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Offseason Extra: Early 12-team, standard mock draft

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The minute the NFL Draft is over Fantasy owners want to know all about the rookie class and their value for the upcoming season. Here's our answer -- the first mock draft featuring every eligible player for this year.

This rookie class is not going to wow you like last year. Coming into the season, there's no Trent Richardson or Doug Martin at running back, and we definitely don't have an Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson at quarterback. New St. Louis receiver Tavon Austin might be the best prospect coming out of the draft, but keep in mind he's just a slot receiver.

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The hope is that as we get closer to training camp a few players will emerge as potential Fantasy stars, and we have our eyes on Denver's Montee Ball, Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell, Green Bay's Eddie Lacy, Austin and many more. There are just a lot of ifs with most of these guys.

But as you'll see with this mock draft, rookies were still sought after as potential starting options. Ball and Bell went in Round 5, and Lacy, Giovani Bernard and Austin were drafted in Round 7. My team features three rookies in Bell, Austin and Miami's Mike Gillislee.

Here's a quick rookie Top 10 rank list for this season (this is not a dynasty ranking): Ball, Bell, Lacy, Austin, Bernard, Zac Stacy, DeAndre Hopkins, Johnathan Franklin, Joseph Randle and Gillislee.

Ball (if Willis McGahee is released as expected), Bell and Lacy are almost guaranteed starting jobs, and Bernard in Cincinnati and Stacy in St. Louis should have prominent roles. Franklin (Green Bay), Randle (Dallas) and Gillislee are top backups worth late-round picks, and Austin and Hopkins (Houston) enter the season as the top two rookie receivers.

There is no rookie quarterback worth drafting in most standard leagues -- none were taken here -- but keep an eye on Buffalo's E.J. Manuel and the Jets' Geno Smith. They have the chance to start right away, and based on their ability to make plays running the ball as well as being quality passers, they could develop into decent Fantasy options as the year goes on.

At tight end, we loved Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz before the draft, but they didn't end up in favorable spots to be productive as rookies. Eifert went to Cincinnati and will be No. 2 on the depth chart behind Jermaine Gresham, and Ertz was drafted by Philadelphia, which already has two tight ends in Brent Celek and James Casey. The Fantasy value for these rookie tight ends is more for dynasty formats.

