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2011 Draft Prep: Our 14-team mock draft

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Bragging rights are always at stake whenever you get your department together for a Fantasy Football draft. And that's what we've done here.

We took 14 members of our Fantasy staff at CBSSports.com and got together for the first of two drafts in this format. The idea is to draft early in the preseason and then again before the start of the regular season to see what has changed. All the owners will draft in the same position, and we'll find out if anyone changes their mind when their pick comes around a second time. This first draft was started on Aug. 8. You can view the results below.

In a 14-team draft, it is important to get quality starters in the right spot because your bench won't be filled with potential stars like in a 10- or 12-team format. And when you reach for a sleeper, you better make sure he can be a starter for you at least once or twice during the season -- and be productive.

You can comment on my picks and everyone else in the league on our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments on our Fantasy Football Facebook page. Remember, bragging rights are at stake, so tell us who you think has the best team.

Our draft order is as follows:

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1. John Garcia Jr., Fantasy Writer
2. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
7. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
8. Sergio Gonzalez, Fantasy Writer
9. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
10. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
11. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
12. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
13. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
14. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer

In this league, 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 five reserve spots for a 14-round draft.

Draft Results
Adam Moore Al Melchior
Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31 Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31
Peyton Manning 1.10 Darren McFadden LeSean McCoy 1.11 Michael Turner
Steven Jackson 2.05 Matt Forte Calvin Johnson 2.04 Greg Jennings
Miles Austin 3.10 Marques Colston Peyton Hillis 3.11 Peyton Manning
Ryan Grant 4.05 Brandon Lloyd Matt Ryan 4.04 Jahvid Best
Owen Daniels 5.10 Jason Witten Steve Johnson 5.11 Dallas Clark
Pierre Garcon 6.05 Marshawn Lynch Jonathan Stewart 6.04 Kenny Britt
Hines Ward 7.10 Eli Manning Deion Branch 7.11 Sidney Rice
Steve Smith 8.05 Braylon Edwards Marcedes Lewis 8.04 Lance Moore
Ronnie Brown 9.10 Ricky Williams C.J. Spiller 9.11 Danny Woodhead
Davone Bess 10.05 Antonio Brown David Garrard 10.04 Darren Sproles
Stevan Ridley 11.10 Ronnie Brown Roy Helu 11.11 Ryan Fitzpatrick
Donovan McNabb 12.05 Jason Campbell Mike Williams 12.04 James Jones
Dolphins 13.10 Giants Falcons 13.11 Lions
Mason Crosby 14.05 Josh Brown Garrett Hartley 14.04 Matt Bryant
In the first draft I wanted to lock up a top-tier quarterback before filling out my roster. This time around, I focused more on filling out the meat of the roster with quality options before deciding on my quarterback. And I am really glad I did because I was able to lock up all my starting skill positions and still get a No. 1 quarterback in the seventh round. In the later rounds I tried to add depth by taking players that I believe will still play a pretty significant role on offense. Of course, I also threw in a few sleepers. In the redraft for the 14-team league, I pulled the trigger one round earlier to draft a quarterback. I didn't like the running back or receiver options available in Round 3, so I went ahead and took Peyton Manning, whereas I drafted Ryan the first time around. The other big difference in my strategy the second time was that I went for a tight end much earlier. In the first draft, I took Lewis in Round 8, while I got Clark in Round 5 in the second draft. I usually don't like to get a tight end early, but given that the good No. 2 receiver options were already off the board, I decided to go after a Top 5 tight end.
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Bill Passonno Dave Richard
Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31 Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31
Maurice Jones-Drew 1.09 Andre Johnson Arian Foster 1.03 Ray Rice
Greg Jennings 2.06 Larry Fitzgerald Mike Wallace 2.12 Vincent Jackson
Mike Williams 3.09 Ahmad Bradshaw Knowshon Moreno 3.03 Reggie Wayne
Matt Schaub 4.06 Ryan Mathews Santonio Holmes 4.12 Jeremy Maclin
Mike Tolbert 5.09 Matt Ryan Antonio Gates 5.03 Fred Jackson
Beanie Wells 6.06 Vernon Davis Kenny Britt 6.12 Michael Bush
Michael Bush 7.09 Julio Jones Eli Manning 7.03 Jimmy Graham
Brandon Pettigrew 8.06 Pierre Thomas Matthew Stafford 8.12 Jay Cutler
Rashad Jennings 9.09 Kyle Orton Darren Sproles 9.03 Plaxico Burress
Jacoby Ford 10.06 Ben Tate Javon Ringer 10.12 Ryan Torain
Greg Little 11.09 Jacoby Ford Robert Meachem 11.03 Mark Sanchez
Ravens 12.06 Zach Miller Donald Brown 12.12 Patriots
Alex Smith 13.09 Dolphins Bears 13.03 Jamie Harper
Nate Kaeding 14.06 Ryan Longwell David Buehler 14.12 Rob Bironas
Unlike in the first draft, Jones-Drew did not fall to me in Round 1, and I wasn't overly impressed with the leftover options. With that in mind, I opted to draft elite receivers with my first two picks and then select running backs who possessed decent upside since I knew everyone would then be scrambling for receivers. I'm pleased with Bradshaw as my No. 1 running back, but I’m even more comfortable with Mathews as my potential No. 2 option as opposed to Tolbert or Wells from the earlier draft. No one can touch my receivers, my tight end has tons of upside and my running backs are pretty good for a 14-team league. But to get all of that, I had to give up any shot at a quarterback. I made a big mistake passing on Eli Manning or Joe Flacco in Round 7 and paid for it when I had to settle for Cutler in Round 8. Cutler isn't too far off from Manning or Flacco but I'm not naive enough to think he's going to be a great Fantasy passer. I'll have to make a trade in this league if I'm going to win it ... or Cutler's going to have to have an amazing year.
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Ed Gauna Jamey Eisenberg
Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31 Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31
Tom Brady 1.14 Michael Vick Ray Rice 1.05 Jamaal Charles
Darren McFadden 2.01 Roddy White Larry Fitzgerald 2.10 Mike Wallace
DeAngelo Williams 3.14 Knowshon Moreno Vincent Jackson 3.05 Miles Austin
Jeremy Maclin 4.01 Antonio Gates Ben Roethlisberger 4.10 Mark Ingram
Percy Harvin 5.14 Brandon Jacobs Mark Ingram 5.05 Percy Harvin
Marshawn Lynch 6.01 Mike Tolbert Ryan Torain 6.10 Josh Freeman
Kellen Winslow 7.14 Joe Flacco Ryan Williams 7.05 Greg Olsen
Reggie Bush 8.01 LaDainian Tomlinson DeMarco Murray 8.10 Javon Ringer
Kyle Orton 9.14 Robert Meachem Roy Williams 9.05 DeMarco Murray
Mike Sims-Walker 10.01 Steelers Greg Olsen 10.10 Isaac Redman
Derrick Mason 11.14 Roy Williams Nate Burleson 11.05 Jason Snelling
Packers 12.01 Brian Robiskie Cowboys 12.10 David Garrard
Cadillac Williams 13.14 Dustin Keller Matt Hasselbeck 13.05 Cowboys
Matt Bryant 14.01 Stephen Gostkowski Alex Henery 14.10 Adam Vinatieri
After missing out on some quality wide receivers the first time around, I made a concerted effort to get a stud receiver early and took White with my first pick of the second round. Since I drafted a No. 1 quarterback with my first pick (Vick), I concentrated on getting as many quality running backs as I could. Getting the top-ranked tight end (Gates) and DST (Steelers) also helped, and I used my remaining picks on some sleeper wide receivers who have the potential to be steals. I went with the same strategy of taking a running back and two receivers with my first three picks, but clearly Draft 1 (Rice, Fitzgerald and Vincent Jackson) was a better start than Draft 2 (Charles, Wallace and Austin). I'm pleased with my starting lineup in the second draft, but taking Harvin in Round 5 left me without a capable No. 3 running back. If I had the chance to do it over I would have gone with a running back instead of a receiver in that spot.
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Jeff Lippman Jeff Tobin
Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31 Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31
Jamaal Charles 1.04 Chris Johnson Michael Vick 1.06 LeSean McCoy
Reggie Wayne 2.11 Tom Brady Hakeem Nicks 2.09 Hakeem Nicks
DeSean Jackson 3.04 DeSean Jackson Ryan Mathews 3.06 Mike Williams
Wes Welker 4.11 Santonio Holmes Dez Bryant 4.09 Tony Romo
Dallas Clark 5.04 Tim Hightower Joseph Addai 5.06 Joseph Addai
Brandon Jacobs 6.11 Sam Bradford Jimmy Graham 6.09 Jonathan Stewart
Tim Hightower 7.04 Aaron Hernandez Julio Jones 7.06 Kellen Winslow
Jay Cutler 8.11 A.J. Green Danny Woodhead 8.09 Malcom Floyd
Sam Bradford 9.04 Nate Burleson Malcom Floyd 9.06 Deion Branch
Steelers 10.11 Tashard Choice Jason Snelling 10.09 Thomas Jones
Ricky Williams 11.04 Packers Jordy Nelson 11.06 Jordy Nelson
Jacoby Jones 12.11 Mike Williams Cam Newton 12.09 Matt Hasselbeck
Delone Carter 13.04 Toby Gerhart Giants 13.06 Saints
Dan Carpenter 14.11 Alex Henery Adam Vinatieri 14.09 Sebastian Janikowski
Charles was available to me in Draft 2 in a similar spot as Draft 1, but instead I went for Chris Johnson, who I feel is the more sure bet. Because of who was available to me -- namely Brady -- in the second round, I chose to take a quarterback much earlier in the latest draft. I focused more on my quarterbacks and receivers because I am less comfortable with the crop of running backs available this year. My strategy was to grab plenty of receivers and a quarterback trade chip and possibly trade for a proven rusher down the road. The big change for me this time around was choosing McCoy in the first round rather than Vick. With the sixth pick, I felt I needed one of the top-tier running backs, and I still landed a huge-upside quarterback in Romo. I missed out on the higher-end tight ends, but my strategy had me waiting on that, though I ended up picking one slightly earlier than I had originally planned.
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John Garcia Kevin Goodwin
Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31 Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31
Adrian Peterson 1.01 Adrian Peterson Aaron Rodgers 1.07 Aaron Rodgers
Drew Brees 2.14 Peyton Hillis LeGarrette Blount 2.08 DeAngelo Williams
Brandon Marshall 3.01 Brandon Marshall Dwayne Bowe 3.07 Dwayne Bowe
Daniel Thomas 4.14 Ben Roethlisberger Felix Jones 4.08 BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Brandon Lloyd 5.01 Steve Johnson Vernon Davis 5.07 Ryan Grant
Pierre Thomas 6.14 James Starks Chad Ochocinco 6.08 Chad Ochocinco
Mike Thomas 7.01 Owen Daniels Braylon Edwards 7.07 Steve Smith
Lance Moore 8.14 Mike Thomas Willis McGahee 8.08 Hines Ward
Zach Miller 9.01 C.J. Spiller Kevin Kolb 9.07 Matt Cassel
Brandon Jackson 10.14 Greg Little James Jones 10.08 Marcedes Lewis
Maurice Morris 11.01 Donovan McNabb Todd Heap 11.07 Ravens
Chargers 12.14 Jared Cook Patriots 12.08 Roy Helu
Colt McCoy 13.01 Chargers Denarius Moore 13.07 Nate Washington
Billy Cundiff 14.14 Dan Carpenter Josh Brown 14.08 Garrett Hartley
My team changed right at the top after taking Peterson at No. 1 overall again because Brees didn't fall to me in the Round 2 as he did last time. Instead, I took Hillis to ensure a solid running back corps and took the best receiver available in Marshall, who I took with the same pick last time. After that I was able to get Roethlisberger and Steve Johnson as my No. 2 receiver instead of Lloyd -- a better option this season. My bench was similar, so I feel that I improved with Draft 2 considering the running back situation was ideal and the quarterback drop-off was minimal. Picking seventh I wanted to make sure I got a stud quarterback, and both times I got Rodgers, who is the best in the business in my opinion. After that I took the same strategy in both drafts, going for the best running back then best receiver available. I ended up with DeAngelo Williams and Bowe, so pretty close to my first team. I was able to get some of the same players in both drafts and overall think I have a competitive squad.
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Michael Hurcomb Peter Madden
Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31 Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31
Chris Johnson 1.02 Arian Foster Roddy White 1.13 Steven Jackson
