Today we come to an end of our initial post-NFL draft rookie mock. Hopefully we’ve helped cystalize some of the rookies values in the process.
3.01 – @DFF_BMack – Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Who knows what’s going on with the Giants’ backfield. Paul Perkins is the presumed starter, Shane Vereen is still the third down back. Gallman very well could have his own small role in the offense, or he could push Perkins for something bigger. Gallman is a high-effort, physical runner with plenty of big game experience. I don’t see any reason that he won’t be an important part of this offense in the future.
3.02 – @WhiskeyD0G – Joe Williams, RB, San Francisco 49ers
As has been documented, Williams was not part of the 49ers draft day plans, however, they took a chance on the former Utah product. He should enter the season as the primary backup to Carlos Hyde and fill in on 1st and 2nd downs. Don’t look for him on 3rd downs, however, as he lacks the receiving prowess you’d look for in that role. It may take 1-2 years before we see Williams as a fantasy asset, but he is worth a stash on deep rosters.
3.03 – @mrjwaltner – Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Two words for what Cooper Kupp will be for young QB Jared Goff. Security blanket. Kupp was arguably the best WR at the senior bowl. His short burst explosion, getting in and out of routes, and sure hands will make him a quick favorite of Goff. Not to mention he dominated when he played against top notch competition. He will certainly help the Ram’s offense function more efficiently.
3.04 – @NFLDynastyScout – Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Everett’s stands 6’3, runs a 4.6 40 and has an outstanding 37.5” vertical leap. He should be a matchup nightmare for middle linebackers over the middle and in the red zone. There is a 3-year breakout rule when it comes to Rookie TEs, but young QBs tend to utilize their TE, which could lead to some first-year production.
3.05 – @SlizzDigital – Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones is being overlooked by many as he was the 2nd RB taken by GB in this draft. Ty Montgomery is the Theo Riddick/Shane Vereen of this GB offense. There is a spot for an every down back, and I believe Aaron Jones is that guy. He rushed 229 times for 1773 yards in 2016 which was 4th in the FBS. He also amassed 17 touchdowns. He is a small school guy who will have to work hard to prove himself amongst the big names around him in that offense. I think that will make him a favorite amongst the packer fanbase. He’s a dude.
3.06 – @pacificscouting – Deshone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns
3.07 – @DFF_Madman – Jake Butt, TE, Denver Broncos
One of the best all-around TEs in this draft, Jake Butt’s stock depreciated after an ACL injury. I think it was his second ACL injury as well. Butt is a nice fit in Denver as the Broncos haven’t had a great TE since Julius Thomas. If he recovers well from his injuries, this should be a very nice dynasty football landing spot as well.
3.08 – @DFF_Shane – Bucky Hodges, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Debated between Hodges, Shaheen and Jonnu Smith here. At this point of the draft, it’s personal preference. The Higher draft capital was used on Shaheen and Smith, but I can’t get past what I think Hodges can become. It’s obvious his lack of blocking acumen bothered the NFL more than it does me. Here’s hoping the Vikings just put Hodges on the field and let him do what he does best, which is run routes.
3.09 – @pprranks – Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions lined up in “11” personnel on 66.43 percent of their plays last season (according to Pro Football Focus), which was good for the 6th most in the league. Golladay is in line to start in this package. He’s the largest wide receiver on the team at 6’4″ and is still learning how to best use his height as an advantage. Lions GM Rob Quinn said of Golladay, “He’s a versatile player that we think can play outside and inside” (per MLive’s Kyle Meinke). If that’s the case, Golladay would be in line to see most, if not all, of Anquan Boldin’s 95 targets from 2016. He has some work to do but has a great opportunity in front of him.
3.10 – @DFF_JamesH – Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans
3.11 – @NFL_drafthub Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
I’m completely fine taking the most talented Quarterback of the draft at the end of round 3. Trubisky, no doubt has a lot of talent, I’m most concerned as to how he is going to handle being tasked with turning around a franchise that has resembled a dumpster fire of late.
3.12 – @dibari22 Chad Williams, WR, Arizona Cardinals
This is the first draft, real or mock, where Kenny Golladay didn’t fall to me around this spot. So, I guess his stock is finally rising. I love Golladay, but I really, really, really like Williams. Larry Fitzgerald can’t play forever, and Nelson & the Brownses aren’t true #1s. The future QB situation is a little scary, but Williams has a real shot at being the best WR in the desert going forward.