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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team mock draft

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The time has come. Training camp is here.

That means it's time to get ready for Fantasy Football and your Draft Day. And this is just the first of many mock drafts and Draft Prep coverage we've got prepared for you. But don't just rely on us to get ready for the real thing.

You can do your own mock drafts as practice right here. This allows you to draft -- as many times as you want -- in 10-, 12- and 14-team formats with either a standard roster or flex. You will likely be paired with random people from around the country, including some from around the world. And it's a great tool for when your Draft Day actually happens.

This mock draft was a 12-team standard league. At the time of the draft, we were still awaiting word on potential suspensions for Josh Gordon and Ray Rice, and where each one was drafted was interesting.

For example, Dave Richard gambled Gordon will play at some point this season and drafted him in Round 11. Scott White isn't worried about Rice missing time and drafted him in Round 4. But he did the right thing by pairing him with Bernard Pierce in Round 9.

There were 10 running backs drafted in Round 1 and 15 in the first 20 overall picks. Some things that might surprise you are Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch falling to Round 2. That likely won't happen in many leagues, but I agree this is where they belong. Quarterback is a loaded position, and it pays to wait. And Lynch could struggle this year coming off a 400-touch campaign in 2013 en route to the Super Bowl.

Bishop Sankey was the first rookie drafted in Round 3, but the next rookie wasn't taken until Round 7 with Terrance West. Sammy Watkins was drafted in Round 8, and none of the rookie quarterbacks were drafted in Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. Only four owners drafted backup quarterbacks in Adam Aizer (Ben Roethlisberger), Al Melchior (Carson Palmer), Will Brinson (Philip Rivers) and White (Nick Foles).

And, in a sign of how things have changed in the NFL and Fantasy leagues, four owners came out of the draft with receivers as likely starting flex options with Richard (Torrey Smith), Larry Hartstein (Michael Floyd), Michael Hurcomb (Percy Harvin) and me (Cordarrelle Patterson). I'm very excited about Patterson this year, and he's a breakout candidate in all formats.

My starting lineup should be solid in this league with Andrew Luck at quarterback, LeSean McCoy and Joique Bell at running back and a three-receiver set of Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Patterson. I have another breakout candidate at tight end in Dennis Pitta.

Backup running back could be an issue for me if sleepers in Devonta Freeman and Christine Michael don't pan out, but I couldn't pass on Green falling to Round 3 or Patterson in Round 5. I like his upside much better than running backs like Ben Tate, Frank Gore and Rashad Jennings.

