Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 NFL Preview

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on September 2, 2010.

I haven't had much to write about lately, especially since I've been waiting (and wanting) to do a column about the ever-interesting Tiger Woods, but I am waiting until he regains his championship form and returns to the real-life golf version of The Terminator that we all know and love (or hate, for all the Phil Mickelson fans). So really, that leaves football, which excites me. I had my fantasy football draft about a week and a half ago and have been recklessly trying to get people to sign up for my football pool on, to relatively no avail. So I'm going to go ahead and do my best to project out this NFL season with playoffs and some fantasy relevance when I feel it's important.

NFC West

1. San Francisco 49ers 11-5 Last Year: 8-8

This team really took off in the second part of last season after it made the switch to Alex Smith as it's starting quarterback. Mike Singletary is an excellent defensive coach, and will continue to coach this talented defense to it's potential. Their schedule is incredibly easy, and their division is equally as weak. I've penciled them in for 11 wins, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them get to 12.

2. Arizona Cardinals: 7-9 Last Year: 10-6

This team has a lot of departures to overcome, most notably Kurt Warner at the quarterback position. They've also lost Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby, and Bertrand Berry, each a key player for the Cardinals. Can they repeat their success as of late? I'm not so sure, especially not with Derek Anderson running the show in the desert.

3. Seattle Seahawks: 6-10 Last Year: 5-11

I've gone over their schedule about five times now, and I just can't believe I'm giving this team one more win than they had last season. Can Pete Carroll get it done with an NFL squad? Who knows, but I have them starting the season off the season 2-8 and then finishing 4-2, with wins against St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Arizona, and Carolina.

4. St. Louis Rams: 1-15 Last Year: 1-15

My poor Rams. I told myself I would disown them if they took Sam Bradford instead of Ndamakong Suh in the draft, and they went and took a quarterback with tons of injury risk instead of a defensive lineman that wants to break the opposing quarterback's neck. If Bradford looks good early on and they surprise some people, I'm going to have a hard time not watching them.

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers: 13-3 Last Year: 11-5

This team is one of the best offensive teams in the league. So many weapons offensively, especially in the passing game. With Aaron Rodgers gaining another year of experience under his belt and having Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley to throw to (not to mention Ryan Grant to keep defenses honest), I expect this team to beat Minnesota at least once this year and take the division.

2. Minnesota Vikings: 12-4 Last Year: 12-4

This is assuming Brett Favre stays healthy all season long. I actually think they win their season opener in New Orleans and get off to a good start with wins at home versus Miami and Detroit. If for some reason Favre gets injured, this record could easily plummet to 8-8. That's how much Favre means to this team.

3. Chicago Bears: 7-9 Last Year: 7-9

This team's biggest problem last season was it's offensive line, which resulted in a lack of a running game and tons of sacks. Well guess what? Nothing's changed! The offensive line is still horrendous, which is going to lead to Jay Cutler having to make a lot of quick decisions. I have him on my fantasy team because I'm hoping Mike Martz can get SOMETHING out of him, but other than that, I don't see a whole lot changing from last season, which means tons of sacks and lots of interceptions. I'm just hoping the touchdown and yardage offset the turnovers, for my sake.

4. Detroit Lions: 2-14 Last Year: 2-14

How much difference does a beast of a defensive lineman make? I tried to find another game that maybe the Lions could eek out, but I just couldn't do it. I think they copy their record from a year ago, although I DO think Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson hook up a few more times for some prime time touchdowns. On the bright side, at least Lions fans don't have to see Matt Millen at the helm anymore, which means things could be looking up in a few seasons.

NFC East

1. Dallas Cowboys 11-5 Last Year: 11-5

Dallas plays in probably the toughest division in the league, but I don't think Washington is THAT much better than they were last year. The Giants look too vanilla to me, and I think the only team that has a chance at beating the Cowboys this season in their division is Philadelphia, despite the loss of Donovan McNabb. How 'bout them Cowboys?!

2. Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 Last Year: 11-5

So the Eagles lose two pieces of the last decade or so in Brian Westbrook and Donovan McNabb. Big deal. Westbrook has almost nothing left in the tank, and Kevin Kolb is going to be a more than capable replacement for McNabb. Andy Reid will continue to air out the ball, but I don't think DeSean Jackson has the same monster year that he did in 2009. Look for more mid to short route completions to Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin, and LeSean McCoy out of the backfield.

