The 2011 NFL season is now in the rearview mirror. Fans of the Giants are partying in the streets of Manhattan after their Super Bowl victory, while Patriots faithful will see that fourth quarter pass slipping through Wes Welker's hands in their nightmares for months. No matter what team you root for on the gridiron, your focus is now on the offseason -- and looking ahead to what your fantasy football draft might look like in 2012. That's where I come in, because it's never notfantasy football season for me.
In putting together my first one-man mock draft of the year, one thing became very apparent; the old philosophy of focusing on running backs throughout the first round is dead, due in large part to numerous injuries and the increase in backfield committees. It's the quarterbacks and wide receivers that now rule the NFL roost. Heck, even a few tight ends snuck into the first three rounds -- that almost never happens. One thing is for sure, we are seeing a brand-new age in fantasy football.
This mock is based on NFL.com's standard 10-team leagues with a basic (non-PPR) scoring system that rewards four points for touchdown passes and six points for all other touchdowns. Each numbered position represents a team, so no more than one quarterback, three running backs, three wide receivers or one tight end will be selected per roster.
31. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
32. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints
33. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
34. Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
35. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
36. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
37. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
38. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
39. Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers
40. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
41. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
42. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
43. Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins
44. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys
45. Marques Colston, WR, Saints
46. Kenny Britt, WR, Titans
47. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
48. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
49. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
50. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers