,Willis
2.06 Green,William 8.07 Mack,Stacey 13.08 Betts,Ladell 20.08 Pittman,Michael
2.07 Taylor,Fred 9.05 Gordon,Lamar 13.10 Faulk,Kevin  
2.08 Davis,Stephen 9.11 Alstott,Mike 14.07 Bryson,Shawn  
2.11 Martin,Curtis 10.09 Anderson,Mike 14.08 Taylor,Chester  

Wide Receivers
1.10 Harrison,Marvin 5.07 Coles,Laveranues 10.02 Kennison,Eddie 15.01 Johnson,Andre
2.01 Moss,Randy 5.08 Rice,Jerry 10.03 Galloway,Joey 15.11 Finneran,Brian
2.05 Owens,Terrell 5.12 Jackson,Darrell 10.05 Muhammad,M 16.01 Jurevicius,Joe
2.09 Burress,Plaxico 6.06 Johnson,Key 10.07 Streets,Tai 16.08 Northcutt,Dennis
2.10 Moulds,Eric 6.07 Gardner,Rod 10.08 Walker,Javon 16.10 Branch,Deion
2.12 Robinson,Koren 6.08 Stallworth,Donte' 10.11 Thrash,James 16.12 White,Dez
3.05 Holt,Torry 6.10 Chambers,Chris 12.01 Boerigter,Marc 17.12 Gaffney,Jabar
3.06 Ward,Hines 6.11 Conway,Curtis 12.04 Edwards,Troy 18.09 Alexander,Derrick
3.09 Booker,Marty 6.12 Morgan,Quincy 12.05 Bryant,Antonio 18.1 Gaylor,Trevor
3.10 Toomer,Amani 7.02 Porter,Jerry 12.07 Rogers,Charles 18.11 Caldwell,Reche
3.11 Horn,Joe 7.08 Reed,Josh 12.09 Morton,Johnnie 19.01 Patten,David
4.02 Boston,David 7.10 Moss,Santana 12.11 Ferguson,Robert 19.02 Bennett,Drew
4.04 Driver,Donald 7.11 Wayne,Reggie 12.12 Brown,Tim 19.07 Terrell,David
4.06 Johnson,Chad 8.04 Randle El, Antw 13.04 McCaffrey,Ed 19.09 Freeman,Antonio
4.08 Price,Peerless 8.09 McCardell,Keenan 13.06 Bates,D'wayne 19.10 Davis,Andre'
4.09 Smith,Jimmy 8.1 Pinkston,Todd 13.11 Warrick,Peter 20.02 Stokes,J.J.
5.01 Mason,Derrick 9.03 Lelie,Ashley 13.12 Robinson,Marcus 20.04 Glenn,Terry
5.02 Brown,Troy 9.06 Taylor,Travis 14.03 Jenkins,Martay 20.06 Smith,Steve
5.03 Smith,Rod 9.07 Johnson,Kevin 14.04 Chrebet,Wayne  
5.06 Bruce,Isaac 9.12 Thompson,Derrius 14.06 Hilliard,Ike  