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 six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
2. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
4. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
5. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
6. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
7. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
9. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
10. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
11. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Aizer Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2 Di Fino Arian Foster, RB, HOU
3 Melchior Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
4 Brinson C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
5 Polito Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
6 Passonno Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
7 Richard Doug Martin, RB, TB
8 Tobin Ray Rice, RB, BAL
9 Hurcomb LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
10 Darst Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
11 Eisenberg Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
12 Zegura Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Zegura Matt Forte, RB, CHI
14 Eisenberg Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
15 Darst A.J. Green, WR, CIN
16 Hurcomb Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
17 Tobin DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
18 Richard Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
19 Passonno Julio Jones, WR, ATL
20 Polito Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
21 Brinson Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
22 Melchior Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
23 Di Fino Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
24 Aizer Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Aizer Drew Brees, QB, NO
26 Di Fino Reggie Bush, RB, DET
27 Melchior Frank Gore, RB, SF
28 Brinson Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
29 Polito Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
30 Passonno Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
31 Richard Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
32 Tobin Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
33 Hurcomb Randall Cobb, WR, GB
34 Darst Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
35 Eisenberg Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
36 Zegura Roddy White, WR, ATL
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Zegura Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
38 Eisenberg David Wilson, RB, NYG
39 Darst Tom Brady, QB, NE
40 Hurcomb Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
41 Tobin Cam Newton, QB, CAR
42 Richard Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
43 Passonno Wes Welker, WR, DEN
44 Polito Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
45 Brinson Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
46 Melchior Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
47 Di Fino Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
48 Aizer Darren Sproles, RB, NO
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Aizer Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
50 Di Fino Marques Colston, WR, NO
51 Melchior Eric Decker, WR, DEN
52 Brinson Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
53 Polito Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
54 Passonno Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
55 Richard Montee Ball, RB, DEN
56 Tobin Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
57 Hurcomb Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
58 Darst Vick Ballard, RB, IND
59 Eisenberg Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
60 Zegura Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Zegura Jason Witten, TE, DAL
62 Eisenberg Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
63 Darst Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
64 Hurcomb Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
65 Tobin Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
66 Richard James Jones, WR, GB
67 Passonno Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
68 Polito Steve Smith, WR, CAR
69 Brinson Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
70 Melchior Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
71 Di Fino Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI
72 Aizer Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Aizer Danny Amendola, WR, NE
74 Di Fino Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
75 Melchior Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
76 Brinson Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
77 Polito Vernon Davis, TE, SF
78 Passonno BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
79 Richard Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
80 Tobin Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
81 Hurcomb Andre Brown, RB, NYG
82 Darst T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
83 Eisenberg Tavon Austin, WR, STL
84 Zegura Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Zegura DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
86 Eisenberg Mark Ingram, RB, NO
87 Darst Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
88 Hurcomb Andrew Luck, QB, IND
89 Tobin Zac Stacy, RB, STL
90 Richard Tony Romo, QB, DAL
91 Passonno Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
92 Polito DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
93 Brinson Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
94 Melchior Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
95 Di Fino Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
96 Aizer Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Aizer Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
98 Di Fino Ben Tate, RB, HOU
99 Melchior Danario Alexander, WR, SD
100 Brinson Greg Jennings, WR, MIN
101 Polito DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
102 Passonno Lance Moore, WR, NO
103 Richard Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
104 Tobin Miles Austin, WR, DAL
105 Hurcomb Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
106 Darst Johnathan Franklin, RB, GB
107 Eisenberg Antonio Gates, TE, SD
108 Zegura Michael Vick, QB, PHI
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Zegura Eli Manning, QB, NYG
110 Eisenberg Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
111 Darst Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
112 Hurcomb Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
113 Tobin Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
114 Richard Mike Williams, WR, TB
115 Passonno Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
116 Polito Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
117 Brinson Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
118 Melchior Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
119 Di Fino Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
120 Aizer Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Aizer Keenan Allen, WR, SD
122 Di Fino Chris Givens, WR, STL
123 Melchior Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
124 Brinson Mike Goodson, RB, NYJ
125 Polito Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
126 Passonno LaMichael James, RB, SF
127 Richard Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
128 Tobin Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
129 Hurcomb Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
130 Darst Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
131 Eisenberg Mike Gillislee, RB, MIA
132 Zegura Michael Bush, RB, CHI
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Zegura Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
134 Eisenberg Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
135 Darst Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
136 Hurcomb Seahawks, DST
137 Tobin Jared Cook, TE, STL
138 Richard Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
139 Passonno Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
140 Polito Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
141 Brinson 49ers, DST
142 Melchior Donald Brown, RB, IND
143 Di Fino Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
144 Aizer Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Aizer Vincent Brown, WR, SD
146 Di Fino Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
147 Melchior Bengals, DST
148 Brinson Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
149 Polito Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
150 Passonno Rashad Jennings, RB, OAK
151 Richard Joseph Randle, RB, DAL
152 Tobin Broncos, DST
153 Hurcomb Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
154 Darst Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
155 Eisenberg Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
156 Zegura Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Zegura Bears, DST
158 Eisenberg Texans, DST
159 Darst Blair Walsh, K, MIN
160 Hurcomb Brandon Myers, TE, NYG
161 Tobin Josh Freeman, QB, TB
162 Richard Packers, DST
163 Passonno Chargers, DST
164 Polito Patriots, DST
165 Brinson Sam Bradford, QB, STL
166 Melchior Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
167 Di Fino Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
168 Aizer Steelers, DST
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Aizer Matt Prater, K, DEN
170 Di Fino Ravens, DST
171 Melchior Phil Dawson, K, SF
172 Brinson Justin Tucker, K, BAL
173 Polito Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
174 Passonno David Akers, K, DET
175 Richard Greg Zuerlein, K, STL
176 Tobin Garrett Hartley, K, NO
177 Hurcomb Dan Bailey, K, DAL
178 Darst Falcons, DST
179 Eisenberg Mason Crosby, K, GB
180 Zegura Jay Feely, K, ARI
 
