2011 Staff Mock Draft (Part 2 of 4)
By FBG Staff
June 1st, 2011

In late May, Footballguys gathered 12 staff members together using a standard point-per-reception (PPR) scoring system. Afterward, we asked them to go over each selection and comment on the player taken and/or the strategy involved with that pick. Below are the first four (of 22) rounds. We will be releasing this draft in 4 parts while explaining our thought processes with each of the picks. Hopefully, their thoughts will aid you in preparing for your own drafts.

Round 5

Pick 5.01 - RB Jonathan Stewart - CAR
Comments by Waldman: This pick registered two reactions from my league mates. The first came from Cecil Lammey, who was waiting for me to take Knowshon Moreno. Granted, the Broncos' back was listed higher than Stewart in my rankings at this point of the offseason. However, Moreno is one of those pivotal make-or-break players where fantasy owners are split on his prospects.

Because he is a player I'm strongly considering if the Broncos don't add a player of DeAngelo Williams' or Ronnie Brown's caliber, I wanted to see how far he would fall. LeGarrette Blount, Marshawn Lynch, and Cedric Benson were three others I monitored in the same way. However, the player I skipped who I would have most likely taken otherwise was Anquan Boldin, who still nearly made it back to me at 6.12. Boldin, Steve Johnson, and Percy Harvin were the three receivers I would normally covet in rounds 5-7, but I instead chose to watch and wait.

So I took Stewart, which prompted Aaron Rudnicki to quip, "no WRs, in a PPR? Interesting..." I think Rudnicki is one of the more consistently good drafters/team managers of our staff, so I expected him to comment on anything unusual during the mock. This is the usual spot where Stewart has been over-drafted for the past couple of years and likely to be the case yet again if Carolina brings back Williams.

However, I believe Stewart is one of the most talented backs in the league. He had a nice run of games from weeks 11-15, and despite the fact that some of those teams had sieves for run defenses, Carolina's offensive line has the makings to be a better unit in 2011. Put Stewart in the lead back role with a rookie QB and he can still at least earn respectable fantasy totals like he did last year against a unit as good as the Steelers. Little did I realize that Jene Bramel was coveting Stewart here - at least I got some temporary satisfaction sniping this player from my archrival.

Waldman's Current Roster
2.12 - QB Drew Brees - NOS 1.01 - RB Adrian Peterson - MIN
3.01 - TE Antonio Gates - SDC 5.01 - RB Jonathan Stewart - CAR
4.12 - TE Dallas Clark - IND

Pick 5.02 - WR Steve Johnson - BUF
Comments by Bramel: Jason Witten was a tier below Clark, who Matt Waldman had just surprised me by drafting, on my list. My next target would've been Jonathan Stewart - had he not been Waldman's other pick on the turn. The 5.02 then became a choice between Knowshon Moreno, Steve Johnson and Sidney Rice. I thought the RB2/RB3 value at the next turn would be a little better than the WR3 value, so I grabbed Johnson.

I was relatively high on Johnson last year and stashed him on a number of dynasty teams, but 142 targets and 82 receptions far exceeded any upside expectations I had. I think the combination of Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick should guarantee at least 120 targets again. That's more than enough for Johnson to be a top tier WR3.

Bramel's Current Roster
3.02 - QB Michael Vick - PHI 1.02 - RB Arian Foster - HOU 2.11 - WR Dwayne Bowe - KCC
4.11 - WR Dez Bryant - DAL
5.02 - WR Steve Johnson - BUF

Pick 5.03 - TE Jason Witten - DAL
Comments by Wood: I can barely contain my excitement over Witten falling to me in the 5th round. He has finished 1st or 2nd among fantasy TEs in three of the last four years, and yet was the 4th TE off the board. He's as close to a lock for 80-90 receptions and 900-1,000 yards as anyone at his position. And while some may still think of him as a guy who doesn't score much, TDs are lumpy and he found paydirt 9 times last season.

Wood's Current Roster
4.10 - QB Tom Brady - NEP 1.03 - RB Chris Johnson - TEN 3.03 - WR Miles Austin - DAL
5.03 - TE Jason Witten - DAL 2.10 - RB Matt Forte - CHI

Pick 5.04 - QB Philip Rivers - SDC
Comments by Dodds: With three RBs and a WR on board and the quality QBs disappearing quickly, I opt to get Rivers here. He is extremely safe for a 5th round pick. He has not missed a regular season game in 5 seasons and has thrown for 4,000+ yards each of the last three years. He passed for 4,710 yards and 30 TDs despite missing Vincent Jackson for most of the year and Antonio Gates for a large part of it.

Dodds' Current Roster
5.04 - QB Philip Rivers - SDC 1.04 - RB Jamaal Charles - KCC 3.04 - WR Mike Wallace - PIT
2.09 - RB Rashard Mendenhall - PIT
4.09 - RB Jahvid Best - DET

Pick 5.05 - WR Sidney Rice - MIN
Comments by Tremblay: I was set to pull the trigger on Philip Rivers here, but Dodds snagged him just ahead of me. I would have been very happy if Dallas Clark had slipped to me here, but that wasn't going to (and did not) happen. Without any great values at QB or TE on the board, my choice to go WR was an easy one, and Sidney Rice was the best of the bunch. His status with the Vikings is uncertain at the moment, though if he moves on to a new team, I don't think it would hurt his production. More worrisome is the surgically repaired hip. He missed the first ten games of 2010, and had to deal with erratic quarterback play when he returned. He made a few sufficiently spectacular catches, though, to convince me that can return to his 2009 form. Although Rice is a riskier player than I'd normally want to take in the first five rounds, his upside potential makes him worth the risk.

Tremblay's Current Roster
1.05 - RB LeSean McCoy - PHI 3.05 - WR Brandon Lloyd - DEN
2.08 - RB Peyton Hillis - CLE 5.05 - WR Sidney Rice - MIN
4.08 - RB Ryan Mathews - SDC

Pick 5.06 - RB Marshawn Lynch - SEA
Comments by Gray: Lynch is a guy that seems fairly underrated at the moment. The Seahawks traded for him before Week 5, and they clearly consider him their top back. He is easily the most talented runner in Seattle, and the team has added no one of note at the position. With another season to acclimate himself into the offense, I expect starting-quality production from Lynch. To get him in the middle of the fifth is pretty much a steal. However, I'll need another back very soon since I don't like to be thin at the position.

