- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Here is my one-man mock draft for the 2007 season, based on standard ESPN scoring and roster guidelines. This is my personal view of when players should be picked in the first six rounds of a 10-team draft. I consider all the best available players at each slot, as well as needs for each team, putting myself in the chair of every owner during the early rounds of the draft. Regular mocks and drafts contain many different viewpoints, but in this version of the mock, I give my own view of how the first six rounds should proceed.
1. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers: He has missed only one game in six seasons and has always ranked among the very best at the most important fantasy position.
2. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: His overall numbers will fall slightly as the Rams give him a bit more rest and use other receiving targets, but the fall off won't be enough to drop him from this slot.
3. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers: Don't let the hand injury scare you off now. He'll be fine for the regular season and will score more often than he did in 2006.
4. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts: There are considerable questions surrounding other top running backs, yet he is simply all about upside. He just has to prove he can handle the full load, and I believe he will do it.
5. Peyton Manning, QB, Colts: With some annoying doubts about other top running backs, I'll take the safe pick here. I can still get a pretty good running back in the second round.
6. Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs: If he signs soon, I'll move him up one spot and take Manning here, but the quarterback situation in Kansas City still scares me and will lead to some struggles for Johnson early in the schedule.
7. Shaun Alexander, RB, Seahawks: He'll rebound for sure and is worth taking here, but there will also be a few disappointing outings. The offensive line isn't what it used to be.
8. Willie Parker, RB, Steelers: I see no reason to expect any type of fall off. Let's not think for a minute that anyone else on the Pittsburgh roster will take any goal-line carries from him this season.
9. Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles: There always seem to be concerns about his durability, but he played through pain last season, and just make sure you handcuff Tony Hunt to him later.
10. Travis Henry, RB, Broncos: He can potentially outplay the four running backs taken ahead of him in this draft. I would start considering him as early as the seventh slot.
Scott Engel examines how a draft should look from his perspective.