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Mock Draft #8
Ended July 28, 2003
  This mock draft was based on standard performance scoring for a 12 team league using tight ends and starting 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, PK and DEF each week.

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,La. 1
RB
Taylor,Fred 1
WR
Robinson,Koren 1
WR
Johnson,Chad
2
RB
Portis,Clinton 2
RB
Dillon,Corey 2
QB
Manning,Peyton 2
WR
Price,Peerless
3
RB
Williams,Ricky 3
RB
Lewis,Jamal 3
WR
Boston,David 3
WR
Driver,Donald
4
RB
Faulk,Marshall 4
RB
Green,William 4
RB
Barlow,Kevan 4
QB
Brooks,Aaron
5
RB
Holmes,Priest 5
RB
Davis,Stephen 5
WR
Burress,Plaxico 5
WR
Mason,Derrick
6
RB
McAllister,Deuce 6
RB
Barber,Tiki 6
QB
Vick,Michael 6
TE
Shockey,Jeremy
7
RB
Alexander,Shaun 7
WR
Moss,Randy 7
WR
Holt,Torry 7
RB
Dunn,Warrick
8
WR
Owens,Terrell 8
RB
Garner,Charlie 8
QB
McNabb,D. 8
TE
Gonzalez,Tony
9
WR
Harrison,Marvin 9
RB
Martin,Curtis 9
WR
Horn,Joe 9
WR
Booker,Marty
10
RB
Green,Ahman 10
WR
Moulds,Eric 10
WR
Ward,Hines 10
RB
Stewart,James
11
RB
Henry,Travis 11
RB
George,Eddie 11
QB
Gannon,Rich 11
WR
Coles,Lave.
12
RB
James,Edgerrin 12
QB
Culpepper,D. 12
WR
Toomer,Amani 12
TE
Heap,Todd
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1
RB
Thomas,Anthony 1
RB
Smith,Onterrio 1
WR
Chambers,Chris 1
TE
Miller,Billy
2
WR
Johnson,Key. 2
WR
Rice,Jerry 2
TE
McMichael,Randy 2
WR
Reed,Josh
3
WR
Smith,Rod 3
WR
Porter,Jerry 3
QB
Favre,Brett 3
DT
Buccaneers
4
WR
Conway,Curtis 4
RB
Mack,Stacey 4
RB
Alstott,Mike 4
QB
Bledsoe,Drew
5
WR
Stallworth,Donte' 5
TE
Pollard,Marcus 5
QB
Johnson,Brad 5
WR
Thrash,James
6
WR
Bruce,Isaac 6
WR
Taylor,Travis 6
RB
Zereoue,Amos 6
QB
Maddox,Tommy
7
RB
Staley,Duce 7
WR
Jackson,Darrell 7
WR
Brown,Troy 7
QB
Collins,Kerry
8
RB
Bettis,Jerome 8
WR
Rogers,Charles 8
RB
Smith,Antowain 8
RB
Smith,Emmitt
9
RB
Hambrick,Troy 9
WR
Morgan,Quincy 9
WR
Wayne,Reggie 9
QB
Pennington,Chad
10
RB
Canidate,Trung 10
RB