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. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
5. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
6. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
8. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director
11. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
12. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Melchior Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2 Eisenberg LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
3 White Matt Forte, RB, CHI
4 Brinson Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5 Hartstein Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
6 Towers Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
7 Aizer Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
8 Hurcomb Montee Ball, RB, DEN
9 Richard Arian Foster, RB, HOU
10 Madden Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
11 Polito Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
12 Tobin DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Tobin Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
14 Polito Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
15 Madden Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
16 Richard Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
17 Hurcomb Drew Brees, QB, NO
18 Aizer Doug Martin, RB, TB
19 Towers Zac Stacy, RB, STL
20 Hartstein Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
21 Brinson Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
22 White Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
23 Eisenberg Julio Jones, WR, ATL
24 Melchior Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Melchior Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
26 Eisenberg A.J. Green, WR, CIN
27 White Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
28 Brinson C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
29 Hartstein Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
30 Towers Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
31 Aizer Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
32 Hurcomb Randall Cobb, WR, GB
33 Richard Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
34 Madden Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
35 Polito Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
36 Tobin Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Tobin Shane Vereen, RB, NE
38 Polito Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
39 Madden Reggie Bush, RB, DET
40 Richard Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
41 Hurcomb Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
42 Aizer Trent Richardson, RB, IND
43 Towers Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
44 Hartstein Keenan Allen, WR, SD
45 Brinson Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
46 White Ray Rice, RB, BAL
47 Eisenberg Joique Bell, RB, DET
48 Melchior Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Melchior Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
50 Eisenberg Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
51 White Ben Tate, RB, CLE
52 Brinson Wes Welker, WR, DEN
53 Hartstein Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
54 Towers Frank Gore, RB, SF
55 Aizer Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
56 Hurcomb Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
57 Richard Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
58 Madden Roddy White, WR, ATL
59 Polito DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
60 Tobin Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Tobin Golden Tate, WR, DET
62 Polito Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
63 Madden Vernon Davis, TE, SF
64 Richard Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
65 Hurcomb Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
66 Aizer Julian Edelman, WR, NE
67 Towers Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
68 Hartstein Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
69 Brinson Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
70 White Jason Witten, TE, DAL
71 Eisenberg Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
72 Melchior Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Melchior Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
74 Eisenberg Andrew Luck, QB, IND
75 White Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
76 Brinson Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
77 Hartstein Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
78 Towers Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
79 Aizer Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
80 Hurcomb Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
81 Richard Terrance West, RB, CLE
82 Madden Tom Brady, QB, NE
83 Polito Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
84 Tobin Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Tobin T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
86 Polito Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
87 Madden Marques Colston, WR, NO
88 Richard Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
89 Hurcomb DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
90 Aizer Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
91 Towers Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
92 Hartstein Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
93 Brinson Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
94 White Nick Foles, QB, PHI
95 Eisenberg Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
96 Melchior Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Melchior Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
98 Eisenberg Christine Michael, RB, SEA
99 White Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
100 Brinson Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
101 Hartstein Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
102 Towers Mike Evans, WR, TB
103 Aizer David Wilson, RB, NYG
104 Hurcomb Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
105 Richard Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
106 Madden Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
107 Polito Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
108 Tobin Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Tobin Tre Mason, RB, STL
110 Polito Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
111 Madden Andre Williams, RB, NYG
112 Richard Charles Sims, RB, TB
113 Hurcomb Seahawks DST
114 Aizer Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
115 Towers Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND
116 Hartstein Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
117 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
118 White Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
119 Eisenberg LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
120 Melchior Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Melchior Tavon Austin, WR, STL
122 Eisenberg Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
123 White DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
124 Brinson Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
125 Hartstein James Starks, RB, GB
126 Towers Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
127 Aizer Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
128 Hurcomb Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
129 Richard Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
130 Madden James White, RB, NE
131 Polito 49ers DST
132 Tobin Eric Ebron, TE, DET
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Tobin Rams DST
134 Polito Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
135 Madden Kenny Stills, WR, NO
136 Richard Andre Brown, RB, HOU
137 Hurcomb Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
138 Aizer Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
139 Towers Roy Helu, RB, WAS
140 Hartstein Danny Amendola, WR, NE
141 Brinson Philip Rivers, QB, SD
142 White Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
143 Eisenberg Knile Davis, RB, KC
144 Melchior Cardinals DST
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Melchior Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
146 Eisenberg Rod Streater, WR, OAK
147 White James Jones, WR, OAK
148 Brinson Panthers DST
149 Hartstein Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
150 Towers Ladarius Green, TE, SD
151 Aizer Donald Brown, RB, SD
152 Hurcomb Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
153 Richard Travaris Cadet, RB, NO
154 Madden Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
155 Polito Mark Ingram, RB, NO
156 Tobin Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Tobin C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
158 Polito Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
159 Madden Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
160 Richard Patriots DST
161 Hurcomb Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
162 Aizer Chiefs DST
163 Towers Broncos DST
164 Hartstein Bengals DST
165 Brinson Ka'Deem Carey, RB, CHI
166 White Steelers DST
167 Eisenberg Saints DST
168 Melchior Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Melchior Phil Dawson, K, SF
170 Eisenberg Matt Prater, K, DEN
171 White Mason Crosby, K, GB
172 Brinson Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
173 Hartstein Dan Bailey, K, DAL
174 Towers Justin Tucker, K, BAL
175 Aizer Nick Novak, K, SD
176 Hurcomb Robbie Gould, K, CHI
177 Richard Matt Bryant, K, ATL
178 Madden Texans DST
179 Polito Blair Walsh, K, MIN
180 Tobin Shayne Graham, K, NO
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
2.6 Doug Martin, RB, TB
3.7 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
4.6 Trent Richardson, RB, IND
5.7 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
