2012 Fantasy Football Mock Draft | Volume 3
While Kevin and the rest of the NFL Soup family have been working hard on fantasy content lately, I have been hard at work on NFL Draft preparation for 2013.
But that doesn’t mean he gets to have all the fun with fantasy football mock drafts.
Here I am to bring you a completely different style. I’ll be honest, I went a little crazy on rookies, but I’m a big time Risk vs. Reward player when it comes to the fantasy world.
Note – I participated in a 12 team snake draft in which I drafted 7th overall, lasting 15 rounds.
Round 1 – Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Am I a Browns fan? Yes. Am I biased? Slightly.
The fact of the matter is that T-Rich will flirt with 400 touches assuming he doesn’t get a staph infection from the clinic.
There are very few legit offensive weapons in Cleveland and this move reminds me of Adrian Peterson’s rookie season when his starting QB was Tarvaris Jackson.
Speaking of AP…
Round 2 – Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
I haven’t seen AP fall out of the first round since his rookie season. The ACL/MCL surgery really has fantasy owners frightened.
However, I am confident that he will be back by Week 5 or 6 at the latest, despite requiring a huge recovery.
Even if I get a 90% AP for Weeks 6-15, I’ll be a happy camper, but I’ll be optimistic that he opens the season healthy enough to at least split carries with handcuff Toby Gerhart.
Round 3 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
This pick was actually a mistake as I had him in my queue and forgot to tab off of him.
Regardless, this is a reach, but I still am in love with the pick considering the offense in Washington fits his skillset 150%.
I’m not expecting a Cam Newton season out of Griffin, but I am expecting him to flirt with Top 5 fantasy QB status.
Round 4 – Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You can’t convince me not to make this selection. Many will see this as a reach, but the fact of the matter is that Greg Schiano loves to run the ball and he has the offensive weapons to make his running backs look good.
While Martin may get the scold during goal line situations, his breakaway ability and third down skillset makes him a very attractive option. Not to mention, if AP is healthy, Martin becomes a Flex and a damn good one at that.
Round 5 – Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots
Some will love this pick, some will hate it. Despite Lloyd being a bit of a locker room cancer, the guy can ball.
If you haven’t seen, he plays for the New England Patriots, which means that his quarterback is Tom Brady. You may have heard of him.
In the fifth round, this is a bit of a gamble, but given the talent available and the lack of any true WR identity after the top 3-4 at that position, I felt the need to pull the trigger.
Round 6 – Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers
Floyd is a down field threat and is no longer in the shadow of Vincent Jackson.
While I fully expect the Chargers run game to be heavily involved early in games, you can’t count out their ability to throw the ball down field and Floyd has shown flashes of excellence.
Round 7 – David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
While I could use a starter at WR or TE, I opted to grab David Wilson as Ahmad Bradshaw’s handcuff.
Bradshaw has a knack for getting beat up and missing playing time, which tells me that Tom Coughlin will look to spell him and get this talented rookie some carries.
Wilson is a tough runner who has good speed and change of direction ability to make plays.
Round 8 – Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
So what if RGIII doesn’t work out? Oh well, that means I still get a 30+ touchdown potential QB who throws for a ton of yardage.
If RGIII does work out, I have trade bait later in the season, or I can play for match-ups weekly.
This is a solid selection in the 8th round.
Round 9 – Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts.
Andrew Luck will have his work cut out for him in Indianapolis, but you can bet that he is going to get the ball into the hands of the guys he trusts.
Being the college teammate of Luck, and seeing numerous receptions at Stanford, Fleener is a good bet to catch quite a few balls and make a name for himself.
Round 10 – Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Risk vs. Reward selection here. You have arguably the most talented wide receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft opposite one of the best receivers in the league.
If the Cardinals can even remotely figure out their QB situation, Floyd could be a red zone guy that alleviates pressure off of Larry Fit.
Round 11 – Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins
I’m taking a gamble here with Moss who still has the explosiveness to produce as a Flex or WR3 in fantasy.
A combination of a broken hand and terrible quarterback play in Washington played a big part in a disappointing 2011 for Moss.
But RGIII has his new Kendall Wright in D.C. now as Moss looks to get back on track.
Round 12 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
Because of my risky WR picks, I felt the need to grab a big time sleeper.
I don’t see Alshon Jeffery making many huge plays early on in his career, but the potential for red zone scores is there with his size and physical ability.
While Brandon Marshall likely steals the show in Chi-Town, Jeffery could make a splash too. If not, he’s expendable for a waiver wire drop.
Round 13 – Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots
I’m taking a shot in the dark with this pick and hoping that Vereen see’s increased playing time.
The explosive Vereen fits the Patriots offense perfectly and can catch out of the back field.
He will be battling with fellow second year RB Stevan Ridley, veteran Danny Woodhead, and oft-injured Joseph Addai for PT.
It’s a crowded backfield in Foxboro, as usual, but there’s opportunity here.
Round 14 – Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants
Looking back, I could have done without this selection and grabbed my kicker, or a better sleeper.
However, despite a crowded tight end position in New York, I still believe there are receptions to be had for Bennett.
His 6’6 270 frame, with huge hands screams red zone opportunity. The problem is that he will have to battle Bear Pascoe, and Travis Beckum for playing time.
Round 15 – Buffalo Defense
The additions of Mark Anderson and Mario Williams immediately make this defense a contender in 2012 as the pass rush was the biggest problem in Buffalo.
Grabbing Stephon Gilmore with the first round selection, while making the official switch back to the 4-3 defense really gives this defense a much needed bonus.
Look for the Bills to improve vastly on their 2011 numbers.
Note – I purposely did not select a kicker as it is way too early to even remotely calculate success at that position
I clearly was not kidding when I said Risk vs. Reward, was I?
This roster is full of young guys, most specifically rookies with seven of my fifteen selections being drafted in April’s draft.
But all seven of those athletes have big time potential and I do not regret any of those selections.
Perhaps this draft was more geared for a dynasty league, and I could have made sacrifices for more established players, but this team has a lot of boom or bust potential.
NFL Soup will be sharing many of these over the course of the fantasy football pre-season, so keep checking in!