Ahmad Bradshaw 2.13 Drew Brees Rashard Mendenhall 2.02 Calvin Johnson
Philip Rivers 3.02 Cedric Benson BenJarvus Green-Ellis 3.13 Felix Jones
Anquan Boldin 4.13 Anquan Boldin Tony Romo 4.02 Wes Welker
Fred Jackson 5.02 Beanie Wells Austin Collie 5.13 Matthew Stafford
Plaxico Burress 6.13 Willis McGahee Mario Manningham 6.02 Reggie Bush
Santana Moss 7.02 Santana Moss Rob Gronkowski 7.13 Lee Evans
Tony Gonzalez 8.13 Davone Bess LaDainian Tomlinson 8.02 Kevin Kolb
Lee Evans 9.02 Tony Gonzalez Jacquizz Rodgers 9.13 Marion Barber
Michael Crabtree 10.13 Colt McCoy Isaac Redman 10.02 Cadillac Williams
Tashard Choice 11.02 Jerome Simpson Johnny Knox 11.13 Rob Gronkowski
Saints 12.13 Bears Montario Hardesty 12.02 Montario Hardesty
Ryan Fitzpatrick 13.02 Lance Kendricks Lions 13.13 Rams
Jay Feely 14.13 Billy Cundiff Stephen Gostkowski 14.02 Mason Crosby
I kept pretty much the same draft strategy. I went with three running backs, one wide receiver and one quarterback in the first five rounds. One thing I did do different was grab a fourth running back in Round 6 because I thought McGahee was too good to pass up. Also, I feel there are more quality Fantasy sleepers at wide receiver, which is why I waited a little longer to go after my second and third receivers, and I feel my strategy paid off. I'm happier with my combination of Jackson and Johnson over White and Mendenhall with my first two picks. What I did the second go around that might pay off is investing in Stafford and Kolb later instead of Romo earlier. I like the potential upside of one of Stafford/Kolb over Romo.
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Scott White Sergio Gonzalez
Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31 Early August Rd.Pk Aug. 31
Andre Johnson 1.12 Rashard Mendenhall Michael Turner 1.08 Maurice Jones-Drew
Frank Gore 2.03 Frank Gore Matt Forte 2.07 LeGarrette Blount
Shonn Greene 3.12 Shonn Greene Cedric Benson 3.08 Philip Rivers
Jahvid Best 4.03 Dez Bryant Marques Colston 4.07 Mario Manningham
Jermichael Finley 5.12 Matt Schaub Jason Witten 5.08 Pierre Garcon
Josh Freeman 6.03 Daniel Thomas Sidney Rice 6.07 Jermichael Finley
A.J. Green 7.12 Danny Amendola Joe Flacco 7.08 Austin Collie
James Starks 8.03 Brandon Pettigrew Danny Amendola 8.07 Michael Crabtree
Matt Cassel 9.12 Mike Sims-Walker Mark Sanchez 9.08 Rashad Jennings
Jerome Simpson 10.03 Johnny Knox Thomas Jones 10.07 Jets
Devin Hester 11.12 Devin Hester Jets 11.08 Donald Driver
Eagles 12.03 Eagles Marion Barber 12.07 Maurice Morris
Danario Alexander 13.12 Chad Henne Justin Forsett 13.08 Kendall Hunter
Neil Rackers 14.03 Neil Rackers Sebastian Janikowski 14.07 Nate Kaeding
In this second version of the draft, Andre Johnson was no longer available to me with the 12th overall pick, which changed the entire complexion of my draft. The drop off to Calvin Johnson and White is enough in my eyes that I decided to go running back with my first three picks. It's a deep league. I didn't want to have to worry about starting a Woodhead-type player down the line. I also made sure to get a relatively safe quarterback because I knew I wouldn't get a high-end backup in a 14-team league. My wide receivers suffered in the process, but if Bryant does what he should and either of my two Rams or two Bears live up to their potential in those pass-heavy offenses, I should get the production I need from the position. After selecting three running backs in the first three rounds in the first draft, I went running back, running back, quarterback in this one, changing my approach only because I was able to land one of the quarterbacks in my top tier (Rivers). In hindsight, however, I was not able to duplicate my running back strength from the first draft. Having no real No. 3 running back in Draft 2 vs. "settling" for Flacco as my quarterback for Draft 1, I was happier the first go-around.
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Cowboys T Laurence Gibson (finger) undergoes surgery
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:09 am ET) Cowboys seventh-round pick Laurence Gibson underwent surgery on a broken finger and will not take part in either OTAs or mini-camp as he tries to make the roster as a tackle, per the Dallas Morning-News

