Mock Draft Results – 4th Round
If you happened to watch the Saints play the 49ers, you may have witnessed Mark Ingram’s first touchdown as a professional. Expect that to happen around ten times in the regular season as the Saints are set to roll, and Ingram will win rookie of the year. Below you will find my thoughts on each player selected in the fourth round of our mock draft results, with their respective ADP value from Mock Draft Central listed.
31. Mike Wallace (ADP 33.74) Already, one of the better deep threats in football, Mike Wallace should be a top ten receiver in standard scoring leagues. As a fourth-round selection, Wallace has respectable value as Ben Roethlisberger is still in his prime and should have no problems getting the football in Wallace’s hands.
32. Peyton Manning (ADP 26.83) – While I’m concerned about Peyton Manning’s neck, I don’t blame fantasy owners for viewing him as a third or fourth-round selection. Manning has a terrific track record for playing through injuries and maintaining a high level of performance.
Just, the same, let’s keep an eye on his health status as we move closer to September as I would like to hear that he’s at least able to do everything he wants physically in practice, before viewing him as a top five option.
33. Vincent Jackson (ADP 39.63) – Contract talks gone bad, cost Vincent Jackson most of last season as he was looking for a new deal. While Jackson is still looking for a new contract, he will be on the field for the Chargers and should be a great No.2 receiver for any team this year.
34. DeAngelo Williams (ADP 45.91) Back with the Panthers, DeAngelo Williams disappointed me by staying with one of the worst teams in football, but I can’t blame him for taking the money. Look for Williams ADP to climb some as we head deeper into August but not too much more as injury problems over the past two years, have left some fantasy owners resentful.
At the end of the day, I believe Williams will be one of the top twenty backs for fantasy, and he should enjoy a decent season with tackle Jeff Otah back and healthy.
35. Tom Brady (ADP 33.47) – The addition of Chad Ochocinco only adds to the weapons Tom Brady can use as he looks for another MVP trophy and Super Bowl Championship. My only concern for Brady’s fantasy value is that the Patriots seem to want a balanced offense which could make it challenging for Brady to top 4,000 yards passing.
36. Mark Ingram (ADP 66.59) – In the fourth round, I went with Saints’ rookie Mark Ingram as I find him to actually be undervalued for even this round, when it comes to competitive leagues. Don’t be surprised if Ingram’s value climbs over the preseason, as he will be the Saints main running back, and could end the year with top ten numbers at the running back position.
37. Tony Romo (ADP 68.92) – After the big six quarterbacks in fantasy (Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Rivers, Vick, Brees) don’t be surprised if someone stretches to take Tony Romo as was the case in this mock draft, based on the ADP you see next to his name. In the end, drafting Romo as a fourth-round pick isn’t a stretch at all, as the Cowboys will have a high-scoring offense, and I believe Head Coach Jason Garrett will want to get them off to a hot start.
38. Knowshon Moreno (ADP 30.55) – Before the lockout ended, Coach John Fox was more the critical of Knowshon Moreno as he publicly announced that acquiring a running back in free agency was a top priority. As soon as free agency started the Broncos were already making accuses for why they couldn’t sign DeAngelo Williams, and it was clear they only intended to light a fire under Moreno’s butt.
Thus far in camp, reports are mixed from beat writers on Moreno’s performance but with Willis McGahee as his only main competition, Moreno will get every chance to prove he’s the guy.
39. Ahmad Bradshaw (ADP 25.34) – If Ahmad Bradshaw can kick his fumbling habits, he should be worthy of a fourth-round pick, but I have a feeling that Brandon Jacobs is ready to eat into this workload. Bradshaw will get first dibs to start the season, but he had best keep the football in his hands, or else.
40. Jahvid Best (ADP 62.54) – This mock draft happened just before the news of Mikel Leshoure Achillies injury that has now knocked him out for the season. The Lions countered with signing Jerome Harrison, and that is great news for Jahvid Best. Already looking like his former self (before the turf toe problems) Best is in-line for a breakout season and is moving up draft boards fast. Don’t expect to see him this late on draft day if he breaks a few highlight runs in the preseason.
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