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

R# 1 Canes2001 R# 2 Atlanta Cracker R# 3 Swisscheese R# 4 H8Tank
8 Plummer,Jake 8 Bledsoe,Drew 3 Vick,Michael 5 Manning,Peyton
9 McNair,Steve 9 Pennington,Chad 11 Johnson,Brad 20 Beuerlein,Steve
20 Leftwich,Byron 15 Kitna,Jon 1 Alexander,Shaun 1 Williams,Ricky
1 Tomlinson,Lad 1 Holmes,Priest 4 Thomas,Anthony 6 Hambrick,Troy
4 Barlow,Kevan 2 Martin,Curtis 10 Peterson,Adrian 10 Anderson,Mike
7 Canidate,Trung 4 Dunn,Warrick 12 Stecker,Aaron 11 Rhodes,Dominic
11 Buckhalter,C 11 Duckett,T.J. 14 Watson,Kenny 14 Chatman,Jesse
13 Chapman,Doug 16 Jones,Thomas 15 Morris,Maurice 15 Richardson,Tony
2 Robinson,Koren 5 Brown,Troy 19 Sapp,Cecil 17 Griffin,Quentin
5 Mason,Derrick 6 Conway,Curtis 2 Moulds,Eric 2 Burress,Plaxico
6 Morgan,Quincy 7 Porter,Jerry 5 Smith,Rod 4 Smith,Jimmy
12 Brown,Tim 10 Thrash,James 6 Chambers,Chris 8 McCardell,Keenan
15 Johnson,Andre 12 Ferguson,Robert 8 Pinkston,Todd 12 Morton,Johnnie
16 White,Dez 18 Caldwell,Reche 9 Lelie,Ashley 13 McCaffrey,Ed
19 Patten,David 19 Bennett,Drew 16 Branch,Deion 18 Alexander,Derrick
3 Gonzalez,Tony 3 Shockey,Jeremy 18 Gaylor,Trevor 3 Heap,Todd
17 Clark,Dallas 17 Graham,Daniel 7 McMichael,Randy 9 Elam,Jason
14 Gramatica,M 14 Feely,Jay 13 Stevens,Jerramy 16 Hollis,Mike
10 Panthers 13 Giants 20 Brown,Josh 19 Jaguars
18 Redskins 20 Jets 17 Patriots 7 Buccaneers
R# 5 rez R# 6 KnightsofKnee R# 7 Keggerz R# 8 Jo
5 Gannon,Rich 4 McNabb,Donovan 7 Brooks,Aaron 6 Garcia,Jeff
8 Favre,Brett 15 Couch,Tim 17 Harrington,Joey 11 Brady,Tom
15 Bulger,Marc 1 Portis,Clinton 1 James,Edgerrin 1 McAllister,Deuce
17 Ramsey,Patrick 2 Taylor,Fred 2 Green,William 3 George,Eddie
1 Faulk,Marshall 8 Mack,Stacey 3 Stewart,James 4 Smith,Onterrio
2 Davis,Stephen 11 Davenport,Najeh 11 Shipp,Marcel 8 Smith,Emmitt
9 Gordon,Lamar 14 Bryson,Shawn 12 Bennett,Michael 13 Betts,Ladell
11 Williams,Moe 17 Mungro,James 13 White,Jamel 15 Johnson,Larry
14 Taylor,Chester 20 McGahee,Willis 4 Johnson,Chad 18 Brown,Chris
20 Pittman,Michael 3 Ward,Hines 5 Coles,Laveranues 2 Owens,Terrell
3 Holt,Torry 5 Bruce,Isaac 6 Johnson,Key 5 Rice,Jerry
4 Price,Peerless 6 Gardner,Rod 9 Johnson,Kevin 7 Reed,Josh
6 Stallworth,Donte' 9 Taylor,Travis 14 Hilliard,Ike 10 Muhammad,M
10 Walker,Javon 10 Streets,Tai 19 Terrell,David 12 Bryant,Antonio
16 Northcutt,Dennis 12 Rogers,Charles 20 Smith,Steve 14 Mili,Itula
7 Miller,Billy 13 Bates,D'wayne 8 Crumpler,Alge 16 Clark,Desmond
13 Alexander,St 7 Sharpe,Shannon 18 Brady,Kyle 17 Wilkins,Jeff
18 Carney,John 19 Hall,John 16 Vanderjagt,M 20 Reed,Jeff
12 Falcons 16 Saints 10 Ravens 9 Eagles
19 Bears 18 Cowboys 15 Steelers 19 Rams
R# 9 jackshi17 R# 10 Jedi R# 11 tooc R# 12 Skylive
6 Hasselbeck,Matt 8 Green,Trent 6 Warner,Kurt 3 Culpepper,Daunte
9 Maddox,Tommy 11 Brunell,Mark 11 Fiedler,Jay 7 Collins,Kerry
18 Stewart,Kordell 20 Holcomb,Kelly 16 Brees,Drew 1 Barber,Tiki
1 Henry,Travis 2 Dillon,Corey 1 Garner,Charlie 4 Hearst,Garrison
2 Lewis,Jamal 4 Staley,Duce 2 Green,Ahman 8 Smith,Antowain
11 Wheatley,Tyrone 6 Zereoue,Amos 5 Bettis,Jerome 11 Jordan,Lamont
15 Levens,Dorsey 13 Faulk,Kevin 9 Alstott,Mike 15 Wells,Jonathan
3 Booker,Marty 18 Toefield,Labr 12 Fargas,Justin 2 Moss,Randy
4 Driver,Donald 1 Harrison,Marvin 3 Horn,Joe 5 Jackson,Darrell
8 Randle El, Antw 3 Toomer,Amani 4 Boston,David 9 Thompson,Derrius
12 Edwards,Troy 7 Moss,Santana 7 Wayne,Reggie 12 Boerigter,Marc
14 Chrebet,Wayne 10 Galloway,Joey 10 Kennison,Eddie 13 Robinson,Marcus
19 Freeman,Antonio 14 Jenkins,Martay 13 Warrick,Peter 16 Jurevicius,Joe
20 Glenn,Terry 19 Davis,Andre' 15 Finneran,Brian 17 Gaffney,Jabar
5 Franks,Bubba 5 Pollard,Marcus 20 Stokes,J.J. 6 Jolley,Doug
13 Riemersma,Jay 12 Becht,Anthony 8 Lewis,Chad 14 Ricks,Mikhael
7 Akers,David 15 Andersen,M 19 Dilger,Ken 18 Janikowski,S
17 Mare,Olindo 17 Stover,Matt 17 Longwell,Ryan 19 Hanson,Jason
10 Packers 9 Dolphins 14 Titans 10 Seahawks
16 Bills 16 Raiders 18 Colts 20 Texans

