Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
|RB - #23||OAK||Active||7 years||26||6'1||218||@dmcfadden20|
2013 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-26-2013 by Shawn Larabee
A change in offensive coordinator will mercifully move McFadden away from the zone blocking scheme that hamstrung his production in 2012. After averaging just under 59 yards per game in Greg Knapp's scheme, he'll be looking forward to more north-south running under new OC Greg Olson. His numbers will improve, but he likely won't make the leap to elite status until Oakland shores up its offensive line.
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are expected to provide the Raiders with an interesting one-two punch out of the backfield this season. Jones-Drew told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, "There's no reason why we can't be one of the best one-two punches in the league."
But which running back is "one" and which running back is "two" has yet to be determined. The two will battle for the lead role in training camp, and Jones-Drew said that's one of the reasons why he signed with the Raiders. Although he will have to share carries, he knew the Raiders would give him a shot to be a starter. That gave the Raiders a distinct advantage over the Steelers, another team MJD visited during his tour as a free agent. If he had signed there, he would have been a clear backup to Le'Veon Bell.
Jones-Drew isn't ready for that type of role yet. He said he's got "a lot left" and is looking forward to proving it this summer.
I expect MJD to win that camp competition and be the Raiders' majority runner. But he looked pretty done last season as he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. At age 29, he may be trying to pump himself up to perform for a new team and with a new three-year contract. But I have to scoff at the idea that he has a lot of gas left in the tank. There is quite of bit of wear on his tires, and he may just never be the same after his 2012 Lisfranc injury.
Jones-Drew has plenty to prove this season after a forgettable 2013. I'm just not sure if his body is willing. I'd draft him only as high as a flex. And I'm done getting burned by the perpetually injured McFadden.
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.12||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|3.07||The Huddle - When healthy, McFadden is a top-5 talent; of course, he's never managed to stay healthy, which is why he's still on the board here. But with running backs being picked clean and a plethora of second-tier WRs still available, he's an acceptable risk.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|4.01||Bruno Boys - I regretted this pick immediately after making it. I was already strong at running back and the format dictates that it?s preferable to play WRs at the flex positions. The problem is that I really like McFadden this season and I quite honestly don?t want others to have him. With the zone blocking system abolished and the power running scheme reinstalled, McFadden should flirt with elite numbers again for as many games as he can stay on the field. I think what really makes him valuable in ppr formats is that if he ever finishes a season, DMC?s a lock for 50+ receptions. Looking back, the pick here was Victor Cruz, the last of the really elite young PPR receivers.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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