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2014 Draft Prep: 10-team mock draft

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The preseason is underway and the whole world is getting a whiff of that sweet, sweet football scent floating in the air. Oh yeah, you can smell it. It smells like meat burning on the grill and fresh-cut grass. And touchdowns ... bunches of touchdowns.

If your senses are on overload then it must be time to start really gearing up for Fantasy drafts.

For some, a simple 10-team league with standard-scoring is what's in store. It's the perfect type of league to get your feet wet if you're new to Fantasy, or the right system to play if you're involving others who are new to this fun little game of ours. There's no reason to complicate it with multiple quarterbacks or crazy scoring or head coaches and salary caps. That's just ... well, that stuff is awesome but it's not for everyone.

The best part of 10-team leagues is that everyone will have a superstar lineup. The fewer owners picking, the more talent that lasts on Draft Day. It's hard to mess up a 10-team draft.

For instance, in our mock, we saw running backs defy their average draft positions and fall to inconceivable spots. Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch into Round 3? Ray Rice and Frank Gore into Round 6? Maurice Jones-Drew into Round 9? And if you think those are nutty, wait until you see where most of the quarterbacks went!

But that's par for the course in 10-team leagues, which makes them more fun. The bigger challenge on Draft Day isn't to field a capable lineup, but rather to collect as many difference-makers as you can. Because everyone in the league will have all-star starting squads, it'll be the owner who has the most consistent stat producers who pulls ahead.

Speaking of all-stars, for this 10-team mock we enlisted in the help of two experts who know a thing or two about drafts: Rob Rang and Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com's NFL Draft analysts. For 10 months a year their specialty is watching college football and evaluating talent to the pro game. Everyone that's in the NFL has been checked out by these guys already, including this year's rookie class. Best of all, Rang and Brugler play in Fantasy leagues of their own, so they know what they're doing.

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. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
2. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Analyst
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
7. Rob Rang, NFL Draft Analyst
8. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor

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

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Player News
Texans waive DT Brandon Ivory
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Texans waived rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory on Thursday, according to ESPN.com

Ivory was arrested on first degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. just one day ago. Ivory's agent Jeff Guerriero said Ivory is not guilty of the charge. 

"I spoke to Brandon he is not guilty and his name will be cleared of all charges," Guerriero said. 


Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for PED use
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced. 

It's unknown at this time what drug Gates tested positive for. Gates, in a statement, said he was unaware that he took a banned substance

"In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails," Gates said. "I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them.

"As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

With Gates out for four games, the Chargers will turn to Ladarius Green as the team's top tight end, though it was expected for Green to continue getting more looks in the passing game. Green is entering the final season of his rookie contract. 

The Chargers expressed disappointment in Gates for his suspension but plans to stick with the longtime veteran through the suspension. 

"We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers stated. "Antonio is a member of the Chargers' family and we will continue to support him 100-percent. We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5. While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level."  


Packers' Datone Jones out 1 game for substance-abuse violation
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones will be suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to NFL.com. 

Jones will miss Green Bay's season-opener against the Bears. In 2014, Jones totaled 22 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games played. 


Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games for 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Cowboys announced that linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

McClain hasn't been able to participate much in offseason workouts due to going under offseason knee surgery. McClain will be eligible to practice in training camp and is expected to be healthy by then. 

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake. I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error," McClain said in a statement, via CSN Bay Area. "I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.

In 2014, McClain, who had previously retired twice before being traded from the Ravens to the Cowboys, totaled 81 tackles and a sack in 13 games played.


Jets DL Sheldon Richardson suspended four games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced Thursday.

“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement via the Jets, per Fox Sports. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field.”

Richardson, who was a 2013 first-round pick, is entering his third season in the NFL. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

He has totaled 84 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks in 32 career games. He also has one safety.


Texans DT Brandon Ivory arrested on burglary charge
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Texans defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was arrested Wednesday morning in Alabama and charged with first-degree burglary, according to a Tuscaloosa Police Department report obtained by SportingNews.com.

Ivory and another man were allegedly involved in a home burglary when the two entered the residence by kicking open the back door and then demanding money from the residents. The two stole money and two Ipads from the residence. Ivory and the other suspect were arrested at their apartment shortly after the incident with the stolen money and property.


Embattled Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to leaving scene of crash
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class.

Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer.

No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.


Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


Lions new DT Haloti Ngata too busy to think about new contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.


Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.

The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.

"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."

McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.


 
 
 
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