Gibson, who went to Virginia Tech, is expected to be ready for July's training camp. 


Charles Godfrey making strides at safety for Falcons
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:55 am ET) Charles Godfrey didn't make much of an impact during his first season with the Falcons after seven years with the Panthers, but under new coach Dan Quinn, Godfrey has the inside track on earning the free safety position, according to the team's website. 

Godfrey has the size and speed reminiscent to Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, and the Falcons, with former Hawks DC Quinn as coach, will play a similar, aggressive pass defense. 

"(I have the) ability to get to the ball and to make plays when I get to the ball," Godfrey said. "Also, my ability to see the whole field. I have a long ways to go; I'm far from there. But the good thing is we're going to keep watching film and keep pushing."

Godfrey has 11 career interceptions, but none since 2012. 


Redskins RB Alfred Morris ready for power running game
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:44 am ET) Running back Alfred Morris has excelled during his first three seasons in the NFL, and this year, the Redskins' back is eager to get the ball as the team transitions from a zone-blocking scheme to a power style, per ESPN.com. 

The strategy requires less cutting and more downhill running, something Morris, who has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards, is familiar with from his time in college. 

"I feel I'm better at downhill plays anyway," he said. "You know what's coming. It's a knockout, drag-out style of play. I don't shy away from contact. It's right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoy it."


Seahawks DT Jesse Williams to have kidney surgery Thursday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams is scheduled to have kidney surgery on Thursday, the team announced. 

This surgery will take place 10 days after he was diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer. 

"He’s a battler all the way," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He’s been up against it, too. He’s fought some difficult fights, and he’s fighting another one - maybe the fight of a young man’s life.

"We’ll be there with him and hope to pull him through.”


Seahawks' Lemuel Jeanpierre with first team, not Patrick Lewis
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Seahawks worked in a new first-team center on Tuesday and it wasn't the one projected to fill Max Unger's vacant spot.

According to ESPN.com, Lemuel Jeanpierre worked with the first team during Tuesday's OTA practice. Patrick Lewis, who many projected to be the front-runner for the job, worked in as Jeanpierre's backup.

After practice, coach Pete Carroll said Jeanpierre earned the opportunity to begin OTAs as the first-team center.

Jeanpierre has been with the Seahawks since 2011 and Lewis joined the squad a year ago. Jeanpierre has 11 career starts and Lewis has four, all of which happened with Seattle in 2014.  


Falcons RB Devonta Freeman opens OTAs as starter
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Falcons opened OTAs with running back Devonta Freeman getting the nod with the first team, according to ESPN.com

Freeman is entering his second year in the NFL, though there is a lot of buzz surrounding rookie draft choice Tevin Coleman out of Indiana. Though Freeman is the technical starter for now, it should be an open competition between these two and Antone Smith this August. 


Chiefs OLB Justin Houston a no-show to OTAs
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston did not show up to Tuesday's organized team activity practice, according to the Kansas City Star

Houston is reportedly seeking a long-term deal and would prefer not to sign the franchise tender the Chiefs are offering. The Chiefs placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Houston earlier this offseason. 

The Chiefs have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with the star outside linebacker. If they don't, teams could offer Houston deals with the Chiefs having the right to match. And if the Chiefs chose not to match, they would receive two first-round picks from the team signing Houston away. 

Houston totaled 22 sacks a year ago. Teammate Tamba Hali said that Houston has been working out and would like to practice with the Chiefs if it was possible. 

“Every two or three weeks, we talk,” Hali said. “He's working, he's working his tail off. Like any player, he wants to be here. But we know our league is a business, and we've got to allow that process to work itself out. He wants to be here. He's missing it.”


Titans RB Shonn Greene absent from OTAs
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Titans running back Shonn Greene did not attend Tuesday's OTA practice, according to The Tennessean

"Obviously we'd like to have him here," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "But he's a veteran. He knows how to get himself prepared."

Greene told the Titans, Whisenhunt said, that he's unable to attend at the moment because he is the caretaker of a child. Greene ran for 392 yards and two touchdowns during the 2014 season. 


Eagles G Evan Mathis doesn't show up to OTAs
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) For the second consecutive season, Eagles guard Evan Mathis was a no-show to OTAs, according to ESPN.com. 

Mathis has received permission to seek a trade though nothing has materialized. After failing to report to OTAs a year ago, Mathis showed up to the Eagles facility on time. 

Mathis is entering his 11th NFL season and fifth with the Eagles. 


Browns RB Isaiah Crowell opens OTAs as starter
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Isaiah Crowell opened Tuesday's OTA practice as the Browns' starting running back, according to ESPNCleveland.com. 

Crowell, an undrafted free-agent a year ago, and Terrance West split first-team reps. Crowell totaled 607 yards and eight touchdowns while West ran for 673 yards and four. Regardless of who the starter is, the Browns are likely to use a rotation at running back. 


 
 
 
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