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I hope you all enjoyed Fantasy Week here on the NFC East blog. I know I did. It was a fine and fun way to spend a slow final week of June, and I feel as though we sprinkled in enough "real football" stuff for those who might not be so fantasy-inclined. Least that's what I'll keep telling myself, since I didn't hear too many complaints, and you guys aren't generally shy about complaining.
I'd like to issue a special thanks to Matthew Berry, Ken Daube, KC Joyner, Christopher Harris and the rest of the fantasy folks who appeared in all of those roundtable videos that helped generate so much of the blog's content this week. I'll go back to reading them religiously in an effort to repeat my first-ever league championship this fall. (Not to mention win my fantasy baseball league.)
Anyway, before I check out for the weekend I leave you with one final fantasy treat. It's the second mock draft of the year by our fantasy experts. And while I'm not going to take you through the whole thing, I'll hit some NFC East-related highlights:
-The only NFC East player taken in the first round was Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who went third overall behind Arian Foster and Ray Rice. Seems to be the way the early mocks are going all over the place.
-The only NFC East player taken in the second round was Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who went to A.J. Mass with the 17th overall pick. A.J. picked Tom Brady in the first round, so he needed a running back, and 10 had already gone in the first 16 picks, along with the big three quarterbacks and three wide receivers.
-The third round saw New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw go to Matthew Berry as the 28th overall pick and 15th running back selected. Matthew picked Aaron Rodgers and Rob Gronkowski in the first two rounds, so Bradshaw is his No. 1 running back. I believe Bradshaw can be a No. 1 running back if he can stay healthy. His goal-line carries and his involvement in the passing game get him to that level. Injuries are the only concern.
-Dave Hunter took Roy Helu with the penultimate pick of the third round, one spot ahead of Darren Sproles. I'd have taken Sproles. Redskins running backs are a recipe for fantasy heartbreak, and there's little real-world evidence to suggest this year will be different.
-Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant, Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Miles Austin all went in an NFC East-heavy fourth round. I find it interesting that Manning goes one spot ahead of Vick (still think those rushing numbers make a different) and that Bryant goes ahead of Austin. Not that he shouldn't, but I think it says a lot about the perception of both Cowboys receivers that such a thing is possible now. I also think it's right that Nicks is drafted before Cruz, though I think in a lot of non-expert leagues this year, that will not be the case.
-I think if you can get Tony Romo with the last pick of the fifth round, you've had a nice draft.
-Jeremy Maclin went in the fifth round, while DeSean Jackson lasted until the seventh. Jackson was the 29th wide receiver picked in this draft. Pierre Garcon was the 27th, Kenny Britt the 28th. You guys know what I think about the reality of Jackson versus the hype, but I'm willing to call him a steal in the seventh round.
Anyway, I said I wouldn't go through the whole thing. It's there if you want to. But I did enjoy this exercise, and I hope you guys did too. Back next week with more NFC East blog fun. Enjoy your weekend.