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round 1

#4: Tiki Barber (RB) New York Giants

Going into the draft, after finding out I had the fourth overall pick, I knew I would probably end up with Tiki. Surprisingly, Larry Johnson didn’t get picked until #3. With LJ still on the board at #3, I thought maybe the #3 man would have possibly picked Edge or Tiki. Oh well, that didn’t happen; Easy choice for Tiki here.

round 2

#7: Torry Holt (WR) St. Louis Rams

Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald and Chad Johnson were selected in the second round before my selection. There’s a lot of anticipation with Steve Smith this year, but I’m very happy with Holt in this position as he has consistently put up great numbers year after year. Some people say he’s the best WR in the NFL, and with his proven track record, I’m glad he’s on my team.

round 3

#4: Marvin Harrison (WR) Indianapolis Colts

I didn’t think I’d have a chance with a player of this caliber in the third round, but amazingly, Harrison did. What surprised me was that the selection in front of me was Chris Chambers, a player that I don’t even think is comparable to Marvin. I could have sworn someone in the third round was going to pick up a player of this magnitude, but he fell on me.

round 4

#7: Julius Jones (RB) Dallas Cowboys

With this standard format, I had to take another RB at this position. He wanted to get another one back in the third round, but when Marvin Harrison is still around, you just have to beat him. Julius has been promoted quite well now for the first few years of his career. It’s hang or shut up this year for Jones.

round 5

#4: Todd Heap (TE) Baltimore Ravens

Shockey was taken in the fourth round, and Tony Gonzalez was selected before me, I had to pick a tight end in this slot. Heap will have a very good year now that he has a decent QB throwing him the ball. I didn’t take a QB in the fifth round because he had almost every QB on my board still available, and I thought I might get one of them in the sixth. (Matt Hasselbeck, Eli Manning, Marc Bulger, Drew Bledsoe, and Kurt Warner)

round 6

#7: Matt Hasselbeck (QB) Seattle Seahawks

This was another big surprise for me in this draft. The following QBs went before Hasselbeck in this draft, in this order: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning and Daunte Culpepper. Hasselbeck has been much more consistent than Eli, and he’s not coming off the devastating injuries that Palmer and Culpepper are coming off. Hey, I’m not complaining!

round 7

#4: Eddie Kennison (WR) Kansas City Chiefs

Now was the time I had to start thinking about my bench and selecting quality players with different bye weeks than my two open studs. Kennison was still available, which was a good thing. Kennison is the Chiefs’ number one target and has racked up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. I’m pretty comfortable with Kennison as my third WR.

round 8

#7: Joseph Addai (RB) Indianapolis Colts

I had high hopes that Frank Gore would still be here this late, but unfortunately, he was taken a round early. Addai has been a hot pick for some, and some pundits are projecting a great season, but I’m not exactly convinced Dominic Rhodes won’t get carries for the Colts. I just hope he lives up to the hype and can put up some decent stats as I can call on him later in the season.

round 9

#4: Kurt Warner (QB) Arizona Cardinals

He couldn’t let Warner pass so late, especially considering he’s on an offense with Boldin, Fitzgerald and now Edge running and catching balls out of the backfield. I think with the new stadium and with all the offensive weapons, Warner will be the main man for the Cardinals. Hasselbeck has an early bye week, which was also one of the reasons I picked Warner because I’m not sure if Warner will still be a starter at the end of the year. Drew Bledsoe was still available, but I couldn’t bring myself to recruit another Cowboy, especially when I only need Warner for his performance earlier in the year.

round 10

#7: Cedric Houston (RB) New York Jets

Houston looked impressive against the Redskins, and I think he’s going to get some carries. He had a different bye week than my previous three RBs I’ve taken, and I didn’t think it would hurt to have a projected starter as my fourth running back.

round 11

#4: Laveranues Coles (WR) New York Jets

Well, the Jets may not be in the best QB situation of any team in the NFL, but Coles is a solid player. Coles’ stats may not be as good as what he’s capable of putting up, but as the fourth WR, in a league that only requires two starting WRs, I feel comfortable with Coles here.

round 12

#7: Donte Stallworth (WR) New Orleans Saints

Stallworth was the best player available at the time and he couldn’t let it go. He’s a legitimate #2 receiver behind Joe Horn, and I think he’ll become Drew Brees’ favorite, perhaps establishing himself as #1. With Harrison and Holt as my starting WRs, and Kennison/Coles/Stallworth filling out the bench, I think my WR core is solid.

round 13

#4: New York Giants (Defense)

I let a while pass before taking a defense, because I had my eyes set on taking Big Blue. The Giants have an underrated defense that is capable of sacks, interceptions and big plays, due to that ferocious rush to the passer that will improve with the addition of Arrington. Giants D may allow some points, but fantasy points are earned with sacks, interceptions, fumbles and touchdowns, things I think the Giants are going to do.

round 14

#7: Josh Brown (K) Seattle Seahawks

He was determined to get a kicker this round, but wasn’t sure if he wanted Feely, Brown, or Jeff Wilkins. Feely was chosen before me, so my decision was much easier, so I had to decide between Wilkins and Brown. Brown is probably a better kicker than Wilkins, but Wilkins kicks at least half of his games in a dome. I hope I’m not kicking myself later in the year over this choice!

round 15

#4: Kevan Barlow (RB) New York Jets

I wanted five RBs, and upon learning that he had just been traded to the Jets, I decided to take Barlow here. I don’t know if he’ll win the starting job, and I definitely won’t take him or Houston, but I imagine at least one of them will get the opening day starting job for the JETS, Jets Jets Jets.

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