3. New York Giants 7-9 Last Year: 8-8

My concern with the Giants is that they're just too...blah. Brandon Jacobs has regressed, the defense looks bad, and...I don't know. I'm really going with my gut on this one. A few of their offensive lineman are injured, and the most memorable part of their preseason was Eli Manning getting gouged in the forehead. Not a very good omen for the upcoming season.

4. Washington Redskins 7-9 Last Year: 4-12

Can Donovan turn Santana Moss into DeSean Jackson of 2009? Can Mike Shanahan take another running back off of the scrapheap and make him into a 1,000 yard rusher? These are questions that Redskins fans are hoping will be answered in a positive manner this year. I realize this team has the potential to be a lot better than last season, but I just can't put them ahead of any other team in the division. If they make the playoffs, it'll be a surprise.

NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints 12-4 Last Year: 13-3

Last season I did nothing but pick against the Saints. I didn't want to be a part of the bandwagon fans, and I finally got burned on my Super Bowl pick. Their schedule is pretty easy this year, and I think they will cruise to 10 wins, and have the upside of 13-14 wins this season; the rest of this division is just not that good.

2. Carolina Panthers 8-8 Last Year: 8-8

Carolina seems like one of those teams that doesn't have the talent to make it to the super bowl, but also shouldn't be taken too lightly, hence the 8-8 record. They lost Julius Peppers and Jake Delhomme to free agency, but given the way Delhomme played last season, I can't see that being anything but a good thing. Maybe we'll see Jimmy Clausen before the end of the season, maybe not. But I expect the majority of their offense to come from their two stellar backs in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathon Stewart, both of whom have a lot to gain if their counterpart gets hurt.

3. Atlanta Falcons 7-9 Last Year: 9-7

I feel uneasy about this record; it's almost as if I'm writing them off too soon. This was a playoff team two years ago with rookie Matt Ryan running the offense and Michael Turner carrying them all the way to the playoffs. Last season, Turner got injured and Ryan went into the dreaded sophomore slump. I feel like they should be a 10-6 team, but I just can't muster the strength to put them there.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-15 Last Year: 3-13

This team is just terrible. The Bucs, Rams, and Lions are the worst teams in the league, with the Bills, Browns, and Seahawks not too far behind them. You know your favorite team is bad when they don't have any viable starters for a 10-team fantasy football league. Kellen Winslow is an exception, but that's only because of the depth of the tight end position this season.

AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers 11-5 Last Year: 13-3

Both Western divisions in either league were terrible last year, and haven't improved this year, except for the teams at the top of the division. San Diego had virtually no running game last year, but fixed that problem by trading up and drafting Ryan Mathews, who is in great position to be a fantasy monster. It doesn't look like Vincent Jackson will be suiting up for them at all this season, but I don't think that will matter much. Every single receiver on this team is huge, and Rivers still has a go-to-guy in Antonio Gates. Go ahead and crown them the division winners again, and don't be surprised if Malcom Floyd or Legedu Naanee has a breakout year.

2. Denver Broncos 8-8 Last Year: 8-8

This team got off to a scalding start last year, and the wheels just came off midway through the season. They lost Brandon Marshall, and who knows what to expect from Knowshon Moreno. Their cornerbacks were old last season, and it finally caught up with them. I feel like 8-8 might be too high of a ranking., especially without Elvis Dumervil.

3. Oakland Raiders 6-10 Last Year: 5-11

Despite the addition of Jason Campbell, I still don't like the Raiders. They have a lot of good young players and a good mix of good veteran players (I just used the word 'good' for a 6-10 team three times in one sentence. Maybe my rankings too low), but they keep throwing Darren McFadden out there instead of the better Michael Bush, and the volatile Tom Cable is still the head coach. I think this team's ceiling for wins is eight.

4. Kansas City Chiefs 5-11 Last Year: 4-12

Why did they add Thomas Jones? Seriously, Jamaal Charles was the fantasy football MVP of the second half last season. They should have tried to shore up that offensive line in order to maybe give Matt Cassel some more time to find open receivers. They brought in a Belichick protege in Romeo Crennel to run the defense, but I don't know how much better a coach alone can make a team when the team isn't very good.

