Every summer, it's important to take part in a handful of mock drafts before your official fantasy football league draft takes place. This will give you a feel for how the draft will go, what positions are the deepest and you can come up with a strategy, which you can attack your real draft with.

I am in a 12-man fantasy football league, so I joined a 12-man mock draft and had the 1st pick (I did not want the 1st pick but it was random). 

Running backs on the other hand are very questionable. There are 6 great running backs in Jamaal CharlesLeSean McCoyAdrian PetersonEddie LacyMarshawn Lynch and Matt Forte. After that, it's a crapshoot.

With that being said, take a look at how different your team can look when you have the 7th overall pick and those top running backs are gone.




My Draft:


1. Jamaal Charles, RB Kansas City Chiefs
  • After the season he put up in 2013, there is no way I could pass him up with the #1 overall pick. Hopefully the Chiefs defense will be as good as they were last year which will help Charles get plenty of touches.
    • Any Previous year, I'm going with Adrian Peterson
2. Alfred Morris, RB Washington Redskins
  • Morris lost about 60 carries from his rookie season to his sophomore season last year, which resulted in 400 less rushing yards and 6 less touchdowns. The Redskins were terrible in 2013 and Robert Griffin III was banged up. With the addition of DeSean Jackson and a healthy RG3, the Redskins offense should move the ball easily which means Morris will have plenty of chances to score.
3. Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers
  • After Solidifying my RB positions, Rodgers was still on the board, so I grabbed him with the 1st pick in the 3rd round.
4. Vernon Davis, TE San Francisco 49ers
  • Only needing WRs and a TE to fill up my offensive roster, I went with Vernon Davis who was the best player on the board. 16.3 yards per reception with 13 touchdowns from a tight end? Sign me up!
5. Michael Crabtree, WR San Francisco 49ers
  • Crabtree was ready to make a name for himself in the NFL after a breakout 2012 season with 85 catches, 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns. However injuries limited him to only 5 games last season. Crabtree is now healthy and will bounce back as the 49ers have a lot of firepower on offense (and I have their top 2 weapons).
6. Golden Tate, WR Detroit Lions
  • Golden Tate put up 64 catches, 898 yards and 5 touchdowns with the Super Bowl champs last year in Seattle, despite being a run first team and for the most part a very conservative offense. This year he joins the Detroit Lions. A pass first offense, who love making the big play. Tate will be playing alongside Calvin Johnson, the most feared WR in the game. Tate will see plenty of 1-on-1 coverage against weaker cornerbacks which means he will have more chances to score on the deep ball.
    • Just to throw this out there - Tate put up good numbers playing for Russell Wilson who threw the ball 407 times in 2013. Matthew Stafford threw the ball 634 times in 2013.
7. Eric Decker, WR New York Jets
  • I made this pick under the impression that Michael Vick will be the Jets starting QB in 2014. Decker has averaged 86 catches, 1176 yards and 12 touchdowns the previous 2 years catching passes from Peyton Manning. It clearly helps playing with a guy like Peyton but there's no doubt about it that Decker is a very good WR. He's got good size at 6'3 214 lbs and has good speed. If you've watched him at all over the past two years, you know QBs can throw the ball up in the air and he'll come down with it. Regardless of who the Jets QB is this year, Decker will score around 8 TDs.
8. Cincinatti Defense
  • Simply drafted them over the Carolina Panthers because they play 6 games against the Steelers, Ravens and Browns - 3 teams that don't score a lot of points, take a bunch of sacks and turn it over quite often.
9. Darren Sproles, RB Philadelphia Eagles
  • I love my RB core of Charles and Morris, so drafting Sproles is simply for insurance and BYE week fill ins. Sproles has to compete with LeSean McCoy for touches and they both play very similar style of RB. McCoy is injury prone which also makes Sproles worth drafting.
10. Hakeem Nicks, WR Indianapolis Colts
  • If anyone remembers what Nicks did with the Giants when healthy, then they'll agree with me that drafting him in the 10th round as a 4th WR is somewhat of a steal. Nicks is only 26 and in 2010 & 2011 he had back to back 1,000 yard season with a combined 18 touchdowns. With T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne already on the roster, Nicks won't be the main focus in the Colts passing game which should only help him get back to playing at his top potential.
11. Sammy Watkins, WR Buffalo Bills
  • Just adding more depth to my WRs. Watkins has the potential to be the next big thing in the NFL and I'll take my chances on drafting him in the 11th round. Too much upside to pass up this late in the draft.
12. Dan Bailey, K Dallas Cowboys
  • Cowboys has a lot of weapons on offense but they sometimes struggle to reach the endzone. In result Bailey gets a lot of short FGs which add up throughout the season.
13. Roy Helu Jr., RB Washington Redskins
  • Simply a handcuff to Alfred Morris in case of an injury.
14. Alex Smith, QB Kansas City Chiefs
  • I liked what Smith did in KC last year, but with Rodgers on my roster, he will never play unless its a BYE week for the Packers.
15. Eric Ebron, TE Detroit Lions
  • Ebron might not be the starting TE for the Lions early on in the season but somewhere down the line, this kid will be making a huge impact for this already explosive offense.

