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Editor's Note: Please check out our Mock Draft 2.0 for the most recent results.

For as often as the NFL gets labeled a 24/7/365 sport, the top two headlines from over the weekend indicate the June swoon news cycle is upon us.

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From the “nothing good happens after midnight” department, Justin Blackmon was arrested on aggravated DUI charges after he blew a 0.24. It’s his second DUI offense in the last two years. Unless he’s suspended by Roger Goodell, I don’t think his fantasy value is impacted.  Can you lose points for bad judgment?

In Houston, the Texans inked former Seahawks' tailback Justin Forsett. He’s now competing with undrafted rookies to back up Arian Foster and Ben Tate. So, that gives you a sense of a) his fantasy value b) how his career is going heading into year five.

With the bad and ugly comes some good news. The FOXSports.com fantasy department conducted its first mock draft of the summer late last week. It’s a luxury we didn’t have this time last year as the owners and players hashed out finances and zzzzzz …

Enough of that nonsense.

Time to look forward to September and the 2012 fantasy football season.

The following draft took place on Thursday May 31, 2012 between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (EST). The results are real … in a fake way.

Round 1
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Arian Foster
Hou
RB
2
Jim
GB
QB
3
Beall
Bal
RB
4
Halpin
Det
WR
5
Tom
LeSean McCoy
Phi
RB
6
Mitch
Maurice Jones-Drew
Jac
RB
7
Mike
Ten
RB
8
Patrick
NE
QB
9
Fowler
Car
QB
10
Jake
NO
QB
11
Sid
Matthew Stafford
Det
QB
12
Harmon
SD
RB


Ryan Fowler Draft Synopsis (@FOXSportsFowler)

Old habits are hard to break.

However, after intensive off-season studies that would make my college professors gasp in disgust, I have broken my “must draft a running back in the first round” motto.

For years, I preached drafting a first-round tail back in leagues where you could start three each week. I believed the math (touches per game) added up. The recent evolution of the running back by committee in addition to the fans/league embracing pass-happy offenses has diluted many rushing attacks outside the top five and forced me to flip-flop philosophies.

With Mike Tolbert joining RBBC poster childs, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, Cam Newton may not rush for as many touchdowns as he did in 2011 (14), but he’ll still pick up a good chunk of yards on the ground and make chicken soup out of chicken droppings with Steve Smith and company in the Panthers’ passing game.

My favorite pick was Jermichael Finley in the sixth, steal was Stevie Johnson in the eighth and sleeper, Vincent Brown, in the 13th round.



Round 2
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Larry Fitzgerald
Ari
WR
2
Sid
Chi
RB
3
Jake
NE
TE
4 Fowler
Atl
RB
5
Patrick
Frank Gore
SF
RB
6
Mike
Sea
RB
7
Mitch
Hou
WR
8
Tom
Tony Romo
Dal
QB
9 Halpin
DeMarco Murray
Dal
RB
10
Beall
Darren McFadden
Oak
RB
11
Jim
Wes Welker
NE
WR
12
Luke
Trent Richardson
Cle
RB


Joel Beall Draft Synopsis (@FOXSportsBeall)

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Last summer I forewarned the rotisserie community of the perils of picking Michael Vick in the first round. With his pedestrian performance towards the end of 2010 and concerns of durability, the viscosity of risk was excessive for a supposed foundation of a fantasy squad. And while his yardage accumulation from last season mirrored his production the year before, Vick validated our apprehension with nine more turnovers and 12 fewer forays into the end zone in 2011.

Despite this disappointment, I was shocked to see Vick free fall into the third round of our mock draft. The Philly field general still possesses numerous hazards, but the 31-year-old maintains an elite fantasy ceiling, a sentiment that cannot be said of Ahmad Bradshaw, who went selected before Vick. If this development transpires in your league’s draft, take advantage of the proceeding and bounce on Vick at this juncture.

Aside from my elation at the steal of the four-time Pro Bowl QB, Demaryius Thomas in fifth round, DeSean Jackson in the seventh and Torrey Smith in the ninth are bargains capable of submitting constructive campaigns. It’s unfortunate this draft was just a mock, as clearly Team Beall would have locked up the crown.



Round 3
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Min
RB
2
Jim
Ahmad Bradshaw
NYG
RB
3
Beall
Michael Vick
Phi
QB
4
Halpin
NO
TE
5
Tom
Greg Jennings
GB
WR
6
Mitch
Atl
WR
7
Mike
NYG
QB
8
Patrick
NYG
WR
9
Fowler
Buf
RB
10
Jake
KC
RB
11
Sid
Cin
WR
12
Harmon
Pit
WR


Mike Harmon Draft Synopsis (@swollendome)

The old adage states that leagues aren’t won on draft day. That may be true, but the blueprint to global domination has to be sketched out just the same.

