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Our first mock draft for 2011

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It's going to take seven months until leagues around the world kick off their Fantasy Football drafts. Forgive us, but we can't wait that long.

In fact, we couldn't wait until the end of this year's postseason to start our first mock draft for the 2011 season. From where we sit, it's never too early to mock. By reading this, you obviously agree, and we like the way you think.

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A lot is going to change between now and this summer. For example, rookies will be drafted and free agents will be signed (this is all assuming the NFL doesn't have a work stoppage that would shipwreck our Fantasy seasons and put us through a fall and winter of boredom). Those changes will be reflected in future mock drafts; for now, we're focused on current NFL players, though we are taking potential free-agency movement into consideration.

Here's where you fit in: Not only can you check in with our mock draft daily, but you can correspond with the people drafting! If there's a draft pick you like or feel was too early, send us an e-mail at dmfantasyfootball@cbs.com . Put "Mock Draft" in the subject line and share your thoughts on the draft.

All touchdowns are worth six points in this league, and we feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, 1 FLEX, K and DST. There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order:

1. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
3. John Garcia, Fantasy Writer
4. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
5. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
6. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
8. Ross Devonport, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
10. Sergio Gonzalez, Fantasy Writer
11. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
12. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer

Draft Status: Completed

Draft Results
Round 1
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergFoster, Arian
2Kevin GoodwinPeterson, Adrian
3John GarciaJohnson, Chris
4Peter MaddenCharles, Jamaal
5Michael HurcombVick, Michael
6Dave RichardJones-Drew, Maurice
7Jeff LippmanTurner, Michael
8Ross DevonportRice, Ray
9Ed GaunaRodgers, Aaron
10Sergio GonzalezMcFadden, Darren
11Bill PassonnoMendenhall, Rashard
12Adam MooreJackson, Steven
Round 2
PickTeamPlayer
1Adam MooreGore, Frank
2Bill PassonnoJohnson, Andre
3Sergio GonzalezMcCoy, LeSean
4Ed GaunaWhite, Roddy
5Ross DevonportForte, Matt
6Jeff LippmanManning, Peyton
7Dave RichardBrees, Drew
8Michael HurcombMoreno, Knowshon
9Peter MaddenHillis, Peyton
10John GarciaJohnson, Calvin
11Kevin GoodwinRivers, Philip
12Jamey EisenbergBrady, Tom
Round 3
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergBlount, LeGarrette
2Kevin GoodwinBradshaw, Ahmad
3John GarciaRomo, Tony
4Peter MaddenJackson, DeSean
5Michael HurcombMathews, Ryan
6Dave RichardJennings, Greg
7Jeff LippmanNicks, Hakeem
8Ross DevonportWayne, Reggie
9Ed GaunaGreen-Ellis, BenJarvus
10Sergio GonzalezSchaub, Matt
11Bill PassonnoFitzgerald, Larry
12Adam MooreRyan, Matt
Round 4
PickTeamPlayer
1Adam MooreBowe, Dwayne
2Bill PassonnoFreeman, Josh
3Sergio GonzalezColston, Marques
4Ed GaunaWilliams, DeAngelo
5Ross DevonportWallace, Mike
6Jeff LippmanAustin, Miles
7Dave RichardMarshall, Brandon
8Michael HurcombWilliams, Mike
9Peter MaddenBryant, Dez
10John GarciaGates, Antonio
11Kevin GoodwinGrant, Ryan
12Jamey EisenbergWelker, Wes
Round 5
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergJackson, Vincent
2Kevin GoodwinBoldin, Anquan
3John GarciaBritt, Kenny
4Peter MaddenBest, Jahvid
5Michael HurcombWitten, Jason
6Dave RichardStewart, Jonathan
7Jeff LippmanDavis, Vernon
8Ross DevonportFinley, Jermichael
