The draft class is now starting to take shape. With the combine and pro days behind us it’s time to take stock of incoming rookie values. Players such as Chris Godwin and Zay Jones helped their draft stock immensely while others like Mike Williams saw their draft value take a hit based on their combine performances. We’ve kept it simple in this latest mock draft, 12 teams and 4 rounds.
Round 1 (1-12)
1.01) Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State (@)
Until a team spends some real draft capital on Joe Mixon, Cook will remain my number one. I still believe in what I seen on the field even though he had a less than stellar combine.
1.02) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (@)
Sure he is a bit tubby, but his power and quick feet make him dangerous and worthy of a top two pick.
1.03) Corey Davis, WR, WMU (@)
The total package at WR. His production, his measurables all say he’s the best WR in this draft.
1.04) Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma (@)
Depending on landing spot I could argue he’s worth the 1.02 only behind Davis. Rookie ADP needs to be shaken up. Taking Williams would have been far too predictable.
1.05) Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (@)
1.06) Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee (@)
1.07) Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (@)
I think by the time the NFL Draft rolls around we will be speaking of Chris Godwin in the same breath as Mike Williams. Has the same ability to make the contested catch as Williams but he is a better athlete.
1.08) Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (@)
1.09) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (@)
Overshadowed by Joe Mixon during his time at Oklahoma, however, was very productive in his own right. Straight line runner and needs gaps to get to the second level, as he has very little elusiveness to his game. Will be a good compliment back.
1.10) John Ross, WR, Washington (@)
I was holding out hope that either of the McCaffrey or Perine slipped to me but I’m happy with Ross at this spot, today, before his shoulder surgery and before we know his landing spot.
1.11) D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas (@)
He packs power, speed and is extremely shifty. Whoever drafts Foreman is looking at a potential superstar for years to come.
1.12) O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (@)
Howard is the consensus #1 tight end in the NFL Draft this year. The Alabama product has incredible athleticism, and great hands. Should be a top target from day 1 for whoever lands him.
Round 2 (13-24)
2.01) Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech (@)
Henderson is the best receiver in this draft after the catch. He’s physical and pairs that with his ability to be extremely elusive. I have him as my WR4.
2.02) Curtis Samuel, WR/RB, The Ohio State (@)
Samuel keeps falling to me here. His 4.31 40 and explosiveness will make an NFL team and his dynasty teams very happy.
2.03) Evan Engram, TE/WR, Ole Miss (@)
Almost went another way here. Engram is too polished as a receiver, put up too good of a combine for me not to jump all over him here.
2.04) JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, USC (@)
Was all in on Engram here but got sniped. Schuster is too good of a value to pass up here. He has some Anquan Boldin to his game. Njoku, Hunt and Stewart were strong considerations.
2.05) Ardarius Stewart, WR, Alabama (@)
2.06) David Njoku, TE, Miami (@)
2.07) Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (@)
I got who I believed to be the 4th best running back in this class at RB8…can not complain.
2.08) KD Cannon, WR, Baylor (@)
2.09) Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU (@)
Has the ideal size of a wide receiver in the NFL and could become a productive receiver given proper coaching. He had some trouble with drops during his time at LSU, however that could be attributed to the quarterback situation. I think he is a value pick in the mid-to-late second round.
2.10) Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU (@)
Running back depth seemed more valuable at this point than any of the wide receivers taken in the next three picks.
2.11) Zay Jones, WR, ECU, Jones (@)
Was superb at the senior bowl and did enough at the combine to improve his draft stock. He also has NFL pedigree (his father played LB for Dallas in the 90’s).
2.12) Chad Hansen, WR, California (@)
Chad Hansen may just be the most underrated prospect in the NFL Draft. Hansen combines great quickness and speed with his solid route running. He should fit in with just about any system, expect big production from the former Cal Bear.
Round 3 (25-36)
3.01) Taywan Taylor, WR, WKU (@)
Taylor is very crisp and has very good hands. He’s built like a running back and even though his 40 yard dash was slower than I expected he’s still a legit deep threat. He has the ability to win anywhere on the field.
