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Official Mock #3 - Performance League - 14 Teams
David M. Dorey
July 28, 2004

This draft was conducted between July 22nd and July 26th considering a performance scoring scenario of 1/10 rush or receive yards, 1/20 pass yards, six point touchdowns with negative two point interceptions. Two point conversions are two points per participant. Defenses receive 1 point per sack, 2 points per turnovers and six point touchdowns.

The 18 rounds built rosters of 2 QB, 5 RB, 5 WR, 2 TE, 2 PK and 2 DEF with a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, PK and DEF.

Note - this draft was held just prior to George going to the Cowboys, Julius Jones becoming a backup and Ricky Williams deciding he was going to call in sick to work forever.

Draft By Round

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
1 RB Holmes, Priest 1 RB Johnson, Rudi 1 WR Johnson, Chad 1 WR Jackson, Darrell
2 RB Tomlinson, Lad. 2 WR Harrison, Marvin 2 RB Jones, Kevin 2 RB Brown, Chris
3 RB Alexander, Shaun 3 RB Faulk, Marshall 3 QB McNabb, Donovan 3 QB Hasselbeck, Matt
4 RB McAllister, Deuce 4 QB Culpepper, Daunte 4 QB Vick, Michael 4 RB Duckett, T.J.
5 RB Green, Ahman 5 RB Bennett, Michael 5 RB Barber, Tiki 5 WR Coles, Laveranues
6 RB Portis, Clinton 6 RB Dillon, Corey 6 TE Gonzalez, Tony 6 WR Smith, Steve
7 RB Williams, Ricky 7 RB Henry, Travis 7 WR Mason, Derrick 7 QB Bulger, Marc
8 RB Taylor, Fred 8 RB Davis, Stephen 8 WR Moss, Santana 8 QB Brooks, Aaron
9 RB Lewis, Jamal 9 QB Manning, Peyton 9 WR Horn, Joe 9 RB Dunn, Warrick
10 RB James, Edgerrin 10 RB Jones, Julius 10 WR Boldin, Anquan 10 WR Johnson, Andre
11 WR Moss, Randy 11 RB Westbrook, Brian 11 RB Martin, Curtis 11 RB Shipp, Marcel
12 RB Davis, Domanick 12 RB Garner, Charlie 12 WR Moulds, Eric 12 WR Walker, Javon
13 RB Barlow, Kevan 13 WR Owens, Terrell 13 RB Staley, Duce 13 QB McNair, Steve
14 WR Holt, Torry 14 WR Ward, Hines 14 RB Jones, Thomas 14 RB Suggs, Lee
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
1 TE Heap, Todd 1 WR Bruce, Isaac 1 RB McGahee, Willis 1 WR Gardner, Rod
2 WR Chambers, Chris 2 WR Stallworth, Donte' 2 WR Lelie, Ashley 2 WR Johnson, Keys.
3 WR Rogers, Charles 3 RB Jackson, Steven 3 PK Vanderjagt, Mike 3 RB Griffin, Quentin
4 TE Shockey, Jeremy 4 TE Winslow, Kellen 4 WR McCareins, Justin 4 WR Williams, Roy
5 QB Green, Trent 5 WR Smith, Rod 5 WR Branch, Deion 5 QB Brady, Tom
6 WR Smith, Jimmy 6 RB Bell, Tatum 6 WR Fitzgerald, Larry 6 QB Plummer, Jake
7 WR Booker, Marty 7 WR McCardell, Keenan 7 DT Patriots 7 DT Ravens
8 WR Robinson, Koren 8 RB Williams, Moe 8 TE Crumpler, Alge 8 WR Morgan, Quincy
9 WR Toomer, Amani 9 WR Porter, Jerry 9 QB Johnson, Brad 9 DT Panthers
10 WR Price, Peerless 10 WR Wayne, Reggie 10 RB Smith, Onterrio 10 QB Garcia, Jeff
11 RB Foster, De'shaun 11 WR Boston, David 11 WR Burress, Plaxico 11 WR Warrick, Peter
12 WR Davis, Andre' 12 WR Robinson, Marcus 12 WR Givens, David 12 RB Smith, Antowain
13 QB Pennington, Chad 13 RB Green, William 13 TE Williams, Boo 13 TE McMichael, Randy
14 QB Favre, Brett 14 RB Buckhalter, Correll 14 RB Wheatley, Tyrone 14 QB Carr, David
Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12
1 WR Lloyd, Brandon 1 WR Driver, Donald 1 PK Feely, Jay 1 DT Cowboys
2 WR Taylor, Travis 2 RB Hearst, Garrison 2 QB Bledsoe, Drew 2 DT Buccaneers
3 DT Dolphins 3 RB Bettis, Jerome 3 TE Smith, L.J. 3 DT Rams
4 QB McCown, Josh 4 PK Wilkins, Jeff 4 TE Franks, Bubba 4 QB Maddox, Tommy
5 TE Gates, Antonio 5 RB Fargas, Justin 5 WR Gage, Justin 5 WR Hilliard, Ike
6 WR Galloway, Joey 6 TE Witten, Jason 6 RB Morris, Maurice 6 WR Evans, Lee
7 TE Clark, Dallas 7 RB Smith, Emmitt 7 RB Jones, Greg 7 QB Harrington, Joey
8 WR Muhammad, M. 8 RB Alstott, Mike 8 RB Gordon, Lamar 8 WR Ferguson, Robert
9 RB Pittman, Michael 9 RB Dayne, Ron 9 RB Jordan, Lamont 9 PK Akers, David
10 TE Jones, Freddie 10 RB George, Eddie 10 QB Gannon, Rich 10 RB Davenport, Najeh
11 WR Kennison, Eddie 11 RB Thomas, Anthony 11 RB Perry, Chris 11 WR Johnson, Kevin
12 WR Williams, Reggie 12 WR Bennett, Drew 12 TE Clark, Desmond 12 RB Rhodes, Dominic
13 QB Leftwich, Byron 13 WR Morton, Johnnie 13 WR Woods, Rashaun 13 RB Zereoue, Amos
14 TE Kinney, Erron 14 QB Delhomme, Jake 14 RB Minor, Travis 14 WR Bryant, Antonio
Round 13 Round 14 Round 15 Round 16
1 WR Pinkston, Todd 1 RB Betts, Ladell 1 DT Saints 1 DT Packers
2 DT Vikings 2 RB Anderson, Mike 2 PK Carney, John 2 PK Cundiff, Billy
3 PK Vinatieri, Adam 3 WR Washington, Kelley 3 RB Johnson, Larry 3 DT Steelers
4 PK Brown, Josh 4 DT Falcons 4 WR Brown, Troy 4 TE Becht, Anthony
5 WR Glenn, Terry 5 RB Faulk, Kevin 5 DT Chiefs 5 TE Miller, Billy
6 RB Smith, Musa 6 TE Graham, Daniel 6 WR Finneran, Brian 6 DT Bills
7 QB Brunell, Mark 7 RB Hollings, Tony 7 WR Randle El, Antwaan 7 DT Texans
8 WR Bradford, Corey 8 PK Longwell, Ryan 8 TE Troupe, Ben 8 TE Chamberlain, Byron
9 DT Eagles 9 QB Rattay, Tim 9 WR Clayton, Michael 9 PK Stover, Matt
10 PK Elam, Jason 10 TE Pollard, Marcus 10 DT Jaguars 10 DT Seahawks
11 WR Calico, Tyrone 11 WR Northcutt, Dennis 11 RB Pinner, Artose 11 WR Caldwell, Reche
12 QB Palmer, Carson 12 WR McCants, Darnerian 12 PK Gramatica, Martin 12 TE Wilson, Kris
13 WR Reed, Josh 13 TE Stevens, Jerramy 13 DT Titans 13 RB Turner, Michael
14 PK Andersen, Morten 14 DT Lions 14 TE Mili, Itula 14 TE Jolley, Doug
Round 17 Round 18            
1 PK Mare, Olindo 1 PK Hanson, Jason            
2 PK Elling, Aaron 2 TE Johnson, Teyo            
3 DT Bears 3 PK Reed, Jeff            
4 DT Broncos 4 PK Edinger, Paul            
5 PK Kasay, John 5 DT Bengals            
6 DT Colts 6 PK Rackers, Neil            
7 PK Janikowski, Seb. 7 PK Christie, Steve            
8 PK Brown, Kris 8 DT Redskins            
9 PK Nedney, Joe 9 TE Schobel, Matt            
10 PK Brien, Doug 10 PK Dawson, Phil            
11 DT Giants 11 RB Henry, Leonard            
12 TE Kleinsasser, Jim 12 QB Warner, Kurt            
13 PK Hall, John 13 DT Jets            
14 QB Boller, Kyle 14 RB Taylor, Chester            