Draft Analysis

Note - the change of allowing a flex position and one point per reception changes the analysis from all other prior mock draft reviews so far this season.

Team First 5 Picks/Grade* Draft Slot Analysis
1 RB-WR-TE-RB-WR
Plan Grade: C

Starting out with Tomlinson, Team 1 went to Robinson (2) for an upside receiver and then tabbed Gonzalez with the 3.01 pick in the draft. This one seemingly attractive move caused a chain reaction that likely hurt the team more than helped. Needing a RB2 in the fourth round, just missed out on Warrick Dunn (nice since he gets receptions) and settled for Barlow (4). For an indication of how problematic that pick was, consider that after this pick, only three other RBs went in the next 24 picks. End of the run that was forced caused the highest scoring position to use a RB that shares time with Hearst as an RB2. Tapping Mason (5) and Morgan (6) were solid choices at that time but took their WR3 before RB3. Not a real choice though since RBs had been so drained and team returned to RBs with Canidate (7) as another "share carries" guy though with equal risk and upside. Waiting until the 8th round to take a QB in Plummer (8) and then McNair (9) meant they started their QBs after the best 12 were already gone. Even with lower scoring by QBs, that is a bit long to wait but could prove to be okay.

Team looks great with CAR (10), Gramatica (14), Gonzalez (3) and Tomlinson (1) but in a league that starts 6 RB/WR and a TE, spending that early pick on a TE just does not prove out to be beneficial. Consider last season, Gonzalez scored 182 points in this scoring system. Bubba Franks (5th round pick) and Shannon Sharpe (7th round pick) only scored about 36 points less with around 146. However, guys like Horn (264 pts), Booker (257 pts), Toomer (264 pts) and a ton of other receivers scored better and were available. By the time the team reached another receiver in Mason, they just gave up about 60 points. Having a top TE is an advantage, but it cannot come at the detriment of other positions that score more points. Hines Ward was taken three picks later and he scored 337 points in this scoring system last season, so the point differential could be far greater. The reality is that if you want a top TE, you will need to overspend for them in most every draft and then MUST get lucky with a sleeper later on or it will not pay off.

