Monday we shared Round 1 and on Wednesday Round 2 of our 2017 Rookie Mock Draft. Today it’s our 3rd and final round. I know we’ve grown pretty close this week during this process but fear not, this isn’t the end of our mock drafts, DFF will be bringing you many many more soon enough. So let’s have at it boys and girls.
3.01 Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (@allpurposeyrd8ge)
Perine runs with the aggressive tenacity that I look for in running backs. His legs keep moving like pistons as he maintains good pad level between the tackles. He has above average vision and outstanding balance. Not the fastest running back, but he makes up for it with his ability to break tackles and plow through defenders. Joe Mixon overshadowed Perine in 2016, but Perine is a talented runner that will now fall right in the lap of owners that first thought they might miss out on him.
3.02 DeDe Westbrook WR Oklahoma (@DFF_JohnIDP)
Blazing speedster who can a be great addition in big play leagues and get you bonus points for those of us in return yard leagues. A weapon who could be used in many ways. Gets separation and QBs will love him in contested ball situations. Can see him moved around an offense but will carry the mail in the slot.
3.03 ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama (@dynoeconomist)
3.04 Elijah McGuire, RB, ULL (@dibari22)
I was really hoping Perine would fall to me here, but he did not. So, at this point in drafts I like to grab guys I feel have a lot of upside, I’m not too concerned with floor at this point. I was tempted to go Donnell Pumphrey, but felt McGuire’s ability to immediately be used as a teams change of pace guy was tremendous and he’s a good receiver out of the backfield. I haven’t done much research into these guys at this point, but people I respect have compared him to Kenneth Dixon, who I had in my top 3 overall last year, so I feel like I might be getting a tremendous value here too.
3.05 D’onta Foreman, RB, Texas (@pacificscouting)
Foreman is an absolute load listed at 6’1″ 249. On tape he looks to have very good top end speed for his size. Foreman has put together a ton of explosive plays during his time at Texas. I’ve seen Foreman out run DBs on his way to the endzone on plenty occasions. He has very good balance, vision, and patience which bodes well for him at the next level. Foreman is one of the better RBs in this class when it comes to pass protection and teams put a huge value on that when looking at prospects. He recently declared and after his Dominant 2016 season I would imagine he has a great chance at going day 2.
3.06 Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech (@DFF_BMack)
At 6’2″, Ford has good height for a WR, but at 190 pounds, he’s a bit lean. Unless he packs on a few pounds, his frame could hurt him against stronger NFL cornerbacks. He also has a bad tendency to catch with his body. I think that’s a result of being used primarily as a deep threat for two seasons. However, he has a good feel and high awareness for the position. He wins with his route running as often as with his speed and athleticism. He is capable of adjusting to poorly thrown balls. He is dynamic in the open field after the catch. Todd McShay recently listed Ford as his #4 WR in the 2017 class. I don’t think that’s accurate, but he’s definitely worth drafting, especially in the 3rd round.
3.07 Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State (@andrewmiley)
Muscle hamster 2? McNichols has soft hands and runs well in short yardage situations. Sure he might not start year one, but he is a great guy to stick on your taxi squad and see what happens.
3.08 Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo Rockets (@dff_madman)
Size, speed, balance, jump-cut, vision, toughness and after getting past his injuries, has rediscovered his next-level explosiveness. Great pro prospect that seems to still remain a bit under the radar, since he doesn’t play in one of the big-boy conferences. Very little to be critical of with Hunt.
3.09 Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee (@_codygarrett)
Kamara is an under the radar RB out of Tennessee who exploded onto the scene after his 100 yard receiving and 100 yard rushing performance vs Texas A&M. He built on that huge day by taking the reigns and being extremely productive once he assumed the starting RB role. Kamara isn’t the biggest guy but has quick feet, excellent vision, good balance, and does an excellent job of breaking tackles. I expect him to be a quick riser up draft boards.
3.10 Jahad Thomas, RB, Temple (@eyeoftheoracle)
Jahad Thomas is a player that I really like in the later rounds of rookie drafts. This guy is simply electric with the ball in his hands! He’s a patient runner with a knack for finding holes. He can make cuts and sift his way through traffic with relative ease. Due to his size, 5’10” 188 lbs., he will likely have to get used to catching more passes out of the backfield at the NFL level but he reminds me a lot of Dion Lewis. If you have a few moments to simply watch his highlights you will see exactly what I mean. His landing spot will count for a lot but his talent and elusiveness cannot be ignored. He finished his college career with 537 rushes for 2,502 yards and 29 TDs as well as 66 receptions for 982 yards and 8 TDs.
That is a wrap, my friends. Although the level of hype surrounding the 2017 class seemingly is at an apex, I assure you as we near the NFL Draft it will only increase. DFF will be here to help guide you every step of the way. Reach out to anyone of us and let us know if there’s any specific format you’d like us to tackle and we’ll mock it up for you!