Gray's Current Roster
4.07 - TE Jermichael Finley - GBP 1.06 - RB Ray Rice - BAL 2.07 - WR Vincent Jackson - SDC
5.06 - RB Marshawn Lynch - SEA 3.06 - WR Brandon Marshall - MIA

Pick 5.07 - TE Vernon Davis - SFO
Comments by Rudnicki: At this point in the draft, I feel pretty good about the two starting running back and receivers I've drafted, so I start looking at the other two key positions. If Philip Rivers hadn't been taken by Dodds a couple picks earlier, I think he probably would have been my pick here. With him gone though, I didn't feel a need to reach on anyone else so I shifted gears and checked out the TE value. Would have preferred Jason Witten, but he was taken at 5.03. There was still an elite talent on the board in Vernon Davis though. Davis wasn't nearly as dominant in 2010 as he was the year prior, but he was still a top-5 player at his position. That type of multi-year consistency makes a player more appealing to me, and Davis is still at a point in his career where further development and improvement is possible. The coaching change might be cause for some concern as Mike Singletary seemed to get the most out of him, but I think Jim Harbaugh might also be the type of coach who can take the 49ers passing offense to a higher level overall. With the core of my starting lineup in place now, I feel good about my ability to continue looking for the best player available in future rounds.

Rudnicki's Current Roster
5.07 - TE Vernon Davis - SFO 1.07 - RB Maurice Jones-Drew - JAC 2.06 - WR Greg Jennings - GBP
4.06 - RB Ahmad Bradshaw - NYG 3.07 - WR Wes Welker - NEP

Pick 5.08 - QB Tony Romo - DAL
Comments by Bloom: Plan A at QB pre-draft was to have Romo, the last of the elite seven QBs, fall to me at this point. I started sweating when Philip Rivers went at 5..4 to Dodds, but Romo survived the next three picks. Romo has been at or near the level of Peyton/Brees/Rodgers production since Miles Austin broke out. He isn't quite as durable as those guys and doesn't have their reps in fantasy circles, but functionally he is just about as good as a fraction of the price. Trying to snag Matt Ryan even later at a cheaper price, or angling for committee of two of Sam Bradford/Josh Freeman/Tim Tebow would have been plan B and C if this didn't work out. I probably would have agonized between Knowshon Moreno and Percy Harvin if I had gotten sniped and Romo was taken just before my pick, but luckily I didn't, and both were there for my next pick.

Bloom's Current Roster
5.08 - QB Tony Romo - DAL 2.05 - RB Steven Jackson - STL 1.08 - WR Andre Johnson - HOU
3.08 - WR DeSean Jackson - PHI
4.05 - WR Santonio Holmes - NYJ

Pick 5.09 - TE Marcedes Lewis - JAC
Comments by Wimer: Entering round five and my pick at 5.09, I had two top shelf wide receivers and two solid running backs rostered. All the elite QBs on my board (Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees) were gone already, so I turned my attention to tight ends. Marcedes Lewis was available at 5.09 (Vernon Davis had been snatched two picks earlier at 5.07), so I pulled the trigger on Lewis right where my board said he should go, as the sixth tight end off the board. Lewis came out of fantasy nowhere-ville last year to land among the top five at his position (prior to last year's fourth-place fantasy TE finish (58/700/10 receiving), he was ranked 20th or worse). Lewis has built a good rapport with David Garrard, and as long as the team is in contention for an AFC Playoff berth in 2011, that link-up should continue. Both Garrard and coach Jack Del Rio are on the hotseat this year, though, so if the team falters I could suffer through the growing pains of Blaine Gabbert late in the year. I think the Jaguars should be in contention well into December, though, so I am not overly concerned about upheaval on the team's depth chart. Dirk Koetter is in his fifth season as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator this year, so coaching stability is good here for Lewis and Garrard.

Wimer's Current Roster
5.09 - TE Marcedes Lewis - JAC 3.09 - RB Michael Turner - ATL 1.09 - WR Roddy White - ATL
4.04 - RB DeAngelo Williams - CAR 2.04 - WR Reggie Wayne - IND

Pick 5.10 - RB Felix Jones - DAL
Comments by Tefertiller: Jones was a low-end fantasy RB2 last season while splitting touches with Marion Barber. Barber, and his hefty salary, is expected to be released soon after football is resumed. This would leave Jones to battle just Tashard Choice and rookie DeMarco Murray for touches. He is a very good RB2 option this season in PPR leagues. Expect Jones to get the yeoman's share of the touches as Murray struggles as a rookie and Choice looks to regain his 2008 and 2009 form (sporting over five yards per carry). Knowshon Moreno was my only other consideration here as a RB2.

Tefertiller's Current Roster
1.10 - RB Darren McFadden - OAK 2.03 - WR Larry Fitzgerald - ARI
5.10 - RB Felix Jones - DAL 3.10 - WR Marques Colston - NOS
4.03 - WR Austin Collie - IND

Pick 5.11 - TE Jimmy Graham - NOS
Comments by Pasquino: After starting WR/RB/WR/QB, it was time to look at both running backs and tight ends to build up this roster. I had originally considered a tight end at the 3-4 turn when I thought about how to draft from the 11-spot, but considering how deep that position is and how much I wanted two Top 15 WRs and a stud QB I knew I had to wait at tight end. Getting Jimmy Graham at 5.11 is a nice pick I think since he should be the stud in New Orleans for Drew Brees. Considering that Chris Cooley did not even come back to me in the seventh I felt even better about getting Graham (I like Cooley, but I like Graham, his offense and Drew Brees more) when I did.

Pasquino's Current Roster
4.02 - QB Peyton Manning - IND 2.02 - RB Frank Gore - SFO 1.11 - WR Calvin Johnson - DET
5.11 - TE Jimmy Graham - NOS 3.11 - WR Jeremy Maclin - PHI

Pick 5.12 - WR A.J. Green - CIN
Comments by Lammey: There are some who believe I'll take too many rookies in this draft. There are others who feel the rookies won't be as productive when the season rolls around because of the lockout. These sentiments are complete and total bull####. Yes, I focus on younger players and no the lockout will not hurt their production when it counts - the fantasy playoffs. My second rookie, A.J. Green, is set to be a star from day one. He's simply got everything it takes to be an impact player each and every week. The Bengals are moving forward with Green as the primary target in their passing game led by fellow rookie Andy Dalton. Green makes difficult catches seem routine, and should quickly earn the trust of Dalton. He'll get plenty of targets, and I feel great about getting him as my WR3 in a PPR league with the option to start three WRs any week. Green is the truth, and any doubters will quickly be silenced when he takes the field.