Draft by Position

Quarterbacks Tight Ends Kickers Team Defense
2.04 Culpepper, Daunte 3.06 Gonzalez, Tony 7.03 Vanderjagt, Mike 7.07 Patriots
2.09 Manning, Peyton 5.01 Heap, Todd 10.04 Wilkins, Jeff 8.07 Ravens
3.03 McNabb, Donovan 5.04 Shockey, Jeremy 11.01 Feely, Jay 8.09 Panthers
3.04 Vick, Michael 6.04 Winslow, Kellen 12.09 Akers, David 9.03 Dolphins
4.03 Hasselbeck, Matt 7.08 Crumpler, Alge 13.03 Vinatieri, Adam 12.01 Cowboys
4.07 Bulger, Marc 7.13 Williams, Boo 13.04 Brown, Josh 12.02 Buccaneers
4.08 Brooks, Aaron 8.13 McMichael, Randy 13.10 Elam, Jason 12.03 Rams
4.13 McNair, Steve 9.05 Gates, Antonio 13.14 Andersen, Morten 13.02 Vikings
5.05 Green, Trent 9.07 Clark, Dallas 14.08 Longwell, Ryan 13.09 Eagles
5.13 Pennington, Chad 9.10 Jones, Freddie 15.02 Carney, John 14.04 Falcons
5.14 Favre, Brett 9.14 Kinney, Erron 15.12 Gramatica, Martin 14.14 Lions
7.09 Johnson, Brad 10.06 Witten, Jason 16.02 Cundiff, Billy 15.01 Saints
8.05 Brady, Tom 11.03 Smith, L.J. 16.09 Stover, Matt 15.05 Chiefs
8.06 Plummer, Jake 11.04 Franks, Bubba 17.01 Mare, Olindo 15.10 Jaguars
8.10 Garcia, Jeff 11.12 Clark, Desmond 17.02 Elling, Aaron 15.13 Titans
8.14 Carr, David 14.06 Graham, Daniel 17.05 Kasay, John 16.01 Packers
9.04 McCown, Josh 14.10 Pollard, Marcus 17.07 Janikowski, Seb. 16.03 Steelers
9.13 Leftwich, Byron 14.13 Stevens, Jerramy 17.08 Brown, Kris 16.06 Bills
10.14 Delhomme, Jake 15.08 Troupe, Ben 17.09 Nedney, Joe 16.07 Texans
11.02 Bledsoe, Drew 15.14 Mili, Itula 17.10 Brien, Doug 16.10 Seahawks
11.10 Gannon, Rich 16.04 Becht, Anthony 17.13 Hall, John 17.03 Bears
12.04 Maddox, Tommy 16.05 Miller, Billy 18.01 Hanson, Jason 17.04 Broncos
12.07 Harrington, Joey 16.08 Chamberlain, Byron 18.03 Reed, Jeff 17.06 Colts
13.07 Brunell, Mark 16.12 Wilson, Kris 18.04 Edinger, Paul 17.11 Giants
13.12 Palmer, Carson 16.14 Jolley, Doug 18.06 Rackers, Neil 18.05 Bengals
14.09 Rattay, Tim 17.12 Kleinsasser, Jim 18.07 Christie, Steve 18.08 Redskins
17.14 Boller, Kyle 18.02 Johnson, Teyo 18.10 Dawson, Phil 18.13 Jets
18.12 Warner, Kurt 18.09 Schobel, Matt        
Running Backs Wide Receivers
1.01 Holmes, Priest 6.13 Green, William 1.11 Moss, Randy 7.11 Burress, Plaxico
1.02 Tomlinson, Lad. 6.14 Buckhalter, Correll 1.14 Holt, Torry 7.12 Givens, David
1.03 Alexander, Shaun 7.01 McGahee, Willis 2.02 Harrison, Marvin 8.01 Gardner, Rod
1.04 McAllister, Deuce 7.10 Smith, Onterrio 2.13 Owens, Terrell 8.02 Johnson, Keys.
1.05 Green, Ahman 7.14 Wheatley, Tyrone 2.14 Ward, Hines 8.04 Williams, Roy
1.06 Portis, Clinton 8.03 Griffin, Quentin 3.01 Johnson, Chad 8.08 Morgan, Quincy
1.07 Williams, Ricky 8.12 Smith, Antowain 3.07 Mason, Derrick 8.11 Warrick, Peter
1.08 Taylor, Fred 9.09 Pittman, Michael 3.08 Moss, Santana 9.01 Lloyd, Brandon
1.09 Lewis, Jamal 10.02 Hearst, Garrison 3.09 Horn, Joe 9.02 Taylor, Travis
1.10 James, Edgerrin 10.03 Bettis, Jerome 3.10 Boldin, Anquan 9.06 Galloway, Joey
