Fantasy draft auto-tuned

This is what can happen to you if you miss your draft

This is what can happen to you if you miss your draft

If the NFL is going to lockout its players then it is locking out its fantasy players as well. So we at Athlon Sports took that to heart for this April's mock fantasy draft.

Just as we have conducted a mock draft on the first Monday of February and March, we did so again this month. However, we did it with a lockout twist. We locked ourselves out of it.

Want to know what it will look like if John Connor was right and Skynet takes over? Well this is it in mock draft form. We simply let the computer do the drafting for us.

The only parameters that were given were what positions we wanted in the first two rounds and what round we wanted our tight end selected in. We also had the computer draft a backup quarterback for us. From there, the computer went right down the line of our top 275 board and produced a 12-team, 16-round draft that not many of us are proud of.

This, folks, is what a fantasy draft lockout looks like. This is the future when computers take over. Of course this was originally done to show you what could happen if you ever get stuck in an auto draft league and let the computer do the work you should have been doing.

So enjoy — or cringe.

The highs and lows for the 12 teams "participating" in the Athlon Sports April Mock Auto Draft.

No. 1 slot: Matt Taliaferro (RB, RB)
Highs —
Arian Foster, Jonathan Stewart in the first two rounds.
Lows — Having six straight receivers drafted from Rounds 3-8 and no QB until Sanchez in the 13th.

No. 2 slot: Mitch Light (RB, WR)
Highs —
 Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings in the first three rounds.
Lows — Considering it was an auto draft, none really.

No. 3 slot: Tim Clark (RB, RB)
Highs —
 Reggie Wayne, Jason Witten and Jeremy Maclin from rounds 3-5.
Lows — Blount as a second rounder was a result of pre-determining he wanted RB, RB to start the draft.

No. 4 slot: Charlie Miller (RB, QB)
Highs —
 Pretty solid first seven rounds despite having two QBs selected in a span of three rounds (a mandatory backup QB bit him there).
Lows — Had six RBs selected for him between rounds 7-15.

No. 5 slot: Rob Doster (RB, QB)
Highs —
 Chris Johnson, Michael Vick and Dwayne Bowe is a stellar start at the fifth spot.
Lows — The auto pick got him good with a roster full of RBs — seven of them, including five in seven picks.

No. 6 slot: Mark Malone (QB, WR)
Highs —
 Actually resembles a real draft with Aaron Rodgers, Matt Forte, Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis, Santonio Holmes and Anquan Boldin as his first six picks.
Lows — Ended up with a string of RBBCs — five of them between rounds 7-13

No. 7 slot: Victor Drazen (RB, RB)
Highs —
 Held out for QB and TE and wound up with Jay Cutler and Owen Daniels in the ninth and 10th rounds — great value in this auto setup.
Lows — Have RBs will travel. The auto draft loaded him up with six RBs in his first eight rounds.

No. 8 slot: Patrick Snow (RB, QB)
Highs —
 The all-potential team came after his first two picks of Rashard Mendenhall and Philip Rivers. They included Mike Williams (Tampa), Vincent Jackson, Shonn Greene, Josh Freeman, Mark Ingram and Chris Cooley.
Lows — With the ninth pick in an auto draft it's hard to find where the computer might have screwed him on this one.

No. 9 slot: Steven Lassan (RB, QB)
Highs —
 MJD and Peyton Manning are not a bad way to start a draft.
Lows — Seven of the first 13 picks were RBs and six of them are questionable in regards to carrying a fantasy team.

No. 10 slot: Braden Gall (RB, RB)
Highs —
 Another spot that seemed to turn into more of a traditional draft with LeSean McCoy and Steven Jackson as his first two picks.
Lows — Hard to find any (outside of maybe being saddled with RBs for his first three picks) considering it's auto draft.

No. 11 slot: Corby Yarbrough (QB, RB)
Highs —
Starts strong with Tom Brady and Darren McFadden and then Antonio Gates in the fourth.
Lows — Falls off the rails after the seventh round and pretty much until Akers is selected last.

No. 12 slot: Nathan Rush (QB, WR)
Highs —
 Drew Brees, Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant to begin a draft selecting in the last spot is phenomenal.
Lows — However, just as it was with the No. 1 overall slot, Rush is saddled with nine receivers and just TWO running backs between rounds 2-14.

