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2011 Draft Prep: Our 12-team, two-QB mock draft

Senior Fantasy Writer

You don't see two quarterbacks on the field very often in the NFL, but we're starting to see two quarterbacks start on the same Fantasy Football team.

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Talk about putting the Fantasy in Fantasy Football. League commissioners are finding that starting multiple signal-callers makes the game tougher to play. Some leagues are opening up their flex spots to allow quarterbacks instead of the traditional mix of running backs-wide receivers-tight ends. Instead of everyone kicking back and waiting for one quarterback to fall into their laps, the pressure is on to take three -- two starters and a bye week replacement.

Basic strategy for leagues that allow a quarterback as a flex is to take advantage simply because quarterbacks tend to put up more points than other positions (though league scoring varies -- look into that before drafting). In leagues that start two quarterbacks, the gameplan should be to pick at least one quality passer early, if not two. Beware the owner who decides to pass on good quarterbacks early in hopes of drafting three or four options later on. Remember, in two-QB leagues most everyone angles for quarterbacks in the early rounds.

This two-quarterback 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 (non-PPR). We feature a starting lineup of 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots, making up a 16-round draft.

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Our draft order is as follows:

1. John Garcia, Fantasy Writer
2. Denny Burkholder, NFL Production Editor
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
5. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
6. Jim Lanzone, President, CBS Interactive
7. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
8. Paul Prouty, Manager, Customer Service
9. Mike Freeman, National Columnist
10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Corey Guerrera, Senior Product Manager, Fantasy Sports
12. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer

The draft was held LIVE on at Noon ET on August 18 as part of our weekly expert mock drafts. And following the draft, we delivered a two-hour chat where Fantasy questions were answered.