3.02) James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (@)
Cancer survivor who had his best season back in 2014. Shortened season in 2015 with a recovering 2016. Has a lot of tread on his tires and heart. Happy to grab him here.
3.03) Bucky Hodges, TE, Va. Tech (@)
Another athletic freak who destroyed the combine.
3.04) Marlon Mack, RB, USF (@)
Had an impressive showing at the combine. Shows excellent burst and explosiveness. Might have one of the highest ceilings of all RB prospects in this class but also has a low floor. Needs to learn how to better take what’s given and not try to hit the homerun on every play.
3.05) Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise St. (@)
3.06) Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (@)
My top QB. Combine brought him back into the spotlight where he should have been all along.
3.07) Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma (@)
He won the Biletnikoff Award in 2016, finished the season with 74 catches for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns.
3.08) Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Air Raid Tech (@)
My favorite QB in this class. Has traits of the best NFL QBs. Intelligent, huge arm, precise passer. I think he’s a guy worth grooming to be the Franchise. Stay tuned for an upcoming profile from us at DFF.
3.09) Jake Butt, TE, Michigan (@)
An excellent value at this spot in the draft. If he had not torn his ACL in the Citrus Bowl he would be in the discussion as an early second round rookie pick and the next best tight end, behind O.J. Howard.
3.10) Ishmael Zamora, WR, Baylor (@)
He has documented troubles off the field, but finished second on the team in yards and touchdowns despite being suspended for three games. I’ll happily take a flier at this spot in the third round.
3.11) Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington (@)
Kupp set records in the FCS for receptions, yards and touchdowns. Strong hands, excellent ball tracker and would be a 3rd generation player in the league. He is definitely my sleeper in this draft.
3.12) Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina (@)
The best quarterback prospect in the draft? Yes please, I’ll take him at the end of the third round. Trubisky has superstar potential because of his solid mechanics and elite level throw power.
Round 4 (37-48)
4.01) Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M (@)
I really like the length Reynolds has. He’s on the thinner side but he wins with a very good release and still wins those contested catches with his ability to out jump defenders. Reynolds is all around solid with reliable hands.
4.02) Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson (@)
Great value here in the fourth. He disappears at times like the semi-final game against Ohio State with one catch for four yards, but the next week in the championship game vs. Alabama blocks well and catches seven passes for 95 yards.
4.03) Elijah Hood, RB, UNC (@)
4.04) Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee (@)
Malone was a high recruit coming out of college. Throwing darts at this point of the draft but I like his skill set and upside.
4.05) Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson (@)
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4.06) Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss (@)
Plays with heart and fire. Can thread the needle. Meaning he gets the ball into a tight window. If his knee injury is healed up and he stays out of trouble perhaps he will hear his name called. If he walks a straight line (nail biting) he could prove well worth the risk.
4.07) Deshone Kizer, QB, ND (@)
4.08) Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse (@)
Probably gets drafted in the NFL’s third round or so… Likely be a late 3rd- or 4th- rounder in our rookie drafts. Kid is a steal and no worse than a high-end WR2 on our dynasty teams. Everyone will eventually try to own his stock. Needs to work on his game a bit, but what rookie WR doesn’t? I think he’s still learning and growing into being a high-level WR, but he makes things look pretty easy. The players that people seem to think are average or boring, many times are actually balanced and versatile.
4.09) Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan (@)
Good size and length to become a weapon in the NFL. Will need to be paired with a top end wide receiver as press and shadow coverage will limit his production.
4.10) Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force (@)
Landing spot will ultimately determine Robinette’s ADP but he has NFL size, and a skill set perfect for the NFL. He’s still raw and inconsistent at times, but he’s a perfect Round 4 stash.
4.11) Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T (@)
This would depend entirely on where he lands. If he can get on a team where he will be used on offense and not just special teams, he will prove that he can do it at a higher level. Everybody has their guy in every draft. This is my guy!
4.12) Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (FL) (@)
Coley has somehow stayed way beneath the radar. I count him as a steal at the end of the fourth. The former Hurricane doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses and should have a very solid career ahead of him.