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Surprises abound in latest 2015 fantasy mock draft

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Draft fever is spreading throughout the NFL Media offices. And the only cure, was to hold a mock draft. Even though the final rosters and depth charts are far from set, we saw fit to have a little fun and conduct a post-free agency fantasy football mock draft. We allowed drafters to select incoming rookies, so you'll see several of the top prospects from the 2015 NFL Draft listed below. Even though their fantasy stock could rise or fall depending on where they land in the NFL, it's still a good barometer to see how we're feeling about certain guys based on raw talent.

The standard scoring league consisted of NFL Fantasy LIVE member, producers and writers, as indicated below. Each team needed to assemble a starting lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one flex (RB/WR), one tight end, one kicker and one defense/special teams unit. Marcas Grant and I provided a little commentray and analysis in between each round, and Michael Fabiano went pick-by-pick on his draft strategy which you can read HERE.

**Editor's Note: This mock draft was conducted prior to Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension being announced by the league.**

Draft Order:
1. Dylan Milner, NFL Fantasy LIVE senior producer
2. Heather Pink, NFL Fantasy LIVE producer
3. Alex Wilk, NFL Fantasy LIVE producer
4. Michael Fabiano, NFL Media Senior Fantasy analyst
5. Matt Franciscovich, NFL Fantasy writer/editor
6. Adam Rank, NFL Fantasy LIVE member
7. Alex Gelhar, NFL Fantasy writer/editor
8. Hytham Kilani, NFL Fantasy LIVE producer
9. Marcas Grant, NFL Fantasy editor
10. James Koh, NFL Fantasy LIVE host

Round 1

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
1.
Dylan Milner Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
2.
2.
Heather Pink Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
3.
3.
Alex Wilk Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
4.
4.
Michael Fabiano Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
5.
5.
Matt Franciscovich LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
6.
6.
Adam Rank Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
7.
7.
Alex Gelhar Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
8.
8.
Hytham Kilani Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
9.
9.
Marcas Grant Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
10.
10.
James Koh DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

ANALYSIS:
Marcas Grant: So...where to begin? Am I the only one surprised that Marshawn Lynch fell all the way to sixth?
Alex Gelhar: I feel like I should have been surprised, but actually wasn't. Shady's move to Buffalo should mean good things, and everyone taken ahead of Lynch is either younger or has suffered way less punishment in recent years. More surprising to me was DeMarco Murray still getting an invite to Round 1.
M.G.: That's fair. Normally I wouldn't consider Antonio Brown at No. 9 a steal, but I'd take Brown over Dez Bryant (who I really like) every day of the week. And twice on Sundays.
A.G.: "Twice on Sundays" sounds like a great name for an indie rock band.


Round 2

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
11.
James Koh Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
2.
12.
Marcas Grant Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
3.
13.
Hytham Kilani Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
4.
14.
Alex Gelhar Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
5.
15.
Adam Rank Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
6.
16.
Matt Franciscovich Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
7.
17.
Michael Fabiano Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
8.
18.
Alex Wilk Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
9.
19.
Heather Pink Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
10.
20.
Dylan Milner C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

ANALYSIS:
A.G.: I have a question: What did Calvin Johnson do to the members of this draft to fall to the fifth wide receiver (and sixth pass-catcher) drafted?
M.G.: Apparently you CAN lose your job to injury in fantasy land. But Emmanuel Sanders in the bottom of the second round was an even bigger eye-opener.
A.G.: Absolutely. Does Pink know something we don't? I'd take any of the four wide receivers selected in the third round over Sanders, but then again I am a guy who willingly watches "Nashville" on a weekly basis.


Round 3

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
21.
Dylan Milner Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
2.
22.
Heather Pink A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
3.
23.
Alex Wilk Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
4.
24.
Michael Fabiano Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
5.
25.
Matt Franciscovich Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
6.
26.
Adam Rank T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
7.
27.
Alex Gelhar Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens
8.
28.
Hytham Kilani Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
9.
29.
Marcas Grant Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
10.
30.
James Koh Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

ANALYSIS:
M.G.: The Sanders pick is even more glaring when you see Jordy Nelson at the top of the third round. Then again, I shouldn't be surprised that a Bears fan passed on a Packers receiver.
A.G.: Fan blood runs thicker than fantasy blood, some people say (probably). As someone who waited on running backs, I kind of like the options available in the third round, although I doubt Foster will fall that far come August.
M.G.: That definitely feels like a big oversight on our part. In other news ... to definitely toot my own horn, I was feeling pretty good about myself after the first three rounds.
A.G.: Marcas Grant: Self-proclaimed fantasy horn-tooter.