1.12 Davis, Domanick 10.05 Fargas, Justin 3.12 Moulds, Eric 9.08 Muhammad, M.
1.13 Barlow, Kevan 10.07 Smith, Emmitt 4.01 Jackson, Darrell 9.11 Kennison, Eddie
2.01 Johnson, Rudi 10.08 Alstott, Mike 4.05 Coles, Laveranues 9.12 Williams, Reggie
2.03 Faulk, Marshall 10.09 Dayne, Ron 4.06 Smith, Steve 10.01 Driver, Donald
2.05 Bennett, Michael 10.10 George, Eddie 4.10 Johnson, Andre 10.12 Bennett, Drew
2.06 Dillon, Corey 10.11 Thomas, Anthony 4.12 Walker, Javon 10.13 Morton, Johnnie
2.07 Henry, Travis 11.06 Morris, Maurice 5.02 Chambers, Chris 11.05 Gage, Justin
2.08 Davis, Stephen 11.07 Jones, Greg 5.03 Rogers, Charles 11.13 Woods, Rashaun
2.10 Jones, Julius 11.08 Gordon, Lamar 5.06 Smith, Jimmy 12.05 Hilliard, Ike
2.11 Westbrook, Brian 11.09 Jordan, Lamont 5.07 Booker, Marty 12.06 Evans, Lee
2.12 Garner, Charlie 11.11 Perry, Chris 5.08 Robinson, Koren 12.08 Ferguson, Robert
3.02 Jones, Kevin 11.14 Minor, Travis 5.09 Toomer, Amani 12.11 Johnson, Kevin
3.05 Barber, Tiki 12.10 Davenport, Najeh 5.10 Price, Peerless 12.14 Bryant, Antonio
3.11 Martin, Curtis 12.12 Rhodes, Dominic 5.12 Davis, Andre' 13.01 Pinkston, Todd
3.13 Staley, Duce 12.13 Zereoue, Amos 6.01 Bruce, Isaac 13.05 Glenn, Terry
3.14 Jones, Thomas 13.06 Smith, Musa 6.02 Stallworth, Donte' 13.08 Bradford, Corey
4.02 Brown, Chris 14.01 Betts, Ladell 6.05 Smith, Rod 13.11 Calico, Tyrone
4.04 Duckett, T.J. 14.02 Anderson, Mike 6.07 McCardell, Keenan 13.13 Reed, Josh
4.09 Dunn, Warrick 14.05 Faulk, Kevin 6.09 Porter, Jerry 14.03 Washington, Kelley
4.11 Shipp, Marcel 14.07 Hollings, Tony 6.10 Wayne, Reggie 14.11 Northcutt, Dennis
4.14 Suggs, Lee 15.03 Johnson, Larry 6.11 Boston, David 14.12 McCants, Darnerian
5.11 Foster, De'shaun 15.11 Pinner, Artose 6.12 Robinson, Marcus 15.04 Brown, Troy
6.03 Jackson, Steven 16.13 Turner, Michael 7.02 Lelie, Ashley 15.06 Finneran, Brian
6.06 Bell, Tatum 18.11 Henry, Leonard 7.04 McCareins, Justin 15.07 Randle El, Antwaan
6.08 Williams, Moe 18.14 Taylor, Chester 7.05 Branch, Deion 15.09 Clayton, Michael
        7.06 Fitzgerald, Larry 16.11 Caldwell, Reche

Resulting Teams

Draft Slot #1
5 Round Strategy: RB, WR, WR, RB, TE

Began naturally with Priest Holmes and then went the WR-WR route with the next two picks netting Ward and Chad Johnson. That looks pretty nice on paper to start with but in a league of 14 teams, RB's are even more valuable and waiting until the 4.14 pick meant 31 backs were gone and team took the shot on Lee Suggs which is a big risk. May pay off or he may just relieve William Green. In the 5th round went with Todd Heap as a nice value pick but bypassed Trent Green, Favre and Pennington. Heap makes a difference as a TE, but the scoring is nowhere near as high as dropping down for QB. He later took David Carr in the 8th round which ensures one of his highest scoring positions will likely be below average and maybe not even starter material on other teams.

