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CFB Fantasy: Pac-10 Mock Draft

Athlon's editors sat down for an eight team mock draft, using only players from the Pac-10. Which players do they expect to have a big fantasy season?

The mock draft was conducted as an eight team total points league, with a standard conference lineup selected using only players from the Pac-10 – 1 QB, 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex – RB/WR, 1 K, 1 DEF and 3 bench spots. Each starting spot was allowed 12 starts during the season, eliminating the need to have a backup for every position for bye weeks.

Draft results based upon standard scoring system – passing touchdowns = 4 pts, rushing touchdowns = 6 pts, 25 passing yards = 1 point, 10 rush/receiving yards = 1 point, receptions = 0.5 points, 2 point conversions = 2 points

Round 1

1. Jake Veyhl - Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
2. Patrick Snow - Shane Vereen, RB, California
3. Mitch Light - Jake Locker, QB, Washington
4. Rob Doster - LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
5. Doug Word - James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State
6. Steven Lassan - Chris Polk, RB, Washington
7. Charlie Miller - Allen Bradford, RB, USC
8. Braden Gall - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

The top pick in this draft is easy. Quizz is the best player at his position in any draft format the fantasy minions can come up with. Vereen and James are both sound selections as well and Locker should easily be the top QB in the league. After those four, Doug Word had an interesting selection. Rodgers is the clear top option at WR, so getting value was key for him. Chris Polk and Allen Bradford both have tremendous upside this season as they build on strong '09 campaign but are less dependable than the other Rodgers from OSU. I took the first big reach of the draft with Andrew Luck. But with the best line in the conference, a stable of outstanding receivers and tight ends and a quarterback friendly head coach, I feel Luck could be in for a monster season in Palo Alto.

Round 2

9. Braden Gall - Ronald Johnson, WR, USC
10. Charlie Miller - Matt Barkley, QB, USC
11. Steven Lassan - Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
12. Doug Word - Nate Costa, QB, Oregon
13. Rob Doster - Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
14. Mitch Light - Nic Grigsby, RB, Arizona
15. Patrick Snow - Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford
16. Jake Veyhl - Kevin Riley, QB, California

Taking a running back early in this round was going to be a reach so I took the big play threat from Southern Cal and clear best available WR. The next three QBs finish off the next tier of passers and were solid picks, after all three took a solid skill position player in round one. The Kearse pick could be outstanding or could be very average — with Devin Aguilar and James Johnson catching passes too, the UW could turn into a crap shoot each week. Ryan Whalen, on the other hand, could have a breakout season after eight games of at least 70 yards receiving a year ago. Riley is also intriguing. His career has been mediocre and underwhelming, but there is a good chance his final season is by far his best. 

Round 3

17. Jake Veyhl - Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
18. Patrick Snow - Ryan Katz, QB, Oregon State
19. Mitch Light - Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
20. Rob Doster - Marvin Jones, WR, California
21. Doug Word - Joe Halahuni, TE, Oregon State
22. Steven Lassan - Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon
23. Charlie Miller - Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona State
24. Braden Gall - Jeremy Stewart, RB, Stanford

Criner is one of those players who has been slowing rising up my draft board all summer long. What will the Wildcat offense look like without Sonny Dykes is a large, looming question. However, Nick Foles is back, the O-line is solid and they should have an excellent running game to keep defenses honest. Katz, Owusu and Jones are all nice potential upside picks. Halahuni is easily the top tight end option, so Word did a great job starting that run. Maehl is dependable if uninspiring. Gerell Robinson was an elite recruit who could burst onto the scene with the new uptempo offense in Tempe. See Round 4 analysis for Mr. Stewart.