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Round-by-Round Draft Results
Round 1 Round 2
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Adrian Peterson 1 Kevin Goodwin Matt Ryan
2 Denny Burkholder Aaron Rodgers 2 Corey Guerrera Rashard Mendenhall
3 Dave Richard Michael Vick 3 Jamey Eisenberg LeSean McCoy
4 Jeff Tobin Drew Brees 4 Mike Freeman Maurice Jones-Drew
5 Peter Madden Arian Foster 5 Paul Prouty Andre Johnson
6 Jim Lanzone Chris Johnson 6 Will Brinson Calvin Johnson
7 Will Brinson Philip Rivers 7 Jim Lanzone Tony Romo
8 Paul Prouty Ray Rice 8 Peter Madden Darren McFadden
9 Mike Freeman Tom Brady 9 Jeff Tobin Frank Gore
10 Jamey Eisenberg Jamaal Charles 10 Dave Richard Roddy White
11 Corey Guerrera Peyton Manning 11 Denny Burkholder Steven Jackson
12 Kevin Goodwin Michael Turner 12 John Garcia Greg Jennings
Round 3 Round 4
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Matt Schaub 1 Kevin Goodwin DeAngelo Williams
2 Denny Burkholder Matt Forte 2 Corey Guerrera Brandon Marshall
3 Dave Richard Ahmad Bradshaw 3 Jamey Eisenberg Matthew Stafford
4 Jeff Tobin Larry Fitzgerald 4 Mike Freeman Peyton Hillis
5 Peter Madden Josh Freeman 5 Paul Prouty Eli Manning
6 Jim Lanzone LeGarrette Blount 6 Will Brinson Jahvid Best
7 Will Brinson Vincent Jackson 7 Jim Lanzone Mike Wallace
8 Paul Prouty Hakeem Nicks 8 Peter Madden DeSean Jackson
9 Mike Freeman Miles Austin 9 Jeff Tobin Mike Williams
10 Jamey Eisenberg Ben Roethlisberger 10 Dave Richard Marques Colston
11 Corey Guerrera Reggie Wayne 11 Denny Burkholder Joe Flacco
12 Kevin Goodwin Dwayne Bowe 12 John Garcia Dez Bryant
Round 5 Round 6
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Sam Bradford 1 Kevin Goodwin Ryan Grant
2 Denny Burkholder BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2 Corey Guerrera Ryan Mathews
3 Dave Richard Knowshon Moreno 3 Jamey Eisenberg Santonio Holmes
4 Jeff Tobin Shonn Greene 4 Mike Freeman Fred Jackson
5 Peter Madden Kevin Kolb 5 Paul Prouty Antonio Gates
6 Jim Lanzone Matt Cassel 6 Will Brinson Mark Ingram
7 Will Brinson Felix Jones 7 Jim Lanzone Steve Johnson
8 Paul Prouty Cedric Benson 8 Peter Madden Percy Harvin
9 Mike Freeman Mario Manningham 9 Jeff Tobin Mark Sanchez
10 Jamey Eisenberg Wes Welker 10 Dave Richard Dallas Clark
11 Corey Guerrera Jay Cutler 11 Denny Burkholder Brandon Lloyd
12 Kevin Goodwin Anquan Boldin 12 John Garcia Daniel Thomas
Round 7 Round 8
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Austin Collie 1 Kevin Goodwin Chad Ochocinco
2 Denny Burkholder Pierre Garcon 2 Corey Guerrera Marshawn Lynch
3 Dave Richard Kyle Orton 3 Jamey Eisenberg Santana Moss
4 Jeff Tobin Jason Witten 4 Mike Freeman Joseph Addai
5 Peter Madden Jeremy Maclin 5 Paul Prouty Beanie Wells
6 Jim Lanzone Jermichael Finley 6 Will Brinson Jonathan Stewart
7 Will Brinson Cam Newton 7 Jim Lanzone Kenny Britt
8 Paul Prouty Julio Jones 8 Peter Madden Brandon Jacobs
9 Mike Freeman Matt Hasselbeck 9 Jeff Tobin Lance Moore
10 Jamey Eisenberg Mike Tolbert 10 Dave Richard Tim Hightower
11 Corey Guerrera Steve Smith 11 Denny Burkholder Vernon Davis
12 Kevin Goodwin Alex Smith 12 John Garcia Owen Daniels
Round 9 Round 10
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Pierre Thomas 1 Kevin Goodwin Marcedes Lewis
2 Denny Burkholder Sidney Rice 2 Corey Guerrera Reggie Bush
3 Dave Richard Ryan Williams 3 Jamey Eisenberg DeMarco Murray
4 Jeff Tobin Michael Bush 4 Mike Freeman LaDainian Tomlinson
5 Peter Madden Ryan Fitzpatrick 5 Paul Prouty Donovan McNabb
6 Jim Lanzone David Garrard 6 Will Brinson Deion Branch
7 Will Brinson Jimmy Graham 7 Jim Lanzone Ryan Torain
8 Paul Prouty Mike Thomas 8 Peter Madden Rob Gronkowski
9 Mike Freeman Plaxico Burress 9 Jeff Tobin Danny Woodhead
10 Jamey Eisenberg Danny Amendola 10 Dave Richard Hines Ward
11 Corey Guerrera Mike Sims-Walker 11 Denny Burkholder Jacoby Ford
12 Kevin Goodwin Willis McGahee 12 John Garcia Colt McCoy
Round 11 Round 12
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Malcom Floyd 1 Kevin Goodwin Robert Meachem
2 Denny Burkholder Ricky Williams 2 Corey Guerrera Kellen Winslow
3 Dave Richard Braylon Edwards 3 Jamey Eisenberg Greg Olsen
4 Jeff Tobin Lee Evans 4 Mike Freeman Brandon Jackson
5 Peter Madden Isaac Redman 5 Paul Prouty Donald Brown
6 Jim Lanzone A.J. Green 6 Will Brinson Chad Henne
7 Will Brinson C.J. Spiller 7 Jim Lanzone Darren Sproles
8 Paul Prouty Ronnie Brown 8 Peter Madden Johnny Knox
9 Mike Freeman Rashad Jennings 9 Jeff Tobin Thomas Jones
10 Jamey Eisenberg Jason Campbell 10 Dave Richard Rex Grossman
11 Corey Guerrera Javon Ringer 11 Denny Burkholder Cadillac Williams
12 Kevin Goodwin Jason Snelling 12 John Garcia James Starks
Round 13 Round 14
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Greg Little 1 Kevin Goodwin Tim Tebow
2 Denny Burkholder Tarvaris Jackson 2 Corey Guerrera Packers
3 Dave Richard Maurice Morris 3 Jamey Eisenberg Marion Barber
4 Jeff Tobin Davone Bess 4 Mike Freeman Steelers
5 Peter Madden Jordy Nelson 5 Paul Prouty Eagles
6 Jim Lanzone James Jones 6 Will Brinson Giants
7 Will Brinson Mike Williams 7 Jim Lanzone Andy Dalton
8 Paul Prouty Jerome Simpson 8 Peter Madden Blaine Gabbert
9 Mike Freeman Tony Gonzalez 9 Jeff Tobin Ravens
10 Jamey Eisenberg Roy Williams 10 Dave Richard Jets
