All Players Have Declared
If you missed Round 2 it can be found here.
3.01 (@DFFMemphis) Kalen Ballage, Arizona St., RB
Ballage’s size, 6’3” and 230 pounds, is more impressive than his game tape at this point. The biggest attribute to Ballage’s game at this point is his pass catching skills. He had reporters and analysts raving about him as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He’s never rushed for more than 700 yards in a season while at Arizona State and that’s over a four-year career. His stock could rise depending on how well he performs at the combine. I would be very happy to get Ballage this late in a rookie startup, as he could be a very sneaky asset on PPR roster as early as his rookie year.
3.02 (@DFF_Brian) Akrum Wadley, Iowa, RB
While Wadley’s measurables at the Senior Bowl left something to be desired, I can’t ignore a guy who put up 2,858 scrimmage yards and 26 total touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons in the B1G Conference. I think Wadley should go in this range, but my guess is you’ll be able to get him a little later in rookie drafts, especially superflex. He doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, but he’s a solid player. Landing spot will play a role with Wadley as well.
3.03 (@DFF_Shane) Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, TE
Even though there are plenty of upside players I still like on the board I can’t pass on the consensus TE1 out of this draft class. Coming in at 6’5” and 250 lbs. Andrews is a massive athletic target with great hands who put over 950 receiving yards last season. Andrews has good a shot at being a TE1 for the next 10 seasons.
3.04 (@DFF_Madman) Mike Gesicki, Penn State, TE
Best.Tight.End.Pass.Catcher.In.This.Draft. While he’s no blocker, Gesicki had only 2-drops on 59-catchable targets last season (PFF). He is a receiving dynamo with a knack for making plays in the red zone. He’s very athletic for his size and will further distance himself from other TEs at the NFL Combine. He leaps for contested catches like a WR1.
3.05 (@SlizzDigital) Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State, WR
This guy is a freak. Standing at 6’5 with elite speed, ability to climb the ladder and excellent hands. Started his career at Virginia tech but got into some trouble. Not sure what happened so depending on what it is, this could take him off some draft boards. All that aside, he is one of the most physically gifted players in this draft… I’ll take a shot on him.
3.06 (@DFF_Walk) Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB
I start to prioritize upside QB’s in the middle/later rounds of Superflex drafts and Rudolph fits the bill. Rudolph is a slightly polarizing prospect given Gundy’s pass-friendly system and the bookend NFL caliber wide receivers (Washington & Ateman) that he had at his disposal, but he possesses the NFL size (6’4”, 230) and QB acumen with enough arm talent to more than justify a selection at this point. Plus, he throws a pretty raindrop deep ball and we all know that chicks dig the long ball! Just throw in the tape vs Pittsburgh and get your popcorn ready.
3.07 (@seahawksdan8) Dallas Goedert, SoDaSt. (FCS), TE
We always seem to have at least 1 or 2 small school fantasy heroes a year. This 6’5” receiving TE racked up 1,111 yards in 2017 (regular season and playoffs) and 7 TDs. He had 12 Total TDs in 2017. While we must consider playing against weaker competition, Goedert can catch the ball and score TDs. In round 3 there are very few sure things, but they won’t be drafting Goedert to stay in and block with his skill set.
3.08 (@JerrySinDFF) Richie James, MTSU, WR
My third-round picks in these mocks repeatedly are Jaleel Scott and Richie James. Schepps grabbed Scott at 3.05 so this was a no-brainer. James had an injury-filled season in 2017, causing the slip, but his production is out of this world. Over 200 catches, 1,950 receiving yards, 500 rushing yards, and 25 touchdowns in his two years as a full-time starter. Richie is in the mold of Antonio Brown. He’s about the same size, catches everything, great after the catch, and can find the end zone. As an 18-year-old, in his 1st collegiate game on the road, Richie went into Tuscaloosa and caught 10 passes for 95 yards, against the eventual national champions. Players with sky-high ceilings are exactly who I want in a third-round pick, and that’s precisely what Richie James is.
3.09 (@JohnnySlokes) Martez Carter, Grambling State, RB
Fast, elusive, can stop on a dime and has great vision. Carter is a small school product that reminds me of Tarik Cohen but happens to be a bit bigger. He can catch out of the backfield and will likely be used as a scat back at the next level. HIs junior year at Grambling State, he recorded 1,257 total yards and 14 TDs. He followed that up his senior year with over 1,300 total yards and 12 TDs.
3.10 (@DFF_Cog) Mark Walton, University of Miami, RB
Walton is a friggin juggernaut. He possesses power and speed, and no one is talking about him because he missed a massive chunk of 2017 with an ankle injury that required season-ending surgery. He valiantly tried to play with the pain for a couple of weeks but ultimately surgery was the right move for his future. I will be more than happy to keep him on my taxi squad for a year if needed. If he competes at the combine he will not 100%, so do not be dismayed. Just snatch him up in the third like I did here.
3.11 (@pprranks) Keke Coutee, Texas Tech, WR
There are a couple of things to really like about Coutee that, even with his smaller frame, make him an interesting prospect. First is his speed – he was credited with times in the high 4.3s and low 4.4s as a college recruit. You can see this on display here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARC4WCYJgFc the video is aptly named “The Fastest Player in College Football.” Second, is his elusiveness. He finds ways to both avoid and break tackles while maintaining speed. At 5’11” he projects more as a slot receiver, where he can certainly use his speed to create separation. He caught 93 passes for 1,429 yards with 10 touchdowns in 2017.
