My buddies and I have played Pac-10/12 fantasy football for some time. We hold our draft during an annual camping trip. This past Saturday was our 2014 draft, and I wanted to quickly share some of the draft results — as another way to add to the excitement about the upcoming season. (I had the 6th pick in draft with five other teams. The picks snaked back around, meaning that I got the first pick of the second round and so on.)
My probable starting lineup:
- QB: Connor Halliday, OB, WSU (Round 1): Halliday put up video game numbers last season in Mike Leach’s pass-happy offense. As long as he stays healthy, there’s no reason he can’t duplicate or exceed those numbers this year,
- RB: Thomas Tyner, RB, UO (Round 2): Both Tyner and Byron Marshall will receive plenty of carries this season. And while Marshall might be the No. 1 back and more establish, Tyner has more big-play ability. He’s a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
- WR: Chris Harper, CAL (Round 3): Had Harper last season as well, and he was extremely productive. Gets both yards and TDs. With QB Jared Goff a year older, Harper could get even more opportunities this season. Will be competing with a lot of talented Cal WRs, though.
- WR: Gabe Marks, WSU (Round 4): Marks is proven, and arguably Halliday’s favorite target. He should build on last season’s breakout performance. Like Harper, though, he might fall victim to a deep, talented WR corps at times this season.
- TE: Caleb Smith, OSU (Round 7): Connor Hamlett is OSU’s No. 1 TE, no doubt. But Smith figures to get plenty of balls thrown his way due to his speed and athleticism. He needs to cut down on penalties, but as long he stays healthy, he should have a big season.
- RB/WR/TE: RB Tre Madden, USC (Round 6) or RB Barry Sanders Jr., STAN (Round 13): Madden will start the season as USC’s No. 2, but is proven. Sanders is still battling to be No. 1 for Cardinal. Either way, he should get carries as Stanford loves smashmouth football.
- K: Trevor Romaine, OSU (Round 11): Had Romaine last season and he was a disappointment. But his strong leg and excellent sophomore season give me reason to believe he can rebound big this year and cap off his OSU career in style.
- DEF: USC (Round 5): I took the first defense in our draft, and hopefully the strongest (Besides, OSU… Duh). USC is always loaded with athletes, and DC Justin WIlcox will waste no time utilizing that talent to create a formidable defense this season in Trojan Land.
My Other OSU Picks:
- WR Victor Bolden (Round 10): Hard to believe the guy slotted to be OSU’s top WR lasted this long. With that in mind, he has to be my “Steal of the Draft.” He won’t put up Cooks numbers most likely. But 800 and 7 isn’t out of the question.
- RB Ryan Nall (Round 22): Nall was my final pick. There’s a chance he redshirts and doesn’t play at all. Or he plays, but only on special teams. Then again, if OSU struggles to run the ball, maybe he gets thrown into the fire because of his bruising style.
And in case if you are wondering about where some other top OSU players were drafted:
- QB Sean Mannion: Round 1 (Pick 5. Marcus Mariota, Marshall, Brett Hundley, and Taylor Kelly were taken ahead of Mannion.)
- RB: Storm Woods: Round 6
- RB: Terron Ward: Round 5
- RB: Chris Brown: Round 16
- WR: Richard Mullaney: Round 4
- WR: Malik Gilmore: Round 15
- Conner Hamlett: Round 4
- TE: Kellen Clute: 15
- Defense: Round 9
What do you think? Which Beavers got drafted too high or low?