Atlanta Falcons - Where should Michael Vick be selected?
As has been the case over the past six seasons, talking about the Atlanta Falcons means talking about Vick. He is one of the more polarizing players in the NFL. Fans point to the excitement he can provide on any given play, which translates to his tremendous rushing numbers. Haters point to his lack of improvement in the passing game. Vick was extremely productive as a fantasy player last season, rushing for 1,039 yards and passing for 20 touchdowns. Repeating those numbers in 2007 is a risky proposition at best. Vick will be playing under new coach Bobby Petrino, which would theoretically mean his rushing numbers will go down and he'll be able to take more shots down the field in the passing game. However, Petrino is not the first coach brought in to change Vick's style, and Atlanta's wide receivers are nothing to write home about. It doesn't appear that he will face any disciplinary action this season for the dog-fighting controversy, but that doesn't mean it's not an issue to be concerned about. Vick is even more of a risk than usual this season, but can be drafted as a low-end starter. However, selecting a solid backup behind him is a must.
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Carolina Panthers - Do they have anyone worth drafting other than Steve Smith?
That's a tough one. Certainly nobody to get excited about. Let's start in the backfield. Who's more NOW -- DeAngelo Williams or DeShaun Foster? Answer: neither. The two backs figure to share carries, meaning neither holds much value as a fantasy starter. Williams is the more intriguing pick. He showed ability at times as a rookie, but was hampered by injuries and an ineffective line. If Foster goes down and the line improves, Williams holds value as a mild sleeper, but I'm not seeing it. As for Foster, he's entering his fifth NFL season and has never run for more than three touchdowns or 897 yards. Not to mention he's an injury risk. Drafting Foster is not a good idea under any circumstances. Then there are Carolina's quarterbacks. Jake Delhomme is coming off a disappointing year where he threw for 2,805 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 INTs in 13 games. If you like to wait on quarterbacks, teaming up Delhomme with another veteran and picking your spots wouldn't be a bad idea. Remember, he did throw for a combined 53 touchdowns in 2004 and 2005. However, also remember that the Panthers picked up David Carr in the offseason, meaning Delhomme will be on a short leash.
New Orleans Saints - Is Reggie Bush a first-round pick?
In his rookie campaign, Bush came pretty close to matching the hype even though his numbers weren't particularly eye-popping. Bush averaged 3.6 yards per carry and had just one 100-yard rushing performance. However, look closer and you'll see he caught 73 balls, which is enormous in leagues that award points for receptions. Also, check out how Bush finished his first season in the NFL. He had two 100-yard receiving games to go along with a 100-yard rushing game in the season's final five weeks. All eight of his touchdowns came after Week 9. The Saints did a tremendous job of finding touches for Bush, and the only downside this year is he'll continue to share carries with Deuce McAllister. Bush is a top-15 running back and a great option for a No. 2 RB. That makes him a second-round pick with a high ceiling.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Can Jeff Garcia be productive in his new home?
Garcia had success last year filling in for an injured Donovan McNabb. He threw for 1,309 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in eight games with the Eagles. Now he finds himself in Tampa Bay at the age of 37 with a suspect supporting cast and a backup in Chris Simms breathing down his neck. Somehow that doesn't scream "monster fantasy season" to me. As well as he played a year ago, Garcia wasn't even a top-10 quarterback after taking over the starting job. The good news is he'll be comfortable in Tampa Bay's system. The bad news is he's dealing with one of the worst receiving corps in the league. Garcia should be considered nothing more than an average backup.