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2012 Draft Prep: Our 10-team mock draft

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Look over the roster grid for any 10-team draft and you should see 10 all-star squads. It's hard to make a mistake in this type of format because there are so many good players at your disposal.

Since there is a deeper talent pool you can afford to take some risks on Draft Day or alter your plan. For example, you might consider drafting three running backs with your first three picks. You might splurge for a quarterback where you would otherwise wait, or delay drafting a quarterback because you can get a standout option with a late-round pick. The choice is yours.

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In this draft, I went against my usual draft strategy on waiting for a quarterback when Matthew Stafford fell to the end of Round 2. You can't pass on that kind of value, especially with Arian Foster in Round 1 and Jamaal Charles in Round 3.

Peter Madden decided to draft Julio Jones at the end of the first round as the second receiver off the board behind Calvin Johnson because he felt Jones was the best player available. He still got Drew Brees in Round 2, which is an excellent start.

Will Brinson drafted Ray Rice, Jimmy Graham and Cam Newton with his first three picks. He was also able to get Philip Rivers as his No. 2 quarterback – in Round 10.

Dave Richard wanted the two best running backs in Detroit, so he drafted Kevin Smith in Round 7 and Mikel Leshoure in Round 8, four picks apart. Nathan Zegura gambled on Trent Richardson in Round 2 and Adrian Peterson in Round 3 even with injury concerns. But he was able to back them up with Frank Gore and DeAngelo Williams, so he should be covered if Richardson and Peterson are limited early in the year.

As you can see here, every team is stacked. The key to winning a 10-team league is avoiding injuries, being smart with your waiver-wire picks and, of course, luck. But everyone should be a winner on Draft Day.

