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2011 Draft Prep: Our 12-team PPR mock draft

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If you're an NFL player and you catch the ball, you're doing what's asked of you, right? Just like running with the ball and scoring with the ball, catching the ball is an accomplishment, no matter how small it may be.

So why are Fantasy owners more inclined to reward yardage and touchdowns but not receptions?

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In this mock draft, catches count. For every catch made by anyone regardless of position, they get a point. Not only is that seemingly the right way to reward a player for doing his job, but it alters the balance in Fantasy points between quarterbacks and everyone else. For example, last year the highest-producing player in standard Fantasy leagues was Tom Brady, and he was followed by a list of quarterbacks. In leagues where receptions counted, Arian Foster was the best possible Fantasy option, and he was followed by a healthy mix of passers, rushers and receivers.

To put it simply, by counting receptions, quarterbacks don't dominate the Fantasy stats week in and week out. Wide receivers, tight ends and running backs who catch the ball are more valuable. And thus quarterbacks aren't quite as important.

This points-per-reception (PPR) draft will feature 12 owners. All touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots, making up a 15-round draft.

Following the draft, we held a chat where you has the chance to ask questions about our mock as well as questions you may have about your own leagues.

Our draft order:

1. John Garcia, Fantasy Writer
2. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
5. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Mike Freeman, CBSSports.com National Columnist
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
8. Denny Burkholder, CBSSports.com NFL Production Editor
9. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
10. Alex Riethmiller, Director of Communications
11. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
12. J. Darin Darst, CBSSports.com College Football Production Editor

