Our Christopher Harris recently did his rankings in a 10-team, one-man mock fantasy draft.
I’m not a huge fantasy guy, but I dabble in it a bit and thought Harris’ draft was interesting, particularly from an NFC South standpoint. At No. 5 overall, Atlanta running back Michael Turner is the highest-rated player in the division.
Harris admits he has some concerns because of Turner’s injury problems last year. I don’t share those concerns. After seeing Turner in shape at minicamp and hearing him talk about how excited he is to prove he can handle a 16-game season, I’m expecting a big year.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is the only other NFC South player in the first round. He’s No. 8 overall. But Who Dat Nation can celebrate because Brees is the top-rated quarterback and the only one to go in the first round.
Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams (No. 19) is the only division player in the second round. Personally, I’d take Williams a little earlier, but this is fantasy and you have to worry about him splitting carries with Jonathan Stewart, who was taken in the third round at No. 28.
That brings us to an interesting point because I know there’s one wide receiver in this division who is always looking for snubs or perceived snubs. Yes, Carolina’s Steve Smith is rated behind White and Colston. Smith was drafted at No. 40 and was the 14th wide receiver taken. Just a quick note to that wide receiver who is always looking for snubs or perceived snubs: These are not my rankings and I've seen nothing to lead me to believe you've lost a step. If you’ve got a problem with this, talk to Mr. Harris.