Hearst,Garrison 10
QB
McNair,Steve 10
RB
Jones,Thomas
11
WR
Gardner,Rod 11
QB
Warner,Kurt 11
TE
Franks,Bubba 11
DT
Dolphins
12
WR
Smith,Jimmy 12
QB
Garcia,Jeff 12
QB
Hasselbeck,Matt 12
RB
Stecker,Aaron
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1
DT
Eagles 1
WR
Galloway,Joey 1
PK
Akers,David 1
TE
Lewis,Chad
2
RB
Gordon,Lamar 2
RB
Buckhalter,Correll 2
WR
Lelie,Ashley 2
DT
Titans
3
TE
Crumpler,Alge 3
WR
Moss,Santana 3
QB
Plummer,Jake 3
QB
Fiedler,Jay
4
DT
Panthers 4
TE
Fauria,Christian 4
PK
Feely,Jay 4
WR
Bryant,Antonio
5
WR
Streets,Tai 5
DT
Steelers 5
DT
Cowboys 5
WR
Brown,Tim
6
TE
Sharpe,Shannon 6
WR
Ferguson,Robert 6
WR
Muhammad,M. 6
QB
Harrington,Joey
7
DT
Packers 7
RB
Williams,Moe 7
RB
Betts,Ladell 7
DT
Bears
8
RB
Duckett,T.J. 8
QB
Green,Trent 8
QB
Brady,Tom 8
RB
Mungro,James
9
DT
Ravens 9
QB
Brees,Drew 9
RB
Chapman,Doug 9
WR
Pinkston,Todd
10
TE
Jolley,Doug 10
WR
McCardell,Keenan 10
RB
Johnson,Larry 10
TE
Mili,Itula
11
RB
Jordan,Lamont 11
RB
Bennett,Michael 11
QB
Couch,Tim 11
WR
Walker,Javon
12
DT
Falcons 12
WR
Boerigter,Marc 12
QB
Kitna,Jon 12
WR
Thompson,Der,
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1
RB
Shipp,Marcel 1
DT
Patriots 1
TE
Ricks,Mikhael 1
RB
Watson,Kenny
2
DT
Bills 2
DT
Saints 2
PK
Mare,Olindo 2
PK
Hollis,Mike
3
DT
Giants 3
DT
Browns 3
PK
Nedney,Joe 3
PK
Dawson,Phil
4
TE
Brady,Kyle 4
PK
Wilkins,Jeff 4
DT
Bengals 4
PK
Anderson,Gary
5
TE
Becht,Anthony 5
PK
Janikowski,S. 5
PK
Carney,John 5
TE
Jones,Freddie
6
PK
Gramatica,M. 6
TE
Alexander,St. 6
PK
Longwell,Ryan 6
PK
Stover,Matt
7
PK
Elam,Jason 7
TE
Chamberlain,B. 7
DT
49ers 7
DT
Colts
8
PK
Reed,Jeff 8
DT
Jets 8
DT
Raiders 8
PK
Hanson,Jason
9
TE
Wycheck,Frank 9
TE
Riemersma,Jay 9
DT
Broncos 9
PK
Andersen,Morten
10
TE
Johnson,Eric 10
DT
Redskins 10
PK
Vinatieri,Adam 10
PK
Lindell,Rian
11
TE
Stevens,Jer. 11
TE
Dudley,Rickey 11
PK
Kasay,John 11
PK
Gramatica,Billy
12
PK
Vanderjagt,M. 12
PK
Brown,Kris 12
PK
Edinger,Paul 12
DT
Seahawks

The Positions

