We are more than halfway through the new 2013 fantasy football dynasty mock draft that began earlier this month.
Here are the results from Round 7 (see links for earlier rounds posted below):
Leshoure had a solid rookie season that was delayed a year by a torn Achilles injury. He rushed for 798 yards on 215 carries (3.7 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 214 yards.
With the addition of Reggie Bush, Leshoure will likely take a back-seat role in the next couple of seasons, but he should get the goal-line touches.
Among running backs in 2012, Leshoure finished in the top five at the position in fantasy points from touches inside the red zone and 15th in carries inside the 20.
From Week 9 to the end of the season, Alexander finished with 37 receptions for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games. During that span, only 13 players had more receiving yards than DX.
Despite leading college football in receiving yardage in 2009, Alexander went undrafted over concerns about his knees. He has had numerous knee surgeries and although he was highly productive during the second half of last season, his long-term durability remains the biggest concern.
I'm absolutely thrilled that Ivory was still available at this spot. After being buried on the depth chart in New Orleans, Ivory will have the opportunity to break out with the Jets this year.
Only 25 years old, the Jets traded a fourth-round pick for Ivory and then gave him a three-year contract. Ivory has 256 career carries for 1,307 yards, which is an average of 5.1 yards per carry, and eight touchdowns.
While he only has three career receptions, he has a shot to rush for 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2013.
Although he doubled his reception and yardage totals from his rookie season, Rudolph finished with only 53 receptions for 493 yards in 2012. Where Rudolph thrived was the red zone as he caught exactly one-half of Christian Ponder's 18 touchdown passes. Rudolph was tied with Tony Gonzalez and Heath Miller for the most receptions (12) in the red zone.
After catching only two passes for 30 yards in 2011, Shorts broke out in a big way in 2012. He finished the season with 55 receptions, 979 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games.
Excluding the two games he missed after the bye, Shorts had at least 54 yards in all nine games he played during that stretch. From Week 7 until the end of the season, Shorts had 774 receiving yards, which ranked him 10th in the NFL, despite missing two games.
Compared to Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy, many believe that it will be Pead that will land the most prominent role out of the team's running backs now that Steven Jackson has moved on to the Falcons.
Pead had a disappointing season buried on the depth chart last year, but he has a real chance to break out in 2013. Then again, so do Richardson and/or Stacy.
After five seasons with 110-plus receptions with the Patriots in the past six years, Welker goes from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning. With Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on Denver's roster, however, Welker should expect his targets to drop, a lot, from last year's 174 (fourth-most in NFL).
That said, Welker should have a couple more excellent seasons left and he's the WR3 for this team with Larry Fitzgerald and Decker ahead of him.
With Ahmad Bradshaw being released early in the offseason, David Wilson is expected to be the team's featured back going forward. Even with less talent than and a secondary role to Wilson, Brown should still be a productive back for the Giants.
If Wilson has any issues with ball security or pass protection, Brown could really turn out to be a great value at least for the 2013 season. Brown, who rushed for eight touchdowns last year, is due to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.
Through two NFL seasons after being selected in the first round, Ingram has failed to live up to his potential. A major part of the problem has been his health, but he is 100 percent for the first time of his professional career, per Larry Holder of New Orleans Times Picayune.
If he can stay healthy for the full season, the 23-year-old running back could be in store for a career year in the Saints' high-powered offense. Holder writes that a 1,000-yard and 10-TD season is "not unrealistic" for Ingram this year.
Wright had a solid rookie season finishing with 64 receptions on 104 targets, both of which were team highs, for 626 yards and four touchdowns. Going into his second season, Wright has dropped 14 pounds due to a better diet and workout program and should build upon last year's success.
One of the challenges for Wright or any of the team's wideouts is the inaccuracy of quarterback Jake Locker. That said, I have the Titans drafting his successor in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft.
A tremendous athlete with great size (6-3, 225) as a receiver, Gordon had a strong rookie season leading the Browns with 805 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 50 receptions. In Norv Turner's vertical passing offense, Gordon should have plenty of opportunities to make big plays.
Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer recently wrote, "The game comes outrageously easy for Josh Gordon, as he glides down the field. If Gordon keeps his concentration and work ethic at NFL caliber, he could have a breakout season in the new 'throw it downfield' offense. ..."
Jones set career highs across the board with 64 receptions for 784 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns. It's unlikely that Jones repeats the 14 touchdowns, but it's possible that he sees a jump in receptions and yards with Donald Driver and Greg Jennings no longer on the roster.
Here are the other rounds that we have already completed:
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