1.01 (@DFF_Cog) Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB
Hey, guys. This is a no-brainer. Shane Manila would drive to my house and slap me silly until I submitted that Barkley is greatest to ever strap on a helmet. Seriously though, I love Barkley and his dual potential is tantalizing.
1.02 (@JerrysinDFF) Derrius Guice, LSU, RB
Like every other person that has the 1.02 in a 2018 Rookie draft, I’ll take 3 milliseconds to select Derrius Guice. In truth, I’m one of those people that may like Guice more than Barkley. If Guice ends up in a better situation via the draft, then he may very well jump Barkley for my 1.01. The guy runs violently, and did it against SEC defenses, including Alabama, whom his counterpart in Leonard Fournette struggled so heavily against. As a Lions fan, I’m salivating at the thought of this man wearing the Honolulu Blue and Silver.
1.03 (@FFBlitz) Josh Rosen, UCLA, QB
At this point, with the two obvious choices taken at 1 and 2, I will take my #1 QB off the board. Given that this is a Superflex mock, I am very happy to take what most believe will be the first QB taken in this year’s NFL draft. It is widely known that Rosen is the closest to NFL-ready of all the rookie QBs. Unfortunately, the problem every year is the best QB usually goes to the worst landing spot. However, even without knowing what team Rosen is going to play for, I am confident that he will be the highest QB drafted.
1.04 (@DFF_Walk) Courtland Sutton, SMU, WR
Sutton is the clear-cut WR1 in this year’s draft class (at this point) and possesses the physical frame (6’4”, 215) to handle a heavy workload in the NFL from Day 1. He plays with physicality and strong hands which should pay immediate dividends as a Red Zone threat. I wish that he were more technically sound, but I saw an aggressive WR who made the most of a bad QB situation at SMU to the tune of 144-2,331-22 across his junior- and senior-seasons on a team that went a combined 12-13 during his stint.
Others in consideration: I had Sony Michel written in, but the RB depth in this draft class assured me that I will still land someone I like in Rounds 2-3. I don’t reach for QB even in a Superflex unless I believe they can be special. In this class, that’s Lamar Jackson period. I wasn’t comfortable spending pick 1.04 on him.
1.05 (@seahawksdan8) Sam Darnold, USC, QB
The QB debate will go on even after we know the landing spots of the 4- or 5-top prospects. My first choice would have been Rosen, but since he was off the board I went with Darnold. While he does not have the same athleticism of Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield, I believe in his arm-talent will enable him to be an NFL QB that can last. Some other choices I debated were Ronald Jones II and Sony Michel. However, this is Superflex and QBs won’t be around next time I pick.
1.06 (@DFF_Madman) Ronald Jones II, USC, RB
Jones II is a nice consolation prize after the worst of your dynasty league teams select Barkley and Guice. A very smooth, patient runner with elite acceleration, Jones II runs angry between the tackles and can get to the second level; defenses do not want him running with space in the open field! He would be a gem in the NFL with just his all-around game, let alone the jump-cuts, amazing shift of gears and balance through contact. As the youngest player in this year’s NFL draft, the future is bright for Jones II – and his dynasty owners.
1.07 (@DFF_Shane) Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
Jackson has the most upside of any QB in this draft. A supreme athlete who has been criticized for his completion percentage and his scattershot play. After winning the Heisman in 2016 he actually improved his play in 2017. His completion percentage just missed the 60% mark at 59.1%, and he added 1,601 rushing yards on the ground. A true dual-threat weapon I can’t wait to watch Jackson make defenses look silly on Sunday’s starting next season.
1.08 (@dibari22) Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
This feels like robbery. The 4th QB off the board at 1.08 and I landed the best quarterback in the entire class by a wide margin. I’d even think about taking him in the first round in non-superflex leagues if I had a need at the position. I love Mayfield’s competitiveness, and with a 2017 completion percentage (when adjusted for dropped passes) sitting at 77.6%, he should have no trouble translating his game to the pro level. I think his skills plus intangibles will end up proving him to be the best in this class.
1.09 (@_PeteLaw) Nick Chubb, Georgia, RB
The top QBs are gone, so I’m going to take the best RB out of Georgia and the RB3 in the 2018 draft. On Twitter, I have been hyping Nick Chubb as I look at his tape from Georgia. I strongly believe that Chubb is going to light up the combine. He’s going to come in stacked and blaze up the 40 Yard Dash while posting elite athletic and agility numbers. Barkley and Guice are going 1-2 in the NFL draft and fantasy drafts this year. But look for Nick Chubb to go to a better team and be a big-time factor in year one.
1.10 (@pprranks) Sony Michel, Georgia, RB
Michel shined bright on the biggest of stages to end his college career. As primarily a backup to Nick Chubb, Michel made sure we all knew who he was and what he could do when it was his time to enter into the draft. He’s one of the, if not THE, most elusiveness running backs in the class. He combines that with great acceleration and quickness through the hole. On top of that, Michel can also run through defenders. He has the potential to shine in a featured role on an NFL team.
1.11 (@DFF_Brian) Calvin Ridley, Alabama, WR
All the things I said about Ridley back in the December mock remain true. Good hands? Check. Smooth route runner? Check. Speed to be a deep threat? Check. Playmaking ability after the catch? Check. Ridley checks all the boxes of a WR1 in the NFL. Don’t be fooled by his numbers in a run-focused Alabama offense. Ridley is an elite WR prospect and will be a 1st round pick in April’s NFL Draft. I’m glad to have him at 1.11.
1.12 (@JohnnySlokes) Rashaad Penny, San Diego State, RB
A very explosive runner, Penny runs with a good combination of power and vision while getting small through the hole. He can make moves in the open field and has some kick return ability (7 kick return TDs in college). However, I don’t see him as a true three-down back. Since he struggles in pass protection and doesn’t have the route tree to consistently win in the passing game, I see him coming off the field on 3rd downs. Despite that, he will be a good NFL back that will contribute right away.