Quarterbacks
2.12 Culpepper,Daunte 8.04 Bledsoe,Drew
3.02 Manning,Peyton 8.06 Maddox,Tommy
3.06 Vick,Michael 8.07 Collins,Kerry
3.08 McNabb,Donovan 8.09 Pennington,Chad
3.11 Gannon,Rich 10.08 Green,Trent
4.04 Brooks,Aaron 10.09 Brees,Drew
6.11 Warner,Kurt 11.03 Plummer,Jake
6.12 Garcia,Jeff 11.08 Brady,Tom
7.03 Favre,Brett 11.11 Couch,Tim
7.05 Johnson,Brad 11.12 Kitna,Jon
7.10 McNair,Steve 12.03 Fiedler,Jay
7.12 Hasselbeck,Matt 12.06 Harrington,Joey
Tight Ends
4.06 Shockey,Jeremy 12.10 Mili,Itula
4.08 Gonzalez,Tony 13.04 Brady,Kyle
4.12 Heap,Todd 13.05 Becht,Anthony
6.05 Pollard,Marcus 13.09 Wycheck,Frank
7.02 McMichael,Randy 13.1 Johnson,Eric
7.11 Franks,Bubba 13.11 Stevens,Jerramy
8.01 Miller,Billy 14.06 Alexander,St.
9.03 Crumpler,Alge 14.07 Chamberlain,B.
9.06 Sharpe,Shannon 14.09 Riemersma,Jay
9.10 Jolley,Doug 14.11 Dudley,Rickey
10.04 Fauria,Christian 15.01 Ricks,Mikhael
12.01 Lewis,Chad 16.05 Jones,Freddie

Running Backs
1.01 Tomlinson,La. 2.03 Lewis,Jamal 5.08 Bettis,Jerome 9.02 Gordon,Lamar
1.02 Portis,Clinton 2.04 Green,William 5.09 Hambrick,Troy 9.08 Duckett,T.J.
1.03 Williams,Ricky 2.05 Davis,Stephen 5.10 Canidate,Trung 9.11 Jordan,Lamont
1.04 Faulk,Marshall 2.06 Barber,Tiki 6.01 Smith,Onterrio 10.02 Buckhalter,C.
1.05 Holmes,Priest 2.08 Garner,Charlie 6.04 Mack,Stacey 10.07 Williams,Moe
1.06 McAllister,Deuce 2.09 Martin,Curtis 6.10 Hearst,Garrison 10.11 Bennett,Michael
1.07 Alexander,Shaun 2.11 George,Eddie 7.04 Alstott,Mike 11.07 Betts,Ladell
1.10 Green,Ahman 3.04 Barlow,Kevan 7.06 Zereoue,Amos 11.09 Chapman,Doug
1.11 Henry,Travis 4.07 Dunn,Warrick 7.08 Smith,Antowain 11.10 Johnson,Larry
1.12 James,Edgerrin 4.10 Stewart,James 8.08 Smith,Emmitt 12.08 Mungro,James
2.01 Taylor,Fred 5.01 Thomas,Anthony 8.10 Jones,Thomas 13.01 Shipp,Marcel
2.02 Dillon,Corey 5.07 Staley,Duce 8.12 Stecker,Aaron 16.01 Watson,Kenny

