Today we’ll finish Rookie Mock 2.0. It truly is amazing how deep this draft class is, there are multiple players who in no way shape or form have dropped to these rounds last year. But thankfully for us, the depth is such that we should be able to uncover gems all the way through the 5.12 rookie pick. If you missed out on rounds 1 and 2, you can find those here.
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3.01 – Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee (Shane)
19.4 yards per reception and 972 yards this past season. This was the season I was hoping for going back 2 years when I made Malone one of my first devy picks ever. 6’3″ 200 lbs., Malone matches the physical profile I seem to favor out my wide receivers.
3.02 – Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Ole Miss (Jason)
Very intrigued by his untapped upside. Started to come on but was plagued by Chad Kelly’s horrible QB play.
3.03 – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (Lawrence)
Watson has been knocked for turnovers and accuracy issues. He doesn’t have the strongest arm but the grit and winning mentality he brings to the table will be huge for whichever team drafts him. He’s a good athlete with a ton of experience. He has a good throwing motion and can make a ton of throws but fails to fully see the field a majority of the time. Watson has a chance to be an immediate starter.
3.04 – Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana Lafayette (John)
He’s a bit under the radar as of now, but I’m predicting after the combine, he’ll be moving up people’s draft boards.
3.05 – Chris Godwin, WR, PSU (Brad)
Godwin has NFL size and routinely makes big plays despite a lack of elite speed. If you want to see exactly what he’s capable of, look no further than this year’s Rose Bowl. When it’s all said and done, I don’t think I’ll be able to get Godwin in the middle of the third round.
3.06 – Evan Engram, WR, Ole Miss (Cody)
You read that correctly, Evan Engram the wide receiver. Most have him pegged as a TE at the next level, something I disagree with. While he is capable of playing TE, Engram would be more effective and even borderline elite at WR. He is very athletic, a great route runner, and has excellent hands. He will shock some people when he’s lined up on the outside.
3.07 – Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC (Scott)
Was looking to pick up Watson or Engram here, but got sniped. Still, can’t complain with getting a top tier QB half way through round 3!
3.08 – Jake Butt, TE, Michigan (Shaun)
Should be ready for training camp after suffering a knee injury in his bowl game. May need a year to see a productive season but expect him to be solid TE2 with upside.
3.09 – Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech (FF Madman)
There’s a saying about learning the rules before you can break them. I’ve heard a lot about Mahomes’s mechanics, but that may be the only unorthodox thing about him. Continually made plays by buying time with his feet, throwing receivers open, finding the right read in open space, and on and on. Way less to improve upon than the other QBs in this draft. Looks to me like he learned the rules and now he breaks them to move the chains and own the red zone. I like it. I like it a lot. Oh, and he has a cannon for a throwing arm too.
3.10 – Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin (Michael)
3.11 – DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame (Eric)
Kizer has all of the physical tools you could want from a QB prospect: big arm, athleticism that can be used in the run game, height, build, etc. The reason Kizer won’t be a highly sought after prospect is because of the mental mistakes he displayed this past year at Notre Dame: indecisiveness, late throws, staring down receivers. These are things that can be fixed, and a good offense around him would help in that growth process. Situation will have a huge impact on Kizer more so than other QBs in this class.
3.12 – Donnel Pumphrey, RB, SD State (Jonathan)
4.01 – Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M (Shane)
Big (again) insanely productive (based on market share) in college. Works for me.
4.02 – Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan (Jason)
Very underrated receiver that has the skill-set to translate well in the NFL.
4.03 – ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama (Lawrence)
Stewart earns his money after the catch. He’s very elusive with the ball in his hands and he’s able to see the field very well. His athleticism doesn’t jump out at you but he does look very fast on tape. He has a good ability to extend for a ball being a natural hands catcher. He’s likely a slot at the next level and can be relied on to work the middle of the field.
4.04 – Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming (John)
We’re 4 rounds deep, and I’m still finding tons of talent at RB. there were actually 2 other RBs I liked here too. I took the one who I thought has the most upside and is a bit under the radar. I really think we’re going to look back at this class of RBs like we currently look at the 2014 WR class… it’s stacked!
4.05 – James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (Brad)
At 6’2″ 240 pounds, Conner isn’t to beat defenders on the edge. Instead, he’s an effective inside runner because he’s decisive and runs with purpose. He won’t create extra yards with elusiveness but rather with his physical running style. After 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014, Conner tore his MCL after just 8 carries in 2015. Everyone knows what he’s been through since then. He said he’d play football again and he did one year later. This season, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 24 total touchdowns. His speed will be a concern at the next level, but no one will question his toughness and ability to finish.
4.06 – Carlos Henderson, WR, La Tech (Cody)
Carlos Henderson is an under the radar prospect that should start getting some pub soon. He is very explosive and can burn any DB with his speed. He has solid hands and a good route runner. He has tremendous upside and at this point in the draft, I love getting a player lke Henderson.
4.07 – Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech (Scott)
Hodges possess rare size, speed and athleticism for the tight end position. He will be an ideal threat down the seam.
4.08 – Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson (Shaun)
Has optimal size for a dual-purpose tight end position at the NFL level. Very good hands with a wide catch radius. Work ethic will be a concern, as he has shown to take plays off.
4.09 – Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M (FF Madman)
“…You’re so fine, you blow my mind. Hey, Ricky!” Some NFL GM is going to fall in love with the potential of Seals-Jones for a value pick on Day 2 or 3. Has the talent to become a better pro than he was a college player. Total underachiever.
4.10 – Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State (Michael)
Relatively short runner that can hide behind the OL, he has slip through small holes and uses his speed and elusiveness to create separation. He is a well rounded RB that could be underrated for his height, but weighing in at 212 pounds, he could carve out a complimentary role.
4.11 – Devine Redding, RB, Indiana (Eric)
Two seasons with 9 TDs in each and over 1000 yards rushing, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, gives me confidence in Redding’s ability to produce at the next level. A knock against him after his sophomore season, he showed that he had some receiving skills this year with 27 catches and 2 TDs. He’s not as dynamic as Coleman or Howard who came before him, but I could see him having stats similar to Jeremy Hill in the NFL.
4.12 – Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse (Jonathan)
Really no production to speak of in 2014 and 2015 then a highly productive 2016.
5.01 – Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force (Shane)
I tried drafting him way back in the 3rd round and was talked out of it. Over 1/2 of Air Forces passing yards went to Robinette last year. So what Air Force only threw for 1782 yards, it’s still impressive. After the Shrine Bowl this week he’ll be heading to the Senior Bowl which he was just invited too after an impressive week of practice leading up to the Shrine Bowl. My man Jason who attended the Shrine Bowl and had this to say about Robinette “Good use of hands to beat press and faster than I first thought.”
5.02 – Taywan Taylor, WR, W. Kentucky (Jason)
Extremely productive college receiver who has strong hands and is not afraid to go up and get the ball. He runs a good route tree and shows very good quickness in and out of his breaks. Can’t wait to watch him on Sundays.
5.03 – Marcus Cox, RB, Appalachian State (Lawrence)
Cox is an extremely high effort runner. He isn’t very big but he’s not easy to bring down. Cox has nice balance, burst, and cutting ability. He does lack some patience and if he can learn to let things develop it will serve him well. If given the opportunity I think He can be a decent contributor to a backfield.
5.04 – Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M (John)
I really loved him a year (or two) ago, then he under-performed and fell off the radar, a decent grab with upside here in the 5th.
5.05 – Travin Dural, WR, LSU (Brad)
Dural is a talented receiver whose opportunities suffered because of LSU’s woeful passing game. He has enough size and speed to intrigue most NFL teams. If we are taking fliers here, why not take a flier on a former 4-star recruit who averaged over 17 yards per catch in a terrible offense?
5.06 – Matthew Dayes, RB, NC State (Cody)
Dayes is one of my biggest sleeper players in this year’s draft. He has excellent explosion, vision, and agility that he uses to constantly make plays. Should be a late round guy that has a chance to get a ton of touches at the next level.
5.07 – Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina (Scott)
Was a four-year standout in Greenville, is 6-1, 197 pounds, has good length and strong hands.
5.08 – Joseph Yearby, RB, Miami (Shaun)
Could be in the “underrated” category for the 2017 NFL draft class. The former 5-star recruit will need a top tier 40-time at the combine to vault him in the discussion as a day 3 pick.
5.09 – Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State (FF Madman)
He’s not Michael Thomas, but he was victim of the same circumstance… the offensive scheme. Just not a lot of reps. I think Brown has a high ceiling and will definitely improve. Big, fast, mobile and versatile WR who uses his body and 220 lbs. to win 50/50 opportunities.
5.10 – De’Veon Smith RB Michigan (Michael)
At 6’1″ and 225 pounds, he is a power back that is very hard to take down. He has great vision following blocks, can run linebackers and safeties over and has a very good stiff arm. I could see him getting some goal line work in a complimentary back role.
5.11 – Tion Green, RB, Cincinnati (Eric)
Unfortunately Green was always a part of a backfield committee at Cincinnati, but when he got carries he was highly productive. In 2015 (his junior year) he averaged 4.8 yards per carry on 151 runs and scored 8 rushing TDs. He maintained his per carry average in 2016, with 4.7 yards per carry on 159 runs. His TDs dropped off quite a bit, only scoring 2 in 2016, but that was mostly due to the Cincinnati offense taking a step back, not because of Green’s abilities. At 6’0″, 230 lbs, he’s capable of taking the hits and bruising his way to some yards.
5.12 – Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama (Jonathan)
Everett started his career at UAB but transferred to South Alabama when the Blazers’ football program folded. He’s one of the most athletic tight ends in this class. He finished his college career with 107 receptions for 1,584 yards and 17 total touchdowns.
This draft class may be the class that dreams are made of. Heavy at the top, lots of very good players in the middle, tons of depth players along with multiple of sleepers at the back end. Make sure you keep DFF bookmarked and check back daily so we can you keep you updated on the ever changing market for these incoming rookies.