Today we pick up where we left off after Round 2 of our latest Superflex rookie mock draft.
3.01 (@DFF_Cog) Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB
I believe in this kid. He showed great growth in 2017. He has the size and the arm strength to stick around this league for a long time. He may need to sit on the bench for a year, and that would only excite me further about what he can become. In years as a starter, Rudolph got better every season including a near 900 passing yards increase from his junior to senior seasons. He was 96 yards away from throwing for 5,000 yards in 13 games in 2017. I think he has the potential to finish in the top 10 of QBs on a regular basis when he becomes a starter.
3.02 (@JerrysinDFF) Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State, WR
Jump Ball Superstar. Not the fastest or the most polished prospect, but he may well be the biggest of the wide receivers. With 3rd round picks, I’m shooting for the stars. A 6’5” WR with good ball skills and a nose for making plays in the end zone, is always going to have a sky-high ceiling. He may struggle to get separation in the NFL, but if he does put it all together, it would be easy to envision Scott as a WR1 on a team, and in turn, your fantasy squad. Richie James is another home run guy that I considered with this pick.
3.03 (@FFBlitz) Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, TE
A 6’5” receiving tight end who averaged 15.8 yards in college and will largely come out of the slot? Good luck trying to cover him. Projected to be the first TE off the board this year, he’s not at the level of O.J. Howard and Evan Engram, but he’s right behind them.
3.04 (@DFF_Walk) Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, QB
Given the Superflex format, I’m more than willing to take a 3rd round flier on one of the top FCS quarterbacks in the country. Lauletta possesses the prototypical size (6’3″, 215 lbs.) that is still coveted by most GMs around the league. His biggest knock is lack of arm strength, but I saw a noticeable zip on his throws during the Senior Bowl. What I like most about Lauletta are his mechanics and mobility. He is an accurate passer and displays solid footwork in the pocket, whether setting his base or extending the play so that a route can develop. Lauletta will ultimately be some team’s developmental pet project and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see the Patriots draft and develop him as I’ve already seen mentioned on Twitter.
Others in consideration: John Kelly, Tennessee, RB and Jaylen Samuels, NC State, RB
3.05 (@seahawksdan8) D.J. Chark, LSU, WR
I’ve officially cornered the market on rookie receivers named D.J. with this pick. Chark had a standout performance at the Senior Bowl hitting big-play after big-play. He’s 6’3” with speed and he averaged 21.9 yards per reception this past season. He also had 4 rushing TDs to go along with his 6 career receiving TDs. I’d like to think maybe the right landing spot could use Chark like Tyreek Hill and I wouldn’t mind that out of a 3rd round pick.
3.06 (@DFF_Madman) Josh Adams, Notre Dame, RB
Adams was among the most productive RBs in the country and remains a top-10 RB in this draft. Was he the beneficiary of the Notre Dame offensive line? Yes. Is he worth this pick? Yes. He has all the skills to be an NFL RB, especially given his pass-catching chops. He had 41 receptions with over 6.0 YPC. At 6’2”, 225 lbs., he’s big and no-nonsense with decent vision and toughness. He can become a solid RB3 and stick on an NFL roster long-term as a backup (at minimum). Some of the guys in this round won’t even be in the NFL next year. Adams is physical and aggressive and offers legitimate YAC. He’s a banger. He can create on his own in space yet is tough enough to earn yards inside. Can he create on his own at the line? No. Does he have stiff hips? Yes. He also runs high. Can he be an NFL RB? Yes. He’s the epitome of a rookie sleeper. He fits as a one-cut downhill guy who takes a couple seconds to build top-speed. So, a zone-blocking scheme would fit him well… like the new Titans offense for instance. Adams can block and will lay out DBs if you need it. While he will be fine as an early-down back, the landing spot will be key to Adams’ career in the NFL.
3.07 (@DFF_Shane) Simmie Cobbs, Indiana, WR
His 2015 season was sublime. After missing all of 2016 to injury, he was a bit up and down in 2017, but still intrigues me based on his size and big-play ability (mostly flashed in 2015).
3.08 (@dibari22) Jaylen Samuels, North Carolina State, RB/TE
I love his potential as a weapon in the NFL. He’s played tight end and running back and in the right scheme at the next level, there’s no reason he couldn’t be used as a full back and out of the slot as well. A good coach could create some intriguing matchup problems with him. Given his versatility, I could see him being a safe, high-floor guy almost immediately.
3.09 (@_PeteLaw) Dante Pettis, University of Washington, WR
Pettis is going to put up huge numbers at the NFL combine. He lit up the UW Pro Day last year posting a 4.39 40 Yard Dash and should post a vertical near 40”. While at UW he set the NCAA punt return record while also posting a massive 38.8-percent College Dominator rating. So, getting the WR1 at 3.09 and I’m all on board.
3.10 (@pprranks) Keke Coutee, Texas Tech, WR
The 5’11” 180 lb. junior broke out with 93 receptions and 1,429 yards this past season. He’s a burner out of the slot that could have some value in the right offense.