Wide Receivers
1.08 Owens,Terrell 4.02 Price,Peerless 6.02 Rice,Jerry 10.01 Galloway,Joey
1.09 Harrison,Marvin 4.03 Driver,Donald 6.03 Porter,Jerry 10.03 Moss,Santana
2.07 Moss,Randy 4.05 Mason,Derrick 6.06 Taylor,Travis 10.06 Ferguson,Robert
2.1 Moulds,Eric 4.09 Booker,Marty 6.07 Jackson,Darrell 10.1 McCardell,K.
3.01 Robinson,Koren 4.11 Coles,Lave. 6.08 Rogers,Charles 10.12 Boerigter,Marc
3.03 Boston,David 5.02 Johnson,Key. 6.09 Morgan,Quincy 11.02 Lelie,Ashley
3.05 Burress,Plaxico 5.03 Smith,Rod 7.01 Chambers,Chris 11.06 Muhammad,M.
3.07 Holt,Torry 5.04 Conway,Curtis 7.07 Brown,Troy 12.04 Bryant,Antonio
3.09 Horn,Joe 5.05 Stallworth,Donte' 7.09 Wayne,Reggie 12.05 Brown,Tim
3.1 Ward,Hines 5.06 Bruce,Isaac 8.02 Reed,Josh 12.09 Pinkston,Todd
3.12 Toomer,Amani 5.11 Gardner,Rod 8.05 Thrash,James 12.11 Walker,Javon
4.01 Johnson,Chad 5.12 Smith,Jimmy 9.05 Streets,Tai 12.12 Thompson,D.

Kickers
11.01 Akers,David 15.06 Longwell,Ryan
11.04 Feely,Jay 15.10 Vinatieri,Adam
13.06 Gramatica,M. 15.11 Kasay,John
13.07 Elam,Jason 15.12 Edinger,Paul
13.08 Reed,Jeff 16.02 Hollis,Mike
13.12 Vanderjagt,M. 16.03 Dawson,Phil
14.04 Wilkins,Jeff 16.04 Anderson,Gary
14.05 Janikowski,S. 16.06 Stover,Matt
14.12 Brown,Kris 16.08 Hanson,Jason
15.02 Mare,Olindo 16.09 Andersen,Morten
15.03 Nedney,Joe 16.10 Lindell,Rian
15.05 Carney,John 16.11 Gramatica,Billy
Defenses
8.03 Buccaneers 13.03 Giants
8.11 Dolphins 14.01 Patriots
9.01 Eagles 14.02 Saints
9.04 Panthers 14.03 Browns
9.07 Packers 14.08 Jets
9.09 Ravens 14.10 Redskins
9.12 Falcons 15.04 Bengals
10.05 Steelers 15.07 49ers
11.05 Cowboys 15.08 Raiders
12.02 Titans 15.09 Broncos
12.07 Bears 16.07 Colts
13.02 Bills 16.12 Seahawks

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

  R# 1 - Skylive5 R# 2 - Beguile R# 3 - Rez R# 4 - Snaggy
QB 2 Culpepper,Daunte 3 Manning,Peyton 7 Favre,Brett 8 Pennington,Chad
QB 6 Garcia,Jeff 6 Warner,Kurt 11 Plummer,Jake 10 Brees,Drew
RB 1 Tomlinson,Lad. 1 Portis,Clinton 1 Williams,Ricky 1 Faulk,Marshall
RB 5 Thomas,Anthony 2 George,Eddie 4 Stewart,James 2 Martin,Curtis
RB 8 Stecker,Aaron 9 Gordon,Lamar 6 Hearst,Garrison 3 Barlow,Kevan
RB 13 Shipp,Marcel 10 Bennett,Michael 8 Jones,Thomas 7 Alstott,Mike
WR 3 Robinson,Koren 4 Coles,Laver. 2 Moulds,Eric 4 Booker,Marty
WR 7 Chambers,Chris 5 Johnson,Key. 3 Boston,David 5 Conway,Curtis
WR 10 Boerigter,Marc 11 Lelie,Ashley 5 Smith,Rod 6 Morgan,Quincy
WR 12 Thompson,Der. 12 Walker,Javon 10 McCardell,K. 12 Pinkston,Todd
TE 4 Heap,Todd 7 McMichael,Randy 9 Crumpler,Alge 13 Brady,Kyle
TE 15 Ricks,Mikhael 14 Dudley,Rickey 12 Mili,Itula 14 Riemersma,Jay
PK 11 Akers,David 15 Mare,Olindo 15 Nedney,Joe 11 Feely,Jay
PK 14 Brown,Kris 16 Gramatica,B. 16 Lindell,Rian 16 Andersen,Morten
DT 9 Eagles 8 Dolphins 13 Giants 9 Panthers
DT 16 Seahawks 13 Bills 14 Redskins 15 Bengals
  R# 5 - Miscreant R# 6 - Zam R# 7 - Shiner R# 8 - Maize
QB 7 Johnson,Brad 3 Vick,Michael 8 Maddox,Tommy 3 McNabb,Donovan
QB 10 Green,Trent 8 Collins,Kerry 12 Harrington,Joey 11 Brady,Tom
RB 1 Holmes,Priest 1 McAllister,Deuce 1 Alexander,Shaun 2 Davis,Stephen
RB 2 Garner,Charlie 4 Dunn,Warrick 2 Barber,Tiki 5 Bettis,Jerome
RB 8 Smith,Emmitt 7 Zereoue,Amos 5 Staley,Duce 7 Smith,Antowain
RB 12 Mungro,James 10 Williams,Moe 11 Betts,Ladell 9 Duckett,T.J.