I love the core of this squad, particularly the wide receiver and tight end positions. The trio of Fitzgerald, Wallace and Marshall flat-out dominate, and Meachem and Randle are potential steals in rounds nine and thirteen, respectively. Jacob Tamme reunites with Peyton Manning in Denver. Do I need to elaborate?

The retooled Pittsburgh attack under Todd Haley makes me a believer in Ben Roethlisberger, but perhaps the biggest blunder made in this selection process was to eschew the selection of a QB2 in favor of receiving depth.

I took Ryan Mathews at No. 12 based on his huge potential. I’m a sucker. He finished the season like a champ, posted a fantastic 4.9 YPC average and caught 50 balls. Can he leave the injuries behind? He’s the anchor of a question-filled fantasy backfield. That’s the area of the squad that vexes me in hindsight. There are no “gimmes” in this group. I made a big bet on Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin in the fifth round as my No. 2 before delving into the madness of the Washington and New England backfields (Helu and Ridley, respectively). Both are potential heroes, but Shanahan and Belichick have been known to toy with fantasy owners. Finally, I snagged David Wilson of the Giants as my “Ninja” prospect given Ahmad Bradshaw’s injury history. This quintet will make or break this squad.



Round 4
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Chi
WR
2
Sid
Jason Witten
Dal
TE
3
Jake
NYG
WR
4
Fowler
NE
WR
5
Patrick
Darren Sproles
NO
RB
6
Mike
Steve Smith
Car
WR
7
Mitch
Peyton Manning
Den
QB
8
Tom
BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Cin
RB
9 Halpin
Mia
RB
10
Beall
Atl
WR
11
Jim
Beanie Wells
Ari
RB
12
Luke
Jordy Nelson
GB
WR


John Halpin Draft Synopsis (@jhalpin37)

Was Calvin Johnson a reach at No. 4 overall? Maybe, but I didn't have as much trust in the running backs after Arian Foster and Ray Rice were off the board, or in the QBs behind Aaron Rodgers. Hence, the big wideout in a non-PPR league. Megatron is a monster, so I'll sleep easy at night knowing I have him.

While quarterbacks are very important in a six-point-per-passing-TD format, I kept not liking the value I found for the first handful of rounds - hence the selection of Robert Griffin III in Round 7. There was definitely a voice in my head saying, "Really? Ahead of Ben Roethlisberger?" Yes, barely. RGIII's running ability is very intriguing, and Mike Shananan had some success with non-Elway passers in Denver.

My biggest reservation is with my RB2. After grabbing Jimmy Graham (I couldn't resist) early in Round 3, I took Reggie Bush in Round 4. He's more valuable in PPR formats, but should still rack up a solid number of total yards and TDs. I hope.



Round 5
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Dal
WR
2
Jim
Pit
WR
3
Beall
Demaryius Thomas
Den
WR
4
Halpin
Marques Colston
NO
WR
5
Tom
Miles Austin
Dal
WR
6
Mitch
StL
RB
7
Mike
SD
TE
8
Patrick
NE
TE
9
Fowler
Willis McGahee
Den
RB
10
Jake
Percy Harvin
Min
WR
11
Sid
TB
WR
12
Harmon
Doug Martin
TB
RB


Lucas (RotoWire) Draft Synopsis

In leagues over 10 teams, I prefer having an elite quarterback, but I just couldn’t pass on the talent that fell to me early at running back. When the end of August shows up, I fully expect Trent Richardson and Adrian Peterson to be top-20 picks. My best pick had to be Peyton Hillis in the ninth round. Hillis gives me spectacular depth at RB with a guy I expect to top 1,000 total yards and eight scores. Sticking with running back, I may have actually gotten the most value by nabbing C.J. Spiller in the tenth. With Jamaal Charles-like abilities, his upside is huge and I expect him to consistently go much higher in summer drafts.



Round 6
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Was
RB
2
Sid
Dwayne Bowe
KC
WR
3
Jake
Shonn Greene
NYJ
RB
4
Fowler
Jermichael Finley
GB
TE
5
Patrick
Ind
WR
6
Mike
Jeremy Maclin
Phi
WR
7
Mitch
DeAngelo Williams
Car
RB
8
Tom
Philip Rivers
SD
QB
9
Halpin
Kenny Britt
Ten
WR
10
Beall
Vernon Davis
SF
TE
11
Jim
Anquan Boldin
Bal
WR
12
Luke
Eric Decker
Den
WR


