NFL.com’s magazine experts get ready to mock

Believe it or not, we are T-minus seven days and counting until the NFL.com Fantasy magazine draft.

Oh, sure, it’s billed as a mock draft for the magazine — a tool designed to help you guys prepare for your fantasy drafts. And it has to be held this early because, well, we’re dealing with that old dinosaur known as print media. The NFL.com Fantasy preview magazine hits newsstands on June 10, and we just need a little more lead time to make it the most informative and dazzling publication that you can take with you to the john and come out better armed for your draft.

Problem is, we play out the “experts mock draft.” Which means it’s not all about helping you. It’s about me. In a league that includes the likes of NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Michael Fabiano and Nick Bakay, that’s a lot of pressure. Last year, we added NFL Network’s Rod Woodson to the mix.

Well, guess what? Yours truly took home to the title!

But the gloating stops right here, right now. Because we have added Marshall Faulk and Jamie Dukes to the league, and I am feeling the pressure to defend my crown.

And of course, I am saddled with the last pick in the first round.

So after years of helping you guys with your fantasy drafts, I’m man enough to ask for your help. I know it’s hard to figure who the first 11 players drafted will be, but I’m open to suggestions. Based on Fabiano’s most recent fantasy mock draft on NFL.com, I could land Washington’s Clinton Portis at the end of Round 1 and Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson with the first pick in Round 2.

The thing is, I’m a big believer in having a prolific passer on the roster. My 2008 title began with the drafting of Peyton Manning with the ninth overall pick in the first draft, so why wouldn’t I use my top pick this year in a guy like Drew Brees? Based on Fabiano’s mock, I can get Kurt Warner at the end of Round 3. If I could be certain that will happen in our draft, I’d do it. But I’m not convinced.

So what do you think? Feel free to offer your advice below. I can’t promise I’ll take you up on it (because let’s face it, I’m a fantasy champion!), but I’m willing to listen.

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