AFC North

1. Baltimore Ravens 11-5Last Year: 9-7

One of my favorite teams last year. Kind of weird that they're bringing in Anquan Boldin to team with their young elite quarterback, but only because I'm used to the Ravens of old; control the clock and win with defense. They still have Ray Lewis headlining this defense and a strong young fantasy stud running back in Ray Rice, so no worries about those aspects of the game. Baltimore should be able to win 11 games and the division.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6 Last Year: 9-7

I hate this team, probably more than any other team in the league. It pains me to put them at 10 wins and second in the division, but they're the Steelers. They still have James Harrison, Casey Hampton, and Troy Polamalu. They'll be without Big Ben Roethlisberger due to his extracurricular activities off the field, but they'll be 2-2, or even 3-1 coming out of those first four games. They lost Santonio Holmes, but that's okay because Mike Wallace is extremely talented and is a good fantasy sleeper for this season.

3. Cincinnati Bengals 5-11 Last Year: 10-6

This team last year was the New York Jets of the AFC North. Towards the end of the season they stumbled a bit and choked in the playoffs. As much as it pains me to say, I think the knee injury totally affected Carson Palmer's career from that moment forward. He just isn't as accurate, and also seemed to choke against the Jets last year as well. I just think they played over their heads last year and also get the AFC East on the road this year. Tough, tough schedule.

4. Cleveland Browns 3-13 Last Year: 5-11

If I have Cincinnati at 5-11, I can't imagine Cleveland being better than that, or even equal to it. They get the Pats and Jets at home, so maybe they can steal one of those games, but ugh. Their big offseason addition was Jake Delhomme, and not LeBron James. Count me as a non-believer.

AFC East

1. New York Jets 11-5 Last Year: 9-7

They added Antonio Cromartie and were this year's feature for Hard Knocks on HBO. They also added LaDainian Tomlinson (which the jury is still out on), but they've failed to sign Darrelle Revis to a new contract. If they can sign Revis, 11 wins should be an automatic. With this offensive line, I think Shonn Greene is going to have a monster year. He might not get 300 carries, but I'd assume his 180-190 carries will be enough for him to rack up the stats.

2. New England Patriots 9-7 Last Year: 10-6

I am a former hater of the Patriots. I hated them while they were winning their Super Bowls, only because they beat the Rams in 2002. It started with the "Tuck Rule" game against the Raiders, and ended with stupid Adam Vinatieri kicking that ball through the uprights at the end of the game. It ended when my fantasy football team three years ago featured Tom Brady AND Randy Moss during their record-breaking season. So I don't hate them, but I still love when the Colts beat them. It gets me every time.

3. Miami Dolphins 9-7 Last Year: 7-9

The Dolphins are a typical Bill Parcells team. Even though he's not coaching it, he still has a hand in what happens on the field. He hand-picks his players, he hand-picked his coaching staff, and the reason being is because they most resemble the play style that he likes. The Dolphins might never be an elite offensive team, but the players that are on the field will make up for what they lack in talent with hard work. They acquired Brandon Marshall during the offseason, and he has a lot of potential to vault Chad Henne to a great year in fantasy.

4. Buffalo Bills 2-14 Last Year: 6-10

How was this team 6-10 last year? They had Fred Jackson rush for 1,000 yards, but both of their quarterbacks were terrible and unexciting and the Terrell Owens experiment didn't work out. This year it looks like rookie C.J. Spiller will be the focal point of the offense, unless Chan Gailey decides that the team needs to give Jackson and Marshawn Lynch some ill-advised extra touches. This team's ceiling is 5 wins, and that's generous.

AFC South

1. Indianapolis Colts 13-3 Last year: 14-2

How has this team only won one Super Bowl since Peyton Manning has been the quarterback? That's astounding to me, and after losing the perfect season AND the Super Bowl last season, I can only imagine the kind of fire that Manning will come back with in order to get back to that threshold this season. As long as the big three of Manning, Robert Mathis, and Dwight Freeney can stay healthy for the playoffs, they are my favorite for the Super Bowl this year.

