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Offseason Extra: 12-team, PPR mock draft

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The NFL season is officially over now that the Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. But since we're always looking ahead, we wanted to give you a mock draft to mull over heading into the offseason.

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We've already done a standard 12-team mock draft, so this time around we're looking at a 12-team, point-per-reception format. The idea is to focus on players who catch the ball since many Fantasy owners now prefer to play in PPR leagues because of the challenge and increased scoring.

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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. Running backs, wide receivers and tight ends also earn one point for every reception. 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. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

Our draft order is as follows:

Pick
Owner
Pick
Owner
1 Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer 7 Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
2 J. Darin Darst, College Football Editor 8 Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
3 Al Melchior, Data Analyst 9 Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
4 Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger 10 Alex Riethmiller, VP, Communications
5 Jim Lanzone, President, CBS Interactive 11 Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6 Adam Aizer, Podcast Host 12 Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

Editor's Note: Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his post-draft thoughts on each round and every roster.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Goodwin Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Darst Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Melchior LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Brinson Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
5 Lanzone Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
6 Aizer Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
7 Madden Matt Forte, RB, CHI
8 Passonno Roddy White, WR, ATL
9 Tobin Drew Brees, QB, NO
10 Riethmiller Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
11 Richard Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
12 Eisenberg Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
The first round of a PPR draft is always interesting to see when the first receiver and quarterback will be drafted. Johnson at No. 5 is a solid choice after the Top 4 running backs, and Rodgers at No. 6 is safe, especially with passing touchdowns still six points. The riskiest selection might be Andre Johnson at No. 12 instead of a running back like Chris Johnson or Jamaal Charles.
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
2 Richard Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3 Riethmiller Wes Welker, WR, NE
4 Tobin Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5 Passonno Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
6 Madden Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
7 Aizer Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
8 Lanzone Cam Newton, QB, CAR
9 Brinson Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
10 Melchior Greg Jennings, WR, GB
11 Darst Tom Brady, QB, NE
12 Goodwin Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
The tight end run was expected here, but this might be a little early. But if you want to lock up Gronkowski and Graham, especially in this format, you have to take them in Round 2. Seeing Newton taken ahead of Brady is a little surprising, and this is too early for Peterson coming off his knee injury in Week 16.
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
1 Goodwin Frank Gore, RB, SF
2 Darst Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
3 Melchior Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
4 Brinson Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
5 Lanzone DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
6 Aizer Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
7 Madden Michael Vick, QB, PHI
8 Passonno Brandon Marshall, WR, MIA
9 Tobin A.J. Green, WR, CIN
10 Riethmiller Steven Jackson, RB, STL
11 Richard Darren Sproles, RB, NO
12 Eisenberg Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
Johnson should be a steal here, especially going after Gore. Murray could also prove to be tremendous value and Sproles was an excellent selection since he should remain productive in 2012. This is the round where you will likely see owners draft Nelson and Cruz with the hope they replicate their performances from this year in 2012.
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Michael Turner, RB, ATL
2 Richard Miles Austin, WR, DAL
3 Riethmiller Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
4 Tobin Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
5 Passonno Marques Colston, WR, NO
6 Madden Julio Jones, WR, ATL
7 Aizer Roy Helu, RB, WAS
8 Lanzone Antonio Gates, TE, SD
9 Brinson Steve Smith, WR, CAR
10 Melchior Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
11 Darst Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
12 Goodwin Vincent Jackson, WR, SD
The running back drop-off started here with Turner, who is on the decline and not a good selection in PPR leagues. Jackson and Bush could also struggle and Helu has plenty of question marks even if he presents the most upside. Gates is selected ahead of Aaron Hernandez, which could be risky, and the run on No. 2 receivers started here.
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
1 Goodwin Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
2 Darst Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
3 Melchior Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
4 Brinson Vernon Davis, TE, SF
5 Lanzone Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
6 Aizer C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
7 Madden DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
8 Passonno Jason Witten, TE, DAL
9 Tobin Michael Bush, RB, OAK
10 Riethmiller Philip Rivers, QB, SD
11 Richard Eli Manning, QB, NYG
12 Eisenberg Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
Spiller was drafted too early here since he will split time with Jackson next season, and Bush could be a steal in this round if he leaves the Raiders as a free agent. The run on quarterbacks started with Rivers, Manning and then Romo in Round 6, and this will be when owners lock up their starter with the second-tier of passers.
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Tony Romo, QB, DAL
2 Richard Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
3 Riethmiller LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