WR 3 Burress,Plaxico 2 Moss,Randy 3 Holt,Torry 1 Owens,Terrell
WR 5 Stallworth,Donte' 5 Bruce,Isaac 6 Taylor,Travis 4 Mason,Derrick
WR 6 Rogers,Charles 6 Jackson,Darrell 7 Brown,Troy 8 Thrash,James
WR 9 Streets,Tai 11 Muhammad,M. 10 Ferguson,Robert 12 Brown,Tim
TE 4 Gonzalez,Tony 9 Sharpe,Shannon 4 Shockey,Jeremy 6 Pollard,Marcus
TE 13 Becht,Anthony 14 Chamberlain,B. 14 Alexander,St. 16 Jones,Freddie
PK 15 Carney,John 13 Gramatica,M. 13 Elam,Jason 13 Reed,Jeff
PK 16 Hanson,Jason 15 Longwell,Ryan 16 Stover,Matt 14 Janikowski,S.
DT 11 Cowboys 12 Bears 9 Packers 10 Steelers
DT 14 Jets 16 Colts 15 49ers 15 Raiders
  R# 9 - Potman R# 10 - Lobsterclaw R# 11 - RajnCajn R# 12 - FightingEvil
QB 4 Brooks,Aaron 7 McNair,Steve 3 Gannon,Rich 7 Hasselbeck,M.
QB 8 Bledsoe,Drew 12 Fiedler,Jay 11 Couch,Tim 11 Kitna,Jon
RB 2 Green,William 1 Green,Ahman 1 Henry,Travis 1 James,Edgerrin
RB 5 Hambrick,Troy 2 Lewis,Jamal 2 Dillon,Corey 2 Taylor,Fred
RB 6 Mack,Stacey 5 Canidate,Trung 9 Jordan,Lamont 6 Smith,Onterrio
RB 11 Chapman,Doug 11 Johnson,Larry 10 Buckhalter,Correll 16 Watson,Kenny
WR 1 Harrison,Marvin 3 Ward,Hines 4 Price,Peerless 3 Toomer,Amani
WR 3 Horn,Joe 4 Driver,Donald 5 Gardner,Rod 4 Johnson,Chad
WR 7 Wayne,Reggie 6 Porter,Jerry 6 Rice,Jerry 5 Smith,Jimmy
WR 12 Bryant,Antonio 10 Moss,Santana 8 Reed,Josh 10 Galloway,Joey
TE 10 Fauria,Christian 9 Jolley,Doug 7 Franks,Bubba 8 Miller,Billy
TE 13 Wycheck,Frank 13 Johnson,Eric 13 Stevens,Jerramy 12 Lewis,Chad
PK 14 Wilkins,Jeff 15 Vinatieri,Adam 15 Kasay,John 13 Vanderjagt,M.
PK 16 Anderson,Gary 16 Dawson,Phil 16 Hollis,Mike 15 Edinger,Paul
DT 9 Ravens 8 Buccaneers 12 Titans 9 Falcons
DT 15 Broncos 14 Browns 14 Saints 14 Patriots

Team First 5 Picks/Grade* Draft Slot Analysis
1 RB - QB - WR - TE - RB
Plan Grade: A-
Knowing that he could not reach a great RB, Team 1 went for top picks in RB, QB and WR at first and then grabbed the remaining Top 3 TE with his #4. Put himself behind the 8 ball on his RB2 but if Anthony Thomas can return to form this is a good team - solid with at least one starter in each position. Instead of backing up CPep with Garcia at his #6, probably better off with a higher reward WR than Chambers (#7). If Thomas does not deliver and Chambers mirrors last season, might struggle some weeks. If Culpepper, Tomlinson and Robinson all hit, will post some monster weeks as well.
