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2012 Draft Prep: Two-QB mock draft

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It's always fun to do a two-quarterback league draft to see when the run on the position starts. And I don't mean the usual suspects of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and the upper echelon guys in Round 1. We're talking about quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Those three quarterbacks were drafted in Round 3, prompting Senior Fantasy Writer Nathan Zegura to say in the chat room, "this may be the only draft where Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray and Trent Richardson go in the same round as Dalton and Fitzpatrick." And he's right.

When you start two quarterbacks, it usually puts an emphasis on most owners to draft at least one by the second round. The first round of this draft wasn't that different from most with Rodgers, Brees and Brady being selected early on. But then you had Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton and Tony Romo going in Round 1, and the second round turned out to be quite unique. Round 2 had 10 quarterbacks drafted, with elite options like Michael Vick down to reaches in Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer.

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In total, 21 of the first 36 picks were quarterbacks, and four owners – Adam Aizer, Dave Richard, Zegura and myself – drafted quarterbacks with their first two picks. Aizer (Stafford and Philip Rivers) and Richard (Romo and Vick) did quite well to come away with two starters who are Top 10 options on Draft Day.

You can debate the best strategy on when to draft quarterbacks in this format. I was pleased with my team in landing two Top 12 quarterbacks in Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, a good corps of running backs led by Murray and Doug Martin and a solid group of receivers with starters in Greg Jennings and Miles Austin. I picked at No. 6 overall, and you can see my entire roster below.

By comparison, Senior Fantasy Writer Al Melchior picked second, and he did the right thing in drafting Ray Rice in Round 1. He then went back-to-back with his quarterbacks in Round 2 and 3 and came away with Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler, who are Top 15 prospects on Draft Day. He filled out his lineup with Marshawn Lynch as his second starting running back and standout receivers in Jordy Nelson and Vincent Jackson.

You can judge for yourself how each owner did, and as always we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all non-passing touchdowns are worth six points. We made passing touchdowns four points each to balance the quarterback scoring. We also award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. 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 five reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
2. Al Melchior, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Josh Katzowitz, NFL Blogger
4. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
5. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
8. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
9. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
10. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
12. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Tobin Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Melchior Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Katzowitz LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Brinson Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
5 Zegura Tom Brady, QB, NE
6 Eisenberg Drew Brees, QB, NO
7 Madden Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
8 Darst Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
9 Aizer Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
10 Di Fino Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
11 Towers Cam Newton, QB, CAR
12 Richard Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Richard Michael Vick, QB, PHI
14 Towers Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
15 Di Fino Eli Manning, QB, NYG
16 Aizer Philip Rivers, QB, SD
17 Darst Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
18 Madden Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
19 Eisenberg Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
20 Zegura Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
21 Brinson Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
22 Katzowitz Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
23 Melchior Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
24 Tobin Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Tobin Josh Freeman, QB, TB
26 Melchior Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
27 Katzowitz Andrew Luck, QB, IND
28 Brinson Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
29 Zegura Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
30 Eisenberg DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
31 Madden Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
32 Darst Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF
33 Aizer Matt Forte, RB, CHI
34 Di Fino Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
35 Towers Michael Turner, RB, ATL
36 Richard Steven Jackson, RB, STL
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Richard Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
38 Towers Roddy White, WR, ATL
39 Di Fino Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
40 Aizer Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
41 Darst Wes Welker, WR, NE
42 Madden Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
43 Eisenberg Greg Jennings, WR, GB
44 Zegura Julio Jones, WR, ATL
45 Brinson Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
46 Katzowitz A.J. Green, WR, CIN
47 Melchior Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
48 Tobin Darren Sproles, RB, NO
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Tobin Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
50 Melchior Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
51 Katzowitz Frank Gore, RB, SF
52 Brinson Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
53 Zegura Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
54 Eisenberg Doug Martin, RB, TB
55 Madden Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
56 Darst Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
57 Aizer Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
58 Di Fino Steve Smith, WR, CAR
59 Towers Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
60 Richard Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Richard Marques Colston, WR, NO
62 Towers BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
63 Di Fino Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
64 Aizer Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
65 Darst Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
66 Madden Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
67 Eisenberg Miles Austin, WR, DAL
68 Zegura DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
69 Brinson Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
70 Katzowitz Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
71 Melchior Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
72 Tobin Antonio Gates, TE, SD
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Tobin Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
74 Melchior Jason Witten, TE, DAL
75 Katzowitz Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
76 Brinson Sam Bradford, QB, STL
77 Zegura Vernon Davis, TE, SF
78 Eisenberg Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
79 Madden Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
80 Darst Fred Davis, TE, WAS
81 Aizer Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
82 Di Fino Matt Flynn, QB, SEA
83 Towers Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE
84 Richard Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Richard Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
86 Towers Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
87 Di Fino Donald Brown, RB, IND
88 Aizer Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
89 Darst Eric Decker, WR, DEN
90 Madden Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
91 Eisenberg Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
92 Zegura Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
93 Brinson Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
94 Katzowitz DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
95 Melchior C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
96 Tobin Michael Bush, RB, CHI
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Tobin Titus Young, WR, DET
98 Melchior Robert Meachem, WR, SD
99 Katzowitz James Starks, RB, GB
100 Brinson Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
101 Zegura Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
102 Eisenberg Roy Helu, RB, WAS
103 Madden Alex Smith, QB, SF
104 Darst Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
105 Aizer Brent Celek, TE, PHI
106 Di Fino LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
107 Towers Matt Cassel, QB, KC
108 Richard Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Richard Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
110 Towers Ben Tate, RB, HOU
111 Di Fino Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
112 Aizer Jahvid Best, RB, DET
113 Darst Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
114 Madden Mark Ingram, RB, NO
115 Eisenberg Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
116 Zegura David Wilson, RB, NYG
117 Brinson Nate Washington, WR, TEN
118 Katzowitz Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
119 Melchior Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
120 Tobin Greg Little, WR, CLE
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
122 Melchior Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
123 Katzowitz Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
124 Brinson Felix Jones, RB, DAL
125 Zegura Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
126 Eisenberg Christian Ponder, QB, MIN
127 Madden Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
128 Darst Kevin Kolb, QB, ARI
129 Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
130 Di Fino Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
131 Towers Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
132 Richard Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Richard Randy Moss, WR, SF
134 Towers Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
135 Di Fino David Nelson, WR, BUF
136 Aizer Matt Moore, QB, MIA
137 Darst Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
138 Madden Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
139 Eisenberg Coby Fleener, TE, IND
140 Zegura Jake Locker, QB, TEN
141 Brinson Matt Hasselbeck, QB, TEN
142 Katzowitz Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ
143 Melchior Blaine Gabbert, QB, JAC
144 Tobin Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Tobin 49ers DST
146 Melchior Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
147 Katzowitz Giants DST
148 Brinson Brian Quick, WR, STL
149 Zegura Packers DST
150 Eisenberg Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
151 Madden Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
152 Darst Delone Carter, RB, IND
153 Aizer Texans DST
154 Di Fino Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
155 Towers Santana Moss, WR, WAS
156 Richard Ravens DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Richard David Akers, K, SF
158 Towers Steelers DST
159 Di Fino Bears DST
160 Aizer Kevin Smith, RB, DET
161 Darst Jets DST
162 Madden Eagles DST
163 Eisenberg Patriots DST
164 Zegura Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
165 Brinson Seahawks DST
166 Katzowitz Mason Crosby, K, GB
167 Melchior Cowboys DST
168 Tobin Mike Williams, WR, TB
Round 15
Pick Owner Player
169 Tobin Alex Henery, K, PHI
170 Melchior Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
171 Katzowitz Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
172 Brinson Dan Bailey, K, DAL
173 Zegura Evan Royster, RB, WAS
174 Eisenberg Garrett Hartley, K, NO
175 Madden Matt Prater, K, DEN
176 Darst Jason Hanson, K, DET
177 Aizer Matt Bryant, K, ATL
178 Di Fino Neil Rackers, K, WAS
179 Towers Josh Brown, K, NYJ
180 Richard Tim Tebow, QB, NYJ
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
2.4 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
3.9 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
4.4 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
