Mock Draft Results – 8th Round
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85. Robert Griffin (ADP 8.08)-
Maybe Robert Griffin won’t come close to the numbers Cam Newton posted as a rookie but his running ability will make him a future top five quarterback and a possible first-round pick in the future.
Upside is what your drafting in Griffin in the middle rounds and he should at least provide you a quality backup through his rookie season.
86. Robert Meachem (ADP 7.07)-
Norv Turner seems happy with Meachem as a starter but I’m not sure it will last. Even if it does, don’t expect him to post consistent numbers as mainly a vertical threat.
87. Matt Schaub (ADP 9.11) -
This pick is a reach. Expect the game scripts to lean on the running game and the defense. Schaub’s days as a threat for 4,000 yards passing are likely over and if Andre Johnson should go down, he’s not even worth having as a backup.
88. Donald Brown (ADP 7.04) -
Early in the summer it appeared Brown had a strong hold on the starting job and his ADP trend was on the rise. While Brown should have the first crack to hold down the starting job, don’t count Delone Carter out.
Brown is unlikely to hold up through a season as the starter and will always struggle to be a physical runner. This is a physical style of running game, so it doesn’t really suit Brown to be the top option in the long run.
89. Titus Young (ADP 8.03)-
Young will win on nine routes and has some shake and bake to his game that will confuse corners down the field. That said, I don’t like his overall skill set and his off and on the field issues are reason enough for me to stay away.
90. Kenny Britt (ADP 7.09)-
This off-season just keeps getting worse for Britt has he’s likely to face a suspension and even blew up recently over a fine from this team. I think Britt is trying to be a more responsible person but he’s having a tough go of it lately. Perhaps we should bail on him unless he falls outside the top ten rounds of your draft.
91. Randy Moss (ADP 8.05)-
Consistency is likely to be an issue with Moss. Alex Smith should make strides this year but he’s not the type of quarterback who makes stick throws or challenges often down the field.
Will be interesting to see how the 49ers use all the different skill set players they have in this offense. Based on matchups, expect the 49ers coaches to script game plans to attack the opponents’ weaknesses. That’s not uncommon for all teams, but there will be times Moss isn’t going to be much of a factor in the game plan.
92. 49ers Defense (ADP 8.07)-
Starting off with the Packers and Lions to begin the season isn’t a great start for this group. San Francisco has the best defense in football but they also have a tougher schedule.
As is the case in most situations, you will want to have a quality backup or work the waiver wire on the weeks this group plays an unfavorable matchup.
93. Jahvid Best (ADP 8.09) -
No way, it’s time to give up on Best and anyone who takes him at this point isn’t paying attention to his situation close enough. Best is likely to be nothing more than a third down back and that’s if he doesn’t have to hang them up because of his concussion problems.
94. Ben Tate (ADP 7.06) -
The top backup in the game, Ben Tate would be an instant RB2 if something should happen to Arian Foster. If you have the depth to hold him, it’s probably worth it because of his upside if he should land a starting role.
95. LeGarrette Blount (ADP 10.02) -
Blount is having a good off-season and would be an RB2 candidate if Doug Martin should fall to injury. Until then he’s unlikely to help your team much and is probably better on the waiver wire in twelve team leagues.
96. Matt Ryan (ADP 7.02) -
The Falcons will throw the football more often as they continue to slowly phase Michael Turner out of the offense. Turner will get his work but expect Jacquizz Rodgers to see more time on the field than last year.
That should mean a pass first offense and it’s time for Ryan to take another step in his progression as a quarterback. Not sure whether that will happen, but the game scripts and talent at receiver make him a viable QB1 option.
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