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12-team PPR Mock Draft Results
Round 1 Round 2
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Adrian Peterson 1 J. Darin Darst Rashard Mendenhall
2 Adam Moore Arian Foster 2 Peter Madden Larry Fitzgerald
3 Jamey Eisenberg Chris Johnson 3 Alex Riethmiller Michael Vick
4 Jeff Tobin Ray Rice 4 Kevin Goodwin Reggie Wayne
5 Dave Richard LeSean McCoy 5 Denny Burkholder Greg Jennings
6 Mike Freeman Maurice Jones-Drew 6 Adam Aizer Calvin Johnson
7 Adam Aizer Jamaal Charles 7 Mike Freeman Miles Austin
8 Denny Burkholder Steven Jackson 8 Dave Richard Darren McFadden
9 Kevin Goodwin Andre Johnson 9 Jeff Tobin Frank Gore
10 Alex Riethmiller Roddy White 10 Jamey Eisenberg Hakeem Nicks
11 Peter Madden Matt Forte 11 Adam Moore Brandon Marshall
12 J. Darin Darst Aaron Rodgers 12 John Garcia Mike Williams
Round 3 Round 4
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Michael Turner 1 J. Darin Darst Marques Colston
2 Adam Moore Ahmad Bradshaw 2 Peter Madden DeSean Jackson
3 Jamey Eisenberg Mike Wallace 3 Alex Riethmiller Anquan Boldin
4 Jeff Tobin Wes Welker 4 Kevin Goodwin Jahvid Best
5 Dave Richard Dwayne Bowe 5 Denny Burkholder Antonio Gates
6 Mike Freeman Vincent Jackson 6 Adam Aizer Mario Manningham
7 Adam Aizer Tom Brady 7 Mike Freeman Dallas Clark
8 Denny Burkholder Jeremy Maclin 8 Dave Richard Dez Bryant
9 Kevin Goodwin Peyton Hillis 9 Jeff Tobin Brandon Lloyd
10 Alex Riethmiller Cedric Benson 10 Jamey Eisenberg Jason Witten
11 Peter Madden Drew Brees 11 Adam Moore Jermichael Finley
12 J. Darin Darst Knowshon Moreno 12 John Garcia Santonio Holmes
Round 5 Round 6
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Peyton Manning 1 J. Darin Darst DeAngelo Williams
2 Adam Moore Philip Rivers 2 Peter Madden Mark Ingram
3 Jamey Eisenberg LeGarrette Blount 3 Alex Riethmiller Chad Ochocinco
4 Jeff Tobin Matt Ryan 4 Kevin Goodwin Tony Romo
5 Dave Richard Percy Harvin 5 Denny Burkholder Matt Schaub
6 Mike Freeman Steve Johnson 6 Adam Aizer Daniel Thomas
7 Adam Aizer Austin Collie 7 Mike Freeman Fred Jackson
8 Denny Burkholder Shonn Greene 8 Dave Richard Ryan Grant
9 Kevin Goodwin Ryan Mathews 9 Jeff Tobin Tony Gonzalez
10 Alex Riethmiller Felix Jones 10 Jamey Eisenberg Danny Amendola
11 Peter Madden BenJarvus Green-Ellis 11 Adam Moore Santana Moss
12 J. Darin Darst Vernon Davis 12 John Garcia Sidney Rice
Round 7 Round 8
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Kellen Winslow 1 J. Darin Darst Mike Thomas
2 Adam Moore Pierre Garcon 2 Peter Madden Reggie Bush
3 Jamey Eisenberg Mike Tolbert 3 Alex Riethmiller Darren Sproles
4 Jeff Tobin Joseph Addai 4 Kevin Goodwin Deion Branch
5 Dave Richard Marshawn Lynch 5 Denny Burkholder Jacoby Ford
6 Mike Freeman Pierre Thomas 6 Adam Aizer Robert Meachem
7 Adam Aizer Ryan Torain 7 Mike Freeman Josh Freeman
8 Denny Burkholder Kenny Britt 8 Dave Richard Beanie Wells
9 Kevin Goodwin Owen Daniels 9 Jeff Tobin LaDainian Tomlinson
10 Alex Riethmiller Davone Bess 10 Jamey Eisenberg Jonathan Stewart
11 Peter Madden Julio Jones 11 Adam Moore Tim Hightower
12 J. Darin Darst Steve Smith 12 John Garcia Lance Moore
Round 9 Round 10
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Michael Bush 1 J. Darin Darst Zach Miller
2 Adam Moore Roy Williams 2 Peter Madden Jacquizz Rodgers
3 Jamey Eisenberg Ben Roethlisberger 3 Alex Riethmiller Malcom Floyd
4 Jeff Tobin Plaxico Burress 4 Kevin Goodwin Braylon Edwards
5 Dave Richard Ryan Williams 5 Denny Burkholder Joe Flacco
6 Mike Freeman Hines Ward 6 Adam Aizer Jimmy Graham
7 Adam Aizer A.J. Green 7 Mike Freeman Rashad Jennings
8 Denny Burkholder Danny Woodhead 8 Dave Richard Matthew Stafford
9 Kevin Goodwin Brandon Jacobs 9 Jeff Tobin Jerome Simpson
10 Alex Riethmiller C.J. Spiller 10 Jamey Eisenberg Eli Manning
11 Peter Madden Rob Gronkowski 11 Adam Moore Ronnie Brown
12 J. Darin Darst Michael Crabtree 12 John Garcia Mike Sims-Walker
Round 11 Round 12
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Brandon Jackson 1 J. Darin Darst Matt Cassel
2 Adam Moore Lee Evans 2 Peter Madden Mike Williams
3 Jamey Eisenberg DeMarco Murray 3 Alex Riethmiller Mark Sanchez
4 Jeff Tobin Ricky Williams 4 Kevin Goodwin James Jones
5 Dave Richard Sam Bradford 5 Denny Burkholder Nate Burleson
6 Mike Freeman Willis McGahee 6 Adam Aizer Jay Cutler
7 Adam Aizer Jordan Shipley 7 Mike Freeman Eagles
8 Denny Burkholder Marcedes Lewis 8 Dave Richard Brandon Pettigrew
9 Kevin Goodwin James Starks 9 Jeff Tobin Jordy Nelson
10 Alex Riethmiller Chris Cooley 10 Jamey Eisenberg Johnny Knox
11 Peter Madden Kevin Kolb 11 Adam Moore Kyle Orton
12 J. Darin Darst Donald Brown 12 John Garcia Donovan McNabb
Round 13 Round 14
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Greg Little 1 J. Darin Darst Packers
2 Adam Moore Aaron Hernandez 2 Peter Madden Cadillac Williams
3 Jamey Eisenberg Roy Helu 3 Alex Riethmiller Jason Snelling
4 Jeff Tobin Matt Hasselbeck 4 Kevin Goodwin Patriots
5 Dave Richard Steelers 5 Denny Burkholder Ravens
6 Mike Freeman Louis Murphy 6 Adam Aizer Giants
