Fantasy Football Mock Draft Preview

      April 3, 2013 @ 16:47:25 PDT

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Round 3

25) Jimmy Graham, tight end, New Orleans Saints

The 2011 season was the year of the tight end position, but fantasy owners were overzealous in drafting these pass-catching line extensions a season ago. Nevertheless, Graham can put up WR2 numbers over the course of a year and is a favorite of Drew Brees.

26) Maurice Jones-Drew, running back, Jacksonville Jaguars

Remember him? MJD missed most of last year with a foot injury. Can he come back to form? Will someone spend a third-round pick to find out? I believe so. Jones-Drew still has enough left in the tank, if healthy, to be a meaningful second fantasy running back.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

27) Andre Johnson, wide receiver, Houston Texans

AJ is coming off fantastic season - a healthy season - because let's face it ... all of his healthy campaigns have resulted in strong fantasy numbers. You are always assuming a metric ton of risk when selecting him, but the numbers when he is on the field warrant the gamble.

28) Wes Welker, wide receiver, Denver Broncos

Point-per-reception leaguers should consider Welker in the mid-second or so. He still has to learn a new system over the offseason and develop rapport with Peyton Manning - chemistry that certainly won't be on the same level of what he enjoyed with Tom Brady.

29) Rob Gronkowski, tight end, New England Patriots

Another Tom Brady reference brings us to Gronkowski, whose on-field beastliness is like something you'd see in a Halloween movie. This guy just tears people apart on his way to the end zone. Injuries, injuries and more injuries, however, make him a risky proposition.

30) Michael Crabtree, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers

Finally a quarterback with the arm and interest to send the ball Crabtree's direction.... Colin Kaepernick appears to have the makings of a legitimate NFL star passer, and Crabtree has been healthy long enough to give him a pass of assumption for 2013.

31) Chris Johnson, running back, Tennessee Titans

Johnson enjoyed a rebound season in 2012, but that was not enough to prevent the front office from signing Shonn Greene to complement him. The former New York Jet was one of the most efficient short-yardage backs in the NFL last season. Could Johnson's meager touchdown total of six dip even lower in '13?

32) Cam Newton, quarterback, Carolina Panthers

Cam turned around a dreary start to the 2012 season and reminded fantasy owners why they spent a high pick on him. In some quarterback-happy draft circles, "Superman" will not last this long.

33) Roddy White, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons

White continues to get it done even with Julio Jones standing out opposite him. The veteran receiver is crafty and has very reliable hands. White has more value in leagues that reward for receptions.

34) David Wilson, running back, New York Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw remains a floater in free agency, which does not completely rule out a return to the G-Men, but Wilson's time to shine appears to be imminent. Electric speed and lateral ability make him one of the more exciting unknowns heading into 2013 drafts.

35) Marques Colston, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

They don't make 'em much more consistent than Colston, who has produced three straight seasons of at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. Oh, and he has missed only three of his last 48 games.

36) Victor Cruz, wide receiver, New York Giants

"Cruuuuuuuuuz" can be heard by Giants fans almost every week in the NFL season, but a contract stalemate could cause him to fall in the draft, should it get that ugly. Even still, he should come off the board much earlier than this once everything is resolved.

Honorable mentions

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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