QBs galore among early draft trends

Updated: July 27, 2012, 4:49 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Fantasy football owners love to see what others are doing in drafts, which is why an early look at ESPN's average live draft results can be a fruitful experience. Yes, you can actually draft right now on ESPN.com, but even if you're going to wait a few weeks, periodically checking out the trends in average draft position (ADP) gives an idea which players are seeing their value rise and fall. Perhaps you really like Michael Vick and want to select him in the second round. Well, according to ADP, you don't need to act that soon.

It's early, of course, and as of this writing we do not have seven-day adjustments to the ADP, but perhaps that's a good thing. This is the ground floor, so to speak, and I was curious whether the current results reflected ESPN's rankings (or mine) and how they might be differing, but also I wanted to check out some early draft trends. So far I have noticed the following:

People sure love their quarterbacks: ESPN ranks Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers fourth overall, and I've got him fifth, but the only player going ahead of him in ADP is Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. In fact, Tom Brady and Drew Brees are each up one spot from our rankings, and Matthew Stafford moves from 13th to 11th. Cam Newton goes from 23rd to 15th! I understand the need to secure a top quarterback early, as opposed to in recent seasons, but it certainly appears that owners don't want to take any chances.