7 Adam Aizer Thomas Jones 7 Mike Freeman Cam Newton
8 Denny Burkholder Derrick Mason 8 Dave Richard Javon Ringer
9 Kevin Goodwin Maurice Morris 9 Jeff Tobin Bears
10 Alex Riethmiller Sebastian Janikowski 10 Jamey Eisenberg Cowboys
11 Peter Madden Jets 11 Adam Moore Chargers
12 J. Darin Darst Garrett Hartley 12 John Garcia Dolphins
Round 15      
Pick Team Player      
1 John Garcia Matt Bryant      
2 Adam Moore Josh Brown      
3 Jamey Eisenberg Nate Kaeding      
4 Jeff Tobin Neil Rackers      
5 Dave Richard Mason Crosby      
6 Mike Freeman David Buehler      
7 Adam Aizer Adam Vinatieri      
8 Denny Burkholder Alex Henery      
9 Kevin Goodwin Stephen Gostkowski      
10 Alex Riethmiller Saints      
11 Peter Madden David Akers      
12 J. Darin Darst Isaac Redman      
Team-by-Team Draft Results
Adam Aizer
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.07 Jamaal Charles 9.07 A.J. Green
2.06 Calvin Johnson 10.06 Jimmy Graham
3.07 Tom Brady 11.07 Jordan Shipley
4.06 Mario Manningham 12.06 Jay Cutler
5.07 Austin Collie 13.07 Thomas Jones
6.06 Daniel Thomas 14.06 Giants
7.07 Ryan Torain 15.07 Adam Vinatieri
8.06 Robert Meachem    
My favorite draft pick was: Calvin Johnson. In a PPR league, getting one of the best wide eeceivers in the middle of the second round is a no-brainer.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: An aggressive one. I knew I wanted to secure three receivers fairly early because the position depth is not great and this is a PPR League, which means I don't mind starting a wide receiver as a Flex.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Robert Meachem in Round 8. I think I should have gone with Beanie Wells there to solidify my running backs.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jamey Eisenberg
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Adam Moore
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.02 Arian Foster 9.02 Roy Williams
2.11 Brandon Marshall 10.11 Ronnie Brown
3.02 Ahmad Bradshaw 11.02 Lee Evans
4.11 Jermichael Finley 12.11 Kyle Orton
5.02 Philip Rivers 13.02 Aaron Hernandez
6.11 Santana Moss 14.11 Chargers
7.02 Pierre Garcon 15.02 Josh Brown
8.11 Tim Hightower    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Jermichael Finley in Round 4. How's this for a miss? I could have taken Santonio Holmes in Round 4 and waited all of two picks to get Finley in Round 5. Instead I took Finley first, saw Holmes go off the draft board, then took Philip Rivers in Round 5. I could have had Holmes and Rivers, or Holmes and Finley, had I taken Holmes first.
My running back draft strategy was: To take two strong ones early and then focus on receivers. When am I ever going to bench Arian Foster or Ahmad Bradshaw besides their bye weeks? I'll start them and rotate my receivers, especially since I have so many.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Probably another running back. I could use Derrick Ward as a handcuff to Foster.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Mike Freeman
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Alex Riethmiller
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.10 Roddy White 9.10 C.J. Spiller
2.03 Michael Vick 10.03 Malcom Floyd
3.10 Cedric Benson 11.10 Chris Cooley
4.03 Anquan Boldin 12.03 Mark Sanchez
5.10 Felix Jones 13.10 Sebastian Janikowski
6.03 Chad Ochocinco 14.03 Jason Snelling
7.10 Davone Bess 15.10 Saints
8.03 Darren Sproles    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Cedric Benson in Round 3. This isn't necessarily a knock on Benson, I just should have taken DeSean Jackson there, who I really wanted. Alas, Jackson was taken one pick before me on the way back.
My favorite draft pick was: Darren Sproles in Round 8. Yeah, he might not be the next ex-Charger to become a star, like Michael Turner, but I think he could be very productive, especially catching balls out of the backfield.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Four of my first seven picks were wide receivers so obviously I put a lot of importance in this position. In PPR leagues, you really need to take care of your WR needs early.
The grade I give myself is: B-
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Peter Madden
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Dave Richard
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.05 LeSean McCoy 9.05 Ryan Williams
2.08 Darren McFadden 10.08 Matthew Stafford
3.05 Dwayne Bowe 11.05 Sam Bradford
4.08 Dez Bryant 12.08 Brandon Pettigrew
5.05 Percy Harvin 13.05 Steelers
6.08 Ryan Grant 14.08 Javon Ringer
7.05 Marshawn Lynch 15.05 Mason Crosby
8.08 Beanie Wells    
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Out the window when Darren McFadden was available in Round 2. I had planned to take three receivers in a row starting in Round 2 but did not pass up a shot at DMC. My plan still worked in Rounds 3 through 5, however, as I landed three 70-catch receivers.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Another wide receiver. Obviously I never plan be without Bowe, Bryant or Harvin (we only start two receivers and a flex), but I think spending another choice on a fourth receiver would have given me at least a bit more depth. Jacoby Jones and Donald Driver are sitting there razzing their tongues at me.