2. Houston Texans 8-8 Last Year: 9-7

Schaub to Johnson, all day long. What's good for the Texans is that it looks like Owen Daniels' torn ACL injury is fully healed and should enable him to play in Week 1. Last year he was on his way to a 1,000 yard year until he blew his knee out. With all the attention that Andre Johnson should be commanding, Daniels and 4th year man Jacoby Jones should see a decent amount of passes flying their way. Ben Tate is out for the year, but it looks like Arian Foster is the real deal. Pick him up in later rounds if you're in need of a running back.

3. Tennessee Titans 7-9 Last Year: 8-8

Can Vince Young return them to their winning ways? I don't think so. I still say the guy is not a viable NFL starting quarterback, but then again I'm old fashioned and I may have some bias against him because of the whole Rose Bowl thing. All that aside, the guy just seems to win when he's in the game. It aggravates me to no end, but he just does. With that being said however, this team wasn't the defensive shutdown unit that we've seen in the past, and can Chris Johnson really do THAT again? He says he wants to rush for 2,500 yards, but color me skeptical.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10 Last Year: 7-9

That's odd, I have every team in this division getting worse by one full game this year. The Jaguars remind me of the Seahawks for some reason, even though Seattle doesn't have a running game. They are just mediocre; they have no fans, nothing really to get excited about, they have to go to San Diego, Kansas City, New York, and Dallas to play on the road, not to mention their other three division rivals. They were 2-6 on the road last season, and the only road game that they might be the favorite in is at Buffalo in Week 5.

Super Bowl

Indianapolis Colts over Green Bay Packers


Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers

Rookie of the Year

C.J. Spiller, Running Back, Buffalo Bills

Defensive Player of the Year

Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Detroit Lions

My 2010 Fantasy Football League Draft Recap

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on August 21, 2010. The draft took place on the 15th of August.

In this space, I will review and look back on my recently completed fantasy football draft. Each team began with two keepers each, and I'll list those as the first two rounds. As fair warning to anyone who was involved in this draft, I'm not selectively critical of anyone. If I don't like a certain pick, I'm going to say so. This is not meant as a slight to any owner, this is just me being as honest as possible.

(If you're interested, my league that I manage is a standard ESPN league with ESPN standard scoring.)

Each manager's keeper selections

Steve Taylor - Calvin Johnson WR, Det and Beanie Wells RB, Ari

David Puigros - Frank Gore RB, SF and Reggie Wayne WR, Ind

Mike Lascalera and Nick Galbraith - Hines Ward WR, Pit and Tony Romo QB, Dal

Weston Taylor - Steven Jackson RB, StL and DeAngelo Williams RB, Car

Kyle Butcher - Randy Moss WR, NE and Maurice Jones-Drew RB, Jac

Chance Moses - Drew Brees QB, NO and Larry Fitzgerald WR, Ari

Nick Vasquez - Adrian Peterson RB, Min and Peyton Manning QB, Ind

Don Allan - Andre Johnson WR, Hou and Philip Rivers QB, SD

Robert Voce - Aaron Rodgers QB, GB and Michael Turner RB, Atl

Cameron Butcher - Chris Johnson RB, Ten and Ray Rice RB, Bal

Thoughts: The keeper selections that I didn't agree with were Philip Rivers (Don also had Roddy White) and both players kept by Mike and Nick (They traded a sixth round pick to me for Tony Romo when they already had Matt Schaub, and also could have kept Anquan Boldin and/or Steve Smith (CAR) without giving up a draft pick. Mike also traded a 5th round pick to Kyle Butcher last season for Joseph Addai, whom I suppose he was planning on keeping at the time, but it seemed like that was a waste of a move). However, it's not like they were dumping two can't-miss studs for two nobodies. They'll get more help in the auction format next season. One thing I found interesting about everyone's keepers was the propensity to keep quarterbacks; five of the top ten quarterbacks were taken, further inspiring me to wait until the latter rounds for a starting quarterback.

