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Wanna be a Mock Star?

Are you ready to mock n’ roll?  Are you ready to mock around the clock?  Are you ready to mock out with your cheat sheets out?  I sure hope so, because RapidDraft has fired up their servers and is ready to let you have full access to mock draft heaven for the next two months. But, before we get to that, in keeping with my mock n’ roll theme, I’d like to extend the best of wishes to Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, as he continues his recovery from a recent brain hemorrhage. 

Just for you Brady Quinn fans, all four of you. Here is a video of Quinn playing catch with Bret Michaels and singing along on stage to ‘Nothin’ But a Good Time’. The music starts around the 4:30 mark.

So, with thoughts of ‘80’s hair bands rockin’, let’s talk about mockin’.

Every Mock Has Its Thorn

I hate mock drafting; it’s just a waste of time. Either you have one or more participants who fail to show up or some joker decides to draft all of his hometown players or a kicker in the first 10 rounds. But, I will admit that I do review mock draft data before I draft. I know this sounds contradictory, but let me explain. An individual draft can be two hours or more and be rendered useless by one owner.  Whereas the data gathered from many mock drafts lowers the effect of rogue owners.

Of course, mock drafts conducted by fantasy writers and insiders are the exception to my rule. No so-called ‘expert’ wants to be embarrassed, so they bring their A-game to the mock draft table.

Give Me Something To Believe In

Enter RapidDraft. RapidDraft is currently offering free, unlimited mock drafts through the end of June.

Can you imagine your college professor allowing you to mock test as many times as you wanted before taking your final exam?  Had that been the case, I definitely could have added a few points to my grade point average. But here’s the catch. You aren’t mock drafting against 11 other players that you’ll never see again. You’re mock drafting against the very same 11 players that you will be drafting against in order to build a team capable of winning $250,000! Every mock draft that you do allows you to pinpoint more closely exactly where you will need to select a player in order to make sure that he’s yours.

Here are a couple of examples from last year. After completing a handful of drafts it was obvious that if you wanted Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells you had to draft him prior to the fifth round. He was consistently being selected in the first five picks of the fifth round. Had you wanted Ray Rice, who happened to be on the roster of seven of last year’s Top 10 finishers, including the team that won the $250,000, you would have had to grab him in the fifth-to-sixth round range. Unless, you were drafting in May, then you could have gotten him with your ninth-10th round pick.

Nothin’ But a Good Time

It was nothin’ but a good time for

Kansas
grocer David Girard in 2009, as he was able to take home the $250,000 grand prize. A look back at the Top 10 draft picks of the Top 10 finishers for 2009 produced several interesting trends.

1) Nine of the Top 10 finishers drafted eighth or lower.

2) Eight of the Top 10 finishers drafted both Chris Johnson and Andre Johnson.

3) Seven of the Top 10 finishers drafted Ray Rice.

Below is a look at the Top 10 picks from the Top 3 finishers from 2009. The number in parenthesis represents their draft position.

Round

Grand Prize Winner(10)

Team

Pos

Runner-Up(12)

Team

Pos



3rd Place

(10)

Team

Pos

1

Johnson, A.

Hou

WR

Johnson, C.

Ten

RB

Johnson,C.

Ten

RB

2

Johnson, C.

Ten

RB

Johnson, A.

Hou

WR

Johnson, A.

Hou

WR

3

Colston, M.

NO

WR

Colston, M.

NO

WR

Brees, D.

NO

QB

4

Ochocinco, C.

Cin

WR

Houshmandzadeh, T.J.

Sea

WR

Colston, M.

NO

WR

5

Gates, A.

SD

TE

Rice, R.

Bal

RB

Rice, R.

Bal

RB

6

Rice, R.

Bal

RB

Gates, A.

SD

TE



Jackson

, D.

Phi

WR

7

Holt, T.

Jax

WR

Washington, L.

NYJ

RB


Clark

, D.



Ind


TE

8

Romo, T.

Dal

QB

Mason, D.

Bal

WR

Hightower,T.

Ari

RB

9

Walter, K.

Hou

WR

Garrard, D.

Jax

QB

Hixon, D.

NYG

WR

10

Taylor, F.

NE

RB

Charles, J.

KC

RB

Jackson, F.

Buf

RB

The early 2010 mock draft data has Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson and Ray Rice all going in the top half of the first round.

Only time will tell who will be 2010’s must have players. So, make sure you keep mocking at RapidDraft.com and be sure to stay dialed into FantasySharks.com as Tony Holm and the rest of the Sharks crew continue to bring you the best fantasy football coverage on the web and all for free.

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for FantasySharks.com and can be reached at thecornerofknowledge@yahoo.com

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