Here is our early 2006 version of the one-man mock draft, based on standard ESPN scoring and roster guidelines. Keep in mind that this is not how players are ranked, but one man's advance view of how the first six rounds of a draft should proceed next year.
1. Larry Johnson: He is set to become the undisputed offensive leader of the Chiefs, and no one will score more than Johnson. He became an even more complete runner during the second half of the 2005 season.
2. Shaun Alexander: Durability and consistent excellence have been his regular-season signatures in recent years, and he could be your ultimate ticket to contending for a league championship.
3. LaDainian Tomlinson: Still the best all-around RB in fantasy football, but he does seem to get nicked up more than Alexander and might score less than Johnson.
4. Tiki Barber: There really is no reason to expect him to wear down yet. He hasn't been a full-time feature back for his entire career and he's in great shape.
5. Edgerrin James : If he stays with the Colts, you know he'll put up great overall numbers. If he doesn't, he could get more TD opportunities with another team.
6. Peyton Manning: With the injuries to Carson Palmer, he's the only surefire guy to perform at a high level at QB. If you take him in the first round, just make sure you grab RBs with your next two picks. Picking him here speaks more about the state of his position rather than gambling that you can get something close to his 2004 totals.
7. Clinton Portis: Even though his postseason numbers were disappointing, it's clear he became much more comfortable in the Washington offense as the year progressed.
8. LaMont Jordan: He emerged as a terrific all-around fantasy source of production in 2005. He catches passes and gets goal-line carries, and he has the potential to rush for 1,250 yards next season.
9. Rudi Johnson: I simply point to two consecutive 1,400-yard, 12-TD campaigns. 'Nuff said.
10. Chad Johnson: He has 28 TD catches in the past three years and is coming off his first 1,400-yard campaign. At 28 years old, there might not be a more sure bet for terrific production at WR.