After our 1st rookie mock draft, way back in December 2016, a few things have changed. Namely Nick Chubb and Courtland Sutton (breaking my devy writers collective hearts) decided to forego the draft and go back for one more season of college ball. Now that we definitively know who will be joining the league next season we’ve decided to conduct another rookie mock draft. Due to the depth of talent available in this draft class we went ahead and made this a 12 team 5(!) round draft. Don’t forget to hit the links for a more in depth looks at these players.
1.01 – Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU (Shane)
I’m in love with Cook. Explosive, runs between the tackles and can bounce it outside. Going to be a PPR monster with his receiving skills. Others may disagree with me taking Cook over Fournette.
1.02 – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (Jason)
Elite size at 6’1″ and 235 lbs. Powerful runner that is not scared to take a hit and deliver one. He has outstanding vision and can make himself skinny when needed. His relentless running style will make him a force at the next level.
1.03 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (Lawrence)
Williams has shown the ability to go and get the ball in crucial situations. He kept Clemson’s game-winning drive in the National Championship alive on two different occasions. He can win as a possession WR as well as over the top. His big body and length give opposing CBs tons of fits. Cody shared his thoughts on Williams way back in August 2016.
1.04 – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (John)
Every chance I’ve had in these early mocks, I’ve gone with Davis when I could. I think he’s the safest player in this entire draft, highest floor as I can’t see him ever being worse than a solid PPR contributor for years to come. That’s not even factoring in his ceiling, which I think is possibly TO-esque.
1.05 – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (Brad)
As it turns out, picking at 1.05 is kind of uninspiring. I missed out on the four players that I would love to have and instead have to settle for one of three players that I like but are surrounded by too many question marks. Without knowing landing spot, role, and scheme, I opted to go with McCaffrey over John Ross and Joe Mixon. Does McCaffrey end up with a role similar to Danny Woodhead’s with Gio Bernard’s production and Dion Lewis’ ups and downs? Maybe. Probably.
1.06 – John Ross, WR, Washington (Cody)
Very happy to get Ross at this point. The WR pool isn’t as stacked as RB, so getting a potential stud in the middle of the round is excellent value. Ross is very explosive, quick, and an excellent route runner with great hands. He’s in the same mold as Cooks and should be a PPR monster.
1.07 – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC (Scott)
Smith-Schuster is solid value at 1.07. Likely an immediate starter, JuJu will hit a 60/800/5 line in year one with WR1 potential. Only concern is injury risk at this point.
1.08 – Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (Shaun)
Downhill runner who relies on spacing. Lacks acceleration and explosive traits so landing spot and his offensive line will determine next level impact.
1.09 – Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma (FF Madman)
I hate doing this, but passing him by would be artificial drafting. I hope he can become a nonviolent noncriminal.
1.10 – D’onta Foreman, RB, Texas (Michael)
Foreman is a powerful runner at 6’1 240 who has speed through the hole. He seems to have more success up the middle rather than around the corner, as he can be easy to tackle if not head on with him. His speed and power running style will allow him to immediately make an impact with the right team as a rookie. Here’s a more in depth look at Foreman.
1.11 – Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech (Eric)
Ford has all the makings of a great pick here at the end of the first round. He is young (will only be 21 this season), tall (6’2″), and has a great ability to track the ball in the air and fight for it at the point of the catch, making him a legitimate downfield threat as well as a red zone target. Looking at the rest of the first round, Ford probably has the least guaranteed path to production Year 1, but his upside is too high for me to pass on.
1.12 – Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee (Jonathan)
Truth be told, I’d try to move out of this spot somehow (would like to move up). That aside, I love pass catching backs and believe Kamara has great field vision and works well in the open field.
2.01 – Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU (Shane)
One of the top HS recruits in the country a few years back, Dupre is a man-sized 6’4″ 195 lbs. Failed to produce this season at a level most expected after putting up 698 yards and 5 touchdowns in his Sophmore season but it needs to be taken into account how mediocre the LSU passing game this season was only putting up 2123 yards through the air. LSU was a run first offense with Fournette and Guice on the roster, so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise Dupre didn’t light up the stat sheet. Andy is a fan as well.
2.02 – Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson (Jason)
Very good size and speed combo. Runs with power, but has the lateral agility to make defenders miss. He can be used as a receiver out of the backfield as well. Jason took at Gallman deeper look in December.
2.03 – Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State (Lawrence)
The versatility Samuel brings versatility which is extremely valuable in the NFL. He is very explosive and I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t run a 4.3 at the combine. He can be an All-purpose back at the next level but also fits well as a WR. The value he brings as a legit PPR threat is very high at this point.
2.04 – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama (John)
Howard is a guy I’m targeting this year, and I don’t anticipate him falling to me in the 3rd, so I keep getting stuck taking him here in the early 2nd in these mocks (Editor’s note: John has now selected Howard in every mock draft he’s been in and several that he wasn’t even involved in). I might be over drafting him, but I want him, so I guess I have to overpay. Landing spot will be huge, I could be convinced to take another one of the other top TEs instead if they end up in a more favorable situation.
2.05 – Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma (Brad)
In 2015, opposite Sterling Shepard, Westbrook hauled in 46 catches for 743 yards and 4 scores. In 2016, as the number one target, getting all of the attention, he basically doubled his catches and yards and found the end zone 17 times. He’ll win at the NFL level with quickness, route running, and his ability to make plays after the catch.
2.06 – Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU (Cody)
I LOVE getting Williams at this spot. A fast rising prospect with elite abilities. Williams has excellent patience and quickness to hit the holes in the defense. My favorite thing about Williams is how ferocious of a runner he is. He is not afraid to run someone over and is always fighting for extra yards.
2.07 – Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (Scott)
Hunt boasts the ideal size, frame, and running style for the pros. His production at Toledo was off the charts, rushing for 4945 yards and 44 TDs. Hunt also added pass catching to his repertoire his senior season, securing 41 balls. Dependent on where he gets drafted, Hunt has potential for top 10 RB upside in dynasty formats.
2.08 – Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington (Shaun)
Small school product, however his physical tools transfer at the next level. Has the ability to high point the ball, which he will need to refine as he lacks speed to separate from a defender. Kupp will also need to work on keeping ball away from his body at the point of catch.
2.09 – Elijah Hood, RB, UNC (FF Madman)
All-purpose, three-down NFL badass.
2.10 – Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida (Michael)
Mack seems to be a little underrated. This may be a bold statement, but after watching his 2016 season highlights I found that he reminds me of Le’Veon Bell. Mack is patient and can wait for holes to form then, turn it up and fly through the hole. His agility and elusiveness make it very difficult to take him down in secondary.
2.11 – KD Cannon, WR, Baylor (Eric)
How is he still here?? I feel like I’m getting an absolute steal here at the end of the 2nd. Cannon has shown game breaking ability since his freshman year, flashing the potential for 200 yard/3 TD games. While his overall production dipped his sophomore season, he dominated his junior year and I’m high on his ability to continue that level of play this year in the NFL.
2.12 – David Njoku, TE, Miami (Jonathan)
Not really a fan of taking TE in the second but I believe this kid could be a match-up nightmare at the next level.
Thanks for reading don’t forget to check back Wednesday for rounds 3-5.