Round 1

1) Steve Taylor - Miles Austin WR, Dal

2) David Puigros - Ryan Grant RB, GB

3) Mike and Nick - Rashard Mendenhall RB, Pit

4) Weston Taylor - Shonn Greene RB, NYJ

5) Kyle Butcher - Roddy White WR, Atl

6) Chance Moses - Ryan Mathews RB, SD

7) Nick Vasquez - Pierre Thomas RB, NO

8) Don Allan - Felix Jones RB, Dal

9) Robert Voce - Anquan Boldin WR, Bal

10) Cameron Butcher - Brandon Marshall WR, Mia

My Pick: My strategy this year was really all-or-nothing. I could have kept Rashard Mendenhall over DeAngelo Williams, but I felt like Williams' upside was just too great to pass on, and that's pretty much the same sentiment I have with the pick of Shonn Greene. The upside was just astronomical, and I had to stick with my theme. After my pick Chance exclaimed "Dammit!". Guess he wanted to be the first homer and take Greene (although he would have been perfectly justified).

Biggest Reach: It's gotta be a tie between Thomas and Jones, although if I had a choice I would take Jones over Thomas, and to me it's not really close.

Round 2

11) Cameron Butcher - Tom Brady QB, NE

12) Robert Voce - Greg Jennings WR, GB

13) Don Allan - Brandon Jacobs RB, NYG

14) Nick Vasquez - Marques Colston WR, NO

15) Chance Moses - Steve Smith WR, NYG

16) Robert Voce (From Kyle Butcher) - Cedric Benson RB, Cin

17) Weston Taylor - Steve Smith WR, Car

18) Kyle Butcher (From Mike and Nick) - Matt Schaub QB, Hou

19) David Puigros - DeSean Jackson WR, Phi

20) Steve Taylor - Jamaal Charles RB, KC

My Pick: The OG Steve Smith. In many mock drafts I had myself picking Anquan Boldin with this pick, but since Robert decided to jump the gun on Boldin and everyone else passed on OG, he fell to me and fits perfectly in my WR1 slot, alongside my (potentially) three RB1s. I have to say that having two guys with the same name is utterly confusing. Chance took Steve Smith of the Giants two picks before me, and for .5 seconds I was crestfallen until I heard the word "Giants" after the name.

Best Value: Gotta be Jamaal Charles. This guy has the potential to be Chris Johnson of last season, and even with Thomas Jones vulturing carries, shouldn't be slipping this low in any drafts.

Biggest Reach: Again, it's gotta be Don's pick of Brandon Jacobs. I liked the guy last season, but he continues to get injured, and he kind of made it on my list of "non-upside" players, not to mention he's almost guaranteed to split carries with Ahmad Bradshaw in New York. He should have taken Charles or even Cedric Benson with that pick.

Round 3

21) Steve Taylor - Jonathon Stewart RB, Car

22) Mike and Nick (From David Puigros) - Ricky Williams RB, Mia

23) Mike and Nick - Santana Moss WR, Was

24) Mike and Nick (From Weston Taylor) - Vernon Davis TE, SF

25) Robert Voce (From Kyle Butcher) - Dallas Clark TE, Ind

26) Chance Moses - Matt Forte RB, Chi

27) Nick Vasquez - Ronnie Brown RB, Mia

28) Don Allan - Michael Crabtree WR, SF

29) Robert Voce - Knowshon Moreno RB, Den

30) Cameron Butcher - Sidney Rice WR, Min

My Pick: N/A; Was traded to Mike last season for Kurt Warner.

Best Value: At first glance, I can't really label any of these guys a good value in this round; this is about where I had all of these guys ranked. But after hearing that Ronnie Brown is fully healthy once again, I would say that he has a good chance at a bounceback season. The biggest upside pick though, is Michael Crabtree. I would have taken a long look at him if I would have had my pick in this round.

Biggest Reach: It has got to be Santana Moss. The thinking behind this pick is that he has the potential to be McNabb's favorite downfield option this season, a la DeSean Jackson of last season; I'm not buying it. With those three picks, I would have taken LeSean McCoy, Antonio Gates, and Michael Crabtree. Yes, Vernon Davis went crazy last season, but I would still rather have the safer Gates as my starting tight end.