2 RB-RB-TE-RB-WR
Plan Grade: B -
Took the risk with Holmes which is gamble that could pay off huge in a league with reception points. Then got Curtis Martin (2), took followed the normal "tight ends are going!" and took Shockey (see above for that idea) with the 3rd pick and made up ground by getting Dunn (4) as the final good RB. Holmes, Martin and Dunn could be a killer trio in this scoring. Concerned with all the receivers already gone, went Troy Brown (5), Conway (6) and Porter (7) and the starting receivers. This is team one with just different names. Also went Bledsoe (8) and Pennington (9) in an attempt to secure the best available QBs that never gain rushing points. This plan provided a great trio of rushers which is good. A great TE. And then only average players, at best, for QB and WR which make up 4 starters every week. Team was fortunate to reach Dunn and that one pick is the only thing keeping this team afloat. Little depth in RB, TE, DEF, PK and WR most likely are all middle of the road.
3 RB-WR-QB-RB-WR
Plan Grade: C
Starts with Alexander (1) and then Moulds (2) for a nice combo. Then headed to Vick (3) which then broke his leg. Problem with that move, aside from the ambulance thing, is that the difference between Vick last year (331 pts) and McNair or Green or Brady was only a whole 14 points for the year. Went back wisely to RB and took Anthony Thomas (4) who will have to do well in order for the team to succeed since the rest of the five running backs drafted could all have no carries in any given week. Moulds, Rod Smith (5) and Chambers (6) was a good set where they were taken and Lelie (9) could come on to help. The tight ends continue to be early, though McMichael (7) is nothing near as bad as Gonzalez or Shockey in the early third were. Even with a healthy Vick, this team would have problems putting up the nine different starters each week with only Alexander and Moulds as probable difference makers.
4 RB-WR-TE-WR-QB
Plan Grade: B
Team started naturally with Ricky Williams (1) and then grabbed nice possession guy in Burress (2). Then, having seen the tight ends flying could not resist taking Heap (3). Managed Jimmy Smith (4) which, prior to the suspension was a decent pick and then landed a whopper in Manning (5). While QB scoring is not greatly diverse in this scoring, there is likely no more solid choice than the durable and productive Manning. This was a gift for them and actually allowed them to make up ground from the Heap pick. Did not address RBs until the sixth round and landed Hambrick (6) which, by this point, was another player falling pretty far. Grabbed TB (7) for an advantage and Elam (9) for another, how ever slight it might be. This is hard one to grade. The best picks were the falling Hambrick and Manning but like team three, there are five backup running backs that might not have a single carry in any given week. Receivers are not an advantage but not a huge weakness either. This team got lucky in the draft and that works too when you can get it.
5 RB-RB-WR-WR-QB
Plan Grade: B +
Started out with Marshall Faulk (1) and still reached Stephen Davis (2) who is a little less valuable since he does not receive much but by this point I like to see a team with a solid #2 RB. Wisely went for Holt (3), Price (4) and still reached Gannon (5) as a top tier QB. Donte' Stallworth (6) rounded out the starting WR and with Walker and Northcutt, the backups will likely be little help. Liked the Moe Williams (11) move since he will get something every week. Pittman (20) may be a jailbird soon, but still is a huge steal at the 20th pick. You have to like high paid lawyers versus district attorneys. Favre (8) was a great backup QB and Bulger (15) had no business being available that late. Not a great team, but a fairly solid one at the starting positions.
6 RB-RB-WR-QB-WR
Plan Grade: A -
Pretty nice to start out with Portis (1) but taking Taylor (2) is a sadly risky move. Had to choose between him and Stephen Davis and the reality is that Davis does not catch a lot of points in this system. Snagged Hines Ward (3) and still managed to reach McNabb (4). Wisely shifted back to WR and got Bruce (5) and Gardner (6). Stacey Mack (8) offers a good backup but in a league that allows up to three RBs to start, he might prove a bit weak and he has no other RBs that will likely touch the ball outside of Davenport (11). He still got away with waiting so late on RBs with Mack and Davenport. Very solid set of receivers with big depth and upside and solid in TE, PK and DEF. In order for this team to excel, will need Taylor to stay healthy and deliver and at least one of his WR to really breakout. Solid team with upside, the plan worked pretty well and managed a few nice value picks in McNabb, Ward and Mack.
7 RB-RB-RB-WR-WR
Plan Grade: A
