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1. Adrian Peterson, RB—J. Butt
2. Michael Turner, RB—S. Bedinger
3. Drew Brees, QB—T. Flowers
4. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB—R. Resch
5. Calvin Johnson, WR—M. Schottey
6. Matt Forte, RB—S. Kimberly
7. DeAngelo Williams, RB—J. Cyprowski
8. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB—B. Mills
9. Frank Gore, RB—D. Miller
10. Steven Jackson, RB—R. Clements
11. Larry Fitzgerald, WR—M. Eccher
12. Chris Johnson, RB—K. Winslow
Butt didn't panic with the first pick pressure, taking Peterson without hesitation. There is no fantasy player with fewer question marks; he has 3,101 yards and a 5.2 YPC through his first 30 NFL games.
Unfortunately, Bedinger may have made the wrong pick with Turner second. I understand Turner had an amazing season last year, but he won't be playing the same lame defenses this year. He took a beating with 394 carries including the postseason, and he doesn't catch the ball.
Additionally, new TE Tony Gonzalez had nine red zone TDs last season, including six inside the 10, and he will take TD opportunities away from Turner.
It was a big surprise to see Calvin Johnson in the first round, especially the top five, but not a stupid pick.
Johnson has great potential to beat the 1,331 yards and 12 TDs on 78 catches he posted last year, but it looks like Schottey would have had a good chance of getting him in the second round.
Is Brees worth a top three pick? I would draft Tom Brady over him, maybe even Peyton Manning too. Brees did post career numbers last year (5,069 yards and 34 TDs), but the Saints will look to run more, and they play tougher matchups this season.