Time for another rookie mock draft. We decided to switch it up just a bit this go round and do a draft based on a Superflex league. Another change from our last mock is we have 12 writers as opposed to 10 drafting this time. Just like our prior mock, there will be 3 rounds. Have I mentioned that we did a mock draft not that long ago as well?
One note, I’ve listed the writer’s twitter handle next to the pick, just in case you’d like to reach out to them directly to pick their brain regarding their selection.
1.01 Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (@_CodyGarrett)
Sutton is a physical freak with an excellent combo of size, speed, and strength. He does an excellent job of attacking the ball and beating DB’s on 50/50 balls. Through the year he has shown( an improved ability in his route running. Sutton has the biggest upside of any WR in this draft and could end up being a WR1 at the next level.
1.02 Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU (@allpurposeyrd8g)
All-purpose back with elite athletic ability. Has very good lateral agility and can run between the tackles. Above average blocker and a threat as a receiver. He could easily have been the first pick.
1.03 Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (@DFF_JohnIDP)
Do it all RB. Will get that tough yard and also capable of taking one the distance. Good hands but needs work coming out of the backfield.
1.04 Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (@dibari22)
The more mocks I do, the earlier I keep taking him. Most complete WR in this draft by far. Might not have the highest upside, but clearly the highest floor in this class. A fantasy contributor for years to come.
1.05 Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (@DFF_Madman)
Has a knack for getting open and works back to the QB during blown plays. Adequate speed for his size and uses build-up speed and suddenness to manipulate DBs. Needs to work on leverage and technique vs. press coverage. Intelligent and disciplined route runner. Creates separation while covered into routes and attacks the ball while covered. Doesn’t need to be open to make the catch. Between body positioning, strength, determination and technique, is able to consistently make contested catches. Can work all areas of the field, and is especially adept and willing to run underneath routes, fighting for extra yardage after the catch. Above average ball-tracking and ball-handling ability. Next-level catch radius and above average height. Williams also has a solid basketball background that won’t hurt his chances with jump balls and zone coverage.Everything you want from a WR1 and first-round NFL draft pick. Immediate red zone and short yardage weapon, and a solid possession receiver. Expect him to develop into a multifaceted WR1 with his game-changing ability. Williams’ coach Dabo Swinney once stated that Williams is more complete than either DeAndre Hopkins or Sammy Watkins. Comparisons are a dime-a-dozen, but one that stood out to me was Daniel Jeremiah’s comp. of Williams to a young Andre Johnson. My top-rated WR for the 2017 NFL draft.
1.06 John Ross, WR, Washington (@DynoEconomist)
Stud receiver for a playoff-bound Washington team
1.07 Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (@AndrewMiley)
He is this class’ Jamaal Charles with effortless glide and spongy hands. Sure he got dinged up a bit this year and decided to sit out his bowl game. Chris gets his smarts from his mom’s side.
1.08 Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (DFF_Shane)
Dual threat, winning QB at the college level. He has a quick release, strong arm. He can make all the throws, needs to work on his decision making at the pro level. He’s also coming from an offense where most of his snaps are from the shotgun so there might be some growing pains when taking snaps under center. My favorite QB out of this class, no way he’d still be on the board when I pick again in the second round.
1.09 JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California (@NFLDynastyScout)
Big bodied possession WR that is hard to take down after the catch. Needs to create more separation in the NFL.
1.10 D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas (@WhiskeyD0G)
Shaun was so surprised Foreman was available he couldn’t even form any words about the pick, so instead read this.
1.11 Malachi Dupree, WR, LSU (@DFF_TJ)
Dupre is a big receiver at 6’3″ who plays to his size. He is a playmaker but struggles with more complex routes. If he can develop his footwork, he will be a very effective receiver at the next level.
1.12 Cooper Kupp, EWU, WR (@FatAdamSchefter)
Student of the game & his craft. Attacks the ball and has a wicked stiff arm. Needs to be more of a hand catcher & work on his separation.
Round 1 is in the books, rounds 2 and 3 are soon to follow. Let us know your thoughts. Any picks you vehemently disagree with, we love arguing so just let us know!