Mock Draft Results – 6th Round
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61. Willis McGahee (ADP 5.09)-
As the season moves along rookie Ronnie Hillman could push McGahee for time, but expect the veteran to see a sizable workload to start the year. It would be in the Broncos best interest to lean on McGahee when they can as Peyton Manning is still working his way back from his neck injury.
62. James Starks (ADP 7.06)-
Because of injuries, Starks is getting every opportunity to show he can be the Packers starting tailback, but he’s disappointed in camp. We should expect Starks to win the starting job but by default because Alex Green is still rehabbing his knee injury from last summer.
Look for the Packers to remain a pass heavy offense with little to offer in the running game until Green is healthy. Starks should be consider a reach at this point, and is better suited as a late round option for depth.
63. Jonathan Stewart (ADP 8.02)-
Another stretch in the sixth round. No one can deny Stewart has the talent to be an RB1, but his situation is horrible. Still behind DeAngelo Williams, Stewart will also contend with Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton for goal-line opportunities.
One bright spot to Stewart’s role last year was he caught over 40 receptions, but in a standard scoring league you won’t receive reception points, lowering his value. Best to steer clear of Stewart and let someone else over draft him because of his talent.
64. Antonio Brown (ADP 5.07)-
Selections like Antonio Brown in the sixth round shows us how deep receiver is. Brown will be the top possession receiver in the Steelers offense, but he has the speed and shiftiness in the open field to make big plays.
Expect Mike Wallace to return to camp by the end of August and as long as he’s on the field, Brown will benefit from Wallace taking the top off the defense.
65. Steve Johnson (ADP 6.04)-
I’m concerned about Johnson as he’s continued to miss time in camp because of a problematic groin injury. Johnson played with a groin problem most of last season and waited until April to have surgery. We need to monitor his situation through camp, but if he continues to miss action, we should pass on him at this point in the draft.
To Johnson’s credit he did look good in the teams first preseason action actually turning one reception a touchdown. Don’t bother looking through the box score for the score, because of a penalty on the play, but Johnson looked like his normal self.
66. Jermicahel Finley (ADP 6.04)-
Finley suffered a concussion at the start of camp, and second year backup D.J. Williams is putting together a solid off-season. I’m concerned that Finley his an injury prone tight end and if Williams flashes in the preseason, the Packers may feel good about their backup situation.
Look for Finley to win the starting job, but if he should have nagging injuries, the Packers may hold him out of action, because they feel Williams can get the job done, thus giving Finley extra rest.
67. Tony Romo (ADP 6.04) –
We should see Romo’s ADP fall some in the coming weeks. Miles Austin suffered another hamstring injury in camp, Dez Bryant is practicing well but is a problem child and the depth at receiver is concerning. Romo is still a low-end QB1, but you better have a quality backup in case he struggles.
68. Eli Manning (ADP 7.05) –
Maybe options like Michael Vick and Philip Rivers will go ahead of Manning because of there upside, but it was the Giants signal caller who out produced them last year. Manning still has a pass friendly situation in New York.
Hakeem Nicks is an injury concern but should be ready for week one. We should also consider Rueben Randle an upgrade over Mario Manningham. Sure, Manningham had the big catch in the Super Bowl, but watch him on film and you’ll notice a sloppy receiver that is lackadaisical at times.
69. Vernon Davis (ADP 6.06)-
If Randy Moss can take the top off the defense, it should help Vernon Davis post one of the better statlines of his career. Davis blew up in the playoffs and improved his play in the second half of the season, after he had a grasp on Jim Harbaugh’s playbook.
70. DeSean Jackson (ADP 5.08)-
Like Chris Johnson and Randy Moss, it appears DeSean Jackson is ready to earn his paycheck this year. That’s nice, but it doesn’t do much for the fantasy owners he let down last season. Jackson has shown the ability to shut it down when he wants to but he should be fine this year.
As we’ve seen all too often with these primadonna stars, when they want to turn it on, they can be terrific. Jackson is a great value in the sixth round in a standard scoring league.
71. Jason Witten (ADP 6.10)-
We could see a nice year from Witten as the Cowboys are weak at receiver depth. Witten was hurt because of the emergence of Laurent Robinson in the offense last year, but with Robinson gone, Witten will receive more targets.
72. Peyton Manning (ADP 7.01) –
Not a fan of Peyton Manning going this high. Expect him to start off slow as he works his way back to full strength from his neck surgeries. Manning will make Demarius Thomas and Eric Decker top twenty receivers, but he may disappoint you early in the season.
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