Getting Buckhalter (6th) was nice to insure the Suggs pick. The plan looked like it got caught in the 4th needing a RB and he just missed out on Shipp and Dunn which would be less risky. Big team at RB1, WR1, WR2 and TE, but lacks at QB and RB2. One injury to Holmes and this team will hurt big time with no way to cover. This entire team took a different direction with the tempting pick of Chad Johnson in the 3rd.

Starters: Carr, Holmes, Suggs, Ward, C. Johnson, Lloyd, Heap, Feely and DET.

Grade: C+

 
# Draft tea baggers
1.01 RB Holmes,Priest QB Carr,David
2.14 WR Ward,Hines QB Delhomme,Jake
3.01 WR Johnson,Chad RB Holmes,Priest
4.14 RB Suggs,Lee RB Suggs,Lee
5.01 TE Heap,Todd RB Buckhalter,Correll
6.14 RB Buckhalter,Correll RB McGahee,Willis
7.01 RB McGahee,Willis RB Taylor,Chester
8.14 QB Carr,David WR Ward,Hines
9.01 WR Lloyd,Brandon WR Johnson,Chad
10.14 QB Delhomme,Jake WR Lloyd,Brandon
11.01 PK Feely,Jay WR Bryant,Antonio
12.14 WR Bryant,Antonio WR Pinkston,Todd
13.01 WR Pinkston,Todd TE Heap,Todd
14.14 DT Lions TE Jolley,Doug
15.01 DT Saints PK Feely,Jay
16.14 TE Jolley,Doug PK Mare,Olindo
17.01 PK Mare,Olindo DT Lions
18.14 RB Taylor,Chester DT Saints
     

Draft Slot #2
5 Round Strategy: RB, WR, RB, QB, WR

After snatching Tomlinson, went with best player on the board of Owens and then wisely grabbed a 2nd RB with Kevin Jones with the 3rd pick. Found Steve McNair in the 4th and then wrapped up the first 5 rounds with a nice pick of Chambers for his WR2.

Team decided to get some RB depth - always a nice idea but in a league this large, the 6.13 produced only William Green who like Suggs above may be a gem or a dud. Rounded out the high scoring positions with Lelie in the 7th and got McMichael at the 8.13 as the final low risk TE. This plan worked pretty well in securing a solid QB, RB1, WR1, WR2 and TE with upside to RB2. In a big league, this is very good and was aided some by a few players falling to him.

Starters: McNair, Tomlinson, K Jones, Owens, Chambers, Lelie, McMichael, Carney and MIN.

Grade: A-

 
# Draft Limburger Melons
1.02 RB Tomlinson,Ladainian QB McNair,Steve
2.13 WR Owens,Terrell QB Bledsoe,Drew
3.02 RB Jones,Kevin RB Tomlinson,Ladainian
4.13 QB McNair,Steve RB Jones,Kevin
5.02 WR Chambers,Chris RB Green,William
6.13 RB Green,William RB Zereoue,Amos
7.02 WR Lelie,Ashley RB Turner,Michael
8.13 TE McMichael,Randy WR Owens,Terrell
9.02 WR Taylor,Travis WR Chambers,Chris
10.13 WR Morton,Johnnie WR Lelie,Ashley
11.02 QB Bledsoe,Drew WR Taylor,Travis
12.13 RB Zereoue,Amos WR Morton,Johnnie
13.02 DT Vikings TE McMichael,Randy
14.13 TE Stevens,Jerramy TE Stevens,Jerramy
15.02 PK Carney,John PK Carney,John
16.13 RB Turner,Michael PK Elling,Aaron
17.02 PK Elling,Aaron DT Vikings
18.13 DT Jets DT Jets
     

Draft Slot #3
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, QB, WR, WR

This is a generally sound plan, so it is interesting to see how it applies to a 14 team league. Started with Alexander and then opted for Garner before the RB's were further decimated. Picked up McNabb (3rd) and probably could have been stronger with Mason there and McNair later, but with 22 picks to go, it was a reasonable move to ensure a top QB. Went straight after WR for next three rounds with Javon Walker, Charles Rogers and Marcus Robinson.

Very aggressive with Vanderjagt in the 7th when the 2nd kicker taken waited until the 10th. Probably would have been better off with Alge Crumpler or Boo Williams there. The Miami pick was also likely a full round or more early. It is great to take difference makers but it is a gambling game when you bypass high scoring backups to take them. Near the ends of either rounds forces a calculated risk in picks which sometimes prove unnecessarily early.

Overall, ended up with a great QB, RB1, and PK and has some depth. TE's are likely weak and as it ended up, WR's will likely struggle to be average. This strategy is sound generally but shows how the larger league waters down the talent and a few picks were made too early.

Starters: McNabb, Alexander, Garner, Walker, Rogers, Robinson, L.J. Smith, Vanderjagt and MIA

Grade : B+

 
# Draft Pigskin Posse
1.03 RB Alexander,Shaun QB McNabb,Donovan
2.12 RB Garner,Charlie QB Warner,Kurt
3.03 QB McNabb,Donovan RB Alexander,Shaun
4.12 WR Walker,Javon RB Garner,Charlie
5.03 WR Rogers,Charles RB Smith,Antowain
6.12 WR Robinson,Marcus RB Rhodes,Dominic
7.03 PK Vanderjagt,Mike RB Johnson,Larry
8.12 RB Smith,Antowain WR Walker,Javon
9.03 DT Dolphins WR Rogers,Charles
10.12 WR Bennett,Drew WR Robinson,Marcus
11.03 TE Smith,L.J. WR Bennett,Drew
12.12 RB Rhodes,Dominic WR McCants,Darnerian
13.03 PK Vinatieri,Adam TE Smith,L.J.
14.12 WR McCants,Darnerian TE Wilson,Kris
15.03 RB Johnson,Larry PK Vanderjagt,Mike
16.12 TE Wilson,Kris PK Vinatieri,Adam
17.03 DT Bears DT Dolphins
18.12 QB Warner,Kurt DT Bears
     

Draft Slot #4
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, QB, RB, TE

Went with McAllister and then scooped up Brian Westbrook (2nd) before using the 3.04 on Vick. The 4th round pick was Shipp for RB3 before any WR or TE were taken and while Shipp could be nice, he passed on Walker and Chambers who would have contributed every week. Took Shockey (5th) for a nice value pick and then by necessity went on the three WR string of Boston, McCareins and Warrick.