Round 4

31) Steve Taylor (From Cameron Butcher) - LeSean McCoy RB, Phi

32) Robert Voce - Chad Ochocinco WR, Cin

33) Don Allan - Antonio Gates TE, SD

34) Nick Vasquez - Vincent Jackson WR, SD

35) Chance Moses - Clinton Portis RB, Was

36) Kyle Butcher - Brent Celek TE, Phi

37) Weston Taylor - Mike Sims-Walker WR, Jac

38) Kyle Butcher (From Mike and Nick) - Joseph Addai RB, Ind

39) David Puigros - Donald Driver WR, GB

40) Steve Taylor - Jerome Harrison RB, Cle

My Pick: I was not a happy camper with this pick, and I'm still relatively disgusted by it. I was the epitome of bummed after I watched McCoy, Gates, and Brent Celek come off the board. If I could have a mulligan, I would have taken Wes Welker, or even Jerome Harrison. I'm still disgusted with this pick. Let's just move on.

Best Value: Again, another one of Steve's picks, it's gotta be McCoy. Will he be the next Brian Westbrook? Probably not, but still, as far as running backs go, he's a solid flex position player for my dad.

Biggest Reach: Vincent Jackson, and it's not close. This pick blew me out of the water; I didn't think anyone was going to touch him until after round eight or nine at least. Why would anyone take that guy with everything looming around him? Just way too many flashing red lights for me.

Round 5

41) Steve Taylor - Jason Witten TE, Dal

42) David Puigros - Joe Flacco QB, Bal

43) Mike and Nick - Derrick Mason WR, Bal

44) Weston Taylor - Pierre Garcon WR, Ind

45) Robert Voce (From Kyle Butcher) - New York Jets D/ST

46) Chance Moses - Tony Gonzalez TE, Atl

47) Nick Vasquez - Wes Welker WR, NE

48) Don Allan - Justin Forsett RB, Sea

49) Mike and Nick (From Robert Voce) - San Francisco 49ers D/ST

50) Cameron Butcher - Jahvid Best RB, Det

My Pick: Pierre Garcon, which I am actually more happy with than my previous round pick of Mike Sims-Walker. Peyton Manning has proven in the past that he will go to the best receiver available as much as he can, and right now it looks like Garcon has the ability to at least show up Reggie Wayne a little bit.

Best Pick: Wes Welker, by far. I wanted this guy so bad, but I thought I could have waited another round to get him. That's what I get for taking Mike Sims-Walker. Ugh.

Biggest Reach: Three-way tie between both defenses and Derrick Mason. Mike and Nick continue to add to their aging roster by selecting Mason. The reason I list the defenses is because I'm of the firm belief that nobody should ever take a defense before the fourth-to-last round of the draft at the earliest. 50% of people end up dropping their defenses for a better one anyways at some point during the season, so why take one early? Spend the pick on a position player with upside rather than a defense.

Round 6

51) Cameron Butcher - Zach Miller TE, Oak

52) Robert Voce - Santonio Holmes WR, NYJ

53) Don Allan - Baltimore Ravens D/ST

54) Nick Vasquez - Reggie Bush RB, NO

55) Chance Moses - Green Bay Packers D/ST

56) Mike and Nick (From Kyle Butcher) - Stephen Gostkowski K, NE

57) Weston Taylor - Jay Cutler QB, Chi

58) Weston Taylor (From Mike and Nick) - Owen Daniels TE, Hou

59) David Puigros - Jermichael Finley TE, GB

60) Steve Taylor - Eli Manning QB, NYG

My Picks: Jay Cutler and Owen Daniels. Boy, did I make out in this round. Cutler was supposed to be awesome last season and wasn't, but I'm sure as everyone has noticed, Mike Martz is on the sidelines now. If he was able to make the Detroit Lions into a .500 team in one season, then a turnaround year for Jay Cutler is immensely probable. As for Owen Daniels' knee surgery, word has it that he'll be ready for the season opener, and to get him this late after the tear he was on last season before he injured is a HUGE bargain. This pick made me a lot less sad that I didn't get Gates, Dallas Clark, or Celek.

Best Pick: I'm going with both of my picks here, especially considering two defenses, a kicker, Zach Miller, and Reggie Bush went before both of my picks. Zach Miller will be serviceable at tight end this year, but that was quite a reach by Cameron.