Lammey's Current Roster
2.01 - QB Aaron Rodgers - GBP 4.01 - RB Mark Ingram - NOS 1.12 - WR Hakeem Nicks - NYG
3.12 - WR Mike Williams - TBB
5.12 - WR A.J. Green - CIN

Round 6

Pick 6.01 - RB LeGarrette Blount - TBB
Comments by Lammey: Blount is simply a battering ram who can wear down an opposing defense. He's big, nasty, powerful, and runs behind his pads well. The second-year back also has a nose for the end zone, and was the 25th best RB in fantasy football last year despite being undrafted and cut by the Titans after training camp. I expect his numbers to improve this year as he only played in 13 games in 2010 and didn't splash onto the scene until week eight. He's not much of a receiver, and that will certainly hold him back in a PPR league. The next back I get had better be a better pass catcher out of the backfield.

Lammey's Current Roster
2.01 - QB Aaron Rodgers - GBP 4.01 - RB Mark Ingram - NOS 1.12 - WR Hakeem Nicks - NYG
6.01 - RB LeGarrette Blount - TBB 3.12 - WR Mike Williams - TBB
5.12 - WR A.J. Green - CIN

Pick 6.02 - RB Daniel Thomas - MIA
Comments by Pasquino: Taking Daniel Thomas at the start of Round 6 broke the hopes and dreams of a few other drafters (hi Jason) but we all do that to each other in these drafts. That is not my problem, after all, as I am building this team to be the best it can be. I decided to go TE first since Cecil needed a TE as well, and I felt he would only take one RB which he did. Legarrette Blount or Daniel Thomas were both fine with me, so when Cecil took Blount I had the rookie starter for the Dolphins as my RB2.

Pasquino's Current Roster
4.02 - QB Peyton Manning - IND 2.02 - RB Frank Gore - SFO 1.11 - WR Calvin Johnson - DET
5.11 - TE Jimmy Graham - NOS 6.02 - RB Daniel Thomas - MIA 3.11 - WR Jeremy Maclin - PHI

Pick 6.03 - WR Terrell Owens - CIN
Comments by Tefertiller: I know many are asking why I would take WR4 here and not address the obvious holes at quarterback and tight end. There were plenty of options left at each position. This is the same aging superstar who finished as WR10 (in points per game) in his first season as a Bengal. I have confidence in his ability, even without knowing where Owens will play in 2011. I see his downside as the 2009 finish of WR26. Not too bad for a WR4 in a PPR league. While most worry about his age (37 years old), Owens is a great upside pick in the sixth round. If he lands in a decent spot, another top-ten finish is well within reason. Shonn Greene was the player I almost took instead of the soon-to-be-former-Bengal.

Tefertiller's Current Roster
1.10 - RB Darren McFadden - OAK 2.03 - WR Larry Fitzgerald - ARI
5.10 - RB Felix Jones - DAL 3.10 - WR Marques Colston - NOS
4.03 - WR Austin Collie - IND
6.03 - WR Terrell Owens - CIN

Pick 6.04 - TE Owen Daniels - HOU
Comments by Wimer: Round six rolled around with my seventh-ranked tight end, Owen Daniels, still on the board at 6.04. I had intended to complete my starting roster of WRs at this pick, but in my opinion Daniels' ceiling in the Houston offense is among the top three at his position. He was awarded a four-year, $22 million deal on Thursday, March third 2011 which indicates to me he is fully healthy again after two injury-marred seasons. By adding Daniels I shifted my flex strategy from playing four wide receivers to playing two tight ends most weeks in this league. However, since he should catch 4-5 balls per week and has the potential for mid-single digit TDs during 2011, I am comfortable going two tight ends thanks to having Lewis and Daniels land in my lap in the mid-rounds. OC Rick Dennison enters his second season with the Texans, so he and Daniels have had time and repetitions in Dennison's system. Continuity on the Texans' offense should help insulate Daniels and the rest of the Texans from mental errors caused by the ongoing labor stoppage in the NFL.

Wimer's Current Roster
5.09 - TE Marcedes Lewis - JAC 3.09 - RB Michael Turner - ATL 1.09 - WR Roddy White - ATL
6.04 - TE Owen Daniels - HOU 4.04 - RB DeAngelo Williams - CAR 2.04 - WR Reggie Wayne - IND

Pick 6.05 - RB Knowshon Moreno - DEN
Comments by Bloom: I actually like Percy Harvin the player better than Moreno, but coming out of the first five rounds with only one running back, this pick had to be BRBA (Best Running Back Available). Moreno's profile is trending down on the heels of a story that he may be seen as a third-down back by the Broncos organization, but risk and reward more than balance in the sixth. If the Broncos don't land a DeAngelo Williams level talent in free agency, Moreno should be the lead back again this year. Even with Moreno missing three games with injuries and being limited by injuries in others, he managed to score eight touchdowns, notch over 1000 total yards, and catch almost three passes a game. He has demonstrated more than enough upside to merit a pick here, especially on a running back needy PPR roster.

Bloom's Current Roster
5.08 - QB Tony Romo - DAL 2.05 - RB Steven Jackson - STL 1.08 - WR Andre Johnson - HOU
6.05 - RB Knowshon Moreno - DEN 3.08 - WR DeSean Jackson - PHI
4.05 - WR Santonio Holmes - NYJ

Pick 6.06 - QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT
Comments by Rudnicki: When my pick in the 6th round came up, I was waiting on Roethlisberger as I felt he was the last available QB from the upper tier. While he may not have QB1 upside like Rodgers or Vick does, he's not too far off either and can still put up similar numbers to those guys in most weeks. The Steelers are known as a run-heavy offense, but they also throw the ball very well. After sitting out the first four games last year while serving a suspension, he averaged just about the same number of points per game as Tom Brady did and only about a point per game less than Rivers and Brees. The loss of Santonio Holmes didn't really seem to have much of an impact on his production as Mike Wallace stepped right into that role and finished as a top-10 fantasy WR. Bottom line, he clearly belongs in the top-8 fantasy QBs and there is a significant drop-off after him. The next QB wasn't taken until Matt Ryan at 8.04, over 20 picks later, so I felt very good about getting the last player in his tier.