3.12 (@_PeteLaw) Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi, RB
Ito Smith is one of the more interesting players in the 2018 NFL Draft. He posted three straight 1,000-yard seasons at Southern Miss after his freshman year. Each year he posted over 5.5 Yards Per Carry and was a threat out of the backfield with 3 straight seasons over 40 receptions. Smith a great pass catcher and is a dangerous threat in the open field. He is a good three-down running back and is a talented pass blocker. The biggest issue for Smith in the NFL is going to be his size. Other small backs have proven that this isn’t completely detrimental to a smaller back. PFF gave Smith the 17TH best run in College Football right behind Rashaad Penny. Smith received a 51.7 Elusive Rating just ahead of LSU stud Derrius Guice. I’m a fan of Smith and in the right offense in 2018 he will be a solid contributor in PPR formats.
4.01 (@DFFMemphis) DeaSean Hamilton, Penn State, WR
Hamilton was one of the more surprising stars of the Senior Bowl. You couldn’t tell it by his Senior Bowl games stats, 1 catch for 5 yards, but he had scouts in attendance impressed. He’s got good NFL size, at 6’1”. He was mostly a supporting act in Penn State to Saquon Barkley. There’s a good chance he lands a roster spot in the NFL and builds on the 16.2 yards per catch he averaged as a senior at Penn State.
4.02 (@DFF_Brian) John Kelly, Tennessee, RB
The guy I wanted to grab at 3.02 but had some bad information from an unnamed fantasy website regarding an injury/domestic dispute. They were wrong, and I’m fortunate to get Kelly here a round later. Kelly is a versatile back that can do it all; catch passes, block, and run inside or outside. Kelly is a steal in the fourth round.
4.03 (@DFF_Shane) Simmie Cobbs, Indiana, WR
Until I die I probably will keep taking shots on massive wide receivers who were productive in college. Route running and lack of speed will hurt Cobbs at the next level. You can teach route running, you can’t teach being 6’4” and 220 lbs.
4.04 (@DFF_Madman) Phillip Lindsay, Colorado, RB
Undersized and underutilized at Colorado, this kid is a complete back with a ton of talent who carried his team all season and looked great in the Shrine game. He’s very quick and elusive with deceptive speed – and does not shy away from contact. He’s an adept blocker who can catch out of the backfield. Those who like Tarik Cohen should also like Lindsay, as he will find a similar spot on an NFL roster.
4.05 (@SlizzDigital) Allen Lazard, Iowa State, WR
He’s good and he’s tall. I like him.
4.06 Walker (@DFF_Walk) Jaylen Samuels, North Carolina State, RB
Listed as a Running Back (5’11”, 223) at the Senior Bowl so that’s what we’re going to go with here but this swiss army knife lined up all over the formation during his time with the Wolfpack. I am completely enamored by his versatility. If he lands in the right situation much like Kamara did in New Orleans (the situation not the player) he has the tools to produce immediately in the NFL. While he didn’t post gaudy yardage totals (largely due to his lack of defined position), this do-it-all athlete still accounted for 47 total touchdowns (28 rushing, 19 receiving) during his four-year college career. He is a proven playmaker with a nose for the end zone. I’ll take that at 4.06 any day!
4.07 (@seahawksdan8) Dante Pettis, Washington, WR
The shortest of my draft picks at 6’0”, Pettis is a fun player to watch. He had a huge 2016 with 15 TDs and came back down to Earth a bit with 7 in 2017. He got a chance to get a few carries this season and even has a TD pass (2016) in his college career. Where he can make sure that he is active on Sundays early on is his return game. He has 9 career returns for TDs and will look to do the same on Sundays in 2018.
4.08 (@JerrySinDFF) Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, RB
I like small school guys apparently. Miller, from Memphis. James, from MTSU. Now Detrez Newsome from FCS Western Carolina. Great size for the speed he packs. A home run hitter who has no issue lowering a shoulder between the tackles. Caught at least 20 passes in each season for the Catamounts, to go along with 1,100-yard rushing seasons. He’s a guy I really hope to watch at the combine, and if Newsome lands in a good situation in the draft, he may very well be a usable three down back sooner rather than later. Also considered Troy Fumagalli, the TE from Wisconsin.
4.09 (@JohnnySlokes) Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin, TE
With my last pick in this mock, I’ll just take a stab at a TE. Troy can play in-line and help with the run game or split out and catch the ball as a receiver. You can put him all over the formation. While he is likely a project, he has reliable hands but must work on getting downfield.
4.10 (@DFF_Cog) D.J. Chark, LSU, WR
Chark is a straight playmaker. He may not be the biggest, strongest but he is fast in space. Chark is a hard-nosed worker. He is no prima donna; his collar is blue, and his future is bright. He is crafty when it comes to creating separation for himself and he is a willing blocker. Coaches will fall all over each other to make their offense a little more Charky in 2018.
4.11 (@pprranks) Nyheim Hines, NC State, RB
Want a running back who averaged over 5 yards per carry, over 10 yards per reception, over 11 yards per punt return and over 24 yards per kickoff return, playing three seasons in the ACC? Well, then Hines is your guy. His versatility is what I like most about him. He could end up sticking on an NFL roster for many reasons. His ideal role would be as a change of pace/receiving RB and a lead returner on special teams.
4.12 (@_PeteLaw) Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, QB
Kyle Lauletta is a small school high upside prospect. Instead of burning an early pick on say Josh Allen… I can wait until the end of the 4TH round and still get my QB. He was just named the MVP of the senior bowl and had plenty of folks on Draft Twitter buzzing after the performance he turned in this past week. He has a big-time arm and can make precise throws. Lauletta has pro size coming in at 6-3 and 215-pounds and is mobile enough to avoid pressure in the pocket. Played in a spread option attack and will need to work on simple QB skills that he can focus on while sitting on the bench and learning for a year or two.