The DFF Army banded together for a way too early 12-team full PPR Superflex, TE Premium Rookie Mock Draft 2.0! Check out every fourth-round selection below and each writer’s reasoning behind their pick. Hope you enjoyed this early rookie mock series!
4.01 – Sincere McCormick, RB University of Texas at San Antonio
Chris Museezer – @force_fantasy
Sincere McCormick was a three-year starter for the UTSA Roadrunners who play in Conference USA. You can’t beat production and Mccormick had it in spades with 2941 yards and 26 touchdowns the last two seasons combined. He has legit explosive speed on display in the film below. In the fourth round, I want to chase upside. If McCormick is drafted into the right situation he has the skill to make an impact.
Sincere McCormick out of UTSA…
5’9, 200… low center of gravity, bounces off tacklers, breakaway speed. Has it all. pic.twitter.com/TxL5nRhK8R
— Air Raid | Bills @ Rams (@TheBillsGuys) February 3, 2022
4.02 – Pierre Strong Jr., RB South Dakota State
Chris Miles – @ChrisMiles1017
2022 Rookie RBs and their Elite Thresholds
Pierre Strong Jr, RB SD State
BS Scrimmage ypg: 122.4✅
Career YPC: 7.0✅
BS TD Share: 54.6✅
BS Reception Share: 8.8🤏
BS Yards/Team Play: 1.92✅ https://t.co/sUm6qaEGmr
— DFF Draft Director (38-14) (@ChrisMiles1017) January 12, 2022
Pierre Strong Jr. is a small school RB, this does not stop him from being in my top 12 rookie RBs or from picking him in the fourth round. At 5’11” and 215 pounds he comes in with just enough size to be eligible for a lead back position. When you pair this with his good production profile there is a lot to like. I know people do not like yards per carry, but as a prospecting metric I have tested it and it works quite well. Strong ranks second in this class in yards per carry. Seeing this paired with no true misses in any production category makes this player a great upside pick in the fourth round of a draft. I stuck with my trend of RBs and got to select my personally ranked RB10 as the RB11 here.
4.03 – Romeo Doubs, WR Nevada
Paul Patterson – @fantasyfreezer
Romeo Doubs is an interesting prospect and I doubt he falls this far post-NFL draft. He has all the skills the NFL looks for in a receiver. He also has a good combination of size and speed that should translate well. The only issue is he played in a small conference against likely inferior talent and even then he wasn’t as productive as you’d like to see in his early years. If he gets decent draft capital he’ll easily jump two rounds.
4.04 – Zamir White, RB Georgia
Devin Maney – @DevinManey
My final mock draft pick was Zamir White, which I felt great about. White feels like the type of player that could go much earlier in a casual league, but White feels similar to Kolar, in which he is very well-rounded at most parts of the game. I don’t project White to be a day one starter at the NFL level, but he certainly will be able to contribute instantly for the correct team. Should White see draft capital in the second or third round White will likely skyrocket to the second round of rookie drafts, though that is unlikely. Historically my draft model for Running Backs hasn’t panned out well, but taking a shot in the fourth round on a Running Back is never a bad strategy.
— Kyle Jordan (@KyleWTOC) October 2, 2021
4.05 – Zonovan Knight, RB NC State
Matt Ward – @PsychWardFF
NC State's dynamic backfield is 🔥
Zonovan Knight: 1,539 rushing yards since 2020 (3rd in ACC)
Ricky Person Jr: 1,283 (t-5th) pic.twitter.com/ZDWQ9rgvSc
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 15, 2021
Zonovan Knight checks all of the boxes of a prototypical NFL running back. Knight matches his 5’11″/210LB-frame with blazing top-end speed and acceleration. He recorded three consecutive seasons with over 750 rushing yards at NC State, averaging 5.5 yards per tote. Knight was rarely used as a pass-catcher while sharing the backfield at his alma mater but showed strong capabilities as a chip blocker on third down. Despite limited opportunities, Knight possesses a complete skill set to become an every-down fixture at the NFL level.
4.06 – Khalil Shakir, WR Boise State
Derek Hulsey – @DAH_Hulsey
Had to wrap up this mock draft with one of the underrated WRs in this draft. When you turn on Khalil Shakir’s film, multiple things jump out at you. Shakir can make contested catches time and time again while showing he has strong hands. Shakir showed us great production through his career at Boise State. When you turn on the film, you don’t see flashy plays, but you see him consistently making timely plays to move the chains. Size is a question of his only standing at 6’0, with a question mark next to him being able to make contested catches in the NFL. Shakir was able to put together a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and an impressive Thursday practice. Shakir isn’t a big-time playmaker, but he is a football player. I see a lot of Jakobi Myers in his game.