4 Tobin Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
5 Passonno DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
6 Madden Mario Manningham, WR, NYG
7 Aizer Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
8 Lanzone Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
9 Brinson Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
10 Melchior Brandon Lloyd, WR, STL
11 Darst Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
12 Goodwin Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
Three receivers drafted here -- Manningham, Wayne and Lloyd -- are free agents this offseason, and where they land will determine their value. If all three stay with their current teams then Lloyd has the most upside unless Peyton Manning returns at 100 percent, which would help Wayne. We would not like Wayne much if Andrew Luck is his starting quarterback.
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
1 Goodwin Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
2 Darst Fred Davis, TE, WAS
3 Melchior Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
4 Brinson Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
5 Lanzone Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
6 Aizer Brent Celek, TE, PHI
7 Madden Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
8 Passonno Jahvid Best, RB, DET
9 Tobin Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
10 Riethmiller Dallas Clark, TE, IND
11 Richard Laurent Robinson, WR, DAL
12 Eisenberg Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
Britt could prove to be the best player selected in this round if he returns at 100 percent following his torn ACL early this season. Mendenhall is a good value pick here, but he also has to prove his health following a torn ACL in Week 17. Two of my favorite sleepers were drafted in this round in Smith and Leshoure, who should be Detroit's starting running back in 2012.
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
2 Richard Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
3 Riethmiller Mike Williams, WR, TB
4 Tobin Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE
5 Passonno Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
6 Madden Mike Tolbert, RB, SD
7 Aizer Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
8 Lanzone Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
9 Brinson Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
10 Melchior Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
11 Darst Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
12 Goodwin Ben Tate, RB, HOU
More sleepers went off the board in this round with Redman, Gerhart and Moore. Redman and Gerhart should open the season as starters in Pittsburgh and Minnesota, respectively, with Mendenhall and Peterson coming off injuries. And Moore should be the No. 1 option in Oakland's passing game. Stewart could also be a steal here, and Rice should rebound in 2012.
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
1 Goodwin Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
2 Darst Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
3 Melchior Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
4 Brinson Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
5 Lanzone Tim Tebow, QB, DEN
6 Aizer Santana Moss, WR, WAS
7 Madden Mark Ingram, RB, NO
8 Passonno Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
9 Tobin Titus Young, WR, DET
10 Riethmiller Peyton Manning, QB, IND
11 Richard Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
12 Eisenberg Lance Moore, WR, NO
Boldin is going to fall in drafts in 2012 and he should be drafted behind Smith. But he's still a steal in this round, and his value is higher in PPR formats. Young is another sleeper, and he should emerge as the starter opposite Calvin Johnson. The steal of this round could be Peyton Manning if he returns at 100 percent.
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
2 Richard BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE
3 Riethmiller James Starks, RB, GB
4 Tobin Jabar Gaffney, WR, WAS
5 Passonno Greg Little, WR, CLE
6 Madden Felix Jones, RB, DAL
7 Aizer Evan Royster, RB, WAS
8 Lanzone DST 49ers
9 Brinson Sam Bradford, QB, STL
10 Melchior Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
11 Darst Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE
12 Goodwin Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
Ridley was drafted ahead of Green-Ellis, which is the right move to make even if Green-Ellis returns to New England as a free agent. Green-Ellis is a step above a goal-line back, and Ridley has much more upside. Hardesty was an excellent pick in this round since he could open as Cleveland's starter with Peyton Hillis a free agent.
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
1 Goodwin Pierre Garcon, WR, IND
2 Darst Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
3 Melchior Danny Amendola, WR, STL
4 Brinson Nate Washington, WR, TEN
5 Lanzone Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
6 Aizer Nate Burleson, WR, DET
7 Madden Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
8 Passonno Preston Parker, WR, TB
9 Tobin Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
10 Riethmiller DST Steelers
11 Richard Donald Brown, RB, IND
12 Eisenberg Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
There were great value picks in this round with Amendola, who should be a standout PPR option if he returns at 100 percent following an elbow injury, and Brown, who could open the season as the starter for the Colts. Gresham is also a potential Top 12 tight end, and Washington was the best receiver for the Titans this season with Britt out.
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Vincent Brown, WR, SD
2 Richard Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
3 Riethmiller Mike Thomas, WR, JAC
4 Tobin Ryan Grant, RB, GB
5 Passonno Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
6 Madden Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
7 Aizer Leonard Hankerson, WR, WAS
8 Lanzone David Akers, K, SF
9 Brinson Davone Bess, WR, MIA
10 Melchior DST Ravens
11 Darst DST Jets
12 Goodwin DST Giants
Brown and Jon Baldwin are two receivers to put on your radar. Brown could emerge as a go-to target for Rivers with Vincent Jackson possibly gone as a free agent, and Baldwin should start for the Chiefs. If Dwayne Bowe leaves as a free agent then Baldwin's value will rise dramatically. Mike Thomas should not be drafted in any leagues.
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
1 Goodwin Alex Smith, QB, SF
2 Darst Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
3 Melchior Joseph Addai, RB, IND
4 Brinson DST Lions
5 Lanzone David Nelson, WR, BUF
6 Aizer DST Texans
7 Madden DST Packers
8 Passonno DST Eagles
9 Tobin DST Seahawks
10 Riethmiller Matt Cassel, QB, KC
