Thoughts on mock draft, Michael Vick ... 

July, 1, 2011
The ESPN Fantasy Football draft kit is live and, as always, it's tremendous. We have profiles and projections and rankings and plenty of stuff you'll need to draft your teams ... assuming there will be teams to draft. C'mon, NFL! Settle this thing! Being an eternal optimist, I'm not concerned. Continue to enjoy your summer, and all will be well soon enough. There will be football!

When perusing our comprehensive draft kit, I did notice things that I did and did not agree with, which frankly is good. You don't want the entire ESPN Fantasy group agreeing on everything. That's boring. It doesn't make you think. So here are random thoughts I had when checking out a few of the articles -- and there will be many more, so keep on checking -- in the draft kit.

[+] EnlargeMichael Vick
Howard Smith/US PresswireMichael Vick seems to be the most divisive player among our staff heading into this season.
1. Guess I won't be the only one avoiding Michael Vick!: Colleague Christopher Harris wrote about arguably the most polarizing player in the game today -- in real-life and fantasy -- and discussed risk versus reward when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback. Harris' take seems an unpopular one in ESPN Conversation and message boards, but I couldn't agree with it more. As a staff, we at ESPN Fantasy ranked Vick second at quarterback and 10th overall. To Harris and me, Vick is simply not a first-rounder, and Harris goes to far greater and well-written lengths explaining why. For the record, I can't recall ever drafting a quarterback in the first round anyway, so this issue is larger for me than simply Vick's considerable pros and cons. I'd prefer to select Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and would probably just wait a few rounds after that on a signal-caller anyway. It's why I often go running back/wide receiver through Round 6 and then end up with a Tony Romo or Ben Roethlisberger.