Rudnicki's Current Roster
6.06 - QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT 1.07 - RB Maurice Jones-Drew - JAC 2.06 - WR Greg Jennings - GBP
5.07 - TE Vernon Davis - SFO 4.06 - RB Ahmad Bradshaw - NYG 3.07 - WR Wes Welker - NEP

Pick 6.07 - RB Shonn Greene - NYJ
Comments by Gray: I'm not thrilled with this selection, but Greene has excellent value here. Over the offseason, LaDainian Tomlinson stated that he was going to give way to Greene, and it very well could happen in 2011. Sure, much was expected from him as a rookie, but we sometimes expect greatness too soon from rookies. At the very least, Greene will be an excellent flex option and has very good upside. Hard to ask for more from a sixth-round running back.

Gray's Current Roster
4.07 - TE Jermichael Finley - GBP 1.06 - RB Ray Rice - BAL 2.07 - WR Vincent Jackson - SDC
5.06 - RB Marshawn Lynch - SEA 3.06 - WR Brandon Marshall - MIA
6.07 - RB Shonn Greene - NYJ

Pick 6.08 - WR Kenny Britt - TEN
Comments by Tremblay: Britt is my third WR, and my third WR with a shaky QB situation. He's had problems off the field, and he's been inconsistent on the field, but when he's at his best, he's practically unstoppable. Britt would have been my second choice at 5.05, so I was very pleased to see him fall to me at 6.08. In a league that starts three WRs, I think it's important to draft three WRs within the first seven rounds, preferably within the first six. Now that I've got three RBs and three WRs, I can start looking around for a QB and TE.

Tremblay's Current Roster
1.05 - RB LeSean McCoy - PHI 3.05 - WR Brandon Lloyd - DEN
2.08 - RB Peyton Hillis - CLE 5.05 - WR Sidney Rice - MIN
4.08 - RB Ryan Mathews - SDC 6.08 - WR Kenny Britt - TEN

Pick 6.09 - WR Anquan Boldin - BAL
Comments by Dodds: When you draft three RBs early like I have done in this draft, you usually need to find a few diamonds in the rough at the WR position to have a strong team. I like Boldin here to rebound in his second year with the Ravens. Boldin was a force in Arizona with Kurt Warner, but struggled much of 2010 learning a new system and getting on the same page with Joe Flacco. There were moments of brilliance though. He caught 8 passes for 142 yards and 3 scores in week 3. Joe Flacco is improving and I believe the addition of rookie Torrey Smith could really open things up for the Boldin this year. And at 37 year old, Derrick Mason is likely to be phased out of this offense as the year goes on.

Dodds' Current Roster
5.04 - QB Philip Rivers - SDC 1.04 - RB Jamaal Charles - KCC 3.04 - WR Mike Wallace - PIT
2.09 - RB Rashard Mendenhall - PIT 6.09 - WR Anquan Boldin - BAL
4.09 - RB Jahvid Best - DET

Pick 6.10 - WR Percy Harvin - MIN
Comments by Wood: While the Vikings QB situation is uncertain, Harvin has produced with a number of QBs under center already. The migraines are a concern, but when he's on the field he's productive, particularly in a PPR format. With Sidney Rice's pending free agency, Harvin is likely to be the Vikings most targeted receiver, regardless of whether Christian Ponder or an as yet unnamed veteran get the nod.

Wood's Current Roster
4.10 - QB Tom Brady - NEP 1.03 - RB Chris Johnson - TEN 3.03 - WR Miles Austin - DAL
5.03 - TE Jason Witten - DAL 2.10 - RB Matt Forte - CHI 6.10 - WR Percy Harvin - MIN

Pick 6.11 - RB Cedric Benson - CIN
Comments by Bramel: As it happened, the WR3 value was tremendous as the 6.11 approached. I nearly had Percy Harvin or Anquan Boldin fall into my lap, and Michael Crabtree and Pierre Garcon were still on the board at 6.11. I'd definitely have taken Harvin or Boldin as a likely every week flex candidate if they fell to me, but I liked Benson, Grant (and Fred Jackson) as potential 300 touch players with some PPR upside. With the RB3 tier likely to dry up altogether by the next turn, I passed on the riskier receivers in favor of the running backs. I think Benson stays with the Bengals and gets more targets in the passing game, even if he sees little third down duty, in Cincinnati's new WCO.

Bramel's Current Roster
3.02 - QB Michael Vick - PHI 1.02 - RB Arian Foster - HOU 2.11 - WR Dwayne Bowe - KCC
6.11 - RB Cedric Benson - CIN 4.11 - WR Dez Bryant - DAL
5.02 - WR Steve Johnson - BUF

Pick 6.12 - WR Steve Smith - CAR
Comments by Waldman: This was the case of taking the best player available who I believe will be in a better situation if the labor strife is resolved sooner than later. I could see Smith in San Diego or New England and if that happens, he's well worth the price I just paid for him. If he stays in Carolina then I overpaid, and my only hope is that Cam Newton displays the same kind of trust in Smith on intermediate and deep perimeter passes that he showed with Darvin Adams at Auburn. "Hoping," is too early at this stage of a draft.

Waldman's Current Roster
2.12 - QB Drew Brees - NOS 1.01 - RB Adrian Peterson - MIN 6.12 - WR Steve Smith - CAR
3.01 - TE Antonio Gates - SDC 5.01 - RB Jonathan Stewart - CAR
4.12 - TE Dallas Clark - IND

Round 7

Pick 7.01 - WR Michael Crabtree - SFO
Comments by Waldman: I wasn't exactly thrilled with taking Crabtree, but he is a reasonable WR3. With Gates and Clark possessing the skill and offensive systems to out-perform many WR1s and most WR2s, I just need Crabtree to match up well against WR3s or other teams' TE1s. Smith might be a boom-bust option, but I think Crabtree should continue to improve even if Alex Smith remains the starting QB all year. If the 49ers choose to insert Kaepernick early then I'm sunk, but I don't think the rookie is nearly ready to take that role unless San Francisco takes an early dive.

The player who I really considered at 7.01, but waited to see if I could get him at 8.12, was Seattle receiver Mike Williams. The former USC star was my "Fantasy Dumpster Diving," selection in June 2010 that paid off in the fall. Sigmund Bloom shocked me when he took Williams at 7.08. Not because Williams isn't worth that pick - 65 receptions and 751 yards - but I didn't expect Bloom to be the one to make it. I remember Bloom disparaging Williams this time last year during a mock. It just goes to show you that a good fantasy owner doesn't let his ego override vital information. That's a credit to Bloom.