Round 4

25. Braden Gall - Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
26. Charlie Miller - Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
27. Steven Lassan - Dillon Baxter, RB, USC
28. Doug Word - Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State
29. Rob Doster - Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
30. Mitch Light - Kyle Prater, WR, USC
31. Patrick Snow - Nelson Rosario, WR, UCLA
32. Jake Veyhl - Malcolm Jones, RB, UCLA

Stanford has the top O-line in this league and Toby Gerhart was a monster last year. So where do all those stats go? I hedged my bets by selecting the top two options in Taylor and Stewart on the turn. As is the case with most deep, conference-only formats, hand-cuffing is strong advised. I made a crucial mistake by not landing the third spoke on the Cardinal rushing wheel in Tyler Gaffney (Round 9 to Rob). The theme of this round was upside freshman. Dillon Baxter, Kyle Prater and Malcolm Jones were all AC100 recruits and all have a chance to contribute early. These were some of the best high school prospects in the nation last year. I also like the Barner pick — he could be a top flight national option in week one as the starter and pretty productive the rest of the way as the backup.

Round 5

33. Jake Veyhl - USC Defense
34. Patrick Snow - Oregon Defense
35. Mitch Light - Greg Nwoko, RB, Arizona
36. Rob Doster - Kevin Prince, QB, UCLA
37. Doug Word - James Johnson, WR, Washington
38. Steven Lassan - Keola Antolin, RB, Arizona
39. Charlie Miller - UCLA Defense
40. Braden Gall - Arizona Defense

Veyhl got a steal with USC falling all the way until the fifth round. James Johnson was a sneaky pick also, after posting a very respectable freshman season in Seattle.

Round 6

41. Braden Gall - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
42. Charlie Miller - Brandon Williams, TE, Oregon
43. Steven Lassan - Arizona State Defense
44. Doug Word - Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon
45. Rob Doster - Anthony Miller, TE, California
46. Mitch Light - Blake Ayles, TE, USC
47. Patrick Snow - Kai Forbath, K, UCLA
48. Jake Veyhl - Jared Karstetter, WR, Washington State

I love the Darron Thomas pick here. Word took Costa early on and had to make sure to land Thomas as well. One has to assume that whomever is running the Oregon attack will post some big fantasy numbers.

Round 7

49. Jake Veyhl - Steven Threet, QB, Arizona State
50. Patrick Snow - A.J. Simmons, TE, Arizona
51. Mitch Light - California Defense
52. Rob Doster - Oregon State Defense
53. Doug Word - Stanford Defense
54. Steven Lassan - Brice Butler, WR, USC
55. Charlie Miller - Justin Kahut, K, Oregon State
56. Braden Gall - Erik Folk, K, Washington

Round 8

57. Braden Gall - Darrell Catchings, WR, Oregon State
58. Charlie Miller - Devin Aguilar, WR, Washington
59. Steven Lassan - Deontae Cooper, RB, Washington
60. Doug Word - James Morrison, RB, Arizona State
61. Rob Doster - Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
62. Mitch Light - Alex Zendejas, K, Arizona
63. Patrick Snow - Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, RB, California
64. Jake Veyhl - Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA

Round 9

65. Jake Veyhl - Morrell Presley, TE, UCLA
66. Patrick Snow - Lache Seastrunk, RB, Oregon
67. Mitch Light - Chantz Staden, RB, Washington State
68. Rob Doster - Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
69. Doug Word - Thomas Weber, K, Arizona State
70. Steven Lassan - Nate Whitaker, K, Stanford
71. Charlie Miller - C.J. Gable, RB, USC
72. Braden Gall - Jordon James, RB, UCLA

Round 10

73. Braden Gall - Stanley Havili, RB, USC
74. Charlie Miller - David Roberts, WR, Arizona
75. Steven Lassan - Chris Izbicki, TE, Washington
76. Doug Word - Randall Carroll, WR, UCLA
77. Rob Doster - Jacob Harfman, K, USC
78. Mitch Light - James Montgomery, RB, Washington State
79. Patrick Snow - Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
80. Jake Veyhl - Giorgio Tavecchio, K, California