NFL.com held its second experts league mock draft of the year on Friday, July 19th. The standard scoring league consists of NFL Fantasy LIVE members Dave Dameshek, Elliot Harrison, Michael Fabiano, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Jaime Maggio, Adam Rank, Matt "Money" Smith and Jason Smith. Also in the league are NFL.com fantasy editor Marcas Grant and NFL.com associate fantasy editor John Juhasz. Each owner was required to put together a lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one flex (RB/WR/TE), one tight end, one kicker and one defense/special teams unit.
*Note: To view the entire 15-round mock draft, click here.
What is your draft strategy?
As usual, I'm going after the best players that are remaining by the time my turn comes around. I had the 9th pick (out of 10) which isn't great, but on the bright side, in a snake draft, I get another pick soon after. In the first round, I went with Bengals WR AJ Green, then scooped up TE Jimmy Graham in the second round.
Did your strategy work?
Overall, I'm pleased with my team! I've got a pair of running backs who should see lots of targets and a top quality QB in Tom Brady. Throw in a few calculated risks in the late rounds and I think things worked out well.
What was your favorite pick?
I liked drafting Jimmy Graham early. People tend to target RBs and WRs (which I did with AJ Green as my first round pick) but I feel it's important to have top performers where you can, so I was happy to draft an elite TE in Graham with my second round pick. He's clearly been a top performer at his position, and I'd rather that than a second tier RB or WR.
What pick do you most regret?
I can't say I regret taking Giants RB Andre Brown in 10th round, but I definitely went with my heart there. I didn't have a Giant on my team yet and I wanted one. There, I said it. Yeah, yeah ... Brown broke his leg in November 2012, and yes, the G-Men also have David Wilson and it's been stated they will split carries. However, Brown had been on a five-game scoring streak before the leg injury and led the team in rushing TDs last year. He's struggled with injuries throughout his career, but I'm a glass-half-full kind of girl. It was the 10th round. Leave me alone.
Who had the best draft?
Tough to say at this point, a lot of teams look solid. Check back with me in Week 1!