12 Team Mock Draft
With DeAngelo Williams set to hit free agency, it looks like Jonathan Stewart will finally get the starting job for the Panthers to begin the year. Sadly, the Panthers have fallen a long way from where they were in Stewart’s rookie season, when they were riding high atop the NFC South.
Because of Stewart’s continued health problems over his first three seasons, it seems the hype or love in fantasy circles has quieted down, but if he comes into camp healthy, I believe he could rush for over 1,300 yards and score at least eight touchdowns.
Where it will likely be a problem for Stewart is in how he gets those numbers, as there will be games and stretches where the Panthers are blown out early, and the running game is shut down for the second half. Then again, the passing game projects to be so weak this year, Carolina is likely to stay with the run, even when they are behind, as developing Cam Newton will be important, and you can’t do that with consistent three and outs.
Simply put, if you can get Stewart as a third-round pick in a ten to twelve team league, like is the case in the mock draft below, I would jump on that value. Below I have a few more notes from this 12 team mock draft that I participated in at ESPN’s mock draft lobby.
Calvin Johnson Fourth Pick Overall
Don’t get me wrong, I love Calvin Johnson, but it’s ridiculous that someone drafted him as the fourth overall pick. In a twelve team standard redraft league, I can understand if you are looking to a quarterback, if you really want Michael Vick or Aaron Rodgers, but to go with a receiver over a top notch running back, just is not quality value.
Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford Go To Team One
I like the strategy of team one in this mock draft as they waited on a quarterback until the middle rounds of the draft and took to talented youngsters in Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford. If you’re going to wait in a 1o team league or deeper, it’s hard to do better than to grab these two talented young guns.
If you should go this way on draft day, I would look to Stafford as your starter to begin the season as he clearly showed us he has the ability to put the football in the end zone, and he has a super star receiver in Johnson. Bradford has a deep group of talented receivers and the addition of OC Josh McDaniels will help him, but I’m a little concerned he will have problems converting more than 24 touchdowns this season.
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