6.6 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
7.7 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
8.6 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
9.7 David Wilson, RB, NYG
10.6 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
11.7 Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
12.6 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
13.7 Donald Brown, RB, SD
14.6 Chiefs DST
15.7 Nick Novak, K, SD
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.9 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.4 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
4.9 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
5.4 Wes Welker, WR, DEN
6.9 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
7.4 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
8.9 Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
9.4 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
10.9 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
11.4 Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
12.9 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
13.4 Panthers DST
14.9 Ka'Deem Carey, RB, CHI
15.4 Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.11 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.2 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
4.11 Joique Bell, RB, DET
5.2 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
6.11 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
7.2 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
8.11 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
9.2 Christine Michael, RB, SEA
10.11 LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
11.2 Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
12.11 Knile Davis, RB, KC
13.2 Rod Streater, WR, OAK
14.11 Saints DST
15.2 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Larry Hartstein
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
2.8 Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
3.5 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.8 Keenan Allen, WR, SD
5.5 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
6.8 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
7.5 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
8.8 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
9.5 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
10.8 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
11.5 James Starks, RB, GB
12.8 Danny Amendola, WR, NE
13.5 Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
14.8 Bengals DST
15.5 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Montee Ball, RB, DEN
2.5 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.8 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
4.5 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
5.8 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
6.5 Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
7.8 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
8.5 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9.8 Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
10.5 Seahawks DST
11.8 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
12.5 Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
13.8 Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
14.5 Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
15.8 Robbie Gould, K, CHI
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2.3 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
3.10 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
4.3 Reggie Bush, RB, DET
5.10 Roddy White, WR, ATL
6.3 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.10 Tom Brady, QB, NE
8.3 Marques Colston, WR, NO
9.10 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
10.3 Andre Williams, RB, NYG
11.10 James White, RB, NE
12.3 Kenny Stills, WR, NO
13.10 Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
14.3 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.10 Texans DST
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.12 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
3.1 Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
4.12 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
5.1 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
6.12 Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
7.1 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
8.12 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
9.1 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
10.12 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
11.1 Tavon Austin, WR, STL
12.12 Cardinals DST
13.1 Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
14.12 Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL
15.1 Phil Dawson, K, SF
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
2.2 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
3.11 Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
4.2 Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
5.11 DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
6.2 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
7.11 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
8.2 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
9.11 Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
10.2 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
11.11 49ers DST
12.2 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
13.11 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
14.2 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
15.11 Blair Walsh, K, MIN
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.4 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
3.9 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
4.4 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
5.9 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
6.4 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.9 Terrance West, RB, CLE
8.4 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
9.9 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
10.4 Charles Sims, RB, TB
11.9 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
12.4 Andre Brown, RB, HOU
13.9 Travaris Cadet, RB, NO
14.4 Patriots DST
15.9 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.1 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
3.12 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
4.1 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
5.12 Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
6.1 Golden Tate, WR, DET
7.12 Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
8.1 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
9.12 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
10.1 Tre Mason, RB, STL
11.12 Eric Ebron, TE, DET
12.1 Rams DST
13.12 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
14.1 C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
15.12 Shayne Graham, K, NO
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.7 Zac Stacy, RB, STL
3.6 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.7 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
5.6 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.7 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
7.6 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
8.7 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
9.6 Mike Evans, WR, TB
10.7 Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND
11.6 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
12.7 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
13.6 Ladarius Green, TE, SD
14.7 Broncos DST
15.6 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
2.10 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
3.3 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
4.10 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
5.3 Ben Tate, RB, CLE
6.10 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
7.3 Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
8.10 Nick Foles, QB, PHI
9.3 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
10.10 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
11.3 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
12.10 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
13.3 James Jones, WR, OAK
1.10 Steelers DST
15.3 Mason Crosby, K, GB

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Shanahan: Struggles of Robert Griffin III unrelated to injury
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:13 pm ET) Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan does not believe injuries have prevented quarterback Robert Griffin III from maximizing his potential in the NFL. Rather, he feels it was the team not creating an offensive system that best fits his talents and his own belief that he could play a traditional role at that position.

Griffin sustained a serious knee injury in the 2012 playoffs. He then struggled in 2013 in an offense designed to transform him into a drop-back quarterback rather than one that took advantage of his mobility. He suffered another knee injury last year and did not perform well in the offense of new coach Jay Gruden.

"I don't think getting hurt has anything to do with it," Shanahan told 106.7 The Fan. "In college he didn't have a route tree, didn't have a playbook. That does take some time. ... If you take a quarterback like that you must run the kind of system that allows him to be successful. ... I really believe Robert thought he was more of a drop-back quarterback. He hasn't done things the NFL asks you to do. It does take some growing pains. You better really work on it inside and out."

Some have wondered why the Redskins went so hard after Griffin if they weren't willing to create an offense that maximizes his skill set.


 
 
 
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