Forgot the roster requirements and only took one PK and DT which may be realistic but in a league this large, there is much less on the FA wire to grab when needed - only 5 PK or DEF were left undrafted. Solid at QB, RB and TE, the receivers ended up weaker and then the PK and DT shortfalls could hurt. The bigger the league, the more balance usually helps but by the same token, the more the high scorers like Vick or McAllister help out. Will hurt for WR depth.

Starters: Vick, McAllister, Westbrook, Boston, McCareins, Warrick, Shockey, Brown and DEN.

Grade : C

 
# Draft Wolverines
1.04 RB McAllister,Deuce QB Vick,Michael
2.11 RB Westbrook,Brian QB McCown,Josh
3.04 QB Vick,Michael RB McAllister,Deuce
4.11 RB Shipp,Marcel RB Westbrook,Brian
5.04 TE Shockey,Jeremy RB Shipp,Marcel
6.11 WR Boston,David RB Thomas,Anthony
7.04 WR McCareins,Justin RB Henry,Leonard
8.11 WR Warrick,Peter WR Boston,David
9.04 QB McCown,Josh WR McCareins,Justin
10.11 RB Thomas,Anthony WR Warrick,Peter
11.04 TE Franks,Bubba WR Johnson,Kevin
12.11 WR Johnson,Kevin WR Northcutt,Dennis
13.04 PK Brown,Josh WR Brown,Troy
14.11 WR Northcutt,Dennis WR Caldwell,Reche
15.04 WR Brown,Troy TE Shockey,Jeremy
16.11 WR Caldwell,Reche TE Franks,Bubba
17.04 DT Broncos PK Brown,Josh
18.11 RB Henry,Leonard DT Broncos
     

Draft Slot #5
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, RB, WR QB

Welcome to the best RB crew in the league.

Started out with Ahman Green, Julius Jones (prior to George's move) and Tiki Barber. Then went with Andre Johnson as WR1 in the 4th and still reached Trent Green with his 5th pick. Good move to take two WR's next in Reggie Wayne and Deion Branch. Though the pick of Barber in the 3rd could have been Mason or Santana Moss which would make the starters stronger.

Took a flyer on sleeper Gates for TE and waited on DT and PK until the very end. The team was impacted by the George move to DAL though he did nab Eddie later on in a move that likely would not happen normally. The move for RB3 as his third pick was precipitated by the sudden George event and made him scramble which affected the rest of the draft and basically put him a round behind in doing what he wanted to do. It is a good example of what can happen in an online draft when a high pick is injured right after you take him (which happens - trust me).

If this ever happens to you, realize you are usually better off just drafting a balanced, full team instead of making "catch-up" picks that slide positional value down a round. Whether that player was hurt mid-draft or in week one, you still want a complete team with value players.

Starters: Green, Barber, Jones/George, A Johnson, Wayne, Branch, Gates, Kasay and KC

Plan Grade as it was interrupted: C-
Recovery Plan: B

 
# Draft Mental Case
1.05 RB Green,Ahman QB Green,Trent
2.10 RB Jones,Julius QB Garcia,Jeff
3.05 RB Barber,Tiki RB Green,Ahman
4.10 WR Johnson,Andre RB Jones,Julius
5.05 QB Green,Trent RB Barber,Tiki
6.10 WR Wayne,Reggie RB George,Eddie
7.05 WR Branch,Deion RB Davenport,Najeh
8.10 QB Garcia,Jeff WR Johnson,Andre
9.05 TE Gates,Antonio WR Wayne,Reggie
10.10 RB George,Eddie WR Branch,Deion
11.05 WR Gage,Justin WR Gage,Justin
12.10 RB Davenport,Najeh WR Glenn,Terry
13.05 WR Glenn,Terry TE Gates,Antonio
14.10 TE Pollard,Marcus TE Pollard,Marcus
15.05 DT Chiefs PK Kasay,John
16.10 DT Seahawks PK Dawson,Phil
17.05 PK Kasay,John DT Chiefs
18.10 PK Dawson,Phil DT Seahawks
     

Draft Slot #6
5 Round Strategy: RB, QB, TE, RB, WR

Mid-draft slots are always more interesting in bigger leagues since they allow value picks easier without the length waits until the next turn.

Team started with Portis and then grabbed Manning (2nd) and then best TE in Gonzalez (3rd). Knowing he needed an RB2, still managed to get Dunn who should always provide something. By the 5th pick, he needed WR's badly and went on a string of three to get Jimmy Smith, Porter and Fitzgerald. Took the early defense with CAR and very nice value in Akers in the 12th round.

This was a nice use of value picks that fell to him though the pick of Gonzalez meant RB and WR were going to be weaker. In a bigger league, that is harder to make up even with free agents. Both RB and WR depth is a little suspect and that could hurt and particularly with WR the backups could have had more upside. This is a team with some star power in Manning, Portis and Gonzo and at least adequate at the other starting slots and very strong at PK and DT. Will hunt waiver wire for RB and WR all year long.

Starters: Manning, Portis, Dunn, J Smith, Porter, Fitzgerald, Gonzalez, Akers and CAR.