Worst Pick: Stephen Gostkowski, not close. Kickers should always be taken with your final pick. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Round 7

61) Steve Taylor - Dwyane Bowe WR, KC

62) David Puigros - Dallas Cowboys D/ST

63) Kyle Butcher (From Mike and Nick) - C.J. Spiller RB, Buf

64) Weston Taylor - Johnny Knox WR, Chi

65) Steve Taylor (From Kyle Butcher) - Kevin Kolb QB, Phi

66) Chance Moses - Thomas Jones RB, KC

67) Nick Vasquez - Kellen Winslow TE, TB

68) Don Allan - Nate Kaeding K, SD

69) Robert Voce - David Buehler K, Dal

70) Cameron Butcher - Braylon Edwards WR, NYJ

My Pick: Johnny Knox. I had Knox last year after his big game, and I continue to like his upside. ESPN had this as his status shortly after training camp started, "Knox is emerging as Jay Cutler's top target, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports." That was pretty much the confirmation that I would be taking him this year.

Thoughts: After round six is when things start to get haphazard. It doesn't really matter how far you reach for a player in these rounds, especially this year. We see another defense and two more kickers (eyeroll) come off the board, and after getting bombarded by ESPN alerts about Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch being injured during the preseason, KB pretty much ran up to the board to select C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills. We'll see how that works out for him.

Round 8

71) Cameron Butcher - LaDainian Tomlinson RB, NYJ

72) Robert Voce - Donovan McNabb QB, Was

73) Don Allan - Matt Ryan QB, Atl

74) Nick Vasquez - Hakeen Nicks WR, NYG

75) Chance Moses - Carson Palmer QB, Cin

76) Kyle Butcher - Jeremy Maclin WR, Phi

77) Weston Taylor - Malcom Floyd WR, SD

78) Mike and Nick - Fred Jackson RB, Buf

79) David Puigros - Marion Barber RB, Dal

80) Steve Taylor - Chad Henne QB, Mia

My pick: Malcom Floyd. Meet your new #1 wide-out, San Diego! With Vincent Jackson doing his own thing with his contract and suspension, this is the guy you want for your team. He's listed at around #150 overall on ESPN lists, but obviously I liked him a little more than that. If he can play the role that V Jax played last season, I will be euphoric.

Thoughts: My dad took his third(!) quarterback, Marion Barber, LaDainian Tomlinson, Carson Palmer, and Donovan McNabb finally come off the board (how the mighty have fallen), and Mike and Nick keep chugging forward with old or injured guys. When asked about Fred Jackson's injury, Nick said, "I'm not worried".

Rounds 9 and 10

81) Steve Taylor - Percy Harvin WR, Min

82) David Puigros - Ben Roethlisberger QB, Pit

83) Mike and Nick - Terrell Owens WR, Cin

84) Weston Taylor - Brett Favre QB, Min

85) Kyle Butcher - Arian Foster RB, Hou

86) Chance Moses - T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR, Sea

87) Nick Vasquez - Darren McFadden RB, Oak

88) Don Allan - Visanthe Shiancoe TE, Min

89) Robert Voce - Steve Slaton RB, Hou

90) Cameron Butcher - Robert Meachem WR, NO

91) Cameron Butcher - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

92) Robert Voce - Mike Wallace WR, Pit

93) Don Allan - Steve Breaston WR, Ari

94) Nick Vasquez - Dez Bryant WR, Dal

95) Chance Moses - Mason Crosby K, GB

96) Kyle Butcher - Montario Hardesty RB, Cle

97) Weston Taylor - Michael Bush RB, Oak

98) Mike and Nick - Mark Sanchez QB, NYJ

99) David Puigros - Kenny Britt WR, Ten

100) Steve Taylor - Philadelphia Eagles D/ST

My Picks: Brett Favre and Michael Bush. Wow, getting Favre this late really surprised me. It also shocked me that there were a few guys at the draft that thought he was done playing, although I do believe this will be his last season. He is a HUGE health risk, but if he can stay healthy, the upside is just as great as the risk. This is why I wait on quarterbacks every year. Michael Bush wasn't someone I wanted, but at this point in the draft, I figured I needed to start taking a few backup running backs, and this guy deserves a chance to get more of the workload than the disappointing Darren McFadden. The only problem even if he gets that job is that he's still a Raider.

Thoughts: Percy Harvin this late was a steal. He did collapse at practice the other day, but as long as he's on the field, he has big play potential, along with the fact that he will continue to return kickoffs and punts for this team. Arian Foster was another big pick that I maybe should have taken instead of Favre. I thought for sure I'd be able to draft Shiancoe with a later pick, but was again muffed. Oh well.