Round 4

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
31.
James Koh Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
2.
32.
Marcas Grant Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
3.
33.
Hytham Kilani Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4.
34.
Alex Gelhar Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
5.
35.
Adam Rank Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
6.
36.
Matt Franciscovich Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
7.
37.
Michael Fabiano DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
8.
38.
Alex Wilk Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
9.
39.
Heather Pink Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams
10.
40.
Dylan Milner Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

ANALYSIS:
A.G.: Moving into the fourth round, we saw a healthy mix of old faithfuls and new fads. Who made the best move of the round in your opinion?
M.G.: It was either James Koh going with Frank Gore at the top of the round. Or Heather Pink with Tre Mason later on -- especially if Mason doesn't get Zac Stacy'd this season.
A.G.: No fantasy owner wants their player to get "Zac Stacy'd" -- some would say it's a fate worse than death. Personally, I liked Fabiano grabbing Nuk Hopkins, one of my favorite sleepers from last season. His combo of Randall Cobb and Hopkins could easily net him 2,400 yards and 20 touchdowns.


Round 5

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
41.
Dylan Milner Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
2.
42.
Heather Pink Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
3.
43.
Alex Wilk Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
4.
44.
Michael Fabiano DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
5.
45.
Matt Franciscovich Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets
6.
46.
Adam Rank Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
7.
47.
Alex Gelhar Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts
8.
48.
Hytham Kilani Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
9.
49.
Marcas Grant Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
10.
50.
James Koh Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

ANALYSIS:
M.G.: Moving to the fifth round, Fabs gets even better when he backed up Cobb and Hopkins with DeSean Jackson. That's not a bad flex option at all. Especially because so many of the other picks in this round felt speculative.
A.G.: Bringing back my naming rounds trend from last time, I'm going to dub Round 5 the "Wonderball," as I wonder wonder what's in store for these picks. I didn't feel good about taking Dre Johnson as my No. 1 WR, for instance.
M.G.: You mean, the same way I feel about having Andre Ellington as my No. 1 running back? Yeah ... I get it.


Round 6

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
51.
James Koh Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2.
52.
Marcas Grant Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
3.
53.
Hytham Kilani Todd Gurley, RB, *rookie
4.
54.
Alex Gelhar Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
5.
55.
Adam Rank Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
6.
56.
Matt Franciscovich Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
7.
57.
Michael Fabiano Melvin Gordon, RB, *rookie
8.
58.
Alex Wilk Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
9.
59.
Heather Pink Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
10.
60.
Dylan Milner Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

ANALYSIS:
A.G.: Round 6 offered some interesting pairs: two aging but effective QBs, two rookie RBs and two talented TEs. Which pair makes the most sense at this point in the draft?
M.G.: It feels a little early for the rookies. I'd rather take a chance on someone with an actual track record. Similarly, if you're waiting on QBs, you could sit this round out and still get value. I guess that leaves the tight ends by default.
A.G.: Travis Kelce frustrates me, because I really think he's in line for a breakout, but know I'm going to have to reach too high to get him. Any players you feel similarly about?
M.G.: If Todd Gurley ends up being drafted by the Cowboys, I feel like he'll be that guy. Then again, I kinda thought that about Franchise taking Martavis Bryant in the seventh round. Sure, he's a big play threat, but the Steelers found 2,764 ways to get Antonio Brown the ball last year and I don't see that changing much.