11 Corey Guerrera Michael Crabtree 11 Denny Burkholder Bears
12 Kevin Goodwin Patriots 12 John Garcia Brandon Pettigrew
Round 15 Round 16
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 John Garcia Cowboys 1 Kevin Goodwin Garrett Hartley
2 Denny Burkholder Brent Celek 2 Corey Guerrera Stephen Gostkowski
3 Dave Richard Vince Young 3 Jamey Eisenberg Matt Bryant
4 Jeff Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers 4 Mike Freeman Mason Crosby
5 Peter Madden Lions 5 Paul Prouty Neil Rackers
6 Jim Lanzone Saints 6 Will Brinson Josh Brown
7 Will Brinson Tashard Choice 7 Jim Lanzone David Akers
8 Paul Prouty Toby Gerhart 8 Peter Madden Nate Kaeding
9 Mike Freeman Derrick Mason 9 Jeff Tobin Sebastian Janikowski
10 Jamey Eisenberg Chargers 10 Dave Richard David Buehler
11 Corey Guerrera John Beck 11 Denny Burkholder Alex Henery
12 Kevin Goodwin Zach Miller 12 John Garcia Adam Vinatieri
Team-by-Team Draft Results
Corey Guerrera
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.11 Peyton Manning 9.11 Mike Sims-Walker
2.02 Rashard Mendenhall 10.02 Reggie Bush
3.11 Reggie Wayne 11.11 Javon Ringer
4.02 Brandon Marshall 12.02 Kellen Winslow
5.11 Jay Cutler 13.11 Michael Crabtree
6.02 Ryan Mathews 14.02 Packers
7.11 Steve Smith 15.11 John Beck
8.02 Marshawn Lynch 16.02 Stephen Gostkowski
My quarterback draft strategy was: Making sure I had one of the top-tier QBs. I ended up with Peyton Manning, because he was the last of the truly elite QBs left on the board. It was a no-brainer and an easy call to make that pick. Cutler could be boom or bust, but I felt comfortable waiting for my No. 2 QB after locking up the always-steady Manning.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Matt Ryan, 13th overall. He's a solid player, and this is a 2-QB league, but Romo was still on the board.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Ryan Torain, round 10. He could very well be the starting RB this year. That's great value for a 10th round pick.
The grade I give myself is: B+
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: No one. I love my squad.
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Dave Richard
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.03 Michael Vick 9.03 Ryan Williams
2.10 Roddy White 10.10 Hines Ward
3.03 Ahmad Bradshaw 11.03 Braylon Edwards
4.10 Marques Colston 12.10 Rex Grossman
5.03 Knowshon Moreno 13.03 Maurice Morris
6.10 Dallas Clark 14.10 Jets
7.03 Kyle Orton 15.03 Vince Young
8.10 Tim Hightower 16.10 David Buehler
My quarterback draft strategy was: To take a quarterback in Round 1 (third overall) and then wait a while for another. I also had a list of low-end passers I'd be happy with as my third quarterback. Picked up Vince Young as a Vick handcuff for good measure. Four quarterbacks. Mission accomplished.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Dallas Clark in Round 6. Not because Clark's bad or anything -- he's very good -- but I could have landed Daniel Thomas there and then potentially picked Clark (or Jason Witten, or Vernon Davis) in Round 7. I broke my rule about reaching for tight ends.
The biggest reach of this draft was: I know it's a two-quarterback league, and that makes owners do wild things, but Kevin Goodwin's pick of Matt Ryan at 13th overall is too hard to ignore.
The grade I give myself is: C
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
1.02 Aaron Rodgers 9.02 Sidney Rice
2.11 Steven Jackson 10.11 Jacoby Ford
3.02 Matt Forte 11.02 Ricky Williams
4.11 Joe Flacco 12.11 Cadillac Williams
5.02 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 13.02 Tarvaris Jackson
6.11 Brandon Lloyd 14.11 Bears
7.02 Pierre Garcon 15.02 Brent Celek
8.11 Vernon Davis 16.11 Alex Henery
My quarterback draft strategy was: Get the best guy available in Round 1, and then turn my attention to running backs.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Brandon Lloyd. I'd have taken Austin Collie instead. He was gone two picks later and he was in my queue.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Ryan Grant in Round 6 (by Kevin Goodwin).
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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Jamey Eisenberg
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.10 Jamaal Charles 9.10 Danny Amendola
2.03 LeSean McCoy 10.03 DeMarco Murray
3.10 Ben Roethlisberger 11.10 Jason Campbell
4.03 Matthew Stafford 12.03 Greg Olsen
5.10 Wes Welker 13.10 Roy Williams
6.03 Santonio Holmes 14.03 Marion Barber
7.10 Mike Tolbert 15.10 Chargers
8.03 Santana Moss 16.03 Matt Bryant
My quarterback draft strategy was: I wasn't planning on taking back-to-back quarterbacks in Round 3 and 4, but I wanted one there. I was glad to see Ben Roethlisberger fall after the long run on quarterbacks, and he went after Josh Freeman, which is nice for me. Matthew Stafford was just too good to pass up in Round 4, and I feel like I have one of the best quarterback duos in this league.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Jason Campbell in Round 11. Not that I mind Campbell in this format as my No. 3 quarterback, but I should have taken Javon Ringer there. In the event Chris Johnson's holdout becomes a significant problem then Ringer is a steal that late. And he went right after I drafted Campbell, which hurts.
