71. Kevin Smith (ADP 7.08)
Maybe Kevin Smith’s nickname should be “Against All Odds” because you just can’t count this guy out. Smith was left for dead last summer, but he emerged as a starter in Detroit because of health problems to the running back depth.
Now, he’s in position to handle a majority of the Lions' workload as Mikel Leshoure has a two-game suspension, and it will take him some time to find his footing in this offense.
At this point, it’s hard to even think of Jahvid Best posing a threat to Smith, if he should ever gain clearance from his concussion problems. Don’t look for Best to have a role larger than a third-down back for at least this season and probably the rest of his career.
We need to keep an eye on his recent ankle injury, but expect Smith to be on the field for Week 1.
72. Robert Meachem (ADP 9.05)
Meachem could’ve lost his starting job if Vincent Brown didn’t snap his ankle against the Packers. Brown will be out for awhile, and Meachem will get his opportunity to start. Don’t expect week-to-week consistency, and he’s likely to be nothing more than a bye week play.
73. Jacob Tamme (ADP 9.02)
Tamme should be a productive tight end for fantasy leagues, but he will be a better option in PPR formats. No way we should target him over some of the names listed below (other than Witten) in this round.
74. Roy Helu (ADP 10.04)
Not feeling this pick, and it’s past due time we view Helu as nothing more than a late round speculative option. Helu recently returned to limited practice, but his tendonitis issues are problematic in both Achilles tendons. No good.
75. Aaron Hernandez (ADP 6.03)
Not sure what happened in this mock draft with tight ends dropping so far, but Hernandez is worthy of a pick in the sixth round. The Patriots will keep him active in games weekly. Don’t expect him to slide this far in your draft.
76. Vernon Davis (ADP 7.02)
The 49ers will remain a run-heavy offense, but I still believe Davis can have one of his best years as a pro. With talent in the receiving corps, Davis should have room to roam in the middle of the field. We saw his numbers jump in the second half of last season and in the playoffs after he got a grasp of Jim Harbaugh’s offense, so expect good things.
77. Pierre Garcon (ADP 8.01)
A solid receiver in the eighth round, Garcon will be Robert Griffin’s primary receiver. Expect Garcon to finish in the top-30 receivers, and I believe he will give you consistent weekly numbers as he’s shown more skill over the middle in the preseason than I remember in Indianapolis.
78. Jermichael Finley (ADP 6.10)
The Packers' talented tight end may always battle through injuries, but he’s worth having as a potential top-five option. When healthy we should see that kind of production from Finley, but it would be a good idea to back him up with someone like Kyle Rudolph or Jermaine Gresham. Even Finley’s backup D.J. Williams would be worth a look if Finley went down for a while.
79. Jason Witten (ADP 9.06)
Thankfully, it appears Witten will avoid surgery on his spleen. Still it’s going to be a little while before he gets back to football activities, so keep that in mind. Maybe we won’t see him on the field until October, but when healthy he’s a nice TE1 option.
80. Lance Moore (ADP 10.02)
Not a big fan of taking Moore at this point in the draft. The Saints will spread the football around, and while Moore will continue to be a favorite of Drew Brees in the red zone, he won’t receive enough overall work to be a regular starter.
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