2 RB - RB - QB - WR - WR
Plan Grade: B
Reached a little potentially in taking George with his #2, but followed that up with nice #3 in Manning. Then hit WR next two round getting Coles and Keyshawn. Took a value steal in the 6th with Warner who fell tremendously. Like the McMichael pick with the #7 followed by top defense of Miami with #8. Solid team that needs George and Coles to replicate last year. Bigtime trade bait in Warner. Also stole Gordon. Very standard approach to a #2 pick though using his #2 on a RB like George while passing up chance to get top QB and WR with next two picks made him accept a much less impressive set of starters but at least he did not have to worry about landing a sleeper RB to get the job done.
3 RB - WR - WR - RB - WR
Plan Grade: B+
While I do not completely agree with the picks made for receivers, this plan worked out pretty well. After Ricky Williams, took two top receivers to cover starters and still managed to get James Stewart with his #4 and backed him up with Hearst which could work out well enough. Received great value by waiting on QB and grabbing Favre with his #7 pick. If Boston can display 2001 form as a Charger, this team will be good with solid starters and RBs that can be mixed enough to provide at least adequate numbers. Surprised that he backed up his WR before getting a QB or a backup RB, but actually looks like he got away with it.
4 RB - RB - RB - WR - WR
Plan Grade: B-
This plan had him taking his backup RB3 before any other position but with the set of Faulk, Martin and Barlow certainly has a strong rushing unit. Managed to make up waiting on WR by getting great value with Booker, Conway and then Morgan with his #6 pick. Surprisingly, team then grabbed a RB4 before getting a QB or TE. By reaching for Alstott with the #7, put himself in "make-up" ground mode and settled for Pennington (#8) as his starting QB when he could have had Hasselbeck, Bledsoe or McNair for a QB with his #7 instead of a RB he may never use. While the CAR pick at #9 was solid, he lost out on getting Gordon to backup Faulk. Super solid at RB as long as Faulk is healthy and good at WR, needs surprise performance at QB and TE to gain consistency.
5 RB - RB - WR - TE - WR
Plan Grade: B+
Interesting blend of players. Should be good at RB with Holmes, Garner and Emmitt to fill in. Used a good strategy to gain a solid backfield, a top WR and TE. Probable reach on Brad Johnson at #7 was compensated with Trent Green falling to #10. Not scared of young receivers with Stallworth and Rogers but could end up with very nice receivers each week. Will have to play mix and match at QB and team is very dependent on KC with Green, Holmes and Gonzo. If Holmes returns to form and Stallworth or Rogers hits well, will be a very solid team. Taking the TE with the #4 delayed WR2 or a QB, but may have gotten away with it.
6 RB - WR - QB - RB - WR
Plan Grade: B
Made good use of his draft slot by grabbing a solid RB in McAllister, then a top WR with Moss and a top QB with Vick. RB2 with Dunn may be a little iffy but with him and later Zereoue and Moe Williams should be able to fill in weekly. After getting his starters for QB, RB and WR, backed up his WR first with the #6 of Jackson which is a nice pick that he appears to get away with instead of getting a RB3 which he did the following round with Amos. Sharpe is declining but may be okay but forgot to factor in the week 4 bye for Sharpe when his TE2 was Chamberlain that is suspended still that week. Pretty solid at most starting positions and spectacular in a few places.
7 RB - RB - WR - TE - RB
Plan Grade: A
Made great use of his draft slot and the value available when he picked. Alexander was a no-brainer and Tiki fell to him as an RB2. Holt with his #3 followed by Shockey with the #4 was very nice indeed. Waited on QB's but may be okay with Maddox and Harrington. Backed up RBs with #5 and got Staley - great #3 RB. While QBs could be a weakness and WR2 may be only adequate at most, solid job throughout and has four difference makers in Alexander, Barber, Holt and Shockey. Great job on getting value after taking the last Tier 1 RB. Skipping the WR at #4 in preference of Shockey may seem like missing out on some points but if there is any position you want to have needing breakthroughs, wide receiver is the one.