Round 7
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Was
TE
2
Jim
Tony Gonzalez
Atl
TE
3 Beall
DeSean Jackson
Phi
WR
4
Halpin
Robert Griffin III
Was
QB
5
Tom
Jermaine Gresham
Cin
TE
6
Mitch
LeGarrette Blount
TB
RB
7
Mike
Isaac Redman
Pit
RB
8
Patrick
Chi
RB
9 Fowler
TB
WR
10
Jake
Pierre Garcon
Was
WR
11
Sid
Ind
RB
12
Harmon
Ben Roethlisberger
Pit
QB


Round 8
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Stevan Ridley
NE
RB
2
Sid
Santonio Holmes
NYJ
WR
3
Jake
Mark Ingram
NO
RB
4
Fowler
Stevie Johnson
Buf
WR
5
Patrick
Ten
WR
6
Mike
Det
TE
7
Mitch
Atl
QB
8
Tom
SF
RB
9
Halpin
Laurent Robinson
Jac
WR
10
Beall
Ben Tate
Hou
RB
11
Jim
Mike Tolbert
Car
RB
12
Luke
Jay Cutler
Chi
QB


Round 9
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Peyton Hillis
KC
RB
2
Jim
Lance Moore
NO
WR
3
Beall
Torrey Smith
Bal
WR
4
Halpin
Hou
QB
5
Tom
NO
RB
6
Mitch
Jonathan Stewart
Car
RB
7
Mike
Justin Blackmon
Jac
WR
8
Patrick
Titus Young
Det
WR
9
Fowler
Sea
WR
10
Jake
SF
WR
11
Sid
Josh Freeman
TB
QB
12
Harmon
SD
WR


Round 10
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Jacob Tamme
Den
TE
2
Sid
Jahvid Best
Det
RB
3
Jake
James Starks
GB
RB
4
Fowler
Buf
QB
5
Patrick
Det
D/ST
6
Mike
Cin
QB
7
Mitch
Brent Celek
Phi
TE
8
Tom
Cin
D/ST
9 Halpin
Davone Bess
Mia
WR
10
Beall
Andrew Luck
Ind
QB
11
Jim
Bal
QB
12
Luke
C.J. Spiller
Buf
RB


Round 11
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Darrius Heyward-Bey
Oak
WR
2
Jim
Atl
D/ST
3
Beall
Toby Gerhart
Min
RB
4
Halpin
Mikel LeShoure
Det
RB
5
Tom
SF
K
6
Mitch
Denarius Moore
Oak
WR
7
Mike
Shane Vereen
NE
RB
8
Patrick
Rashard Mendenhall
Pit
RB
9
Fowler
Santana Moss
Was
WR
10
Jake
SF
D/ST
11
Sid
Chi
D/ST
12
Harmon
Carson Palmer
Oak
QB


Round 12
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
David Wilson
NYG
RB
2
Sid
Randy Moss
SF
WR
3
Jake
Sam Bradford
StL
QB
4
Fowler
Atl
RB
5
Patrick
SF
QB
6
Mike
Hou
K
7
Mitch
Eddie Royal
SD
WR
8
Tom
Donald Driver
GB
WR
9
Halpin
Ari
RB
10
Beall
Michael Floyd
Ari
WR
11
Jim
Mario Manningham
SF
WR
12
Luke
Greg Little
Cle
WR


Round 13
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Sea
QB
2
Jim
Stephen Gostkowski
NE
K
3
Beall
Kyle Rudolph
Min
TE
4
Halpin
Coby Fleener
Ind
TE
5
Tom
Heath Miller
Pit
TE
6
Mitch
Sebastian Janikowski
Oak
K
7
Mike
Ten
D/ST
8
Patrick
Mason Crosby
GB
K
9
Fowler
Vincent Brown
SD
WR
10
Jake
Cin
K
11
Sid
Dustin Keller
NYJ
TE
12
Harmon
Rueben Randle
NYG
WR


Round 14
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Buf
D/ST
2
Sid
Den
K
3
Jake
Hou
TE
4
Fowler
Denver
Den
D/ST
5
Patrick
Sea
TE
6
Mike
Alshon Jeffery
Chi
WR
7
Mitch
Dal
D/ST
8
Tom
Phi
D/ST
9
Halpin
Pittsburgh
Pit
D/ST
10
Beall
Houston
Hou
D/ST
11
Jim
Det
RB
12
Luke
GB
D/ST


Round 15
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Luke
Atl
K
2
Jim
Ari
WR
3
Beall
Robbie Gould
Chi
K
4
Halpin
Garrett Hartley
NO
K
5
Tom
GB
RB
6
Mitch
GB
WR
7
Mike
Evan Royster
Was
RB
8
Patrick
Jabar Gaffney
NE
WR
9
Fowler
Neil Rackers
Was
K
10
Jake
Mia
RB
11
Sid
NYJ
QB
12
Harmon
Dal
K


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