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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team standard mock draft

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Training camp is approaching, which means your Draft Day is just around the corner. With that in mind, we encourage you to participate in as many mock drafts as possible, which you can do here at CBSSports.com.

It's the best practice for your real draft. You can test different strategies and see how a draft will unfold without any pressure. It's a fun exercise, and I try to do at least one a week.

We recently did a 12-team standard mock draft with our staff, which should reflect all the news from the offseason (the Patriots mess at tight end, Michael Crabtree's Achilles injury, Robert Griffin III's comeback from knee surgery, etc.). And there will be more mock drafts to come over the next few weeks as we approach the season.

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In this draft, my colleague Nando Di Fino wanted to try a different strategy at No. 5 overall. His plan was to take three running backs with his first three picks, but he got derailed. He started with C.J. Spiller in Round 1 and Reggie Bush in Round 2, but Demaryius Thomas fell into his lap in Round 3. He couldn't pass on Thomas there. He wanted to load up on running back depth early knowing there would be plenty of quality receivers in the middle rounds he could use and be comfortable with. But like all drafts, things can change your approach, and you have to adjust when that happens.

For my team, I had two scenarios that I would like to do over again. I was thrilled with my first seven picks of Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, David Wilson, Montee Ball, Ahmad Bradshaw, Matthew Stafford and Torrey Smith. But in Round 8 I made a silly mistake.

Since I waited to take a second receiver and already had four running backs I went with a third receiver in Josh Gordon hoping that Ben Tate, Bryce Brown or Vick Ballard would make it back to me in Round 9. All went before my selection, and I wasn't happy. In hindsight, I should have taken Tate, and I still could have gotten a quality No. 3 receiver in Lance Moore, who I took with my next pick.

Then in Round 12 I decided to go with the best talent on the board, which was the 49ers DST. I rarely ever take a DST before the second-to-last round, but it made the most sense at that spot. I figured in Round 13 that I could get Knile Davis, the expected handcuff for Charles, but again he went two picks before I was up.

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While I like my team, those two picks were frustrating. But again, that's why we practice in preparation for the real thing.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our 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. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
3. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
7. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
9. Will Brinson, CBSSports.com Eye on Football Blogger
10. Michael Hurcomb, Editor, Fantasy Sports
11. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
12. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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"Where I'll be playing, and who I'll be playing for, is still unknown, but I know I've come in and done my job up to this point and now I have to put it in my agent's hands to get me on another team, or stay where I'm at, and make sure I’m in pads playing ball somewhere next year. I know if you think about it too much it will worry you sick."

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