Mock Draft Results – 7th Round
61.Vernon Davis (ADP 56.21) – The second tight end taken off the board, Vernon Davis could be the top scoring tight end, despite the situation he’s in. Being a 49er fan, I can personally tell you that the play calling a year ago was a complete joke. Now with Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have the first offensive minded Head Coach in the careers of Davis and quarterback Alex Smith.
Look for Harbaugh to find creative ways to use his tight end as that was a major piece to his offense back in Stanford. Smith loves Davis and why not as this big beast is one of the best in the game.
62. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ADP 46.46) – If you look at BenJarvus Green-Ellis’s ADP value as listed, you will notice that he’s slipped a few rounds in this mock draft, in comparison to his average selection. I find Ellis’s selection in this round to be a better fit than the fifth round as rookies Shane Vareen and Stevan Ridley will cut into his workload. Throw in Danny Woodhead and you have a four way cluster that I want no part of, and you should feel the same way.
63. Malcom Floyd (ADP 72.97) – While Malcom Floyd adds to quarterback Philip Rivers fantasy value, I don’t find him to be an option worth drafting. Sure, someone will look to him as a depth option, but please don’t be the person that takes him as a No.3 starter. Floyd is an average route runner at best and will always be an inconsistent big play wide receiver.
64. Jermichael Finley (ADP 67.60) – So far, so good for Jermichael Finley as it seems like his health is doing good in camp. Clearly, a top five option when healthy, Finley should finally make good on our projections of him being a stud tight end for fantasy football.
65. Dallas Clark ( ADP 59.94) – I was a little surprised to see Dallas Clark fall to me in the seventh round but after his health problems in 2010, it seems some fantasy owners aren’t as bullish on him as last summer. Look to Clark as one of the best tight ends for fantasy and I would suspect if you really want him, you’ll need to commit a sixth-round pick in most leagues.
66. James Starks (ADP 112.03) – This selection is clearly a fine example of the overvalued hype on James Starks over the summer. Yes, the kid did a respectable job in the post season but Ryan Grant is the starter, and Starks still has much to learn. He will be a part of the Packers offense, but don’t look to him as an option worth drafting inside the first ten rounds.
At the end of the day, it’s not like this guy is going to be a game breaker, even if he does get the starting job, and I anticipate that rookie Alex Green will overtake him but next year on the depth chart.
67. Daniel Thomas (ADP 84.27) – This is a better selection than James Starks but Reggie Bush will be the starter for the Dolphins, and at this point he hadn’t gone off the board. Sure, Bush will have his health concerns, but you should target Bush on draft day before Daniel Thomas. In the second half of the season, Bush should break down and Thomas has the potential to be a great flex playback down the stretch.
68. Ryan Torain (ADP 55.57) – How many of you actually think Ryan Torain will last as the starting tail back past September? With a million running backs on the depth chart, and Torain’s inability to stay healthy, this is a marriage that won’t last. Pass on Torain for an option in better situations.
69. Jason Witten (ADP 48.43) – The last of the big five tight ends on the board, Jason Witten should have another good year in Dallas as the team is going to throw the football like crazy.
70. Rashad Jennings (ADP 102.06) – While I like Rashad Jennings a deep stash, he is exactly that, a deep stash. You don’t want to take him in the seventh round of your draft, unless Maurice Jones-Drew shows signs of setbacks with his knee injury. That should happen as we move into the later part of October, but you don’t want to hold Jennings all that time, while better options are on the board to draft.
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