My favorite draft pick was: Matthew Stafford in Round 10, followed by Sam Bradford in Round 11. I tried my gutsy QB draft plan, and I'm beaming about the potential my passers have. Doing this allowed me to go a little bananas at running back, which I think was smart.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jamey Eisenberg
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Denny Burkholder
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.08 Steven Jackson 9.08 Danny Woodhead
2.05 Greg Jennings 10.05 Joe Flacco
3.08 Jeremy Maclin 11.08 Marcedes Lewis
4.05 Antonio Gates 12.05 Nate Burleson
5.08 Shonn Greene 13.08 Derrick Mason
6.05 Matt Schaub 14.05 Ravens
7.08 Kenny Britt 15.08 Alex Henery
8.05 Jacoby Ford    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Jeremy Maclin. Not sure what I was thinking, given who else was on the board.
My running back draft strategy was: Being a PPR league, I wanted a guy capable of pulling down some catches, but I didn't want to dwell too heavily on that. Quality rushing still counts.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Take into account the quarterback and overall offense situation of his team and lean toward guys on teams that move the ball well.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Peter Madden
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J. Darin Darst
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.12 Aaron Rodgers 9.12 Michael Crabtree
2.01 Rashard Mendenhall 10.01 Zach Miller
3.12 Knowshon Moreno 11.12 Donald Brown
4.01 Marques Colston 12.01 Matt Cassel
5.12 Vernon Davis 13.12 Garrett Hartley
6.01 DeAngelo Williams 14.01 Packers
7.12 Steve Smith 15.12 Isaac Redman
8.01 Mike Thomas    
My running back draft strategy was: I had every intention of taking receivers early and often, but I found so many excellent values sitting there when I picked. Rashard Mendenhall should replicate his big year as the only big-time back in Pittsburgh, so I couldn't pass on him, and getting Knowshon Moreno and DeAngelo Williams later on makes me very strong there. I just couldn't pass up great players at my picks.
My favorite draft pick was: Steve Smith in Round 7, the last pick in Round 7. The guy's not dead! He's still extremely fast and a very hard worker. I really lucked out considering that I took only one receiver with my first six picks.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Nate Washington. The ex-Steeler will be on a team throwing a lot in Tennessee, especially if Chris Johnson is out.
The grade I give myself is: A-
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Kevin Goodwin
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Jamey Eisenberg
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.03 Chris Johnson 9.03 Ben Roethlisberger
2.10 Hakeem Nicks 10.10 Eli Manning
3.03 Mike Wallace 11.03 DeMarco Murray
4.10 Jason Witten 12.10 Johnny Knox
5.03 LeGarrette Blount 13.03 Roy Helu
6.10 Danny Amendola 14.10 Cowboys
7.03 Mike Tolbert 15.03 Nate Kaeding
8.10 Jonathan Stewart    
My favorite draft pick was: Danny Amendola in Round 6. Amendola is going to be a star in this offense, and he has the potential for 100 catches. I might have reached for him a round or two early, but I'll take the chance that the production matches the potential.
My running back strategy was: Take a stud at No. 3 overall, which I did with Chris Johnson, and then take at least three more capable starting options through Round 8. I ended up with LeGarrette Blount, Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart. None of them are great receivers out of the backfield, but all three could end up with double digits in touchdowns.
My wide receiver strategy was: To take two Top 10 guys through Round 3, which I did with Hakeem Nicks and Mike Wallace. Then I wanted to get another potential starter before Round 7, and I did that with Amendola. After that, I wanted one more receiver with upside, so I took a chance on Johnny Knox. He might be down now, but Knox could easily rebound.
The grade I give myself is: A
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: No one.
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Jeff Tobin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.04 Ray Rice 9.04 Plaxico Burress
2.09 Frank Gore 10.09 Jerome Simpson
3.04 Wes Welker 11.04 Ricky Williams
4.09 Brandon Lloyd 12.09 Jordy Nelson
5.04 Matt Ryan 13.04 Matt Hasselbeck
6.09 Tony Gonzalez 14.09 Bears
7.04 Joseph Addai 15.04 Neil Rackers
8.09 LaDainian Tomlinson    
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Brandon Lloyd in Round 4. I felt like I needed to get another receiver with a top pick, but I would've been better off going with an elite tight end given the depleted receiver options available.
