Consisting of nine members of the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Staff, along with guest columnist, Ryan Hallam, from Fighting Chance Fantasy, the Bruno Boys Mock Draft was a 14-round affair based on a standard scoring league (Pass TDs - 4 points, All Other TDs - 6 points). Outside of having to field a starting line-up occupied by 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D, owners were free to compile their rosters any way in which they pleased. All commentary after each pick is provided by the Bruno Boys staff member who made the pick. The draft was conducted over email and took place from July 13, 2009 to August 3, 2009.
ROUND THREE RESULTS
3.01: Dominic Brown—Randy Moss (NE)
Having the first pick in the draft meant a change in strategy. With Moss still available, I added another top tier wide out to my team. It’s reunion time for Moss and Brady and it’s not out of the question for Moss to have another season like 2007.
3.02: Greg Warnock—Tom Brady (NE)
This was a tough spot to pick in. A receiver run is about to start and there isn’t much after the top guys. Passing on a receiver means I will be weak at the top of the WR position. But how could I pass on Brady in the third round? He comes back with a better supporting cast then he had two years ago and will try to make up for time lost in 2008.
3.03: Ryan Hallam—Roddy White (Atl)
A second elite receiver keeps me in good shape to score big points every week. Matt Ryan should mature more this year and he knows where his bread is buttered. Those who thought his 2007 year was a fluke were proven wrong last season. White is for real.
3.04: Jimbo Jones—Greg Jennings (GB)
Jennings has firmly established himself as an elite receiver in the NFL. With Aaron Rodgers coming into his own with a full season of experience under his belt, Jennings could be in line for a big season.
3.05: Cory Steger—Ronnie Brown (Mia)
I really like what Ronnie Brown brings to the table and I think that him not handling the wildcat offense as often in 2009 will actually help his value as a runner this season
3.06: Kyle Smith—Steve Smith (CAR)
Despite having an offense centered around the running game, Smith remains one of the most dynamic players in the game. He’s also consistent, having accumulated at least 1,000 receiving yards and six touchdowns in each of the last four seasons.
3.07: Chris Ziza —Reggie Wayne (IND)
Despite a major overhaul in the coaching staff, Wayne still has the most consistent quarterback in the game throwing to him. He might not get you the touchdown totals of Moss or Fitzgerald but he is a threat to score 10+ fantasy football points a week.
3.08: Marc Caviglia—Marques Colston (NO)
Colston finished 2008 with 53 fantasy football points over the seasons final three games and I feel he is the last of the elite wide receivers. Health aside, Colston is a true WR1.
3.09: Larry Joseph—Anquan Boldin (ARI)
In just 12 games in 2008 Boldin had 89 catches for over 1,000 receiving yards and 11 TDs. He definitely has WR1 talent and if he produces like he did last season this could be the steal of the draft.
3.10: Michael Whooley—Pierre Thomas (NO)
Reggie Bush is coming off of knee surgery and has proven he’s not suited to run between the tackles. Deuce McAllister was let go this off-season. Thus, it’s Thomas that will be getting the carries for the leagues highest scoring offense entering 2009—not a bad place to be. The nine TDs he had in his final six games of 2008 don’t hurt either.