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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Round One

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Fantasy season is back and drafts are right around the corner. It is time to start thinking about building your team because work done in June-August leads to that glorious smack talk in Week 16. So i put together a 10 team, 14 round mock draft. Format is, for starters, 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex, 1 K, 1 D/ST. Enjoy.

1. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (Team 1)

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Brown is such an important part to the Steelers’ offense, and is so productive that he gets my nod as the top overall pick. He did not score a touchdown and averaged just under 60 yards per game with Ben Roethlisberger out for four games, so there is reason to worry with how Ben plays the quarterback position. If Big Ben stays healthy for all 16 games Brown could easily eclipse the 2,000 yard mark and score 15 touchdowns. Upside is just too massive to pass up.

2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers (Team 2)

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MCL and PCL injuries keep him out of the first overall spot, but no way does he drop farther than two on my watch. Bell, when healthy, is the most dynamic running back in the game. His health is a concern, yet he still has so much upside to warrant a top two pick.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants (Team 3)

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Eli Manning began to gel into Ben McAdoo’s offense last year, and looks to continue to improve in 2016. That bodes very well for the one-handed catch wonder. OBJ is a downright stud and a lock for 1,400 yards and 12-15 touchdowns.

4. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys (Team 4)

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Last year was a wash for everyone with the Cowboys. Bryant is healthy, so is Tony Romo, expect them to light up the stat sheet as they did in 2014.

5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings (Team 5)

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So this could be the year AD starts to show his age, but this man is a machine and I still love him as a top three RB.

6. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams (Team 6)

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Hard to give Gurley the nod over Peterson because of how bad the Rams’ offense will be. Well that did not stop him last year, but I would not expect him to average nearly 5 yards per carry once again.

7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (Team 7)

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If I had a choice between Jones and Bryant I would take Bryant every day of the week because Matt Ryan still has yet to become a consistent player behind center. Sure this could be the year he proves everyone wrong and becomes elite but I am not holding my breath. Jones slides into my number four WR because of that.

8. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Team 8)

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I love what I saw from Johnson in his five starts. I hate that he only started five games though, and I am not ready to anoint him as the next great back or even put him over AD or Gurley. He should put up solid number just do not be shocked if he disappoints a little for his lofty preseason status.

9. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots (Team 9)

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Even if Tom Brady missed four games, Gronkowski will still be Gronk. He is by far the best tightend in the game and coming on the turn with a chance to stack him with a good RB/WR makes for a great start.

10. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (Team 10)

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Hopkins had 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns with Brian Hoyer as his main quarterback. Brock Osweiler seems to be an upgrade but with so few games under his belt it is still advisable to be cautious. Hopkins though should still eclipse 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Steal at number ten. 

NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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The Browns and Eagles were dastardly enough to make our last mock a moot point so Corey and I are back at it. This time around I have the odd picks he has the even picks.

1. Los Angeles Rams (7-9)

Jared Goff, QB, California

Hard to go away from Goff, Wentz may have the higher ceiling but Goff is the safer pick of the two.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) 

 Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Wentz was the real winner from the Browns-Eagles trade. He does not have to play for the Browns and goes into a very QB friendly system. All they need to do is give him an offensive line.

3. San Diego Chargers (4-12)

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Chargers may be the real winners of the Titans-Rams trade as they have their left tackle of the next decade fall into their laps.

4. Dallas Cowboys (4-12)

Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

Jerry Jones wants Elliot and he often gets what he wants. Last player Jerry really wanted, reportedly, was some guy named Manziel. Elliot will probably work out better than that guy did.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

The defensive renaissance continues in Jacksonville as they nab the best corner in the draft. Some will argue he is the best player in the draft, either way the Jags continue to make themselves contenders. What more could I add to this, weird that the Jags and the Raiders are “winning” the off-season

6. Baltimore Ravens (5-11)

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

You need to have a quarterback, the Ravens obviously think they have that in Joe Flacco, now to protect him. Stanley fills that need beautifully.

7. San Francisco 49ers (5-11) (Traded to the New York Jets)

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Corey is going to love this. The Jets shed Mo Wilkerson and get their QB of the future as Lynch’s stock skyrockets with Goff and Wentz going 1 and 2. A reach maybe, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract situation nowhere close to being fixed, the Jets need to find somewhere to go under center desperately.