My running back strategy was: Grab two top reception-heavy backs with my first two picks. Ray Rice was a no-brainer at No. 4 overall and I think I stole Frank Gore near the end of the second round.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: I stuck with my plan to draft two receivers with my third and fourth picks. I think that was a mistake because I missed out on the elite tight ends and settled for middle of the road with a pick too high in the draft.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Dave Richard
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John Garcia
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.01 Adrian Peterson 9.01 Michael Bush
2.12 Mike Williams 10.12 Mike Sims-Walker
3.01 Michael Turner 11.01 Brandon Jackson
4.12 Santonio Holmes 12.12 Donovan McNabb
5.01 Peyton Manning 13.01 Greg Little
6.12 Sidney Rice 14.12 Dolphins
7.01 Kellen Winslow 15.01 Matt Bryant
8.12 Lance Moore    
My favorite draft pick was: Michael Turner. Though it is a PPR league, a back of his caliber should not fall into the third round. He has 39 touchdowns in 42 games as a Falcon.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: To wait. People went on a WR binge early on, and I stocked up Adrian Peterson and Turner in two of my first three picks while snagging a No. 1 option in-between in Mike Williams. I then went on my PPR wide receiver binge with solid second-tier guys.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: Denarius Moore. He has been booming in Jacoby Ford's absence in camp and figures to get plenty of opportunity in the speed-crazed Oakland offense even when he returns.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Adam Moore
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Kevin Goodwin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.09 Andre Johnson 9.09 Brandon Jacobs
2.04 Reggie Wayne 10.04 Braylon Edwards
3.09 Peyton Hillis 11.09 James Starks
4.04 Jahvid Best 12.04 James Jones
5.09 Ryan Mathews 13.09 Maurice Morris
6.04 Tony Romo 14.04 Patriots
7.09 Owen Daniels 15.09 Stephen Gostkowski
8.04 Deion Branch    
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Get them early. Picking late in Round 1 gave me the perfect chance to draft two stud wideouts with my first two picks. I'll never bench Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne.
My favorite draft pick was: This might sound strange but I really like the value of getting Brandon Jacobs with my ninth-round pick. Will he catch 50 passes? Of course not, but he will play plenty, and he's always done well when sharing the ball. I was glad to draft him as a backup.
If I could have had one more pick, I would have taken: A backup quarterback. Drafting Tony Romo made it easy to pass on another quarterback simply because I hope to have Romo start every game. But David Garrard plays at home vs. the Bengals on Romo's bye week -- I'll have to pick him up off waivers so I can use him that week.
The grade I give myself is: B+
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Peter Madden
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Mike Freeman
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.06 Maurice Jones-Drew 9.06 Hines Ward
2.07 Miles Austin 10.07 Rashad Jennings
3.06 Vincent Jackson 11.06 Willis McGahee
4.07 Dallas Clark 12.07 Eagles
5.06 Steve Johnson 13.06 Louis Murphy
6.07 Fred Jackson 14.07 Cam Newton
7.06 Pierre Thomas 15.06 David Buehler
8.07 Josh Freeman    
My favorite draft pick was: Vincent Jackson: I think he's in for a monster season.
My running back draft strategy was: I wanted MJD. I'm not worried about his knee.
My wide receiver draft strategy was: Get Miles Austin at all costs.
The grade I give myself is: B+
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Dave Richard
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Peter Madden
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.11 Matt Forte 9.11 Rob Gronkowski
2.02 Larry Fitzgerald 10.02 Jacquizz Rodgers
3.11 Drew Brees 11.11 Kevin Kolb
4.02 DeSean Jackson 12.02 Mike Williams
5.11 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 13.11 Jets
6.02 Mark Ingram 14.02 Cadillac Williams
7.11 Julio Jones 15.11 David Akers
8.02 Reggie Bush    
My favorite pick was: Larry Fitzgerald. Was he a bargain? No, but the hunch I get is that Kolb-to-Fitzy is going to be one of the big storylines of 2011, especially with Fitzgerald looking to land a big contract. He could have his biggest season to date.
The pick I regret was: Reggie Bush. I wait until he lands with a dormant offense before I invest in him in Fantasy. Probably could have spent that pick on a more reliable running back.
My quarterback strategy was: For some reason Brees fell. I would have rather waited, but at some point in every draft a player becomes available that you simply can't pass up.
My draft grade is: B
My toughest competition will be: Dave Richard
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Bills move Corey Graham to safety
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:01 am ET) The Bills have moved cornerback Corey Graham to safety, the Buffalo News reports.