Round 7

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
61.
Dylan Milner Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
2.
62.
Heather Pink Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3.
63.
Alex Wilk Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
4.
64.
Michael Fabiano Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
5.
65.
Matt Franciscovich Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
6.
66.
Adam Rank Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
7.
67.
Alex Gelhar Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
8.
68.
Hytham Kilani Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
9.
69.
Marcas Grant Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
10.
70.
James Koh Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

ANALYSIS:
M.G.: Looking at the rest of Round 7, who is the biggest risk-reward option -- Keenan Allen, Charles Johnson or Julius Thomas?
A.G.: It feels wrong, but I have to say Keenan Allen. His fall from grace last year was terrifying. And with the arrival of Steve Johnson in town I fear for Allen's targets.
M.G.: I want to believe in him, but after he burned me last season I'm still squeamish. It was like watching a horror movie in weekly installments.
A.G.: Except you couldn't leave the theater and they charged your credit card every time, too.


Round 8

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
71.
James Koh Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
2.
72.
Marcas Grant Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
3.
73.
Hytham Kilani Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4.
74.
Alex Gelhar Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
5.
75.
Adam Rank Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears
6.
76.
Matt Franciscovich Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
7.
77.
Michael Fabiano Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
8.
78.
Alex Wilk Jameis Winston, QB, *rookie
9.
79.
Heather Pink Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
10.
80.
Dylan Milner Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

ANALYSIS:
A.G.: Everything appears to be normal in Round 8 except OH MY GOD WHO DRAFTED JAMEIS WINSTON?!?
M.G.: While we weren't looking, Alex Wilk was possessed by the ghost of Jimbo Fisher. But it diverted attention away from my admittedly questionable Larry Fitzgerald selection. Still ... Jameis?
A.G.: I think this round featured a lot of owners firing from the hip. Jameis, Larry, Torrey ... Shoelace? I say we move on.


Round 9

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
81.
Dylan Milner Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
2.
82.
Heather Pink Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
3.
83.
Alex Wilk Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
4.
84.
Michael Fabiano Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets
5.
85.
Matt Franciscovich C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints
6.
86.
Adam Rank Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
7.
87.
Alex Gelhar Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8.
88.
Hytham Kilani Kevin White, WR, *rookie
9.
89.
Marcas Grant Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills
10.
90.
James Koh Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns

ANALYSIS:
M.G.: *Bill Belichick voice* On to Round 9. I will say that Wilk redeemed himself with the Dwayne Allen pick. Or is that my fantasy man crush talking? Anything else stand out here?
A.G.: No, Allen is a fantasy catch, for sure. I also liked the Victor Cruz and C.J. Spiller picks. Cruz had a serious injury, but could come back strong in that revitalized offense with OBJ getting all the attention. And isn't Spiller essentially a bigger, younger version of Darren Sproles for Drew Brees? I love his potential as an RB3 or 4.
M.G.: Agreed. And the good news is that we won't have any illusions of Spiller being a workhorse back in New Orleans. Run until he pukes my a--!


Round 10

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
91.
James Koh Amari Cooper, WR, *rookie
2.
92.
Marcas Grant Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills
3.
93.
Hytham Kilani Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
4.
94.
Alex Gelhar Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
5.
95.
Adam Rank Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
6.
96.
Matt Franciscovich Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
7.
97.
Michael Fabiano Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins
8.
98.
Alex Wilk Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings
9.
99.
Heather Pink Ameer Abdullah, RB, *rookie
10.
100.
Dylan Milner Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers

ANALYSIS:
A.G.: Aside from one or two picks (*cough* Sankey *cough*), I love what we did in Round 10. Lots of high-upside picks, which is what I think you have to target at this point.
M.G.: To Kilani's credit, he agonized over the Sankey pick. There were some quality selections in this round. The Jerick McKinnon pick could be HUUGE if the Vikings move Adrian Peterson.
A.G.: To be fair, any one selecting Sankey is going to agonize over it. That being said ... guy could still have a big year and surprise us all (or me at least).


Round 11

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
101.
Dylan Milner Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
2.
102.
Heather Pink Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
3.
103.
Alex Wilk Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots
4.
104.
Michael Fabiano Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
5.
105.
Matt Franciscovich Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
6.
106.
Adam Rank Jaelen Strong, WR, *rookie
7.
107.
Alex Gelhar Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams
8.
108.
Hytham Kilani Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9.
109.
Marcas Grant Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
10.
110.
James Koh Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

ANALYSIS:
M.G.: Moving ahead to Round 11, I really like Rank's Jaelen Strong pick. I think he could have Brandin Cooks-like potential in the right offense. Does Kilani know something we don't about Doug Martin?
A.G.: Perhaps. Or perhaps he's just stock-piling all the top candidates for Comeback Player of the Year in the late rounds and hoping one hits big. I know my Bailey pick raised eyebrows, but from Week 12 on I'd say he was the best receiver on the team. Consider me the conductor of the Bailey hype train.
M.G.: Choo-choo!