Grade: B+

 
# Draft Meat Face
1.06 RB Portis,Clinton QB Manning,Peyton
2.09 QB Manning,Peyton QB Rattay,Tim
3.06 TE Gonzalez,Tony RB Portis,Clinton
4.09 RB Dunn,Warrick RB Dunn,Warrick
5.06 WR Smith,Jimmy RB Dayne,Ron
6.09 WR Porter,Jerry RB Morris,Maurice
7.06 WR Fitzgerald,Larry RB Smith,Musa
8.09 DT Panthers WR Smith,Jimmy
9.06 WR Galloway,Joey WR Porter,Jerry
10.09 RB Dayne,Ron WR Fitzgerald,Larry
11.06 RB Morris,Maurice WR Galloway,Joey
12.09 PK Akers,David WR Finneran,Brian
13.06 RB Smith,Musa TE Gonzalez,Tony
14.09 QB Rattay,Tim TE Schobel,Matt
15.06 WR Finneran,Brian PK Akers,David
16.09 PK Stover,Matt PK Stover,Matt
17.06 DT Colts DT Panthers
18.09 TE Schobel,Matt DT Colts
     

Draft Slot #7
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, WR, QB, WR

This team also made great use of the mid-draft slots for hunting value picks. As far as the plan is concerned, you have to assume that Ricky Williams is still playing football and not working on a case of the munchies in Amsterdam right now. He could have been Fred Taylor or Jamal Lewis there otherwise.

Started out with two solid RB picks and then still added Mason for a great WR1. Found Brooks at the 4.08 as a very nice value and then checked out Booker in the 5th. Missed on the upper tier TE's and took NE a full round earlier than needed. This team ended up with no real stars at any position other than DT but is probably as solid as any other team in the league with great depth for a 14 team league.

Every RB should have some numbers each week and Ferguson as a RB4 is very nice. Two high upside TE, solid PK - this is a solid team. With contributors and depth everywhere, the team should turn in consistently good numbers each week. No one player will make or break them but in combination, this team should be a definite contender.

Starters: Brooks, R Williams, S Davis, Mason, Booker, Morgan, Clark, Longwell and NE.

Grade: A-

 
# Draft Gomer's Pyle
1.07 RB Williams,Ricky QB Brooks,Aaron
2.08 RB Davis,Stephen QB Brunell,Mark
3.07 WR Mason,Derrick RB Williams,Ricky
4.08 QB Brooks,Aaron RB Davis,Stephen
5.07 WR Booker,Marty RB Williams,Moe
6.08 RB Williams,Moe RB Alstott,Mike
7.07 DT Patriots RB Jones,Greg
8.08 WR Morgan,Quincy WR Mason,Derrick
9.07 TE Clark,Dallas WR Booker,Marty
10.08 RB Alstott,Mike WR Morgan,Quincy
11.07 RB Jones,Greg WR Ferguson,Robert
12.08 WR Ferguson,Robert WR Randle El, Antwaan
13.07 QB Brunell,Mark TE Clark,Dallas
14.08 PK Longwell,Ryan TE Chamberlain,Byron
15.07 WR Randle El, Antwaan PK Longwell,Ryan
16.08 TE Chamberlain,Byron PK Janikowski,Seb.
17.07 PK Janikowski,Seb. DT Patriots
18.08 DT Redskins DT Redskins
     

Draft Slot #8
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, WR, QB, WR

These mid-draft teams are doing nice things with RB-RB, even if it means skipping QB and WR stars.

Fred Taylor and Henry are a nice duo in the first two picks and then grabbed Santana Moss for WR followed by still reaching Bulger in the 4th round. Did a very nice job of filling out starters in the next four picks since he already had locked up RB and QB spots and still had lots of value picks in WR and TE. Took M Robinson and McCardell, then Crumpler followed by BAL defense in the 8th.

Ended up with a very solid team like Team #7, but his RB and WR backups were weaker, especially RB. Harrington was a nice QB2 just in case. Produced a solid set of starters across the board with upside for many but will likely need to cruise waiver wire for WR or RB more than Team #7.

Starters: Bulger, Taylor, Henry, S Moss, Robinson, McCardell, Crumpler, Brown and BAL

Grade: A-

 
# Draft shipyardians
1.08 RB Taylor,Fred QB Bulger,Marc
2.07 RB Henry,Travis QB Harrington,Joey
3.08 WR Moss,Santana RB Taylor,Fred
4.07 QB Bulger,Marc RB Henry,Travis
5.08 WR Robinson,Koren RB Smith,Emmitt
6.07 WR McCardell,Keenan RB Gordon,Lamar
7.08 TE Crumpler,Alge RB Hollings,Tony
8.07 DT Ravens WR Moss,Santana
9.08 WR Muhammad,Muhsin WR Robinson,Koren
10.07 RB Smith,Emmitt WR McCardell,Keenan
11.08 RB Gordon,Lamar WR Muhammad,Muhsin
12.07 QB Harrington,Joey WR Bradford,Corey
13.08 WR Bradford,Corey TE Crumpler,Alge
14.07 RB Hollings,Tony TE Troupe,Ben
15.08 TE Troupe,Ben PK Brown,Kris
16.07 DT Texans PK Christie,Steve
17.08 PK Brown,Kris DT Ravens
18.07 PK Christie,Steve DT Texans
     

Draft Slot #9
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, WR, WR, WR

Went with the RB-RB ploy and landed Jamal Lewis and Dillon - what's not to like about that? Opted for a three WR string with Horn, Steve Smith and Toomer before grabbing Tatum Bell as his RB3. Went with Brad Johnson and Plummer back to back to compensate for waiting on QB's.

This plan afforded him possibly stellar RB's if Bell catches on and a very strong trio of WR's. Unlike most teams, he may be set at those slots the entire year with productive players. He'll need it too since most likely his QB, TE, PK and DT will not be difference makers. They are not bad picks, but delaying them cost him in difference makers. What this team looks like is a team poised to make some trades later on and upgrade other positions. His WR's are all either rock solid or have great upside.

This team could surprise with such strength at RB and WR, but could end up with an average weekly scores from four of the six starting positions. It produced an interesting set of starters that could go either way in many areas.