Complete Roster:
QB - Aaron Rodgers
WR - Michael Crabtree
WR - Golden Tate
WR - Eric Decker
RB - Jamaal Charles
RB - Alfred Morris
TE - Vernon Davis
K - Dan Bailey
DEF - Cincinnati

QB - Alex Smith
WR - Hakeem Nicks
WR - Sammy Watkins
RB - Darren Sproles
RB - Roy Helu Jr.
TE - Eric Ebron

Top 10 Players Drafted At Each Position



Quarterbacks

1. Peyton Manning - Round 1
2. Drew Brees - Round 2
3. Aaron Rodgers - Round 3
4. Andrew Luck - Round 5
5. Matthew Stafford - Round 5
6. Cam Newton - Round 5
7. Matt Ryan - Round 5
8. Robert Griffin III - Round 6
9. Tom Brady - Round 6
10. Nick Foles - Round 6

Wide Receivers

1. Calvin Johnson - Round 1
2. Demaryius Thomas - Round 1
3. A.J. Green - Round 1
4. Dez Bryant - Round 2
5. Brandon Marshall - Round 2
6. Julio Jones - Round 2
7. Jordy Nelson - Round 2
8. Antonio Brown - Round 3
9. Alshon Jeffery - Round 3
10. Keenan Allen - Round 3

Running Backs

1. Jamaal Charles - Round 1
2. LeSean McCoy - Round 1
3. Adrian Peterson - Round 1
4. Eddie Lacy - Round 1
5. Matt Forte - Round 1
6. Marshawn Lynch - Round 1
7. Montee Ball - Round 1
8. Le'Veon Bell - Round 2
9. DeMarco Murray - Round 2
10. Arian Foster - Round 2

Tight Ends

1. Jimmy Graham - Round 1
2. Julius Thomas - Round 3
3. Rob Gronkowski - Round 4
4. Vernon Davis - Round 4
5. Jordan Cameron - Round 5
6. Greg Olsen - Round 6
7. Jason Witten - Round 7
8. Dennis Pitta - Round 7
9. Kyle Rudolph - Round 7
10. Zach Ertz - Round 7

Kickers

1. Stephen Gostkowski - Round 9
2. Matt Prater - Round 9
3. Adam Vinatieri - Round 9
4. Justin Tucker - Round 9
5. Steven Hauschka - Round 12
6. Phil Dawson - Round 12
7. Dan Bailey - Round 13
8. Nick Novak - Round 15
9. Caleb Sturgis - Round 15
10. Blair Walsh - Round 15

Def/ST

1. Seattle - Round 8
2. San Francisco - Round 8
3. Houston - Round 8
4. Kansas City - Round 8
5. Cincinnati - Round 8
6. Carolina - Round 10
7. Arizona - Round 11
8. St. Louis - Round 11
9. Denver - Round 13
10. New England - Round 14