Today we pick up where we left off after Round 1 of our latest Superflex rookie mock draft.
2.01 (@DFF_Cog) James Washington, Oklahoma State, WR
Why is Washington still available in Round 2? The kid is a missile. He might be slightly raw in his route tree, but his talent is real and rooted! Maybe after the combine the metric nerds will see the light.
2.02 (@JerrysinDFF) Josh Allen, Wyoming, QB
In the second round of a superflex league, getting what may be the first QB taken in the NFL draft? Okay, deal. Allen is a big dude with a big arm who likes slinging the rock. He’s got his question marks, but after James Washington, there is a bit of a tier drop-off, so why not snag a good QB option? Others considered: Kerryon Johnson, Michal Gallup, and Anthony Miller.
2.03 (@FFBlitz) Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, WR
One of the great things about doing a superflex mock is that position players fall in the draft because QBs are taken so high. I love getting Kirk here at the 3rd pick in the second round. He routinely goes in the first round of Dynasty mocks as well as the first round of most NFL mocks. He is not the biggest WR at 5’11”, 200 lbs., but his career numbers at A&M with 234 receptions for 2,856 yards and 26 touchdowns landed him 2nd all-time in receptions in A&M history – even with only playing 3 seasons. Along with those stats, Kirk also had 6 punt return TDs and a kick return TD. Many mocks have him landing in Carolina in the first round and I think they could use as many playmakers around Cam as they can get. Looking forward to seeing how he shows up at the combine.
2.04 (@DFF_Walk) Kerryon Johnson, Auburn, RB
I was hoping that Rashaad Penny or James Washington would fall to me, but alas that was just a dream! So, sign me up for an SEC running back with solid production (>2,600 combined yards & 31 TDs) across his sophomore and junior campaigns at Auburn. Johnson also possesses the ability to shoulder a 3-down role in the NFL due to his advanced understanding of protections and short passing game chops. What Johnson doesn’t possess is the ideal body type (6’0”, 212 lbs.) for a workhorse back. His frame conjures up thoughts of Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray and his upright running style is quite like theirs. I consider Johnson’s ceiling to be an extremely poor man’s Matt Forte.
Through two rounds I was able to land a WR AND an RB in my top 5 at their respective positions. Not too shabby.
2.05 (@seahawksdan8) D.J. Moore, Maryland, WR
The 5’11” WR collected catches in college like my son collects Pokémon cards. Given the right landing spot, Moore can be a PPR beast. He also scored a decent amount in college with 17 TDs in his 3 seasons. Some other considerations were Auden Tate, Kalen Ballage, and Equanimeous St. Brown.
2.06 (@DFF_Madman) Auden Tate, Florida State, WR
I like Auden Tate as much as Courtland Sutton only at a much greater value. He is among the best overall WR prospects in this draft.
Tate enters the NFL as an immediate red zone threat, with prototypical size (6’5” and 225 lbs.) and athleticism. He had an excellent TD rate at Florida State. His lower dominator rating reminds me of Michael Thomas’ situation at Ohio State a couple of years ago; as in he’s better than most people seem to realize, being held back in some ways by QB or scheme. Tate dominates at playing the ball in the air and fighting for 50-50 chances with great body control. Regardless of the coverage, he’s coming down with the ball.
Tate’s stock will rise at the NFL combine and he will not be available this late in rookie drafts. It’s a bit of a down year for WRs, but this is a guy to bet on becoming a starting WR in the NFL and being able to carry your fantasy teams down the line. It’s also a down year for a lot of NFL teams in the receiving game. So, I’d love to see Tate drafted by a squad with an immediate need at X receiver, and there are plenty of those teams going into the NFL draft.
2.07 (@DFF_Shane) Michael Gallup, Colorado, WR
Gallup was productive in college, has decent enough speed and size. Likely won’t be the WR1 on any roster but will still provide plenty of value as the second option in an offense.
2.08 (@dibari22) Kalen Ballage, Arizona State, RB
His college production, or rather, lack thereof, will cause him to fall in early drafts. On the flip side, I (and many others) expect him to blow the doors off the combine. A size + speed metric freak, he could be the biggest post-combine mover in the entire class. Still a bit of an enigma, I once said on Twitter he’s got David Johnson upside with David Cobb floor, at this point, I’m buying for the ceiling.
2.09 (@_PeteLaw) Royce Freeman, Oregon, RB
Royce Freeman is going to be a solid RB in the NFL. He showed that he can contribute in the passing game while at Oregon and will get on the field early and often as a rookie. Freeman should have a safe floor in the NFL. Coming in at 5’11” around 238 lbs., he is more elusive than you might think. Landing spot will be key for Freeman as he seems best suited for a zone-blocking scheme.
2.10 (@pprranks) Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame, WR
If not for a QB with more rushing attempts than passing attempts, St. Brown would have had a much better junior season and would be in the discussion for best WR in this class. At 6’5” and 203 lbs., he has the ideal size for a prototypical WR. He combines his size and athleticism with great route running and an ability to go up and catch contested balls. These abilities give him a huge ceiling, and that’s what I’m looking for at the end of the 2nd round.
2.11 (@DFF_Brian) Mark Walton, Miami, RB
Had he not been injured in early October, Mark Walton would be knocking on the door of the 1st round of 2018 rookie drafts. According to Walton himself, he is 100% healed from the ankle injury and will participate in the NFL Combine. If he has a strong combine, which I expect he will, he may end up in the late 1st round of rookie drafts anyway. If he doesn’t, because of the RB depth of this draft, he should be on everyone’s radar for Round 2 for sure. Walton has great lateral quickness and unbelievable balance. He had 1,100+ yards in 2016 as a sophomore. Walton also had 428 yards rushing and averaged 7.6 yards per carry in four games before being injured in 2017. I feel great about getting him in the late 2nd round.
2.12 (@JohnnySlokes) Anthony Miller, Memphis, WR
This is an intriguing player for me. Originally a walk-on, he was redshirted his freshman season and followed that up with a shoulder injury. That would explain his late breakout age. Once Paxton Lynch left, he averaged nearly 40% of his team’s receiving yards and receiving TDs. That’s remarkable. He is a little bit smaller than you would like (5’11”, 190 lbs.) but I can see him potentially playing in a high-volume role early on.