The biggest steal of this draft was: There were two in LeSean McCoy and Andre Johnson in Round 2. Because of the early run on quarterbacks, those two first-round picks made it to the middle of the second round. I was able to get McCoy to pair with Jamaal Charles as my top two running backs. Some people would call that the beginning to a championship team.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jeff Tobin
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Jeff Tobin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.04 Drew Brees 9.04 Michael Bush
2.09 Frank Gore 10.09 Danny Woodhead
3.04 Larry Fitzgerald 11.04 Lee Evans
4.09 Mike Williams 12.09 Thomas Jones
5.04 Shonn Greene 13.04 Davone Bess
6.09 Mark Sanchez 14.09 Ravens
7.04 Jason Witten 15.04 Jacquizz Rodgers
8.09 Lance Moore 16.09 Sebastian Janikowski
My quarterback draft strategy was: Since I drafted in the top four, grabbing one of the elite quarterbacks was a must, so I went with Brees. I didn't want to pick a second QB until later in the draft and I think Sanchez could have a very good third season.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Michael Bush, ninth round. This is less about Bush and mostly about a third QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick was still available and I could have pulled the trigger, but didn't. Probably should have.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Davone Bess, 13th round. What? I know, but Bess could have a huge season. Not that he should be taken in the early rounds, but to make it to the 13th round? I think he fell too far for someone who has 1,000 yards worth of potential.
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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Jim Lanzone
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.06 Chris Johnson 9.06 David Garrard
2.07 Tony Romo 10.07 Ryan Torain
3.06 LeGarrette Blount 11.06 A.J. Green
4.07 Mike Wallace 12.07 Darren Sproles
5.06 Matt Cassel 13.06 James Jones
6.07 Steve Johnson 14.07 Andy Dalton
7.06 Jermichael Finley 15.06 Saints
8.07 Kenny Britt 16.07 David Akers
My quarterback draft strategy was: Get one stud, get one who's underrated. And get two in first four rounds.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Josh Freeman in Round 3. He's being treated like a stud. Without that five-touchdown game last year he throws for 20 or 22 touchdowns. That's Cutlerville.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Easily my nabbing of Chris Johnson at No. 6 overall in Round 1. Amateur hour, and the amateur won.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: No one. That's for cowards. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.
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John Garcia
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.01 Adrian Peterson 9.01 Pierre Thomas
2.12 Greg Jennings 10.12 Colt McCoy
3.01 Matt Schaub 11.01 Malcom Floyd
4.12 Dez Bryant 12.12 James Starks
5.01 Sam Bradford 13.01 Greg Little
6.12 Daniel Thomas 14.12 Brandon Pettigrew
7.01 Austin Collie 15.01 Cowboys
8.12 Owen Daniels 16.12 Adam Vinatieri
My quarterback draft strategy was: Patience. Especially with the first pick, there was minimal temptation to pick Vick or Rodgers in a two-QB league, but with the depth of the QB class this season it was much more beneficial to wait, and I got Peterson and Jennings with my first two picks.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Rivers at No. 7 overall. I understand the depth of a two-QB league, but the panic displayed in the first round with six QBs selecetd ahead of top-notch Fanatsy studs like LeSean McCoy, Michael Turner, Maurice Jones-Drew and Andre Johnson seems a little excessive with so many solid QBs available.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Kyle Orton in the seventh round. With everyone scrambling for QBs early, there was a failed realization heading into the draft that this is the year for QB depth. There are nearly 15 solid No. 1 options and a handfull more with the potential if they stay healthy (Stafford), and the Orton pick showed solid patience while Dave was able to snag both starting WRs and RBs beforehand.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Jim Lanzone
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Kevin Goodwin
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.12 Michael Turner 9.12 Willis McGahee
2.01 Matt Ryan 10.01 Marcedes Lewis
3.12 Dwayne Bowe 11.12 Jason Snelling
4.01 DeAngelo Williams 12.01 Robert Meachem
5.12 Anquan Boldin 13.12 Patriots
6.01 Ryan Grant 14.01 Tim Tebow
7.12 Alex Smith 15.12 Zach Miller
8.01 Chad Ochocinco 16.01 Garrett Hartley
My quarterback draft strategy was: Picking last in the draft I had to take the best QB option available to me. With many other owners taking QBs before me, I was able to snatch up Matt Ryan and Michael Turner with back-to-back picks. I was going to take another QB when the draft came back to me but opted to wait and get Alex Smith in Round 7 and Tim Tebow in Round 14 to balance out my group.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: I was unsure about having my top two picks coming from the same team, so I might have switched out Turner with LeSean McCoy or Calvin Johnson.