Round 12

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
111.
James Koh Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
2.
112.
Marcas Grant Jay Ajayi, RB, *rookie
3.
113.
Hytham Kilani Chris Matthews, WR, Seattle Seahawks
4.
114.
Alex Gelhar Mike Davis, RB, *rookie
5.
115.
Adam Rank Seahawks D/ST
6.
116.
Matt Franciscovich Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
7.
117.
Michael Fabiano LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
8.
118.
Alex Wilk Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
9.
119.
Heather Pink Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
10.
120.
Dylan Milner Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ANALYSIS:
A.G.: I guess I'm pulling double duty on my hype trains, because I'm getting in early on Mike Davis here in Round 12. He's one of my favorite incoming rookies we've scouted in our "Prospect a Day" series. Who would be yours (and was he selected in this mock)?
M.G.: Mine is probably Jaelen Strong, who went one round earlier. But can we take a moment to note that with Andre Williams going in Round 12, all three Giants running backs have come off the board?
A.G.: Yeah ... about that. Someone's going to end up sorely disappointed, or on the outside looking in like Kay at the end of "The Godfather."
M.G.: *closes the door on Round 12*


Round 13

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
121.
Dylan Milner Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings
2.
122.
Heather Pink Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
3.
123.
Alex Wilk Texans D/ST
4.
124.
Michael Fabiano Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
5.
125.
Matt Franciscovich Dwayne Bowe, WR, Cleveland Browns
6.
126.
Adam Rank Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
7.
127.
Alex Gelhar Crockett Gilmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens
8.
128.
Hytham Kilani Cody Parkey, K, Philadelphia Eagles
9.
129.
Marcas Grant Bills D/ST
10.
130.
James Koh Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos

ANALYSIS:
M.G.: First off ... there's Wallace! At the top of the 13th round. But which name drew bigger groans -- Dwayne Bowe or Montee Ball?
A.G.: It had to be Ball. Bowe was more of a collective, sad sigh, whereas Ball elicited the type of groans an uncle gets when he tells terrible jokes at a family reunion. No one wants to be subjected to that.
M.G.: "A man walks into a fantasy draft ... he had a Montee Ball!"


Round 14

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
131.
James Koh Shaun Suisam, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
2.
132.
Marcas Grant Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
3.
133.
Hytham Kilani Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
4.
134.
Alex Gelhar Packers D/ST
5.
135.
Adam Rank Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams
6.
136.
Matt Franciscovich Broncos D/ST
7.
137.
Michael Fabiano Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
8.
138.
Alex Wilk Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
9.
139.
Heather Pink Rams D/ST
10.
140.
Dylan Milner Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts

ANALYSIS:
A.G.: Surprisingly, there were four picks I really liked in Round 14: Davante Adams, Kyle Rudolph, Brian Quick and Doug Baldwin. Who won the late-round "I took my defense too early" sweepstakes by nabbing one of these guys?
M.G.: I'm really happy with my Adams pick in that round. Being a receiver for Aaron Rodgers continues to be one of the best NFL gigs around.
A.G.: Truth. Is there a cushier job in the NFL than catching passes from Aaron Rodgers right now?
M.G.: Broncos punter?


Round 15

Pick
Overall
Team
Player
1.
141.
Dylan Milner Ravens D/ST
2.
142.
Heather Pink Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
3.
143.
Alex Wilk Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks
4.
144.
Michael Fabiano Eagles D/ST
5.
145.
Matt Franciscovich Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions
6.
146.
Adam Rank Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders
7.
147.
Alex Gelhar Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers
8.
148.
Hytham Kilani Patriots D/ST
9.
149.
Marcas Grant Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
10.
150.
James Koh Vikings D/ST

ANALYSIS:
M.G.: Round 15: SeaBass. The end.
A.G.: RELEASE THE SEABASS!


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