2012 Experts Mock Draft (June) Results: FFToday.com
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Experts Mock Draft Results: FFToday.com

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2012 Experts Mock Draft (June)

Draft took place June 6, 2012 - June 25, 2012

Scoring System:
12 Fantasy Sites square off with PPR scoring
20 rounds
Starters of 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1FLEX, 1K, and 1DEF

Franchises:

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Ovr Pick Franchise Selection Pos. Team Age Exp.
1 1.04 FFToday.com Ryan Mathews RB SD 27 2
The benefit of a mock draft is to try different things than what your instincts tell you. In a real draft, I would absolutely go with that Decepticon fellow as the first WR off the board at this pick. Given we have pretty high projections for one Ryan Mathews over at FF Today (RB2 behind Foster), and mostly because I want to see how this plays out in the subsequent rounds starting with a RB, Mathews is the pick. Go Chargers. And just when I was coming around to unsubscribing from their fan club, they pulled me back in.
2 2.09 FFToday.com Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 28 5
Here is something I haven't done in a while, double up at RB to start a draft. If Brady was available here he would have been tempting, but I probably still pass on him, and the WR are fairly interchangeable at this point. Lynch looks like the last of the expected workhorse RB who... uh... find the end zone once in a while (S-Jax). Not much flash to the Seahawks but I do like their commitment to the run. Lynch tore it up the second half of last season. Skittles power!
3 3.04 FFToday.com A.J. Green WR CIN 26 1
Unfortunate Jennings got nabbed because I think he was the easy choice amongst the WR options when I looked ahead to this pick. I'm not a true believer in Cruz. He's the highest projected WR on the FF Today board (per Mike Krueger's projections), but only by a point over Colston. A.J. Green is conservatively projected 30 points behind those guys, but I do agree with the consensus from our FFT Forums crew that he is the pick here. He won't make it back, and he is a rare talent. Guess we need to double cross our fingers no sophomore slump for him or Andy Dalton, impacting Green.
4 4.09 FFToday.com Percy Harvin WR NYJ 26 3
Way back during our 3rd round pick we already had our 4th round target in mind - Percy Harvin. With about six picks to go I pre-drafted just Harvin, Marques Colston and Steve Smith. Smith went quickly, then Colston, and then nervousness set in seeing if Harvin made it to us, and thankfully he did. Once Minnesota figured out how to properly use this guy last year, he had a huge second half including scoring a TD in 5 of 6 straight games, a pair of 10 reception games, and a pair of 8 reception games. Let's not forget the rushing. He rushed 51 times last year, and 32 times in the second half. At 5 yards a pop that adds ~250 yards to his total plus a TD or two. We've got Harvin projected comfortably inside the top 10 WR, which is huge return for a 4th round pick.
5 5.04 FFToday.com Antonio Gates TE SD 34 9
From a pure numbers standpoint, Antonio Gates is not the ideal value pick here. He is amongst a pretty crowded group of similarly projected TE like Jason Witten, Aaron Hernandez, Jermichael Finley amongst others. However, no player at any position was really standing out for us at this point, the most significant being WR Antonio Brown. I'm expecting a big bounce back year from this former stud. He's another year away from his foot problems that slowed him the last two seasons, and the departure of Vincent Jackson and Mike Tolbert should persuade Philip Rivers to look to his primary security blanket even more than he otherwise would. I'll be happier letting Brown go to someone else and settling for a lower ranked WR, than I would be letting Gates pass me by.
6 6.09 FFToday.com Reggie Wayne WR IND 35 11
Wayne makes a great late drafted WR3, the 30th WR off the board in this draft. He's got a rookie QB, but one that couldn't be more highly touted as a passer coming into the league. Targets should be plentiful for Wayne. Even with modest TD expectations, Wayne is going to make up a lot of points on receptions. Some extremely good WR options in the last half dozen off the board, such as Steve Johnson, Antonio Brown, Torrey Smith and Eric Decker.
7 7.04 FFToday.com Peyton Manning QB DEN 38 14
Manning was the 10th QB off the board. I'll take a shot on him at that point. Matt Ryan was still on the board, the only available QB projected higher by FF Today than Peyton, but I'm luke warm on Ryan talent wise. He's got a pair of great receivers, but a new offense and his prior two seasons of improved fantasy stats came on a ton of pass attempts, which I'm not sure is sustainable with their new OC. Peyton has health issues - maybe. We won't truly know until he hits the field again and we see him play. The Broncos have the faith though, and I'll show the same faith in this once in a generation talent.
8 8.09 FFToday.com Peyton Hillis RB NYG 28 4
It took some convincing from FF Today Forums member stonewall to get me to draft Hillis, as he really wasn't on my radar, but I am now connecting the dots on the choice as a solid upside pick. Hillis moves to the Chiefs off clearly a bad year with the Browns. He has something to prove to redeem himself. The Chiefs Jamaal Charles is rehabbing from a serious knee injury, suffered early in the 2011 season, but regardless, Charles is not built for a ton of carries even at full health. Hillis has a nice opportunity to show his 2010 coming out party wasn't a flash in the pan performance.
9 9.04 FFToday.com Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 27 3
While I want to draft a backup QB earlier than I perhaps normally would, I feel we can wait until the next pair of picks for that. A few half decent choices for our first backup WR, but DHB gets the nod because of his steady improvement from year 2 to year 3 of his NFL career, in hopes it continues this season. With Carson Palmer on board, there is less uncertainty about the Raiders young receivers developing than we are typically used to with this team.
10 10.09 FFToday.com Toby Gerhart RB JAX 27 2
I was planning to take Hillman. Goes to show kids. When you know what player you want, use the pre-draft feature :wall:
11 11.04 FFToday.com Carson Palmer QB ARI 34 9
Palmer stepped in last year mid-season with a brand new team and performed, frankly, a lot better than I expected from him. With a proper offseason, more comfort with his teammates and development by his young receivers, Palmer is a decent bet for starter quality fantasy numbers. The somewhat risky Peyton Manning pick provided incentive to take a QB earlier than I might otherwise.
12 12.09 FFToday.com Randall Cobb WR GB 24 1
Cobb is a young, flashy, high risk but high upside pick that makes for a decent (not great, just decent) flier at this point, particularly thanks to the potent offense he plays in. More than likely, this pick is a year or two early before we see a worthwhile fantasy return from Cobb, but when you're picking receivers late in a typical league, go for young with upside over older and consistently average. If the pick doesn't pan out, then you can always throw it back on waivers and try again.
13 13.04 FFToday.com Dustin Keller TE FA 30 4
14 14.09 FFToday.com James Jones WR OAK 30 5
This is a best-ball strategy pick, adding Jones to team with Randall Cobb in the hope between the two of them they can produce starter worthy fantasy numbers most weeks.
15 15.04 FFToday.com Christian Ponder QB MIN 26 1
16 16.09 FFToday.com Buffalo Def BUF    
17 17.04 FFToday.com Dan Bailey PK DAL 26 1
18 18.09 FFToday.com Matt Prater PK DET 30 6
19 19.04 FFToday.com Bilal Powell RB NYJ 25 1
20 20.09 FFToday.com Oakland Def OAK