Waldman's Current Roster
2.12 - QB Drew Brees - NOS 1.01 - RB Adrian Peterson - MIN 6.12 - WR Steve Smith - CAR
3.01 - TE Antonio Gates - SDC 5.01 - RB Jonathan Stewart - CAR 7.01 - WR Michael Crabtree - SFO
4.12 - TE Dallas Clark - IND

Pick 7.02 - RB Ryan Grant - GBP
Comments by Bramel: I like James Starks, but I think Grant will get the first shot at a starting job and 20 touches/game in Green Bay. In that offense, that level of usage (or an injury to Starks) would make Grant a top 15 back.

Bramel's Current Roster
3.02 - QB Michael Vick - PHI 1.02 - RB Arian Foster - HOU 2.11 - WR Dwayne Bowe - KCC
6.11 - RB Cedric Benson - CIN 4.11 - WR Dez Bryant - DAL
7.02 - RB Ryan Grant - GBP 5.02 - WR Steve Johnson - BUF

Pick 7.03 - RB Ryan Williams - ARI
Comments by Wood: I wasn't targeting another RB in particular this round, but Williams was atop my VBD rankings, so I took him. I'm presuming that were this a normal offseason, Williams would have been long gone by the 7th round. But the combination of subpar rookie seasons from recent RBs like C.J. Spiller and Chris Wells, combined with the lockout making the Cardinals depth chart plans uncertain, led to Williams dropping. I think Williams has the game to step in right away and be the bell cow Wells hasn't become.

Wood's Current Roster
4.10 - QB Tom Brady - NEP 1.03 - RB Chris Johnson - TEN 3.03 - WR Miles Austin - DAL
5.03 - TE Jason Witten - DAL 2.10 - RB Matt Forte - CHI 6.10 - WR Percy Harvin - MIN
7.03 - RB Ryan Williams - ARI

Pick 7.04 - WR Pierre Garcon - IND
Comments by Dodds: To Austin Collie or not Austin Collie, that is the question. Or maybe it's not. Pierre Garcon is an enigma. That's a given. He gets open routinely and has the great Peyton Manning throwing him the ball. But despite those two facts, he drops ball after ball. He was targeted 117 times last season, yet managed to catch 67 balls. So why do I like him to rebound here? It's mostly about who else the Colts have at WR. Reggie Wayne has been great through the years, but his yards per catch has fallen off a cliff (nosediving from 15.2 in 2006 to a disappointing 12.2 last season). Where Wayne used to get great separation, he barely gets open these days and defenses tackle him almost immediately. He enters the season at 32 and although will be the #1 WR for the Colts, he may see a lot of action as a decoy if he is double-teamed. Austin Collie is the big unknown. He played great while on the field, but suffered two crushing concussions that make him extremely risky. Another concussion and he might be forced down for the season. And that's why I believe Garcon could be a beat here. The Colts will get their 4,000 passing yards and despite the drops, Garcon might end up being their very best option this year.

Dodds' Current Roster
5.04 - QB Philip Rivers - SDC 1.04 - RB Jamaal Charles - KCC 3.04 - WR Mike Wallace - PIT
2.09 - RB Rashard Mendenhall - PIT 6.09 - WR Anquan Boldin - BAL
4.09 - RB Jahvid Best - DET 7.04 - WR Pierre Garcon - IND

Pick 7.05 - TE Zach Miller - OAK
Comments by Tremblay: I was unable to get Antonio Gates in the third round or Dallas Clark in the fifth, so I waited until the middle rounds to address the position. In a PPR league, I could have done worse than landing Zach Miller in the seventh. Miller is a free agent, possibly unrestricted, but I expect the Raiders to hold onto him. He has good hands and is a good athlete for a tight end, and has been one of the few reliable performers in the Raiders' passing offense. He'll need to find the end zone more frequently to be a solid fantasy starter rather than a merely passable one, but I am confident that he's got it in him.

Tremblay's Current Roster
7.05 - TE Zach Miller - OAK 1.05 - RB LeSean McCoy - PHI 3.05 - WR Brandon Lloyd - DEN
2.08 - RB Peyton Hillis - CLE 5.05 - WR Sidney Rice - MIN
4.08 - RB Ryan Mathews - SDC 6.08 - WR Kenny Britt - TEN

Pick 7.06 - WR Mike Thomas - JAC
Comments by Gray: Getting a wide receiver here was pretty much a forgone conclusion. Seeing as I needed a third starter, I decided to play it safe and go for a guy that will likely get 70-80 receptions. With Mike Sims-Walker out of the picture, Thomas should be Jacksonville's top receiver and has a pretty high floor. Of course, he will be hard pressed to turn in an elite season, Thomas is an excellent third receiver.

Gray's Current Roster
4.07 - TE Jermichael Finley - GBP 1.06 - RB Ray Rice - BAL 2.07 - WR Vincent Jackson - SDC
5.06 - RB Marshawn Lynch - SEA 3.06 - WR Brandon Marshall - MIA
6.07 - RB Shonn Greene - NYJ 7.06 - WR Mike Thomas - JAC

Pick 7.07 - RB Fred Jackson - BUF
Comments by Rudnicki: After grabbing a starting TE and QB in the last two rounds, it was time to get back to filling out my RB and WR groups because you need a lot of depth there to compete in a flex PPR league. None of the players who went right before me were that appealing, except for perhaps Michael Crabtree who went 6 spots earlier. I considered a player like Mike Williams in Seattle but felt like he was not that much better than the WRs I could probably get later on. So, I turned to the RB position. I think most teams like to come out of a draft with at least 3 reliable RBs that you can count on to start each and every week. The only RB still available that seemed to meet that description to me was Fred Jackson. He got off to a slow start last year while the Bills tried to make their 3-headed RB situation work. With C.J. Spiller not really living up to expectations and Marshawn Lynch getting traded, a huge opportunity opened up for Jackson. He became the team's clear feature back around the fifth or sixth game and went on a huge tear. The Bills got some great QB play from Ryan Fitzpatrick and their offense finally showed the ability to move the ball and put up points consistently. Jackson is just a very good all-around back who can play in all downs and situations. C.J. Spiller figures to take on a bigger role this year, but he hasn't yet shown the ability to gain the tough yards between the tackles and is probably going to be used as more of a receiver/change of pace type back. I expect Jackson to wind up with better numbers than he put up in 2010 when he was pretty much a lower-end RB2.