5.9 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
6.4 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
7.9 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
8.4 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
9.9 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
10.4 Jahvid Best, RB, DET
11.9 Lance Moore, WR, NO
12.4 Matt Moore, QB, MIA
13.9 Texans DST
14.4 Kevin Smith, RB, DET
15.9 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.11 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
3.2 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
4.11 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
5.2 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
6.11 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
7.2 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
8.11 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
9.2 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
10.11 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
11.2 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
12.11 Blaine Gabbert, QB, JAC
13.2 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
14.11 Cowboys DST
15.2 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
2.2 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
3.11 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
4.2 Roddy White, WR, ATL
5.11 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
6.2 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
7.11 Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE
8.2 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
9.11 Matt Cassel, QB, KC
10.2 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
11.11 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
12.2 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
13.11 Santana Moss, WR, WAS
14.2 Steelers DST
15.11 Josh Brown, K, NYJ
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
2.1 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
3.12 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
4.1 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
5.12 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
6.1 Marques Colston, WR, NO
7.12 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
8.1 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
9.12 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
10.1 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
11.12 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
12.1 Randy Moss, WR, SF
13.12 Ravens DST
14.1 David Akers, K, SF
15.12 Tim Tebow, QB, NYJ
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.5 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
3.8 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF
4.5 Wes Welker, WR, NE
5.8 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
6.5 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
7.8 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
8.5 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
9.8 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
10.5 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
11.8 Kevin Kolb, QB, ARI
12.5 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
13.8 Delone Carter, RB, IND
14.5 Jets DST
15.8 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Drew Brees, QB, NO
2.7 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
3.6 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
4.7 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
5.6 Doug Martin, RB, TB
6.7 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
7.6 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
8.7 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
9.6 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
10.7 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
11.6 Christian Ponder, QB, MIN
12.7 Coby Fleener, TE, IND
13.6 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
14.7 Patriots DST
15.6 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.12 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
3.1 Josh Freeman, QB, TB
4.12 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.1 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
6.12 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
7.1 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
8.12 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
9.1 Titus Young, WR, DET
10.12 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.1 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.12 Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
13.1 49ers DST
14.12 Mike Williams, WR, TB
15.1 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Josh Katzowitz
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
3.3 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
4.10 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
5.3 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.10 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
7.3 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
8.10 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9.3 James Starks, RB, GB
10.10 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
11.3 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
12.10 Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ
13.3 Giants DST
14.10 Mason Crosby, K, GB
15.3 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.3 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
3.10 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.3 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
5.10 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
6.3 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
7.10 Matt Flynn, QB, SEA
8.3 Donald Brown, RB, IND
9.10 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
10.3 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
11.10 Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
12.3 David Nelson, WR, BUF
13.10 Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
14.3 Bears DST
15.10 Neil Rackers, K, WAS
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Tom Brady, QB, NE
2.8 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
3.5 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
4.8 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
5.5 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
6.8 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
7.5 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
8.8 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
9.5 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
10.8 David Wilson, RB, NYG
11.5 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
12.8 Jake Locker, QB, TEN
13.5 Packers DST
14.8 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.5 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
2.6 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
3.7 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
4.6 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
5.7 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
6.6 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
7.7 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
8.6 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
9.7 Alex Smith, QB, SF
10.6 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
11.7 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
12.6 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
13.7 Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
14.6 Eagles DST
15.7 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.9 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
3.4 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
4.9 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5.4 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
6.9 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
7.4 Sam Bradford, QB, STL
8.9 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
9.4 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
10.9 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
11.4 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
12.9 Matt Hasselbeck, QB, TEN
13.4 Brian Quick, WR, STL
14.9 Seahawks DST
15.4 Dan Bailey, K, DAL

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Zimmer happy with progress of Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Mike Zimmer has expressed optimism that underachieving Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson is gaining a better understanding of route-running and the nuances of playing the position in the NFL, which would allow his talent to result in greater productivity.

Patterson took a step back in 2014 after a mediocre rookie year. He played in every game, but managed just 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown. He has since stated that 2015 is his make-or-break year and is apparently acting like it in the offseason.

"He's done real well," Zimmer told Fox Sports North. "He's running routes good. He's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed."


GM: Dolphins LT Branden Albert should be fine for Week 1
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey has expressed optimism that left tackle Branden Albert will be ready to roll by the regular season opener.

Albert has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and MCL sustained last November against Detroit. He had signed a five-year, $46 million contract the previous March and had been performing particularly well before going down.

"It's been a long rehab and he's really attacked it every day," Hickey told SiriusXM NFL Radio, adding that there was a "reasonable explanation" that he would be ready for Week 1. "We really like his progress. He's out there with his team working out. We're really encouraged by what we're seeing with him."

Ja'Wuan Williams was forced to move to left tackle following the Albert injury in 2014. But he struggled at that position and is expected to move to his more familiar right tackle spot this year.


 
 
 
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