8. Cleveland Browns (3-13)

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Browns have a sever lack of any talent on this roster, they would trade down, but Bosa is just too nice to pass up here.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10)

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Hargreaves gives the Bucs a playmaker in the secondary that they are in need of.

10. New York Giants (6-10)

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Giants continue to add to one of the worst defensives from last year. Jack gives them a versatile playmaker at the line backing position

11. Chicago Bears (6-10)

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Chicago has one of the most anemic pass rushes out there. Buckner helps bring some heat to opposing quarterbacks.

12. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

This may be said every year, but the Saints defense is bad. I mean awful, time to rebuild and Floyd is a great start.

13. Miami Dolphins (6-10) (Traded to the Atlanta Falcons)

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Atlanta desperately needs someone to bring down the quarterback so the package up the 17th pick with a coule mid to late round picks and snag Lawson.

14. Oakland Raiders (7-9)

Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Raiders need some reinforcements and Ragland coming from Nick Saban’s pro style defense continues to only make the Raiders look like a very good pick to win the AFC West.

15. Tennessee Titans (3-13)

Jake Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Traded down, got a king’s ransom, and a tackle to protect Marcus Mariota. What else can I say? This pick just makes so much sense.

16. Detroit Lions (7-9)

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Lions need to toughen up the middle of their defense, Rankins fills that role.

17. Atlanta Falcons (8-8) (Traded to Miami Dolphins)

Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

Lee can play anywhere in the second level and adding to the defense is never a bad idea when you go up against Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski twice a year.

18. Indianapolis Colts (8-8)

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Andrew Luck is praying the Colts finally draft him a lineman. Wish granted Andrew. Hard to move away from this pick.

19. Buffalo Bills (8-8)

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

The Clemson DE slides a bit and Rex Ryan is more than happy to scoop him up.

20. New York Jets (10-6) (Traded to San Francisco 49ers)

LaQuon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

If the 49ers are really going to go with Blaine Gabbert at QB, then they must give him some talent on the outside. Enter Treadwell

21. Washington Redskins (9-7)

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

The offense seems to be pretty much set, now the team that shall not be named turn their attention to the defense. ‘Bama players seem to do fairly well coming into a NFL defense and the Skins hope that Robinson is the same way.

22. Houston Texans (9-7)

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Let the WR run begin! Doctson adds another dimension that a great offense on paper and should take adavatge of playing across from Deandre Hopkins.

23. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Teddy “Captain Checkdown” Bridgewater gets some much needed help on the outside. Now let’s hop Bridgewater can find the deep ball in 2016.

24. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

Cincy looks to have missed out on the top receivers, so they decide to add to the middle of the defense.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Cortez Allen was just released and the Steelers just need to put together a defense that is respectable to help out their otherworldly offense. Alexander is their man here. Sticking with our original pick here.

26. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Red flags or not Corey thinks that the Seahawks can get the most out of him, I personally would have stuck to the other side of the ball. But alas

27. Green Bay Packers (10-6)

William Jackson III, CB, Houston

Jordy Nelson is coming back and Eddie Lacy looks to be returning to form, so the offense is set. Now time to fix the defense, linebacker is also a need and they could very well go that way. No reason to change picks here.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Secondary is getting pretty thin, time to replenish. Also the AFC West all the sudden is very competitive with some good receivers on all teams. Chiefs recognize that and make sure they are able to matchup. Corey stick with my original pick.

29. Arizona Cardinals (13-3) (Traded to the New England Patriots)

Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

Ok so maybe I made this trade just to see Rodger Goodell’s face as he announces the Pats in the first round. Yet, they need help along their defensive line and giving up their two second rounds picks may be worth what Jones can offer.

30. Carolina Panthers (15-1)

Vonn Bell, S, Ole Miss

The Panthers need to shore up their secondary all the sudden. Bell helps that effort.

31. Denver Broncos (12-4)

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Will the Broncos get desperate here and take a QB? My thoughts are yes and Cook will be their choice.

Josh Norman Signs With Washington Redskins

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The Washington Redskins have made a huge move signing former Carolina Panther cornerback Josh Norman. 

This move makes the Redskins favorites once again to win the NFC North and may even thrust them into Lombardi contention. With an already loaded offense and now Norman coming on board the Redskins can shore up the remaining holes on the defense through the draft.

Oh and now he plays Odell Beckham Jr. twice a year. Prepare yourselves, fines are coming.


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