The biggest steal of this draft was: I'm just saying this because he was the last position player taken, but I think Zach Miller could have a big year in Seattle as T-Jack's safety valve. I might not need a second TE, but he could prove to be a big plus for me.
The grade I give myself is: C
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Denny Burkholder
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Mike Freeman
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.09 Tom Brady 9.09 Plaxico Burress
2.04 Maurice Jones-Drew 10.04 LaDainian Tomlinson
3.09 Miles Austin 11.09 Rashad Jennings
4.04 Peyton Hillis 12.04 Brandon Jackson
5.09 Mario Manningham 13.09 Tony Gonzalez
6.04 Fred Jackson 14.04 Steelers
7.09 Matt Hasselbeck 15.09 Derrick Mason
8.04 Joseph Addai 16.04 Mason Crosby
My quarterback draft strategy was: Draft a great one with first pick then hope for the best with second.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Plaxico Burress. He scares me.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Hillis in 4th round. Injury risk but still a great spot to snag him.
The grade I give myself is: B
If I could trade rosters with one guy in the league it would be: Will Brinson
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Paul Prouty
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.08 Ray Rice 9.08 Mike Thomas
2.05 Andre Johnson 10.05 Donovan McNabb
3.08 Hakeem Nicks 11.08 Ronnie Brown
4.05 Eli Manning 12.05 Donald Brown
5.08 Cedric Benson 13.08 Jerome Simpson
6.05 Antonio Gates 14.05 Eagles
7.08 Julio Jones 15.08 Toby Gerhart
8.05 Beanie Wells 16.05 Neil Rackers
My quarterback draft strategy was: To not reach, take the best position players available and see which two QBs fall to me. If Eli can revert to form of the previous two seasons' interception rate, I think he has a chance to move up to the upper echelon of QBs. Additionally, I think McNabb is being overlooked and could be in line for a bounce-back year.
The biggest reach of this draft was: Matt Ryan (first pick of Round 2). I understand that QBs were going off the board. However, I couldn't take a QB that high who had not yet proven to be a top-tier QB; to pass on multiple top tier WRs and RBs seemed like a big reach.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Vernon Davis (11th pick of Round 8). Acquiring a top-tier TE, at a point in the draft when third tier TEs were going off the board, is just a great pick.
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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Peter Madden
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.05 Arian Foster 9.05 Ryan Fitzpatrick
2.08 Darren McFadden 10.08 Rob Gronkowski
3.05 Josh Freeman 11.05 Isaac Redman
4.08 DeSean Jackson 12.08 Johnny Knox
5.05 Kevin Kolb 13.05 Jordy Nelson
6.08 Percy Harvin 14.08 Blaine Gabbert
7.05 Jeremy Maclin 15.05 Lions
8.08 Brandon Jacobs 16.08 Nate Kaeding
My quarterback draft strategy was: To not invest in an elite option. Rather, I decided to go with two guys with upside. Kolb could be the steal of the draft.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Darren McFadden. The guy's already banged up. He plays for the Raiders. Enough said. The biggest reach of this draft was: Matt Ryan with the 13th overall pick. He's good but he shouldn't have gone before Tony Romo or Matt Schaub.
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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Will Brinson
Round.Pick Player Round.Pick Player
1.07 Philip Rivers 9.07 Jimmy Graham
2.06 Calvin Johnson 10.06 Deion Branch
3.07 Vincent Jackson 11.07 C.J. Spiller
4.06 Jahvid Best 12.06 Chad Henne
5.07 Felix Jones 13.07 Mike Williams
6.06 Mark Ingram 14.06 Giants
7.07 Cam Newton 15.07 Tashard Choice
8.06 Jonathan Stewart 16.06 Josh Brown
My quarterback draft strategy was: Get Cam Newton at all costs. Actually, I wanted Ben/Bradford/Stafford/Kolb to pair with Rivers but with them off the board, Newton was the best option. He's more likely to be a starter than David Garrard or Alex Smith, and I don't like Orton in Fox's offense. Anyone who loves Rodgers and Vick should understand the value/upside of a QB who can run. Plus, people reaching for quarterbacks affords a set of stud WR or RBs.
If I could have one of my picks back, it would be: Newton, but only because I could get him a couple rounds later. And then I wouldn't be subject to all my coworkers naming it the "reach of the draft." I'm fine with Newton as my No. 2 QB, especially with Henne as a backup, and I'll bet Cam outscores any QB taken after him in our draft, but I don't like pricing myself out of value like that.
The biggest steal of this draft was: Eisenberg getting Roethlisberger in the third round. He went RB-RB and then landed Ben, who would've been a Top-6 QB last year if you extrapolate his per-game Fantasy average across a full season. In fact, 'Berger and Stafford were the reasons I took V-Jax in the third and then Jamey hosed me by grabbing both.
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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Report: Cowboys to let DeMarco Murray test free agency
by Shawn Krest |
(6:06 pm ET) The Cowboys will let RB DeMarco Murray test the free-agent market, according to a report from Fox Sports Southwest