11 Richard Garrett Hartley, K, NO
12 Eisenberg Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Rodgers is a sneaky pick in a PPR league because Turner could be headed for a down year, and he already is a terrible receiver. If Turner doesn't score double digits in touchdowns then he will kill owners in this format, and Rodgers could see an increase in playing time. Addai's Fantasy value is on the decline, but he is still worth drafting this late in all leagues.
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg DST Bears
2 Richard DST Patriots
3 Riethmiller Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
4 Tobin Mason Crosby, K, GB
5 Passonno Rob Bironas, K, TEN
6 Madden Dan Bailey, K, DAL
7 Aizer Matt Bryant, K, ATL
8 Lanzone Eric Decker, WR, DEN
9 Brinson Neil Rackers, K, HOU
10 Melchior Nate Kaeding, K, SD
11 Darst Alex Henery, K, PHI
12 Goodwin Jason Hanson, K, DET
This is the round in all leagues when kickers should be drafted. Decker was taken in this round, and he is another receiver worth taking a flier on late in drafts because he should remain a starter for the Broncos. Even though he struggled to close the season and Demaryius Thomas blew up, Decker will still have his moments as a potential starter for Fantasy owners.
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.7 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
3.6 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.7 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
5.6 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
6.7 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
7.6 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
8.7 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
9.6 Santana Moss, WR, WAS
10.7 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
11.6 Nate Burleson, WR, DET
12.7 Leonard Hankerson, WR, WAS
13.6 DST Texans
14.7 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
This team will be watching the Redskins closely with Helu, Royster, Hankerson and Moss. Running back will be a concern for this team, especially if Helu doesn't pan out, but Redman could prove to be his best selection in Round 8. If Wayne lands with a stud quarterback then this team has the best receiving corps in the league, which is nice to have in a PPR format.
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
2.9 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
3.4 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
4.9 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
5.4 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
6.9 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
7.4 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
8.9 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
9.4 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
10.9 Sam Bradford, QB, STL
11.4 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
12.9 Davone Bess, WR, MIA
13.4 DST Lions
14.9 Neil Rackers, K, HOU
This owner did a nice job at running back with Jones-Drew, Johnson and the Vikings tandem. Even if Peterson is slow in his recovery he still has Gerhart as a potential flex option. Britt could be the difference maker for this team, which has stars at every position. Waiting on a quarterback paid off since he got Roethlisberger in Round 6.
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.11 Tom Brady, QB, NE
3.2 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.11 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
5.2 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
6.11 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
7.2 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
8.11 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
9.2 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
10.11 Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE
11.2 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
12.11 DST Jets
13.2 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
14.11 Alex Henery, K, PHI
This team has some risky players with plenty of upside in Davis, Hardesty and Thomas. If any of them pan out to be stars then this owner will have a slew of options at the flex position. He also could trade Palmer if he turns out to be a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback since he won't need him with Brady as his starter.
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
2.1 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.12 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
4.1 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
5.12 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
6.1 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
7.12 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
8.1 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
9.12 Lance Moore, WR, NO
10.1 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
11.12 Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
12.1 Vincent Brown, WR, SD
13.12 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
14.1 DST Bears
I wanted to see what my team would look like taking Gronkowski early in Round 2, and I'm not thrilled. My running back corps is good but not great, especially in a PPR format, and I have to hope Rice pans out as a rebound candidate. I love my reserves in Leshoure, Ridley, Baldwin and Brown because they have plenty of potential, but if they all falter my team will struggle.
Kevin Goodwin
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.12 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
3.1 Frank Gore, RB, SF
4.12 Vincent Jackson, WR, SD
5.1 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
6.12 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
7.1 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
8.12 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
9.1 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
10.12 Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
11.1 Pierre Garcon, WR, IND
12.12 DST Giants
13.1 Alex Smith, QB, SF
14.12 Jason Hanson, K, DET
This team has a great starting lineup with Ryan, Foster and Gore, Jackson and Wallace and Bowe as a flex. If Gonzalez struggles at tight end -- which could happen at this point in his career -- he also has Pettigrew as a replacement or even as a flex option. Garcon also has plenty of upside depending on where he plays, and this team should be competitive in 2012.
Jim Lanzone
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.8 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
3.5 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
4.8 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
5.5 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
6.8 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
