Let the madness begin. I took part in day one of mock madness. I was looking at two things in this Mock. First, I want value at each spot, second, I want to roll the dice on a couple of players.
June 26 Mock Draft: 10 Teams 15 Rounds (Pick #4)
1. Ray Rice (#2 RB)
2. Matthew Stafford (#5 QB)
3. Greg Jennings (#4 WR)
4. Trent Richardson (#8 RB)
5. Dez Bryant (#17 WR)
6. Marques Colston (#20 WR)
7. James Starks (#41 RB)
8. Brandon Pettigrew (#9 TE)
9. Doug Martin (#13 RB)
10. Pittsburgh D (#10 D)
11. Malcolm Floyd (#53)
12. Ryan Fitzpatrick (#17 QB)
13. David Akers (#5 K)
14. Nate Washington
15. Brandon Jacobs
Can't believe Rice slid. McCoy went 2nd Foster 3rd. A Rodg went first overall…must have been a cheesehead fan.
Definitely wasn't thinking quarterback here, but with Rodgers, Brady and Brees gone, I cant pass up Stafford's upside with the offense they have…as long as they stop getting arrested.
Totally psyched to get a top five receiver here. Jennings is a beast and I feel bigger things this season. Rodgers stats won't diminish, but I can't see Jordy Nelson being as big of a factor as a season ago.
Found my first rookie in Trent Richardson. We've got him ranked 8th overall in our pre-season cheat sheet. I get him in the fourth round. Will he put up Adrian Peterson rookie numbers? Probably not, but with Brad Childress and his "kick ass" offense embedded in Cleveland, I like what the rook might do.
I'm not a Dez Bryant guy, and Victor Cruz was sniped the pick before mine, I went with the Cowboy, but thought hard about DeSean Jackson.
As nervous as I was getting about my receiver depth, being able to get Marques Coltson here calmed them a bit. Not expecting big TD numbers out of him, but the Saints aren't going to suddenly stop throwing the football.
I have no idea what to expect with the Packer running game. They may drop back and throw every down in Green Bay. All I know is that James Starks has been named the top dog in the backfield. What does that give me or mean? Absolutely nothing.
Needed a tight end and grabbed Brandon Pettigrew here. Nothing spectacular, but he'll do the trick.
Snatched my second rookie in round nine when I took Tampa Bay runner Doug Martin. Liked the upside this late. The other runners that went after him were Jonathan Steward and Donald Brown.
Steelers Defense, David Akers and some depth rounded out the 10th-15th rounds.
Overall I feel okay with how my draft broke down. Excited about the rookies I selected. Would look hard to deal for a better number two receiver. After my top running back, I am putting a ton of hope on rookies or guys that haven't been the guy.
Draft Grade: B