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said that negotiations with Murray's agents have been "slow". 

Jones said that Murray "is probably going to get some peace and see what's out in the market, and then we'll talk and see. I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas."

Murray rushed for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. 

Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant
by Shawn Krest |
(5:15 pm ET) The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant on Monday, according to a report by Fox Sports Southwest

The team has been trying to negotiate a long-term contract with Bryant, a free-agent to be. If a deal can't be made by Monday's franchise tag deadline, the Cowboys will use the tag to keep Bryant a Cowboy. 

"I still think that (it) would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told Fox. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal. ... We just don't want to lose his rights."

Bryant had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. 

QB Josh McCown's contract with Browns worth $14 million
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(4:46 pm ET) Quarterback Josh McCown's deal with the Browns will pay $14 million over three years, a league source told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

With incentives related to playing time and playoff berths, McCown could earn $20 million over the course of the deal.

McCown will earn $6.25 million in fully guaranteed money, with $5.25 million of it coming in the first year of the deal.

Report: Panthers won't re-sign Greg Hardy
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(3:18 pm ET) Panthers DE Greg Hardy is scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He missed most of last season while appealing his conviction for domestic violence. 

Even though the charges were dropped on appeal, the Panthers have no intention of bringing Hardy back, multiple league sources told's Bill Voth

Texans' Brian Cushing has had three offseason surgeries
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(3:15 pm ET) Texans LB Brian Cushing has had three surgeries since the end of the season. 