Graham said that he and the team have discussed the move all offseason and decided to give the position change a try on Tuesday when the team held its first workout of OTAs.

"He’s got that unique ability where he can do both things," coach Rex Ryan said. "So let’s see what we have out there. And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what’s best for the team. And if that means we feel good about [Graham] playing safety, then that’s where he’ll be."

Graham is enthusiastic about playing the safety position full-time.

"I want to try to really learn it and see where it goes, see how much my grasp is, see how I’m playing at it, see where it can take me," he said. "I look forward to it. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m actually very excited about it."

Graham recorded 84 total tackles last season, his first in Buffalo, while intercepting two passes.


Vikings' Bridgewater 'extremely comfortable' with leadership role
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his role as leader of the offense, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’m a young guy still on the team, but guys are pushing me forward to say something in the huddle, or break the team down, or break the offense down," Bridgewater said. "That just gives you that confidence in yourself, confidence in your leadership and I’ve been extremely comfortable doing that so far."

Coach Mike Zimmer is satsfied with the work Bridgewater has done during the offseason.

"It’s hard to never not be pleased with Teddy because he’s such a hard worker," Zimmer said. "We wanted him to get bigger and stronger; he looks a little bit bigger to me. He’s always worked real hard. The leadership things are starting to come better. I think he’s been doing a good job the two days we’ve been out here against the defense."

Bridgewater made 12 starts in his rookie season and played 13 games in all, racking up 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes.


Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders hoping to reach 1,000 yards
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes the new offensive scheme in Denver will effect his numbers, accoridng to the team's website.

Sanders is working with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and coach Gary Kubiak to install the team's new offense and noted it's very different from last year's spread attack.

"You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different," Sanders said. 

"It's a totally different set up, but I tell you what, the more and more I'm in it," said Sanders. "Because we can get the run game going and just use my vertical speed on cross routes and all these different combinations of routes is based off the play action, then I think the offense will be successful with Peyton Manning at the helm."

Sanders, who totaled 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, doesn't think he'll accomplish the same numbers.

"Of course obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses, well I'm praying that it is, but obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses where you catch it and you're going to have two receivers catching over 100 passes," said Sanders. "Hopefully, my goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games."