Arian Foster, RB, HOU   Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN   Jamaal Charles, RB, KC  
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR   Calvin Johnson, WR, DET   LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB  
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG   Greg Jennings, WR, GB   Regie Wayne, WR, IND  
Kenny Britt, WR, TEN   Tony Romo, QB, DAL   Jason Witten, TE, DAL  
Wes Welker, WR, NE   Dallas Clark, TE, IND   Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI  
Sidney Rice, WR, MIN   Pierre Garcon, WR, IND   Percy Harvin, WR, MIN  
Johnny Knox, WR, CHI   Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA   Felix Jones, RB, DAL  
Steve Smith, WR, NYG   Hines Ward, WR, PIT   Derrick Mason, WR, BAL  
Zach Miller, TE, OAK   Malcom Floyd, WR, SD   Mike Williams, WR, SEA  
Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC   Tashard Choice, RB, DAL   Matthew Stafford, QB, DET  
Donald Brown, RB, IND   Pierre Thomas, RB, NO   Justin Forsett, RB, SEA  
Maurice Morris, RB, DET   Nate Burleson, WR, DET   Steve Breaston, WR, ARI  
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ   David Garrard, QB, JAC   Chester Taylor, RB, CHI  
Kyle Orton, QB, DEN   Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ   Anthony Dixon, RB, SF  
Pittsburgh D/ST   Green Bay D/ST   New England D/ST  
Nick Folk, K, NYJ   Dan Carpenter, K, MIA   Josh Brown, K, STL  
Ray Rice, RB, BAL   Chris Johnson, RB, TEN   Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB  
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL   Michael Vick, QB, PHI   Matt Forte, RB, CHI  
Mike Wallace, WR, PIT   Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC   Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI  
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT   Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG   Vernon Davis, TE, SF  
Jermichael Finley, TE, GB   Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE   Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ  
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF   Santana Moss, WR, WAS   Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL  
Ryan Torain, RB, WAS   Joseph Addai, RB, IND   Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA  
Terrell Owens, WR, CIN   Reggie Bush, RB, NO   Mike Tolbert, RB, SD  
LaDanian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ   Michael Bush, RB, OAK   Randy Moss, WR, TEN  
Tim Hightower, RB, ARI   Jacoby Ford, WR, OAK   James Starks, RB, GB  
Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE   Matt Cassel, QB, KC   Carson Palmer, QB, CIN  
Lee Evans, WR, BUF   Jordan Todman, RB, Rookie   Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN  
Ryan Williams, RB, Rookie   Mikel LeShoure, RB, Rookie   Daniel Thomas, RB, Rookie  
Correll Buckhalter, RB, DEN   Danario Alexander, WR, STL   Mark Clayton, WR, STL  
Chicago D/ST   New York Jets D/ST   New York Giants D/ST  
Adam Vinatieri, K, IND   Ryan Longwell, K, MIN   Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK  
Frank Gore, RB, SF   Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT   Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC  
Michael Turner, RB, ATL   Philip Rivers, QB, SD   Peyton Manning, QB, IND  
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI   Mike Williams, WR, TB   Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE  
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE   Vincent Jackson, WR, SD   Brandon Marshall, WR, MIA  
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD   Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ   Cedric Benson, RB, CIN  
Steve Johnson, WR, BUF   Josh Freeman, QB, TB   Kellen Winslow, TE, TB  
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR   Mark Ingram, RB, Rookie   Ryan Grant, RB, GB  
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF   Chris Cooley, TE, WAS   Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG  
Chad Johnson, WR, CIN   Lance Moore, WR, NO   Mike Thomas, WR, JAC  
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston   Thomas Jones, RB, KC   Ricky Williams, RB, MIA  
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI   Robert Meachem, WR, NO   Steve Smith, WR, CAR  
Darren Sproles, RB, SD   Jason Snelling, RB, ATL   Marion Barber, RB, DAL  
Jason Campbell, QB, OAK   DeMarco Murray, RB, Rookie   Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF  
Blair White, WR, IND   Louis Murphy, WR, OAK   Devin Hester, WR, CHI  
Baltimore D/ST   Dallas D/ST   Philadelphia D/ST  
Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE   Matt Bryant, K, ATL   Rob Bironas, K, TEN  
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI   Tom Brady, QB, NE   Drew Brees, QB, NO  
Steven Jackson, RB, STL   Darren McFadden, RB, OAK   Andre Johnson, WR, HOU  
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN   Brandon Lloyd, WR, DEN   Dez Bryant, WR, DAL  
Miles Austin, WR, DAL   Antonio Gates, TE, SD   Marques Colston, WR, NO  
Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL   Jahvid Best, RB, DET   Matt Schaub, QB, HOU  
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL   Eli Manning, QB, NYG   Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET  
Austin Collie, WR, IND   Deion Branch, WR, NE   Mario Manningham, WR, NYG  
Sam Bradford, QB, STL   Danny Woodhead, RB, NE   Braylon Edwards, WR, NYJ  
Jerome Simpson, WR, CIN   Mike Sims-Walker, WR, JAC   James Jones, WR, GB  
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF   Beanie Wells, RB, ARI   Christopher Ivory, RB, NO  
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT   Davone Bess, WR, MIA   Danny Amendola, WR, STL  
Bernard Scott, RB, CIN   Willis McGahee, RB, BAL   Clinton Portis, RB, FA  
Earl Bennett, WR, CHI   Anthony Armstrong, WR, WAS   Donald Driver, WR, GB  
Jordan Shipley, WR, CIN   Nate Washington, WR, TEN   Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU  
San Diego D/ST   Atlanta D/ST   Minnesota D/ST  
Mason Crosby, K, GB   David Akers, K , PHI   Nate Kaeding, K, SD  
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