Rudnicki's Current Roster
6.06 - QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT 1.07 - RB Maurice Jones-Drew - JAC 2.06 - WR Greg Jennings - GBP
5.07 - TE Vernon Davis - SFO 4.06 - RB Ahmad Bradshaw - NYG 3.07 - WR Wes Welker - NEP
7.07 - RB Fred Jackson - BUF

Pick 7.08 - WR Mike Williams - SEA
Comments by Bloom: I didn't love this pick because no one stood out on my board as a clear value. My running back board was stacked with rookie and other upside projects and veterans who had lower ceilings, but higher floors. My wide receiver board was even flatter for the next few rounds, but Williams did stand out as potential 100-catch guy if Matt Hasselbeck returns to Seattle. He is a strong first bench wide receiver and flex option as long as he stays in shape this offseason.

Bloom's Current Roster
5.08 - QB Tony Romo - DAL 2.05 - RB Steven Jackson - STL 1.08 - WR Andre Johnson - HOU
6.05 - RB Knowshon Moreno - DEN 3.08 - WR DeSean Jackson - PHI
4.05 - WR Santonio Holmes - NYJ
7.08 - WR Mike Williams - SEA

Pick 7.09 - RB Pierre Thomas - NOS
Comments by Wimer: Round seven (7.09) saw my most controversial draft pick of the evening, when I selected Pierre Thomas of the Saints. Thomas signed a four-year, $12 million deal Thursday, March 3rd, which indicates to me that the team expects him to fully recover from his ankle injury/surgery and to have a significant role on the team this year. Some of the other Footballguys came down on me for "reaching" for Thomas, with remarks asserting that rookie wunderkind Mark Ingram is a "prototypical three-down back" and so forth. However, I have watched a LOT of first round running backs struggle in their first season in the NFL (or flat-out bust) - many of those with the benefit of a full offseason of organized team activities, mini-camps and etc. Mark Ingram will not have the opportunity to learn New Orleans' sophisticated offense prior to arriving at training camp, and may not have the benefit of a full training camp this year. I expect him to be a member of the Saints' running back by committee by the second half of the 2011 season, but I think it will take a year or more for the 28th pick in the 2011 draft to challenge for a full-blown, bell-cow status in New Orleans. Time will tell if I was wise or foolish with the Thomas pick, of if the Saints snagged a top-10-pick talent at #28 in the NFL lottery this year. Thomas's coaching situation in New Orleans is stable, with OC Pete Carmichael Jr. running the offense for the fourth year this season.

Wimer's Current Roster
5.09 - TE Marcedes Lewis - JAC 3.09 - RB Michael Turner - ATL 1.09 - WR Roddy White - ATL
6.04 - TE Owen Daniels - HOU 4.04 - RB DeAngelo Williams - CAR 2.04 - WR Reggie Wayne - IND
7.09 - RB Pierre Thomas - NOS

Pick 7.10 - TE Chris Cooley - WAS
Comments by Tefertiller: Who could have guessed that Cooley would have two top five finishes at his position in the last three seasons ... with only six touchdowns combined in those three years? Making the feat even more impressive is the poor passing Cooley has endured with Jason Campbell and Donovan McNabb under center. As long as he can stay healthy, I expect the athletic tight end to finish as an elite option once again. Knowing I could get him at this spot is why I waited so long to address the position. He was the last top tight end on my list so this was a great pick for my team.

Tefertiller's Current Roster
7.10 - TE Chris Cooley - WAS 1.10 - RB Darren McFadden - OAK 2.03 - WR Larry Fitzgerald - ARI
5.10 - RB Felix Jones - DAL 3.10 - WR Marques Colston - NOS
4.03 - WR Austin Collie - IND
6.03 - WR Terrell Owens - CIN

Pick 7.11 - WR Julio Jones - ATL
Comments by Pasquino: The 7-8 turn for me was a little more interesting, and rookie aficionado Cecil was devastated when I took Julio Jones as my WR3. Taking the new starter in Atlanta is great for me since he will have a solid QB in Matt Ryan, a stud WR1 on the other side in Roddy White and even a good ground game with Michael Turner. The recipe for 55-65 catches and 800-900 yards with 6-7 scores sounds about right, and those 171-197 points would put him in the WR23-WR35 range last year. I will take the average there and call him a solid WR3 overall and a reasonable Top 30 wide receiver even in his rookie year.

Pasquino's Current Roster
4.02 - QB Peyton Manning - IND 2.02 - RB Frank Gore - SFO 1.11 - WR Calvin Johnson - DET
5.11 - TE Jimmy Graham - NOS 6.02 - RB Daniel Thomas - MIA 3.11 - WR Jeremy Maclin - PHI
7.11 - WR Julio Jones - ATL

Pick 7.12 - TE Rob Gronkowski - NEP
Comments by Lammey: I wanted to grab Jags TE Marcedes Lewis, but he went off the board in the 5th round. My backup plan was to get Zach Miller, but he went off the board just a few picks before this one. I feel great to get Gronkowski, especially after a rookie season where he ranked as the 5th best fantasy tight end. He has a nose for the end zone and has clearly earned the trust of QB Tom Brady. Gronk may not get as many receptions as other players at his position, but I expect his dominance in the red zone to continue. New England added TE Lee Smith in the 2011 NFL Draft, but he's not a threat to Gronkowski's role. Smith is seen as the eventual replacement to Alge Crumpler and is known for his blocking ability. Gronk is another second-year player (gasp!) but I believe in his skill set and we've seen him produce at a high level in one of the best passing games in the league.

Lammey's Current Roster
2.01 - QB Aaron Rodgers - GBP 4.01 - RB Mark Ingram - NOS 1.12 - WR Hakeem Nicks - NYG
7.12 - TE Rob Gronkowski - NEP 6.01 - RB LeGarrette Blount - TBB 3.12 - WR Mike Williams - TBB
5.12 - WR A.J. Green - CIN

Round 8

Pick 8.01 - RB Mikel Leshoure - DET
Comments by Lammey: Time to ‘motorboat' here. (Somewhere Waldman is smiling). LeShoure was my favorite RB in this draft class, and I was considering him much sooner than this point. He is a big, strong, fast, and agile RB. In fact, he's a lot more nimble and nifty than his size would indicate. He does a great job of running with sharp instincts and vision to find rushing lanes against the grain. Yes, he's in Detroit with Jahvid Best but I feel both could have plenty of fantasy value. Best is best (pun intended) used as a change of pace runner. LeShoure will be the workhorse for the Lions and they'll use him in that capacity to grind down the defense. Best may get more receptions out of the backfield, but LeShoure will get more carries and be the primary weapon at the goalline. If Best gets banged up again, LeShoure could easily be used as a receiver out of the backfield because he is a natural hands catcher and knows how to take advantage of a defense on screen passes. I would rather take a rookie with huge upside here than reach for an underachieving veteran like Beanie Wells.