Cowboys rookie La'el Collins taking reps at RT in OTAs
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cowboys rookie offensive lineman La'el Collins started offseason team activities on Wednesday taking reps at right tackle, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Collins, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, could also see time at left guard. But the rookie is taking his first reps with the team at right tackle with Darrion Weems while Doug Free recovers from ankle surgery.

"We think he has the physical ability to play a couple of different spots," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was a tackle for most of his career in college but did play guard. We see him as a guy who can maybe do both of those things as he goes.

"The big thing for him is to try to get him acclimated as quickly as we can. So right now he's going to play right tackle for us. He and Darrion Weems are competing at that spot in Doug Free's absence and we'll just see how that unfolds." 


Vikings' Adrian Peterson on absence from OTAs: 'It's business'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement on Wednesday that his absence from OTAs has "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," ESPN reports.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.


Report: Falcons' Dezmen Southward undergoes knee surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Falcons defensive backs Dezmen Southward underwent a minor-knee operation Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southward did not attend Tuesday's OTA and it is not known how long he'll be sidelined.


Julius Thomas trying to fit into Jaguars' offense
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas said after Wednesday's organized team activity that he intends to make it work with quarterback Blake Bortles, reports The Florida Times-Union.

"There is no 'Here's me coming in, and Blake's going to get on my page.' I'm going to be on Blake's page," Thomas said. "Whatever he expects, that's what I am going to do. He's the quarterback. He's the one in control of that huddle, and I like catching passes so I will make sure I do exactly what he wants."

With Thomas entering his first season with the Jaguars, he said it will take time to develop a rapport with Bortles.

"I think that getting good chemistry with a quarterback probably takes a couple of thousand passes," Thomas said.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden not concerned with playing time
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) With the Cowboys just beginning their organized team activities this week, running back Darren McFadden said he just wants to concentrate on becoming familiar with the team, reports the team's official website.

"For me, I'm just going out there grinding," he said. "However the coaches put me out there – whether it's first team or second team. When it comes time for them to make a decision, it's totally up to them. I'm just trying to get that playbook down and take advantage of this opportunity."

McFadden is competing with Joseph Randle to be the first-team running back, and he said he just wants to work hard and not worry about how many repetitions he's receiving with the first team.

"Once you've been in a place so long like Oakland, you can get set in your ways," McFadden said Wednesday, after his second OTA practice with the Cowboys. "Coming out here and being around guys that work so hard, it just brings out the best in you. It's something I look forward to."


Chiefs' Mike Catapano on his health: I feel better than ever
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) After missing the entire 2014 season with a gastrointestinal virus, Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano was able to participate in the team's OTA on Wednesday, reports The Kansas City Star.

"Every time I step on the field now it's with purpose and with extra vigor that I never really had," Catapano said. "It feels great. I feel better than ever."

Catapano played in 15 games during his rookie season in 2013 and he totaled four tackles and one sack. He said he's ready to surpass that in 2015.

"I'm ready to show that I offer a lot to this team. I'm ready to step up in big situations and starting situations," Catapano said. "I just want to keep getting better every day… and play to the best of my abilities."


Broncos' Manning, Sanders keeping up with Thomas during holdout
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is holding out of offseason workouts while he continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, but teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Peyton Manning have been keeping up with the star receiver, the Denver Post reports.

"One thing a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re playing on a one-year deal, there’s a lot of things going through your head," Sanders said. "As much as you guys want to say, ‘Don’t think about it,' of course it’s going to cross your mind because you’re talking about a lot of money at stake. When you’re playing these one-year deals, it’s a lot of stress on you. No matter how much you don’t want it to be, it’s going to happen. We’re all human."

Manning would like to have Thomas in workouts but understands the business aspects of his decision.

"I keep up with Demaryius. He’s my buddy," Manning said. "They got that business side of it to work out, but he’s been a great teammate to me, been a great friend to me since I’ve been here in Denver, so I keep up with him. Obviously want him to get back here as soon as possible, but we want what’s best for him, and he certainly deserves what’s best for him."

Thomas has started 16 games for three straight season, topping 90 receptions, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each.


 
 
 
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