Nice route and catch by Khalil Shakir. He's got some suddenness to his game pic.twitter.com/R10Egyf1Fh
— Billy M (@BillyM_91) February 3, 2022
4.07 – Brock Purdy, QB Iowa State
Joe Memmolo – @DFFJoe_Mem
It’s just worth taking a shot on a quarterback who has some hype around his name this late in the draft and this early in the process. Purdy played well for Iowa State and offers some dual-threat ability. He’s a bit on the smaller side so that may limit his upside and scare off some NFL teams but we are in the fourth round, why not.
4.08 – Kennedy Brooks, RB Oklahoma
MR – @DFF_MR
We’re throwing darts this late but I honestly thought Kennedy Brooks would have been long gone. He slipped through in most of my Devy drafts the last two seasons so perhaps an understandable freefall. But when a player is one of four RBs in the Oklahoma Sooners’ history to log three 1,000-yard seasons, seems like someone I’d want to invest in with Pick 44.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 30, 2021
4.09- Hassan Haskins, RB Michigan
Carl Churchill – @RookieWhisper
I was licking my chops as my 4th round pick approached. I had one of my favorite sleeper RBs queued up, but then @DFF_MR snipped me, taking my guy Kennedy Brooks! However, I’m not all that disappointed, as I still got an RB who has bell-cow size, at 6’1” 220 lbs, and had a dominant 2021, rushing for 1,327 yards and 20 touchdowns! Hassan Haskins exploded onto the scene in 2021, grabbing everyone’s attention with his 169-yard, five-touchdown outing against Ohio State. Haskins is a bruising back who runs with a lot of power. I believe his two biggest question marks are his speed and pass-catching ability. If Haskins can have a strong combine and pro day, he could hear his name called on late Day 2 or early Day 3 come April.
4.10 – Zay Flowers, WR Boston College
DocFFFN – @DocFFFN
Boston College WR Zay Flowers doing what he does best! 💨 💨 pic.twitter.com/gDDx1tKKFr
— Jared Tokarz (@JaredNFLDraft) November 20, 2021
Again, we have analysts talking dart throws in this round when we have solid NFL prospects falling and available to be selected. Your author closes his draft with yet another early-declare WR who runs in the 4.3s and possesses massive upside. We saw Tutu Atwell drafted (perhaps undeservedly) in the second round of last year’s draft. Flowers is not quite as fast as Atwell, but he is bigger, stronger, and more polished as a receiver. He is also more stout getting off the line of scrimmage and working through traffic in the middle of the field. He has experience playing both outside and in the slot. Flowers sees the field well and is outstanding with the ball in his hands. He also has a steady sample of rushing attempts on his resume.
Flowers can make a play for a touchdown at any time–a true home run threat. He could develop into an every-down starting WR in three-receiver sets and would not need many receptions to create weekly fantasy production. At this stage in the draft, few options offer this amount of upside.
Phil Jurkovec ➡️ Zay Flowers
Could be a top 50 connection for 2022. pic.twitter.com/4wEG63NMTk
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) May 11, 2021
4.11 – Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
Billy Beaman – @WillieBeamanDFF
Once again, I’m targeting running backs in the later rounds because of the positional scarcity and we’re in the fourth round here…do I have to say much else? Pierce is a player I think rises the ranks over the next few months. He has the size NFL and dynasty scouts love and scored 13 touchdowns against SEC competition last year. He shared time and wasn’t too productive otherwise, but I think with development through an NFL system he has potential. Pierce was also getting some hype at the senior bowl as one of the best backs out there so who knows he could be even better than I’m giving him credit for.
Dameon Pierce is a dawg pic.twitter.com/TfxzdDWoFh
— Footballism™ (@FootbaIIism) January 26, 2022
4.12 – Jerrion Ealy, RB Mississippi
MG – @AlwaysBBuilding
Hello Mr. Irrelevant! The ultimate dice roll, so why not take a chance on a super dynamic playmaker. Ealy checks in at an undersized stature, even in today’s NFL.
It’s fair to say that 5’8 190lbs. is enough to scare dynasty owners off. Perhaps all they see is a gadget player or primary returner. While others may reference the threat of him transitioning to the MLB. All of that could hold true, but this young man is still explosive, offers exceptional receiving ability, and could be used in multiple offensive sets offsetting his smaller stature maximizing his play-making ability. An ideal change of pace, third-down option, who can also split out wide in the slot.
At the end of the day, not all picks will be home runs, especially at the 4.12, but when you draft in terms of base hits then you lessen your chances of missing. Ealy is a base hit, yet offering home run potential. He possesses a skill set that should, by all accounts, allow him to see the field. The only question is…in what capacity?
This was on 3rd and Forever. Look at that speed from Jerrion Ealy. 💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/fBg5G1uUBY
— Matt Alkire (@mattalkire) February 12, 2022
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