9Ed GaunaMaclin, Jeremy
10Sergio GonzalezLloyd, Brandon
11Bill PassonnoGarcon, Pierre
12Adam MooreCrabtree, Michael
Round 6
PickTeamPlayer
1Adam MooreClark, Dallas
2Bill PassonnoBenson, Cedric
3Sergio GonzalezGreene, Shonn
4Ed GaunaTorain, Ryan
5Ross DevonportHarvin, Percy
6Jeff LippmanBrown, Ronnie
7Dave RichardJones, Felix
8Michael HurcombManningham, Mario
9Peter MaddenGronkowski, Rob
10John GarciaAddai, Joseph
11Kevin GoodwinHolmes, Santonio
12Jamey EisenbergGraham, Jimmy
Round 7
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergJohnson, Steve
2Kevin GoodwinBranch, Deion
3John GarciaThomas, Pierre
4Peter MaddenRoethlisberger, Ben
5Michael HurcombJackson, Fred
6Dave RichardTolbert, Mike
7Jeff LippmanBrown, Donald
8Ross DevonportRice, Sidney
9Ed GaunaJacobs, Brandon
10Sergio GonzalezKnox, Johnny
11Bill PassonnoSpiller, C.J.
12Adam MooreJones, James
Round 8
PickTeamPlayer
1Adam MooreBush, Michael
2Bill PassonnoEdwards, Braylon
3Sergio GonzalezGonzalez, Tony
4Ed GaunaMoss, Santana
5Ross DevonportFlacco, Joe
6Jeff LippmanLynch, Marshawn
7Dave RichardCollie, Austin
8Michael HurcombFloyd, Malcom
9Peter MaddenTate, Ben
10John GarciaTomlinson, LaDainian
11Kevin GoodwinSmith, Steve
12Jamey EisenbergWells, Beanie
Round 9
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergWilliams, Mike
2Kevin GoodwinJones, Thomas
3John GarciaStarks, James
4Peter MaddenStafford, Matthew
5Michael HurcombManning, Eli
6Dave RichardWoodhead, Danny
7Jeff LippmanWard, Hines
8Ross DevonportBush, Reggie
9Ed GaunaCelek, Brent
10Sergio GonzalezHightower, Tim
11Bill PassonnoMiller, Zach
12Adam MooreCutler, Jay
Round 10
PickTeamPlayer
1Adam MooreChoice, Tashard
2Bill PassonnoCassel, Matt
3Sergio GonzalezSmith, Steve
4Ed GaunaGoodson, Mike
5Ross DevonportOwens, Terrell
6Jeff LippmanSimpson, Jerome
7Dave RichardBess, Davone
8Michael HurcombIvory, Chris
9Peter MaddenMcGahee, Willis
10John GarciaPettigrew, Brandon
11Kevin GoodwinBradford, Sam
12Jamey EisenbergTebow, Tim
Round 11
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergHardesty, Montario
2Kevin GoodwinScott, Bernard
3John GarciaMoss, Randy
4Peter MaddenJets
5Michael HurcombSteelers
6Dave RichardSproles, Darren
7Jeff LippmanSnelling, Jason
8Ross DevonportTaylor, Chester
9Ed GaunaBarber, Marion
10Sergio GonzalezPackers
11Bill PassonnoJennings, Rashad
12Adam MooreOchocinco, Chad
Round 12
PickTeamPlayer
1Adam MooreSims-Walker, Mike
2Bill PassonnoMeachem, Robert
3Sergio GonzalezSanchez, Mark
4Ed GaunaMason, Derrick
5Ross DevonportDaniels, Owen
6Jeff LippmanPalmer, Carson
7Dave RichardWinslow, Kellen
8Michael HurcombMoore, Lance
9Peter MaddenGilyard, Mardy
10John GarciaShipley, Jordan
11Kevin GoodwinVikings
12Jamey EisenbergThomas, Demaryius
Round 13
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergWilliams, Ricky
2Kevin GoodwinClayton, Mark
3John GarciaRavens
4Peter MaddenNelson, Jordy
5Michael HurcombCooley, Chris
6Dave RichardFord, Jacoby
7Jeff LippmanEagles
8Ross DevonportBreaston, Steve
9Ed GaunaBears
10Sergio GonzalezRedman, Isaac
11Bill PassonnoCowboys
12Adam MoorePatriots
Round 14
PickTeamPlayer
1Adam MoorePortis, Clinton
2Bill PassonnoWilliams, Cadillac
3Sergio GonzalezBenn, Arrelious
4Ed GaunaKolb, Kevin
5Ross DevonportGiants
6Jeff LippmanWilliams, Roy
7Dave RichardAkers, David
8Michael HurcombDixon, Anthony
9Peter MaddenAmendola, Danny
10John GarciaCrosby, Mason
11Kevin GoodwinKaeding, Nate
12Jamey EisenbergChargers
Round 15
PickTeamPlayer
1Jamey EisenbergHartley, Garrett
2Kevin GoodwinOlsen, Greg
3John GarciaOrton, Kyle
4Peter MaddenGostkowski, Stephen
5Michael HurcombRackers, Neil
6Dave RichardSaints
7Jeff LippmanJanikowski, Sebastian
8Ross DevonportBrown, Josh
9Ed GaunaBryant, Matt
10Sergio GonzalezTynes, Lawrence
11Bill PassonnoBuehler, David
12Adam MooreCarpenter, Dan

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