Starters: B Johnson, Lewis, Dillon, Horn, S Smith, Toomer, Witten, Nedney and PHI

Grade: B

 
# Draft JICKY JACKS
1.09 RB Lewis,Jamal QB Johnson,Brad
2.06 RB Dillon,Corey QB Plummer,Jake
3.09 WR Horn,Joe RB Lewis,Jamal
4.06 WR Smith,Steve RB Dillon,Corey
5.09 WR Toomer,Amani RB Bell,Tatum
6.06 RB Bell,Tatum RB Pittman,Michael
7.09 QB Johnson,Brad RB Jordan,Lamont
8.06 QB Plummer,Jake WR Horn,Joe
9.09 RB Pittman,Michael WR Smith,Steve
10.06 TE Witten,Jason WR Toomer,Amani
11.09 RB Jordan,Lamont WR Evans,Lee
12.06 WR Evans,Lee WR Clayton,Michael
13.09 DT Eagles TE Witten,Jason
14.06 TE Graham,Daniel TE Graham,Daniel
15.09 WR Clayton,Michael PK Nedney,Joe
16.06 DT Bills PK Rackers,Neil
17.09 PK Nedney,Joe DT Eagles
18.06 PK Rackers,Neil DT Bills
     

Draft Slot #10
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, WR, WR, WR

Nice start with James and Bennett gave him an immediate chance for taking value picks from then on. Went with Boldin (3), Coles (4) and Price (5). The fifth round pick was interesting since he just missed out on a top 3 TE and the QB upper tier was just depleted in front of him. Most surprising pick was at the 6.05 when he took Rod Smith to back up his WR's before his RB's and before selecting any QB or TE. Grabbing Bell or Buckhalter in particular might have been more prudent. Took Onterrio Smith in the 8th before finally getting his QB of Brady in the 8th.

Ended up average at QB, TE and probably DT and PK though both are solid. Strength at starting RB and WR will keep the team in the hunt but a lack of of playmakers will likely hold him back. Both back-up WR's are among the oldest in the league.

Starters: Brady, James, Bennett, Boldin, Coles, Price, F Jones, Elam and JAX.

Grade: B

 
# Draft Redknightsgoingdown
1.10 RB James,Edgerrin QB Brady,Tom
2.05 RB Bennett,Michael QB Gannon,Rich
3.10 WR Boldin,Anquan RB James,Edgerrin
4.05 WR Coles,Laveranues RB Bennett,Michael
5.10 WR Price,Peerless RB Smith,Onterrio
6.05 WR Smith,Rod RB Fargas,Justin
7.10 RB Smith,Onterrio RB Faulk,Kevin
8.05 QB Brady,Tom WR Boldin,Anquan
9.10 TE Jones,Freddie WR Coles,Laveranues
10.05 RB Fargas,Justin WR Price,Peerless
11.10 QB Gannon,Rich WR Smith,Rod
12.05 WR Hilliard,Ike WR Hilliard,Ike
13.10 PK Elam,Jason TE Jones,Freddie
14.05 RB Faulk,Kevin TE Miller,Billy
15.10 DT Jaguars PK Elam,Jason
16.05 TE Miller,Billy PK Brien,Doug
17.10 PK Brien,Doug DT Jaguars
18.05 DT Bengals DT Bengals
     

Draft Slot #11
5 Round Strategy: WR, QB, RB, RB, RB

This team went for value picks that conformed to his draft slot. It is a different plan to use to be sure but the results are pretty good in this case.

Started with Moss and then got the hook-up with Culpepper in the 2nd. Landed Curtis Martin (4th) and then Duckett (5th) to provide serviceable RB's and then snagged Foster with his 5th. That 5th pick was the most interesting since he passed on a WR but the solid tier of them had just been emptied prior to this pick. Liked the risky upside pick of Winslow in the 6th.

This team went together differently than all others but the result was good for picking 11th. His likely only weak spot is RB's which does hurt, but Martin and Duckett should provide at least average numbers. The rest of the picks like Moss, Culpepper and Wilkins are known stars. His WR's almost all have greater upside than where they were taken. This is a riskier team, but one that got away with value picking from deeper in the rounds.

Starters: Culpepper, Martin, Duckett, R Moss, Burress, R Williams, Winslow, Wilkins and ATL

Grade: A-

 
# Draft D-TOWN
1.11 WR Moss,Randy QB Culpepper,Daunte
2.04 QB Culpepper,Daunte QB Maddox,Tommy
3.11 RB Martin,Curtis RB Martin,Curtis
4.04 RB Duckett,T.J. RB Duckett,T.J.
5.11 RB Foster,De'shaun RB Foster,De'shaun
6.04 TE Winslow,Kellen RB Perry,Chris
7.11 WR Burress,Plaxico RB Pinner,Artose
8.04 WR Williams,Roy WR Moss,Randy
9.11 WR Kennison,Eddie WR Burress,Plaxico
10.04 PK Wilkins,Jeff WR Williams,Roy
11.11 RB Perry,Chris WR Kennison,Eddie
12.04 QB Maddox,Tommy WR Calico,Tyrone
13.11 WR Calico,Tyrone TE Winslow,Kellen
14.04 DT Falcons TE Becht,Anthony
15.11 RB Pinner,Artose PK Wilkins,Jeff
16.04 TE Becht,Anthony PK Edinger,Paul
17.11 DT Giants DT Falcons
18.04 PK Edinger,Paul DT Giants
     

Draft Slot #12
5 Round Strategy: RB, RB, WR, QB, WR

Big game potential was secured with the drafting if Marshall Faulk and Domanick Davis and the acquisition of Steven Jackson in the 6th made those pick really shine. In a 14 team league, he was probably lucky to land Jackson that late and could have waited no longer so he played it very well.

Went with Moulds (3rd) and then found Hasselbeck (4th) for a top notch starting quartet. TE, PK and DT are likely only average and will not be a help to this team but the strength of starters for QB, RB and WR will keep him happy most the time. Reggie Williams as a WR4 looks more like a great move with each passing day. What this team would likely see if less week to week consistency than many teams but the ability to turn in some big weeks. Where the slightly larger league got him was in the reduced depth of quality WR and waiting on TE, PK and DEF is not a big help.