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 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. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
3. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
4. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Mike Freeman, National NFL Insider
9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Brinson Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Kopf LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Aizer Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
5 Tobin Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
6 Zegura Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
7 Di Fino Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
8 Freeman Tom Brady, QB, NE
9 Richard DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
10 Madcden Julio Jones, WR, ATL
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
11 Madden Drew Brees, QB, NO
12 Richard Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
13 Freeman Steven Jackson, RB, STL
14 Di Fino Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
15 Zegura Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
16 Tobin Matt Forte, RB, CHI
17 Aizer Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
18 Kopf Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
19 Brinson Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
20 Eisenberg Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
21 Eisenberg Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
22 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
23 Kopf Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
24 Aizer Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
25 Tobin Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
26 Zegura Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
27 Di Fino Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
28 Freeman Greg Jennings, WR, GB
29 Richard Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
30 Madden Doug Martin, RB, TB
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
31 Madden A.J. Green, WR, CIN
32 Richard Roddy White, WR, ATL
33 Freeman Michael Turner, RB, ATL
34 Di Fino Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
35 Zegura Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
36 Tobin Wes Welker, WR, NE
37 Aizer Darren Sproles, RB, NO
38 Kopf Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
39 Brinson Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
40 Eisenberg Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
41 Eisenberg Steve Smith, WR, CAR
42 Brinson Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
43 Kopf BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
44 Aizer Marques Colston, WR, NO
45 Tobin Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
46 Zegura Frank Gore, RB, SF
47 Di Fino Antonio Gates, TE, SD
48 Freeman Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
49 Richard Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
50 Madden DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
51 Madden Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
52 Richard Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
53 Freeman Miles Austin, WR, DAL
54 Di Fino Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
55 Zegura Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
56 Tobin Eric Decker, WR, DEN
57 Aizer Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
58 Kopf Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
59 Brinson Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
60 Eisenberg Donald Brown, RB, IND
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
61 Eisenberg Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
62 Brinson Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
63 Kopf Michael Vick, QB, PHI
64 Aizer Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
65 Tobin Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
66 Zegura DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
67 Di Fino Cedric Benson, RB, GB
68 Freeman Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
69 Richard Kevin Smith, RB, DET
70 Madden Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
71 Madden Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
72 Richard Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
73 Freeman Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
74 Di Fino Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
75 Zegura Robert Meachem, WR, SD
76 Tobin Eli Manning, QB, NYG
77 Aizer C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
78 Kopf Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
79 Brinson Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
80 Eisenberg Titus Young, WR, DET
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
81 Eisenberg Ben Tate, RB, HOU
82 Brinson Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
83 Kopf Nate Washington, WR, TEN
84 Aizer Tony Romo, QB, DAL
85 Tobin Jason Witten, TE, DAL
86 Zegura Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
87 Di Fino Mark Ingram, RB, NO
88 Freeman Vernon Davis, TE, SF
89 Richard Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
90 Madden Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
91 Madden Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
92 Richard Greg Little, WR, CLE
93 Freeman Fred Davis, TE, WAS
94 Di Fino Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
95 Zegura Michael Bush, RB, CHI
96 Tobin Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
97 Aizer Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
98 Kopf Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
99 Brinson Philip Rivers, QB, SD
100 Eisenberg David Wilson, RB, NYG
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
101 Eisenberg Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
102 Brinson Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
103 Kopf LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
104 Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
105 Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
106 Zegura Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
107 Di Fino Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
108 Freeman Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
109 Richard Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
110 Madden Randy Moss, WR, SF
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
111 Madden Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
112 Richard 49ers DST
113 Freeman Felix Jones, RB, DAL
114 Di Fino Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
115 Zegura Evan Royster, RB, WAS
116 Tobin Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
117 Aizer Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
118 Kopf Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
119 Brinson Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
120 Eisenberg Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
121 Eisenberg Packers DST
122 Brinson Eagles DST
123 Kopf Ravens DST
124 Aizer Texans DST
125 Tobin Bears DST
126 Zegura Giants DST
127 Di Fino Cowboys DST
128 Freeman Mason Crosby, K, GB
129 Richard Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
130 Madden Steelers DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
131 Madden David Akers, K, SF
132 Richard Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
133 Freeman Jets DST
134 Di Fino Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
135 Zegura Garrett Hartley, K, NO
136 Tobin Jason Hanson, K, DET
137 Aizer Dan Bailey, K, DAL
138 Kopf Alex Henery, K, PHI
139 Brinson Robbie Gould, K, CHI
140 Eisenberg Matt Prater, K, DEN
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.7 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
3.4 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.7 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.4 Marques Colston, WR, NO
6.7 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
7.4 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
8.7 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
9.4 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
10.7 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
11.4 Lance Moore, WR, NO
12.7 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
13.4 Texans DST
14.7 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Aleese Kopf
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.8 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
3.3 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
4.8 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
5.3 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
6.8 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
7.3 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
8.8 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
9.3 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
10.8 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
11.3 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
12.8 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
13.3 Ravens DST
14.8 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.2 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
3.9 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.2 Roddy White, WR, ATL
5.9 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.2 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
7.9 Kevin Smith, RB, DET
8.2 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
9.9 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
10.2 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.9 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
12.2 49ers DST
13.9 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
14.2 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.10 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
3.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
4.10 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
5.1 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
6.10 Donald Brown, RB, IND
7.1 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
8.10 Titus Young, WR, DET
9.1 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
10.10 David Wilson, RB, NYG
11.1 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
12.10 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
13.1 Packers DST
14.10 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
2.6 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.5 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.6 Wes Welker, WR, NE
5.5 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.6 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
7.5 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
8.6 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
9.5 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
10.6 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
11.5 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.6 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
13.5 Bears DST
14.6 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Mike Freeman
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Tom Brady, QB, NE
2.3 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
3.8 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
4.3 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
5.8 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
6.3 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
7.8 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
8.3 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
9.8 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
10.3 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
11.8 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
12.3 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
13.8 Mason Crosby, K, GB
14.3 Jets DST
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.4 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
3.7 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
4.4 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
5.7 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
6.4 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
7.7 Cedric Benson, RB, GB
8.4 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
9.7 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
10.4 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
11.7 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
12.4 Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
13.7 Cowboys DST
14.4 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.5 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
3.6 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
4.5 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.6 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.5 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
7.6 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
8.5 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
9.6 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
10.5 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
11.6 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
12.5 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
13.6 Giants DST
14.5 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
2.1 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.10 Doug Martin, RB, TB
4.1 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
5.10 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
6.1 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
7.10 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
8.1 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
9.10 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
10.1 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
11.10 Randy Moss, WR, SF
12.1 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
13.10 Steelers DST
14.1 David Akers, K, SF
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.9 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3.2 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
4.9 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
5.2 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
6.9 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
7.2 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
8.9 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
9.2 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
10.9 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
11.2 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
12.9 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
13.2 Eagles DST
14.9 Robbie Gould, K, CHI

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