7.5 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
8.8 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
9.5 Tim Tebow, QB, DEN
10.8 DST 49ers
11.5 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
12.8 David Akers, K, SF
13.5 David Nelson, WR, BUF
14.8 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
Running back is the biggest hole with Murray, McGahee and Mendenhall the only ones on the roster. And with Mendenhall's status uncertain, this owner could be forced to trade a stud like Newton, Johnson, Maclin or Gates for running back help. Maclin would make the most sense since he has Crabtree on the bench and receivers with upside in Baldwin and Decker.
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
2.6 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
3.7 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
4.6 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
5.7 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
6.6 Mario Manningham, WR, NYG
7.7 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
8.6 Mike Tolbert, RB, SD
9.7 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
10.6 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
11.7 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
12.6 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
13.7 DST Packers
14.6 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
If Forte and McFadden return to health as expected then this running back duo will be hard to compete with, but we know McFadden has trouble staying on the field. Similarly, if Jackson plays like the stud receiver he's capable of, this receiving corps should be legit, but we have to find out where Jackson is playing. The same goes for Manningham, who is also a free agent.
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
3.3 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
4.10 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
5.3 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.10 Brandon Lloyd, WR, STL
7.3 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
8.10 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
9.3 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
10.10 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
11.3 Danny Amendola, WR, STL
12.10 DST Ravens
13.3 Joseph Addai, RB, IND
14.10 Nate Kaeding, K, SD
This team has the potential to be great depending on where Lloyd and Johnson end up as free agents, but this owner has quality reserves in Boldin and Amendola in case they falter. Bush also has to produce like he did this season, which will be tough, but it's nice to have studs like Stafford, McCoy and Hernandez to fall back on to help carry your team.
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Roddy White, WR, ATL
2.5 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
3.8 Brandon Marshall, WR, MIA
4.5 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.8 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
6.5 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
7.8 Jahvid Best, RB, DET
8.5 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
9.8 Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
10.5 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.8 Preston Parker, WR, TB
12.5 Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
13.8 DST Eagles
14.5 Rob Bironas, K, TEN
This is another squad with a tremendous receiving corps in White, Marshall, Colston and Witten, which should carry his team. If Schaub and Charles return at 100 percent and play at a high level then this could be the best team in the league. But there are plenty of question marks with Charles and Williams is more of a flex option then a starting running back. Benson could be a difference maker, but it will depend where he plays in 2012.
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.2 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3.11 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
4.2 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
5.11 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
6.2 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
7.11 Laurent Robinson, WR, DAL
8.2 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
9.11 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
10.2 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE
11.11 Donald Brown, RB, IND
12.2 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
13.11 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
14.2 DST Patriots
This is another owner who took a tight end early in Round 2, and Graham could be a better PPR option than Gronkowski if the touchdowns are similar. Lynch, Sproles and Stewart are a stellar running back trio, and Williams has a lot of upside for the Cardinals. Robinson's Fantasy value will be determined where he plays since he is a long-shot to return to the Cowboys.
Alex Riethmiller
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
2.3 Wes Welker, WR, NE
3.10 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
4.3 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
5.10 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
6.3 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
7.10 Dallas Clark, TE, IND
8.3 Mike Williams, WR, TB
9.10 Peyton Manning, QB, IND
10.3 James Starks, RB, GB
11.10 DST Steelers
12.3 Mike Thomas, WR, JAC
13.10 Matt Cassel, QB, KC
14.3 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
If Manning returns at 100 percent then this owner will be looking to make a trade, and he might need some help after looking at his reserves. Williams could prove to be a great value pick in Round 8, but after that his bench is thin. Cassel was a wasted pick after taking Rivers and Manning, but he has great starters in Mathews, Jackson, Welker and Harvin.
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Drew Brees, QB, NO
2.4 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
3.9 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
4.4 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
5.9 Michael Bush, RB, OAK
6.4 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
7.9 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
8.4 Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE
9.9 Titus Young, WR, DET
10.4 Jabar Gaffney, WR, WAS
11.9 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
12.4 Ryan Grant, RB, GB
13.9 DST Seahawks
14.4 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Sophomore slumps would ruin this team if Green, Smith and Young all struggle, but the state of this team hinges on Bush getting a starting job, Jackson holding off Spiller and Hillis finding significant playing time. If those three things happen then this team could be a juggernaut, but we won't know for sure until the offseason is over and those questions are answered.