Starters: Hasselbeck, D Davis, M Faulk, Moulds, Davis, Givens, Clark, Gramatica and STL.

Grade: B

 
# Draft billay
1.12 RB Davis,Domanick QB Hasselbeck,Matt
2.03 RB Faulk,Marshall QB Palmer,Carson
3.12 WR Moulds,Eric RB Davis,Domanick
4.03 QB Hasselbeck,Matt RB Faulk,Marshall
5.12 WR Davis,Andre' RB Jackson,Steven
6.03 RB Jackson,Steven RB Griffin,Quentin
7.12 WR Givens,David RB Bettis,Jerome
8.03 RB Griffin,Quentin WR Moulds,Eric
9.12 WR Williams,Reggie WR Davis,Andre'
10.03 RB Bettis,Jerome WR Givens,David
11.12 TE Clark,Desmond WR Williams,Reggie
12.03 DT Rams WR Washington,Kelley
13.12 QB Palmer,Carson TE Clark,Desmond
14.03 WR Washington,Kelley TE Kleinsasser,Jim
15.12 PK Gramatica,Martin PK Gramatica,Martin
16.03 DT Steelers PK Reed,Jeff
17.12 TE Kleinsasser,Jim DT Rams
18.03 PK Reed,Jeff DT Steelers

Draft Slot #13
5 Round Strategy: WR, RB, RB, WR, QB

This team looks like it was put together by a veteran of 12 team drafts.

Started with Barlow and then grabbed Harrison in the 2nd as a nice value pick. Went with Staley for a nice backfield and then took Chris Brown in the 4th over QB Hasselbeck or WR Coles. Aided here too by the departure of George to the Cowboys as well. Finally reached his QB with Pennington in the 5th and finally grabbed an upside WR in Stallworth. Still locked down Boo Williams for a TE.

Again, this looks like a veterans team because many of the picks (Pennington, Brown, Stallworth, Woods, Williams) are upside picks that could surprise but carry a little risk he is willing to take. Keyshawn as a WR3 was nice since he will never be a WR1 again, but should consistency post some points each game. This yielded a solid team with depth and some upside to many picks. The 4th pick was the pivotal one here but he got away with it for the most part with savvy picks later on. This team has the means to surprise.

Starters: Pennington, Barlow, Staley, Harrison, Stallworth, K Johnson, B Williams, Cundiff and TB

Grade: B+

 
# Draft Severus Snape
1.13 RB Barlow,Kevan QB Pennington,Chad
2.02 WR Harrison,Marvin QB Leftwich,Byron
3.13 RB Staley,Duce RB Barlow,Kevan
4.02 RB Brown,Chris RB Staley,Duce
5.13 QB Pennington,Chad RB Brown,Chris
6.02 WR Stallworth,Donte' RB Hearst,Garrison
7.13 TE Williams,Boo RB Anderson,Mike
8.02 WR Johnson,Keyshawn WR Harrison,Marvin
9.13 QB Leftwich,Byron WR Stallworth,Donte'
10.02 RB Hearst,Garrison WR Johnson,Keyshawn
11.13 WR Woods,Rashaun WR Woods,Rashaun
12.02 DT Buccaneers WR Reed,Josh
13.13 WR Reed,Josh TE Williams,Boo
14.02 RB Anderson,Mike TE Johnson,Teyo
15.13 DT Titans PK Cundiff,Billy
16.02 PK Cundiff,Billy PK Hall,John
17.13 PK Hall,John DT Buccaneers
18.02 TE Johnson,Teyo DT Titans

Draft Slot #14
5 Round Strategy: WR, RB, RB, WR, QB

Nothing like waiting 14 picks to get your first player and then waiting 26 picks every other round. The back -end swing almost always demands pure value picks since following a plan is always harder the deeper into the first round you go.

Team nabbed Holt and Rudi Johnson and still managed to get Thomas Jones (3rd). That pick had to make him ecstatic since the RB's thereafter started the less attractive RBBC tier. Unlikely TJ goes this late in a 14 team league next month. Went with Darrell Jackson (4th) over many great QB's but locking down Favre at the 5.14 was again a nice find. Filled out WR's with Bruce and then grabbed Wheatley as his RB3 which appears to be a solid choice that late.

Ended up with a solid draft from this draft slot and got the gift of Travis Minor later after Ricky Williams took his bong and went home. The draft was nice value picks in many areas - notably RB but his depth in all positions other than RB is suspect and could cause problems. Went with a number of aging players that had names in the recent past but are more likely to fall shorter this season - Bruce, Driver and Mili. Would have preferred to see more upside on the backup picks since drafting so late means chances must be taken to find a difference maker. The team is solid overall and spectacular in no area. Holt is the only known star but his RB's could surprise.

Starters: Favre, R Johnson, T Jones, Holt, Jackson, Bruce, Gardner, Kinney, Andersen and DAL

Grade: B

 
# Draft Fighting Evil
1.14 WR Holt,Torry QB Favre,Brett
2.01 RB Johnson,Rudi QB Boller,Kyle
3.14 RB Jones,Thomas RB Johnson,Rudi
4.01 WR Jackson,Darrell RB Jones,Thomas
5.14 QB Favre,Brett RB Wheatley,Tyrone
6.01 WR Bruce,Isaac RB Minor,Travis
7.14 RB Wheatley,Tyrone RB Betts,Ladell
8.01 WR Gardner,Rod WR Holt,Torry
9.14 TE Kinney,Erron WR Jackson,Darrell
10.01 WR Driver,Donald WR Bruce,Isaac
11.14 RB Minor,Travis WR Gardner,Rod
12.01 DT Cowboys WR Driver,Donald
13.14 PK Andersen,Morten TE Kinney,Erron
14.01 RB Betts,Ladell TE Mili,Itula
15.14 TE Mili,Itula PK Andersen,Morten
16.01 DT Packers PK Hanson,Jason
17.14 QB Boller,Kyle DT Cowboys
18.01 PK Hanson,Jason DT Packers