In a public appearance on Saturday, Cushing told the Houston Chronicle's John McClain that he's had surgery on his broken right wrist as well as arthroscopic procedures on his left knee and left ankle. 

"It’s not uncommon for stuff like that to happen," he said of the two arthroscopic surgeries. "It’s just little things here and there, the residual effects of two major surgeries and injuries, the wear and tear of playing throughout the season. There were still some things bothering me a little bit. Just went in there and had real good success in both areas."

Cushing has a cast on his wrist. “It’s coming along real well,” he said. “I’m going to start working out a little bit. From a pain standpoint, there’s really nothing going on there. I’m real happy about that. I’m real happy to get the cast off and start doing some physical therapy on it, and I don’t have to worry about it anymore."

Report: 49ers to release wide receiver Steve Johnson
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(11:34 am ET) The 49ers are expected to release wide receiver Steve Johnson, according to Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington D.C.

The move will reportedly save the team $5.5 million in cap space. Johnson had 35 catches for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season.

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley: 'I have something to prove'
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(2/27/2015) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is expected to become a free agent in the coming weeks and he is ready for the experience.

"I'm excited about it," Ridley told Sirius XM Radio Friday. "As a player coming into the league, you get there and your first contract you kind of have to establish yourself and see what you can do. Everybody is a good player if you get to make it to the NFL, but there is something to be said if you get to that second contract."

Ridley has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns in his first four seasons in the league with the Patriots.

"Where I'll be playing, and who I'll be playing for, is still unknown, but I know I've come in and done my job up to this point and now I have to put it in my agent's hands to get me on another team, or stay where I'm at, and make sure I’m in pads playing ball somewhere next year. I know if you think about it too much it will worry you sick."

Ridley has played in 20 of a possible 32 games the last two seasons, starting in just 11 of them.

"I take it personal to any team or anybody that says I can't be a very productive player on whatever team I land on," he said. "I've been playing ball my whole life, I'm going to come in and be a leader, and I'm going to be a guy that comes in and busts his butt in the weight room and busts his butt on the field. I'm a good teammate, I have fun with my guys, but when the lights come on Sundays, it's all business and I plan on going out there and making plays."

Patriots' Aaron Dobson doing well in rehab of hamstring injury
by Brandon Wise |
(2/27/2015) Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson is still recovering from a hamstring injury that ended his season in 2014. Trainer Brett Fischer said Friday he thinks Dobson is going to turn heads when he heads back to Foxboro for training camp, according to the Boston Herald.

"He was talking about, 'When I go up there (to Foxboro) and they see me again, I want to make sure they know I'm in the best shape of my life.' He is really determined," Fischer said. "That is the underlying theme every day: 'Hey, I've got to be ready when April comes, be ready as far as the best shape of my life.' It's frustrating with two years of freaky-type stuff."

Dobson finished a disappointing 2014 season with three catches for 38 yards.

"He is doing great," Fischer said. "I'm really excited for him. He has put the time and effort into it, comes in early, gets all his work in and he is hungry. There are a few specific things we found, minor little things we're working on, that make his program a little bit unique to everybody else's. Nothing major."

Report: Should be a 'very active market' for Broncos' Julius Thomas
by Jason Butt |
(2/27/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas turned down a five-year, $40 million contract for a reason. That's because it's believed he will have a "very active market" when the new league year begins on March 10, according to's Ian Rapoport. 

Two teams that are expected to target Thomas in free agency are the Raiders and Jaguars, both of which need to upgrade considerably at their skill positions to help out their young quarterbacks. The expectation is for Broncos general manager John Elway to let Thomas test the waters in free agency to see what he's offered. 

The Falcons have also reportedly been interested, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter. 

Injuries slowed what was an otherwise fast start to his 2014 season. Thomas' season ended with 489 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Report: Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be on the way out of Cleveland
by Brandon Wise |
(2/27/2015) With the signing of Josh McCown Friday, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer could be looking elsewhere for employment. Coach Mike Pettine called Hoyer to inform him the team was signing McCown and Hoyer appears ready to move on, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Hoyer played in 14 games for the Browns in 2014, throwing for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He lost his starting position to Johnny Manziel in Week 15, but was forced back into action after Manziel suffered a season-ending injury.