3.11 (@DFF_Brian) John Kelly, Tennessee, RB
I’m honestly not sure how John Kelly continues to fall into the 3rd round of rookie drafts. Kelly is nasty. He’s 5’9”, 205 lbs. but runs like a much bigger running back. He finishes runs hard, and is also quick and agile, and can catch the ball like his predecessor at Tennessee, Alvin Kamara. I’m not saying he is going to be Kamara, but I think he is being undervalued, and given the right situation, could have a bigger impact than his ADP is suggesting.
3.12 (@JohnnySlokes) Ito Smith, Southern Miss, RB
This is one of my late round gems. If I told you that you could draft a running back late in the 3rd round that had 140 receptions in college, wouldn’t you be happy to take that? That’s right, Ito Smith had 3 straight seasons in college with at least 40 receptions. He also had 3 straight 1,000-yard seasons as well. Ito has a nose for the end zone and he is incredibly shifty in the open field. I believe he will make guys miss at the next level. He is also good at blocking which could get him on the field. While he isn’t the type of back that will lower his shoulder, he is a master in close quarters. Ito runs with good balance, vision, and lateral agility. The problem? His size is underwhelming, and he may not be considered consistent between the tackles as he wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. I’m drafting him late with the hopes that he develops as a team’s satellite back and can produce like Tarik Cohen, Darren Sproles or even Theo Riddick.
4.01 (@DFF_Cog) Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, WR
His collar is blue, and his speed is real. While it may take a year or two, Wieneke will be a useful fantasy player. I will now refrain from giving you a white WR comparison.
4.02 (@JerrysinDFF) Richie James, Middle Tennessee State, WR
The tiny, 5’9” (maybe), 175 lb. James but up giant numbers against the weak competition in Conference USA. He’s an intriguing prospect who could thrive if he lands in the right spot.
4.03 (@FFBlitz) Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, TE
Goedert has a great blend of speed and size. As primarily a receiving threat, Goedert could become a top 10 Tight end within his first two seasons if used properly.
4.04 (@DFF_Walk) Justin Jackson, Northwestern, RB
I had Dallas Goedert all queued up, but he was snatched out from under me at 4.03 (an absolute steal regardless of format by the way). However, I am more than happy to take a flier on an RB that averaged 107 yards and 0.8 TD on the ground across his 4-year (51-game) collegiate career. Throw in roughly another 30 catches and 215 yards receiving yards per year for good measure. He compiled those totals in the Big Ten on Northwestern teams that weren’t exactly flush with NFL talent, letting defenses focus on Jackson. I had thought he was going to come out after his 1,500/15 junior year.
4.05 (@seahawksdan8) Tre’Quan Smith, UCF, WR
The 4th round is a place to take a stab at somebody you hope turns out. Here’s to hoping Smith can find a nice landing spot and score some TDs. He had 22 in college, with 13 of them last season. His 1,171 yards and 59 catches would be nice on Sundays as well.
4.06 (@DFF_Madman) Mike Gesicki, Penn State, TE
This is my personal favorite TE in the draft. There are things to like about all the highly ranked TEs coming out this year, but Gesicki can give you that clutch WR1 jump-ball guy in the red zone. I think he has a high ceiling as a pass-catching TE for fantasy football. Now, if I were to get points for blocks instead of receiving chops, he would not be at the top of my list. However, Gesicki had only 2 drops on 59-catchable targets last season (PFF).
4.07 (@DFF_Shane) Deon Cain, Clemson, WR
Wow, we really do not like Cain here at DFF. I’m not a fan either. Many hoped for a breakout for Cain in 2017, but it failed to materialize. Cain does have good speed and good size and can help his draft stock at the combine.
4.08 (@dibari22) Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan, TE
As we near the end of the draft and pickings get slim, I’ll jump on the tight end train here and grab Conklin. I think he has as much potential as the other tight ends drafted just ahead of him and I liked what I saw out of him in the Senior Bowl.
4.09 (@_PeteLaw) Lavon Coleman, University of Washington, RB
Coleman comes in at 5’11” and 228 lbs. He is built like a prototypical power back. If he can push his 40 Yard Dash time, he will jump up draft boards. If I’m throwing darts this late in the draft, give me the RB with the size to be an every-down RB.
4.10 (@pprranks) Martez Carter, Grambling State, RB
An explosive, compact running back, Carter has pass-catching and kick-return skills which should help him latch onto a roster as an undrafted free agent.
4.11 (@DFF_Brian) DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State, WR
Hamilton opened some eyes during the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game, regularly undressing defensive backs when running his routes. If you’ve watched any Penn State games, it’s easy to miss him, given that his teammate (Mr. Barkley) is the apple of everyone’s eye. However, Hamilton is an interesting prospect himself. An excellent route runner, he also excels on contested catches and is a solid blocker downfield, which NFL teams will love. Hamilton’s combine numbers may not pop off the page, but he has the tools to be a productive NFL WR and fantasy producer.
4.12 (@JohnnySlokes) Luke Falk, Washington State, QB
He’s a dart throw pick for me. I know he has some issues, but I’m just hoping to get lucky with this one. He has nice size (6’4”, 220 lbs.), a quick release, and apparently played last year with a broken wrist. I’m not sure if that makes him tough or insane, but either way, I feel like I could have done worse with the last pick in this mock.