Team by Team
Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.12 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.1 Drew Brees, QB, NO
4.12 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.1 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
6.12 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
7.1 Danny Amendola, WR, NE
8.12 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
9.1 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
10.12 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
11.1 Keenan Allen, WR, SD
12.12 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
13.1 Vincent Brown, WR, SD
14.12 Steelers, DST
15.1 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
2.9 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
3.4 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
4.9 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
5.4 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
6.9 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
7.4 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
8.9 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
9.4 Greg Jennings, WR, MIN
10.9 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
11.4 Mike Goodson, RB, NYJ
12.9 49ers, DST
13.4 Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
14.9 Sam Bradford, QB, STL
15.4 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
2.3 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.10 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.3 Tom Brady, QB, NE
5.10 Vick Ballard, RB, IND
6.3 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
7.10 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
8.3 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
9.10 Johnathan Franklin, RB, GB
10.3 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
11.10 Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
12.3 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
13.10 Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
14.3 Blair Walsh, K, MIN
15.10 Falcons, DST
Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.11 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
3.2 Reggie Bush, RB, DET
4.11 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
5.2 Marques Colston, WR, NO
6.11 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI
7.2 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
8.11 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
9.2 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
10.11 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
11.2 Chris Givens, WR, STL
12.11 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
13.2 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
14.11 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.2 Ravens, DST
Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.2 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
3.11 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
4.2 David Wilson, RB, NYG
5.11 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
6.2 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
7.11 Tavon Austin, WR, STL
8.2 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
9.11 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
10.2 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
11.11 Mike Gillislee, RB, MIA
12.2 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
13.11 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
14.2 Texans, DST
15.11 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.4 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
3.9 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
4.4 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.9 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
6.4 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
7.9 Andre Brown, RB, NYG
8.4 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
9.9 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
10.4 Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
11.9 Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
12.4 Seahawks, DST
13.9 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
14.4 Brandon Myers, TE, NYG
15.9 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.10 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
3.3 Frank Gore, RB, SF
4.10 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
5.3 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
6.10 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
7.3 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
8.10 Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
9.3 Danario Alexander, WR, SD
10.10 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
11.3 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
12.10 Donald Brown, RB, IND
13.3 Bengals, DST
14.10 Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
15.3 Phil Dawson, K, SF
Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.7 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.6 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
4.7 Wes Welker, WR, DEN
5.6 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
6.7 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.6 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
8.7 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
9.6 Lance Moore, WR, NO
10.7 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
11.6 LaMichael James, RB, SF
12.7 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
13.6 Rashad Jennings, RB, OAK
14.7 Chargers, DST
15.6 David Akers, K, DET
Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
2.8 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.5 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
4.8 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
5.5 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.8 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
7.5 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
8.8 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
9.5 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
10.8 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
11.5 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.8 Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
13.5 Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
14.8 Patriots, DST
15.5 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Doug Martin, RB, TB
2.6 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
3.7 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
4.6 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
5.7 Montee Ball, RB, DEN
6.6 James Jones, WR, GB
7.7 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
8.6 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
9.7 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
10.6 Mike Williams, WR, TB
11.7 Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
12.6 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
13.7 Joseph Randle, RB, DAL
14.6 Packers, DST
15.7 Greg Zuerlein, K, STL
Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.5 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.8 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
4.5 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
5.8 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
6.5 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
7.8 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
8.5 Zac Stacy, RB, STL
9.8 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
10.5 Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
11.8 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
12.5 Jared Cook, TE, STL
13.8 Broncos, DST
14.5 Josh Freeman, QB, TB
15.8 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
2.1 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.12 Roddy White, WR, ATL
4.1 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
5.12 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
6.1 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
7.12 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
8.1 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
9.12 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
10.1 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
11.12 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
12.1 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
13.12 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
14.1 Bears, DST
15.12 Jay Feely, K, ARI

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