Lammey's Current Roster
2.01 - QB Aaron Rodgers - GBP 4.01 - RB Mark Ingram - NOS 1.12 - WR Hakeem Nicks - NYG
7.12 - TE Rob Gronkowski - NEP 6.01 - RB LeGarrette Blount - TBB 3.12 - WR Mike Williams - TBB
8.01 - RB Mikel Leshoure - DET 5.12 - WR A.J. Green - CIN

Pick 8.02 - RB Delone Carter - IND
Comments by Pasquino: My last pick was probably what will be perceived as my biggest reach in the draft, Delone Carter of the Colts. I have Carter as a Top 30 running back for this season, and looking at the draft so far 32 RBs had been taken - so if I want him, I think this is the time to go get him. As for Carter's value, my reasoning is pretty simple - I think Carter is a better rusher than Joseph Addai. Given how well Addai did when he came into the Indianapolis offense, I think Carter can match or exceed that. The Colts struggled on the ground last year (29th overall in rushing) yet have had double-digit rushing touchdowns the last two seasons. I think Carter will dominate the ground game and get over 800 yards and get most of those 12-16 rushing scores, making him a solid RB3/flex option.

After eight rounds, this team has a stud QB, 3 RBs, 3WRs and a tight end. I still expect to address more RB and WR value over the next few rounds, adding more flex and spot start options.

Pasquino's Current Roster
4.02 - QB Peyton Manning - IND 2.02 - RB Frank Gore - SFO 1.11 - WR Calvin Johnson - DET
5.11 - TE Jimmy Graham - NOS 6.02 - RB Daniel Thomas - MIA 3.11 - WR Jeremy Maclin - PHI
8.02 - RB Delone Carter - IND 7.11 - WR Julio Jones - ATL

Pick 8.03 - WR Santana Moss - WAS
Comments by Tefertiller: Once again, I expect this pick left many scratching the heads as we can only start four wide receivers in a given week. But, the value was too much to pass up. I looked at quarterbacks (Schaub, Ryan, and Freeman), but did not think any of those were better than the notch below. Moss gives me the fifth receiver to finish in the top fifteen last year in points per game average (PPR). Those worried about where Moss lands in 2012 should consider that most every NFL quarterback would be an improvement over Campbell, McNabb, and sexy Rexy Grossman.

Tefertiller's Current Roster
7.10 - TE Chris Cooley - WAS 1.10 - RB Darren McFadden - OAK 2.03 - WR Larry Fitzgerald - ARI
5.10 - RB Felix Jones - DAL 3.10 - WR Marques Colston - NOS
4.03 - WR Austin Collie - IND
6.03 - WR Terrell Owens - CIN
8.03 - WR Santana Moss - WAS

Pick 8.04 - QB Matt Ryan - ATL
Comments by Wimer: In round eight I was excited to see QB Matt Ryan on the board (I selected him at 8.04 as the ninth QB off the board). He is a player I expect to move into the top 10 at his position during 2011 (he's sixth on my QB board right now, actually), with a hard charge during the second half of the 2011 season once talented rookies Julio Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers are fully integrated into the Falcons' offense. Atlanta's offense should be much more potent and unpredictable with these young players teamed with Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner. The Falcons' coaching staff is stable and the system is very comfortable for Ryan and company, as I noted earlier.

Wimer's Current Roster
8.04 - QB Matt Ryan - ATL 3.09 - RB Michael Turner - ATL 1.09 - WR Roddy White - ATL
5.09 - TE Marcedes Lewis - JAC 4.04 - RB DeAngelo Williams - CAR 2.04 - WR Reggie Wayne - IND
6.04 - TE Owen Daniels - HOU 7.09 - RB Pierre Thomas - NOS

Pick 8.05 - RB Joseph Addai - IND
Comments by Bloom: While I can make a pretty compelling case for Moreno's upside in the sixth, he is still far from a reliable RB2 option at this point, so I had to address running back again in this round. I continued to avoid tight end because once I missed out on the top four, I was committed to a strategy of just waiting as long as possible to get two of my top 18 or three of my top 21 TEs. Because this was more of a firewall pick for the Moreno selection than a swing for the fences upside play, Addai was the most attractive option. I expect him to return to Indianapolis and be a viable RB2 for as long as he stays healthy. That is worth an eighth round pick unless you are stacked by the time the draft gets that far.

Bloom's Current Roster
5.08 - QB Tony Romo - DAL 2.05 - RB Steven Jackson - STL 1.08 - WR Andre Johnson - HOU
6.05 - RB Knowshon Moreno - DEN 3.08 - WR DeSean Jackson - PHI
8.05 - RB Joseph Addai - IND 4.05 - WR Santonio Holmes - NYJ
7.08 - WR Mike Williams - SEA

Pick 8.06 - TE Brandon Pettigrew - DET
Comments by Rudnicki: In the 8th round, I was mostly interested in adding a receiver as I had picked just 2 in the first 7 rounds and certainly felt like I was falling behind at that position compared to my competitors. None of the players available really stood out from the group though, and I felt reasonably confident that a player I liked would still be available in the next round or two. So, I took a quick look at the other positions to see if there was any player sliding lower than he should who would provide nice value at this spot. While there was some nice value at QB in a player like Matt Schaub out there, I felt like it was far too early to take my backup as I will most likely be starting Roethlisberger in most weeks. The player who stood out to me as the clear best available at his position was Pettigrew. Despite playing without his QB1 for much of the year and competing with Tony Scheffler for TE targets, he had a breakout season in Detroit last year and finished with 71 catches, 700+ yards, and 4 touchdowns. It looked to me like he began to establish himself as one of the best young tight ends in the league and I think he'll become the clear #2 receiving target for Stafford and the Lions going forward. The Lions appear to be a team and offense on the rise and I think Pettigrew is a player who could explode for a top-5 type season if things go right. Even though I liked Davis as my starter, I now have another player to use in that spot if he busts and I can use the other as a flex starter if necessary. After 8 rounds, my team has only 2 WRs so that will become a big focus in the rounds ahead.