Rounds 11 and 12

101) Steve Taylor - Garrett Hartley K, NO

102) David Puigros - Chris Cooley TE, Was

103) Mike and Nick - Jeremy Shockey TE, NO

104) Weston Taylor - Jason Snelling RB, Atl

105) Kyle Butcher - Donald Brown RB, Ind

106) Chance Moses - Lee Evans WR, Buf

107) Nick Vasquez - Kevin Boss TE, NYG

108) Don Allan - Tim Hightower RB, Ari

109) Robert Voce - Laurence Maroney RB, NE

110) Cameron Butcher - Ryan Longwell K, Min

111) Cameron Butcher - Matthew Stafford QB, Det

112) Robert Voce - New Orleans Saints D/ST (Final pick)

113) Don Allan - Devin Hester WR, Chi

114) Nick Vasquez - Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST

115) Chance Moses - Eddie Royal WR, Den

116) Kyle Butcher - Julian Edelman WR, NE

117) Weston Taylor - Chester Taylor RB, Chi

118) Mike and Nick - New England Patriots D/ST

119) David Puigros - Cadillac Williams RB, Tam

120) Steve Taylor - Ben Tate RB, Hou (Final Pick)

My Picks: Jason Snelling and Chester Taylor. With these two picks I was just looking at upside and taking someone else's handcuffs, since the guys who were handcuffs to my running backs were either drafted already or no good.

Thoughts: Rob, Mike and Nick both take backup defenses. I'm not a fan of that strategy, because you really only need a different defense one week unless the one you drafted is just outrageously terrible. Donald Brown finally comes off the board (KB will be trying to trade him this season) and my dad takes Ben Tate. Shortly after the pick I showed him my text from ESPN saying Tate will have ankle surgery and would miss the season. He then proceeded to scratch Tate off his list and focus his efforts on Chaz Schillens. Quite the trade, dad.

Rounds 13 and 14, and lost picks

121) David Puigros - New York Giants D/ST

122) Mike and Nick - Darren Sproles RB, SD

123) Weston Taylor - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

124) Kyle Butcher - David Akers K, Phi

125) Chance Moses - Julius Jones RB, Sea

126) Nick Vasquez - Rob Bironas K, Ten

127) Don Allan - Fred Davis TE, Was

128) Cameron Butcher - Mohamed Massaquoi WR, Cle

129) Cameron Butcher - Tashard Choice RB, Dal

130) Don Allan - Devery Henderson WR, NO

131) Nick Vasquez - Matt Leinart QB, Ari

132) Chance Moses - Chris Chambers WR, KC

133) Kyle Butcher - Rashad Jennings RB, Jac

134) Weston Taylor - Shayne Graham K, Bal

135) Mike and Nick - Mike Williams WR, Sea

136) David Puigros - Jerricho Cotchery WR, NYJ

137) David Puigros - Jay Feely K, Ari

138) Kyle Butcher - Alex Smith QB, SF

139) Cameron Butcher - Willis McGahee RB, Bal

140) Kyle Butcher - San Diego Chargers D/ST

My Picks: I picked a defense and a kicker, and it took me a combined .75 seconds to make the decision on both picks.

Thoughts: I actually liked the Fred Davis and Mohamed Massaquoi picks. Immediately after Nick Galbraith made his final pick of Mike Williams, he handed me an issue of Sports Illustrated with an article saying the disappointing former first-round pick has found new opportunities and motivation under his old head coach Pete Carroll. Color me a skeptic, but hey, it's the final round; anyone's worth a flyer now. Meanwhile, Chance loves the veterans; his picks from round 4 to the end of the draft (in order): Clinton Portis, Tony Gonzalez, Green Bay Packers D/ST, Thomas Jones, Carson Palmer, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Mason Crosby, Lee Evans, Eddie Royal, Julius jones, Chris Chambers. With the exception of Mason Crosby and Eddie Royal (whom he has since dropped), every single one of those players (I'm including the Packers D on this, they've been in the league for quite some time now) has at least seven years of experience in the NFL. Well, I guess if he's disappointed after this season, at least he can't say he didn't see it coming.