Draftmaster mock draft, continued

New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (39) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (26) and linebacker Chad Grehttp://www.scoresreport.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=54241&action=edit&message=10#edit_timestampenway on a 7-yard reception in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on October 31, 2010. The Patriots defeated the Vikings 28-18. UPI/Matthew Healey

If you missed my explanation and the first six picks, click here.

7.06: Danny Woodhead, RB
I needed a third RB and was debating between Woodhead and James Starks. I like Starks, but Ryan Grant is expected to be back in Green Bay and I don’t like a timeshare there, especially without the roles being clearly defined. That’s one thing about Woody — he’s not going to set the world on fire, but as the Pats third-down back, he’s going to catch a number of passes. They used him regularly in the running game too. So while there’s not a lot of upside here, he’s a pretty sure thing for the 7th round.

8.07: Jerome Simpson, WR
This might be a reach, but Simpson was outstanding down the stretch for the Bengals, posting 18 catches for 247 yards and three TDs over the last two games (against the Chargers and Ravens, who are both fairly tough against the pass). Johnny Knox, Julio Jones and Mike Thomas were the next three wideouts taken. Had I known Mike Sims-Walker was about to be let go by the Jags, I may have gone with Thomas. Hopefully the Bengals will land a decent QB and Simpson will have a chance to shine.

9.06: Eli Manning, QB
Having loaded up on RBs, WRs and even a TE, it was time to pick a QB. There were a few good ones to choose from — Joe Flacco, Josh Freeman, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford — but Eli has been good the last two years (QB7, QB10) and is underappreciated in fantasy circles.

10.07: Sam Bradford, QB
I was surprised so many QBs were taken on the turn, especially by teams that already had a stud QB on the roster. But I wanted to grab two of the aforementioned group — Eli, Flacco, Freeman, Stafford and Bradford — so I was happy to get Bradford here. Sure, he’s going to have to learn a new offense, but the Rams are bound to bring in some talent at WR which should make his life easier. He was terrific last season as a rookie.

11.06: Jacoby Ford, WR
I thought long and hard about Deion Branch here. Branch played well after being traded to New England, but Ford posted WR25 numbers (counting returns) over the last 10 games of the season and should improve heading into his second year with the Raiders. He’s one of the fastest players in the league and the Raiders new head coach has already stated that he plans to get Ford the ball even more in 2011.

12.07: Dustin Keller, TE
There were still a few solid TEs on the board — Hernandez, Heap, Moeaki — but with Finley as my TE1, I thought I better get a capable backup with upside to ensure some points at tight end. Keller started 2010 off with a bang, but faded at the end after Santonio Holmes stole some of his looks. The Jets will probaby re-sign Holmes and let Braylon Edwards go, so Keller should benefit from more targets in 2011.

My team after 12 rounds…

QB: Eli Manning, Sam Bradford
RB: LeSean McCoy, Michael Turner, Danny Woodhead
WR: Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, Santonio Holmes, Jerome Simpson, Jacoby Ford
TE: Jermichael Finley, Dustin Keller

I’m probably going to round out this lineup with a third QB, a fourth RB, a kicker and a defense.

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