Rudnicki's Current Roster
6.06 - QB Ben Roethlisberger - PIT 1.07 - RB Maurice Jones-Drew - JAC 2.06 - WR Greg Jennings - GBP
5.07 - TE Vernon Davis - SFO 4.06 - RB Ahmad Bradshaw - NYG 3.07 - WR Wes Welker - NEP
8.06 - TE Brandon Pettigrew - DET 7.07 - RB Fred Jackson - BUF

Pick 8.07 - QB Matt Schaub - HOU
Comments by Gray: Generally speaking, I try to be one of the last team's to get their first quarterback (and I'll also be one of the first to draft a second). Since nine signalcallers were off the board, hitting the position here was a pretty easy decision. As luck would have it, my No. 7 quarterback was still on the board. I quickly grabbed Schaub. The Houston offense will continue to throw almost at will, and it doesn't hurt to have Andre Johnson as a target. At this stage of the draft, I'm stoked about my roster. I have balance throughout and will not be forced to take a position based on need. Really liking this draft so far.

Gray's Current Roster
8.07 - QB Matt Schaub - HOU 1.06 - RB Ray Rice - BAL 2.07 - WR Vincent Jackson - SDC
4.07 - TE Jermichael Finley - GBP 5.06 - RB Marshawn Lynch - SEA 3.06 - WR Brandon Marshall - MIA
6.07 - RB Shonn Greene - NYJ 7.06 - WR Mike Thomas - JAC

Pick 8.08 - QB Josh Freeman - TBB
Comments by Tremblay: I waited a good while on QB in this draft, but ended up with someone I'm comfortable with as my fantasy starter. Freeman was generally consistent last season, throwing at least one touchdown in 16 of the Bucs' 17 games. He's not a surefire stud, so I will have to grab two more QBs (a luxury of having 22-player rosters) with decent potential later on. But Freeman is a passable fantasy QB1 in my estimation . . . the last one remaining at this point in the draft. Passing on him and trying to make do with slimmer pickings later in the draft was not an option.

Tremblay's Current Roster
8.08 - QB Josh Freeman - TBB 1.05 - RB LeSean McCoy - PHI 3.05 - WR Brandon Lloyd - DEN
7.05 - TE Zach Miller - OAK 2.08 - RB Peyton Hillis - CLE 5.05 - WR Sidney Rice - MIN
4.08 - RB Ryan Mathews - SDC 6.08 - WR Kenny Britt - TEN

Pick 8.09 - WR Johnny Knox - CHI
Comments by Dodds: Speed kills. Drafted from a small school (Abilene Christian), it's taken a few years for Knox to find his stride, but he did just that in 2010. He enters 2011 as the Bears top WR and when you play for Mike Martz that should mean massive opportunity and production. His 18.8 yards per catch is typical of the production seen by a WR1 in a Martz attack as the Offensive Coordinator loves to get players involved in deeper routes. Knox managed only 5 TDs in 2010, but did score 3 of these in weeks 15 and 16 when fantasy players needed them most. Look for Knox to continue to build on last season.

Dodds' Current Roster
5.04 - QB Philip Rivers - SDC 1.04 - RB Jamaal Charles - KCC 3.04 - WR Mike Wallace - PIT
2.09 - RB Rashard Mendenhall - PIT 6.09 - WR Anquan Boldin - BAL
4.09 - RB Jahvid Best - DET 7.04 - WR Pierre Garcon - IND
8.09 - WR Johnny Knox - CHI

Pick 8.10 - WR Jacoby Ford - OAK
Comments by Wood: I was a bit surprised looking back on my draft that I went in this direction, and admittedly it was clouded by my belief that I need to grab a WR at this pick or the next or risk significant dilution. Ford was one of the last WRs in a tier that I labeled as "possible every week starters" for fantasy purposes. I'm putting a lot of faith in a few glimpses of ability we saw last year, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if this pick ends up not working out.

Wood's Current Roster
4.10 - QB Tom Brady - NEP 1.03 - RB Chris Johnson - TEN 3.03 - WR Miles Austin - DAL
5.03 - TE Jason Witten - DAL 2.10 - RB Matt Forte - CHI 6.10 - WR Percy Harvin - MIN
7.03 - RB Ryan Williams - ARI 8.10 - WR Jacoby Ford - OAK

Pick 8.11 - WR Deion Branch - NEP
Comments by Bramel: Branch, who was 37-586-5 over the final eight games in NE, was a great value almost two rounds after considering Harvin and Boldin. Through 8 rounds, that gives me a possible top 3 or better QB (Vick), a likely top 5 or better back (Foster) and four strong PPR options at WR (Bowe, Bryant, Johnson, Branch). Benson and Grant are risky RB2 options, so I could use some depth there. A starting TE and insurance for Vick as my primary QB are other high priorities over the next 3-4 rounds.

Bramel's Current Roster
3.02 - QB Michael Vick - PHI 1.02 - RB Arian Foster - HOU 2.11 - WR Dwayne Bowe - KCC
6.11 - RB Cedric Benson - CIN 4.11 - WR Dez Bryant - DAL
7.02 - RB Ryan Grant - GBP 5.02 - WR Steve Johnson - BUF
8.11 - WR Deion Branch - NEP

Pick 8.12 - WR Mark Clayton - STL
Comments by Waldman: I believe Clayton could be one of those players who finally turns into the performer he was expected to become when the Ravens drafted him. Clayton only played four-and-a-quarter games for St. Louis before suffering a season-ending injury, but he average 12 fantasy points per game during that stretch. He was also consistently productive and demonstrated a nice rapport with his old workout buddy Sam Bradford.

I think Cecil Lammey and I see the Bradford-Clayton combo in the same way. We both recall that Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd had a nice rapport in Chicago and Josh McDaniels capitalized on it. I think McDaniels envisions the same possibilities with Bradford and Clayton. Clayton isn't the acrobat that Lloyd is, but I think he's the odds-on favorite to be the Rams' primary threat in the passing game.

Like Lloyd, Clayton has shown moments as a pro despite a disappointing start to his career. He caught 67 passes for 939 yards and 5 scores in 2006 and I think if healthy, he'll be at least this productive in 2011.

Waldman's Current Roster
2.12 - QB Drew Brees - NOS 1.01 - RB Adrian Peterson - MIN 6.12 - WR Steve Smith - CAR
3.01 - TE Antonio Gates - SDC 5.01 - RB Jonathan Stewart - CAR 7.01 - WR Michael Crabtree - SFO
4.12 - TE Dallas Clark - IND 8.12 - WR Mark Clayton - STL
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