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49ers' Justin Smith to announce retirement decision in May
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) 49ers defensive end Justin Smith plans to sit down with team officials in May and decide whether he'll return for one more season, the Sacramento Bee reports.

"You'll know in about three weeks or so," Smith said Monday.

Smith wouldn't say which way he was leaning. He indicated that the the team's decision to draft a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft did not signal his impending retirement.

"We gave Justin liberty to make his own decision on his time frame," Baalke said after selecting Arik Armstead Thursday. "We went into the draft not thinking about what decision Justin’s going to make or not going to make. We just went in to find the best football player, the best system fit that we could."


Texans agree to four-year extension with LB Whitney Mercilus
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The Texans have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker Whitney Mercilus, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus will receive $26 million under the terms of the deal, which will keep in Houston until 2019, ESPN reports. He has missed just one game in his first three years with the Texans, racking up 122 total tackles and 18 sacks while forcing four fumbles.


Titans tailoring offense to Marcus Mariota's strengths
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Titans general manager Ruston Webster reiterated Monday that coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff have begun tailoring the offense to fit the strengths of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, NFL.com reports.

"Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set -- he has a special skill set. There's really not much he can't do from physical standpoint and he's very bright. That combination is going to allow him to do his own adapting to the NFL game but our coaches have worked very hard on coming up with a system within our system for Marcus. I think it will work well."

The Titans believe that Mariota will work fine under center and reading defenses despite not being asked to do so while playing at Oregon.


Cardinals' Carson Palmer (knee) participates in drills Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (knee) worked out Monday, participating with the first-team offense in all drills, NFL.com reports.

Though the action wasn't close to replicating game-like conditions, the quarterback said he received a big mental boost by joining his team after missing the last eight games of the season due to a torn ACL.

"You want all your guys out there," Palmer said. "I know I want my five starting linemen and my two starting receivers. You don’t ever want to see guys on the sidelines. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to do everything once OTAs start, but I’ll be able to do just about everything. It’s important (to participate) because I enjoy it. I can’t wait for tomorrow and I can’t wait for every day."

Palmer said the injury forces him to "start over from scratch" mechanically, as he works to regain the footwork and balance needed to be successful in the pocket.

“All those little things that still go through my head every couple reps, I’m fighting to get to the point where you just don’t think about that anymore,” Palmer said. “It just becomes natural. Just ingraining all those small mechanical movements is something that takes repetition after repetition.”


49ers GM says LB Aldon Smith developing as leader for team
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said that linebacker Aldon Smith has started to develop as a leader on the field and that he has a “a great look in his eye,” the team has reported.

"It’s a role I’m comfortable with,” Smith said. “I’m kind of one of the older guys on the team now. I’m one of the guys who has been here for a while, so I’m helping out people who need help with anything, whether that’s knowing where to go down here or football questions.”

Smith served a nine-game suspension during the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse.

49ers place Chris Borland on reserve/retired list
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The 49ers placed linebacker Chris Borland on the reserve/retired list Monday, CSNBayArea.com reports.

The move is a formality, as Borland announced his decision to retire in mid-March. The move clears $109.359 in immediate cap space. The 49ers didn't address the inside-linebacker position in this year's draft despite the retirements of Borland and Patrick Willis.


49ers waive/injured Chase Thomas
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The 49ers have waived/injured linebacker Chase Thomas, the team announced Monday.

Thomas made two special-teams tackles in five games played with the 49ers last season. He tore an ACL while working out earlier in the offseason and will presumably miss the entire 2015 season.


 
 
 
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