At the seventh spot in this scoring, I liked the team before I even saw the names attached. First picks netted James (1), William Green (2) and James Stewart (3) and then fell back to get Chad Johnson (4) and Coles (5) for a very solid start. Added Jamel White (13) very late as someone who fell unreasonably. This is a very solid team with a good QB taken late in Brooks (7) and three starting RBs and Shipp and White as players that either backup his stars or provide something every week. Bennett (12) was taken sort of early but could be a late season gold mine. Just a solid team throughout that can post consistent points and will not have to rely on one or two players to make the difference.
8 RB-WR-RB-RB-WR
Plan Grade: A
Great pick in McAllister (1), followed by Owens (2) and then back to still get George (3). Wise move with Onterrio Smith (4) but would be better if he later tapped Michael Bennett too for insurance. Emmitt (8) provides depth. Only five receivers but likely would only need to start two of them and Owens and Rice are a nice pair with Josh Reed to provide upside as his WR3. Landed Garcia (6) and Brady (11) which are not my kind of players but this plan worked out very well for the very tough 8 spot. Personally I might have taken a few different players, but the positional plan worked out well and allowed him to make some nice value picks as well as upside ploys.
9 RB-RB-WR-WR-TE
Plan Grade: C +
Started out with Henry (1) and Jamal Lewis (2) which are unlikely to challenge as a top 5 RB, but offer very solid beginnings. Next two picks mined the WRs and came away with Booker (3) and Driver (4) and then opted for Franks (5) instead of a RB3 or WR3 which in this scoring seems questionable. Still reached Hasselbeck (6) and backed him up with both Maddox (9) and Stewart (18). This plan created a team that is loaded at QB and RB started out well and then were ignored until the 11th round which yielded only Wheatley (11) and later Levens (15). Beyond the starting WRs, Edwards (12), Freeman (19) and Glenn (20) may not even be playing in a given week so WR depth is questionable. Solid on TE, PK and DEF. This team will provide a nice set of starters but will have problems in bye weeks for RBs and WRs which can be very telling. I liked the plan up until the TE pick with the 5th. Akers (7) was taken much too early for instance, and the team passed on Reggie Wayne, Antowain Smith and Stacey Mack to get him. In the attempt to get a balanced team - a good idea, the earlier picks left him with little depth where it counts most - RB and WR.
10 WR-RB-WR-RB-TE
Plan Grade: A
Could not resist Harrison (1) and was smart not to skip him. Added Dillon (2) and then Toomer (3) and then took a shot on Staley (4) which could prove a genius or idiot move depending on Staley's whim. Taking Zereoue (6) proved a great move in light of his recent promotion. Pollard (5) was maybe a little early but about the best shot at getting a TE to move up into the vaunted top three this season so waiting until the 5th spot was okay, particularly landing Zereoue the next round anyway. Landed some great late QB talent in Green (8), Brunell (11) and Holcomb (20). This is one lucky team! Grabbed Miami (9) for a top defense too. I love the way this team ended up, even if it was partially luck (though I am sure the drafter feels different). With Kevin Faulk has a nice RB4 to use and while I am not crazy about the WR depth, he can easily start 3 RBs a week anyway so he only needs two. Very solid team that will post consistent points.
11 RB-RB-WR-WR-RB
Plan Grade: B +
I already like the look of the plan. Started out with Garner (1) who is big in a scoring system that rewards receptions and got Ahman Green (2). Went and took Horn (3) and Boston (4) for a solid start and then returned to get Bettis (5) who looks a little less impressive now but were the draft today, I assume he would have been Zereoue instead. Alstott is a nice RB4 for a little something every week and Fargas (12) is early, but a nice swing for the fence even if he does land foul. Solid at QB with Warner (6), Fiedler (11) and Brees (16) though would have been better served getting Bulger. Probably hard to do in a league committed to stealing each other's backup players. Tight ends are very weak to me, Lewis (8) is sliding fast and Dilger (19) is great every sixth week. Solid defenses in TEN (14) and IND (18) late. This team is very solid and the plan worked well considering the 11th spot problems. Not a team of greatness to me, but a very good team.
12 RB-WR-QB-RB-WR
Plan Grade: B
Went for the value picks and tabbed Barber (1) and Moss (2), and then later still reached Culpepper (3) for a nice trio. Takes a chance on Hearst (4) but I do not see it as big a risk as some would. The swing pick can be great and can be a major dilemma. Wisely headed back and got Darrell Jackson (5) but I did not like the Jolley (6) pick at all. There were no other TEs selected for 15 more picks and team passed on solid choices at RB, WR and QB (though he did not need a QB). Ended up with weak TE, DEF though strong at QB, WR and RBs while not very exciting, probably are good enough not to hurt him too much. Taking that QB and then the TE at #6 forced the team into making positional picks rather than value picks. The plan worked out pretty well with a nice set of immediate starters but I would bet the drafter would do it differently if he had it to do again.

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