Mock Draft: Taylor goes in the first round

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Draft season is officially here! Fantasy football diehards are already prepping for what they're hoping is a roster filled with glory, a championship and of course, bragging rights.

With Training Camp kicking off in July, we'll begin to see rosters take shape ahead of Week 1. We here at NBC Sports EDGE are ready to provide you with all the information you need to succeed from draft day and beyond.

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Today we'll take a sneak peek at NBC Sports EDGE's own Denny Carter's Expert Mock Draft Analysis. We'll showcase Round 1 and Round 6 of this expert mock draft, along with a breakdown of each round.

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Analysts

Linda Godfrey, Fantasy Football Confidential
Eric N. Moody, Pro Football Network
Zachary Krueger, RotoViz
C.D. Carter, NBC Sports EDGE
Pat Kerrane, NBC Sports EDGE
Chris Allen, NBC Sports EDGE
Colm Kelly, RotoViz
Jennifer Eakins, 4for4
Patrick Daugherty, NBC Sports EDGE
Joseph Redemann, 4for4
Sigmund Bloom, Football Guys
Scott Simpson, Fantasy Football Millionaires

Round 1

1.1 Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers (Godfrey)
1.2 Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings (Moody)
1.3 Saquon Barkley, Giants (Krueger)
1.4 Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints (Carter)
1.5 Derrick Henry, RB, Titans (Kerrane)
1.6 Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys (Allen)
1.7 Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts (Kelly)
1.8 Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs (Eakins)
1.9 Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs (Daugherty)
1.10 Davante Adams, WR, Packers (Redemann)
1.11 Aaron Jones, RB, Packers (Bloom)
1.12 Nick Chubb, RB, Browns (Simpson)

Round Analysis: Running backs constituted the first seven players off the board as uncertainty about Aaron Rodgers’ 2021 status has pushed Davante Adams out of the top half of the opening round. Joe Redemann of 4for4.com got a seven-pick discount on Adams compared to where he was being drafted before Rodgers said he wouldn’t return to Green Bay in 2021. If Rodgers relents and comes back to the Pack, Adams at the tail end of the first is going to prove to be a solid value. Jennifer Eakins, also of 4for4.com, made Travis Kelce the first non-RB off the board. A first-round tight end is a bit rich for me, but if you’re dead set on rostering Kelce this season and you’re picking in the latter half of the first round, you’re going to have to take the plunge. Kelce has been unstoppable with Patrick Mahomes; last year, he was fifth in receptions, second in receiving yards and tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns. It’s tough to be critical of taking an elite fantasy producer in the first.

Round 6

6.01 Josh Allen, QB, Bills (Simpson)
6.02 Chase Claypool, RB, Steelers (Bloom)
6.03 David Montgomery, RB, Bears (Redemann)
6.04 Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals (Daugherty)
6.05 Myles Gaskin, RB, Dolphins (Eakins)
6.06 D.J. Chark, WR, Jaguars (Kelly)
6.07 Robby Anderson, WR, Panthers (Allen)
6.08 Laviska Shenault, WR, Jaguars (Kerrane)
6.09 Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys (Carter)
6.10 Travis Etienne, RB, Jaguars (Krueger)
6.11 Devonta Smith, WR, Eagles (Moody)
6.12 Brandin Cooks, WR, Texans (Godfrey)

Round Analysis: Bloom went all-in on the Pittsburgh passing attack, taking Chase Claypool one round after drafting JuJu Smith-Schuster. A team drafting Najee Harris in the first round of the NFL Draft is one of several indications that the team wants to atone for its pass-heavy ways and get back to grinding it out on the ground. That could cap the sort of pass game volume we’re seeking when we take two receivers in the same offense. Claypool should provide spiked weeks, at worst, a year after seeing the third-most deep ball targets (31), 10 more than teammate Diontae Johnson. Godfrey took Brandin Cooks a bit below his ADP, which could work well since Cooks has precious little target competition in Houston. The chance that the Texans’ offense could devolve into the sort of disaster that sinks everyone’s fantasy usefulness remains a frightening worst-case scenario for Cooks.

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