8 WR - RB - QB - WR - RB
Plan Grade: A-
This is a very good plan for the #8 slot. Took the best WR on his board, followed up with a solid RB in Davis before the lower risk RBs were gone. Still able to reach McNabb with the #3 and then a little surprisingly got a WR2 before a RB2 but may be more than fine with Bettis and Antowain Smith to fill in and Duckett sits on the bench as well. This was a good use of the #8 position. Instead of reaching for a RB with his #1, ended up with top WR and QB and still more than fine at RB with Davis and a solid set of second RBs to use. Pollard in the 6th was nice and helps round out a good set of starters. Only weakness is receiver depth but big deal. Brady in the 11th is extremely nice as a backup.
9 WR - RB - WR - QB - RB
Plan Grade: A-
Like the previous team, played out the draft slot well taking Harrison with the #1 and still getting William Green with the #2. Able to reach Horn with his #3, the play worked out well since he still reached Brooks at QB with his #4 and then used #5 and #6 to get great value picks in Hambrick and Mack. This is about as good as you can get for a #9 pick with two top WR, a great QB and upside and depth at RB. Possibly with four difference makers in Brooks, Green, Harrison and Horn, the only downside to this team is lack of proven stars at RB (the highest scoring position) but has no worries at QB or WR. If he can hit with the RB's, he will offer very consistent points.
10 RB - RB - WR - WR - RB
Plan Grade: B
At the #10 pick, the wonders of the end of the first round are seen - Ahman Green and Jamal Lewis as starting RBs! Maybe not spectacular but likely solid and this deep in the draft that is about the best you can hope for though this strategy passes by some very attractive WR and QB in order to fill those starting RB slots. By the time he picked again, he grabbed his two starting WR in Ward and Driver. The difficulty drafting like this in the #10 spot is that getting those two best available RB means that the WR picks will either be risky picks or, as in this case, they are selections of WRs that you have to hope will maintain their big surprise seasons in 2002. Filled in RB3 and WR3 the next two picks and Canidate and Porter are risks that could pay off well but are less reliable. Waited until #7 to get a QB and took McNair over a few other QBs I would have preferred but could be fine. With Fiedler as the #2, he better be right about McNair. Made up for some lost ground by taking TB defense. This team was put together well considering what taking two RBs first caused, but the main difference making player on the team is the Defense. Taking those two RBs first ended up making him take several players he felt he needed to take instead of the best player available, but seeing the two teams before him grab RB-RB already likely forced him to make a decision with big implications down the road.
11 RB - RB - QB - WR - WR
Plan Grade: B+
This is an interesting comparison to the previous team. Both took solid RBs with their two first picks but instead of using the WR for #3, this team opted for a upper echelon QB in Gannon. This allowed him to take Price and Gardner as his two starting WR. Price is a gamble but was probably about the best he saw at that time and he needed to take a roll of the dice to get a solid WR. Gardner was a good value pick at #5 but decision to go WR3 with his #6 pick instead of getting a RB3 meant he passed on Mack or Hearst and ended up with a fairly weak Jordan and Buckhalter as backup RBs. Still, he has a fairly solid team which is the best you can hope for taking two RBs and then waiting until the 3.11 for any other position. Starters could be fine but his strongest depth is probably WR.
12 RB - RB - WR - WR - WR
Plan Grade: B
(maybe an "A" or a "C")
Everyone loves the swing picks and this team took a big gamble on greatness by taking Taylor and James. Sort of like expecting that by the end of the season you could either have the best or worst set of runners. There is a chance that by week 14 he may have no starting RBs. He may have the top two. Went for the natural play by taking the two best receivers next which was decent value in Toomer and Chad Johnson but then used #5 to backup his WRs. The only thing more surprising than this is that he absolutely got away with it by finding Onterrio Smith with his #6 and Hasselbeck with his #7. This team is a fairly big gamble that could pay off well if Hasselbeck picks back up from last year and James and Taylor reach their potential and remain healthy. A hard team to completely evaluate since there are question marks that may be busts or great picks.

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