Mock Draft Results – 9th Round
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97. Pierre Garcon (ADP 8.08)-
While I still believe Garcon will be an inconsistent player he should be Robert Griffin’s top deep play threat. Because Griffin has terrific arm-strength and outstanding vertical accuracy, Garcon could be in for a breakout year.
After watching the Redskins first preseason action it is clear Griffin is comfortable with Garcon and he’s going to be the No.1 receiver in this offense. If Garcon continues to impress we should strongly consider him a WR3 option on draft day, especially in standard scoring leagues.
98. Texans Defense (ADP 9.12)-
While the 49ers have better talent on defense, they also have a challenging schedule outside of their division. The Texans will have a few tough games as all teams do, but I like their odds to be the top unit on my board come draft day.
Wade Phillips will have this team prepared, but let’s keep an eye on the inside linebacker position. As long as Brian Cushing is healthy they should be fine, but losing DeMeco Ryans for Bradie James shouldn’t be considered an upgrade.
99. Jared Cook (ADP 12.07)-
No one can deny Cook’s ability but he’s just not getting it done in camp. It’s still early but Cook just hasn’t rounded his game into shape so the Titans can trust him on the field in all situations. Drafting Cook at his point should be considered a stretch at this point, but let’s hope Cook can rally through preseason action.
100. Ben Roethlisberger (ADP 9.06) –
Time to be concerned about Roethlisberger after he re-injured his ankle in practice. Because Roethlisberger is a tough guy, he played through the injury into the playoffs, but perhaps that wasn’t a good idea. The fact that he’s already shown signs the ankle still bothers him, will only encourage defenders around the league to go after his injury.
For what it’s worth, Roethlisberger did play in the teams week one presesaon game against the Eagles and displayed his usual mobility in the pocket. Good sign, but he’s likely to battle through another injury filled season.
101. Malcom Floyd (ADP 8.03)-
While Antonio Gates is the prime option in the passing game, Floyd will be the top receiver on the outside for Rivers. Consistency will likely be a problem for Floyd but he has a new contract to play for and I expect him to be a solid matchup play and bye week fill in on your roster.
102. Eagles Defense (ADP 10.10)-
This will be a bounce back season for the Eagles as they did a terrific job filling in the gaps they had a year ago. Sure, they brought in some star power last year but forgot to bring a linebacking corps that fits their defense and they lacked a niche specific slot corner.
Philadelphia addressed those issues and brought in even more rotational help on the front line to scare and confuse opposing offenses.
103. C.J. Spiller (ADP 7.10) –
A worthy hold as a backup, Spiller will be active in the Bills offense but is better suited for a PPR league. In a standard league he’s best left as a bench player who could start for you in favorable matchups and bye weeks.
104. Toby Gerhart (ADP 8.11) –
What looked to be a great opportunity for Gerhart to start the season is fading away as it appears Adrian Peterson is expected to be active week one. While we should expect Gerhart to work in a committee early, if Peterson stays healthy, he will be a player to cut by October.
105. Ronnie Hillman (ADP 10.09) –
Love Hillman and I believe at some point this year he will breakout for big numbers. That said, a hamstring injury has slowed him down in training camp and it’s clear Willis McGahee will be the starter to open the season. Keep an eye on Hillman but for now he’s worth only a late round stash in redraft leagues.
106. Felix Jones (ADP 11.11) –
Jones has always had ability but his injury problems allowed another running back to find the field and take his starting job. Now a backup, Jones could be a sneaky hold if Murray goes down at some point. I don’t like Jones this high in the draft as he’s merely a late round speculative option.
107. Brandon Pettigrew (ADP 8.10)-
Matthew Stafford’s security blanket over the middle of the field, Pettigrew will remain active in this offense. We should like Pettigrew’s odds for 80 receptions and over 6 touchdowns in this pass happy offense.
108. Jay Cutler (ADP 8.04)-
With Alshon Jeffery impressing in camp, Cutler will have another big-play weapon to work within the offense. Watch out for the Bears passing game and at this time Cutler makes for a terrific backup for your squad.
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