The NFL draft concluded Saturday, and here at DFF we decided to let you digest the draft before we just rushed into any mock drafts. We know you probably need a week or so to absorb all that occurred right? Just kidding. Of course, we have a mock draft ready for you! Because Superflex is the best format according to most fantasy players (based on recent polls conducted by @DFF_Shane in his head), that’s where we’ll begin. You can find Round 1 here.
2.01 – @DFF_Hillbilly – Michael Gallup WR Dallas Cowboys
Gallup is a perfect fit for Dallas. Their WR corps well… My mom always said that if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all so… Gallup will plug in as their new no. 1. He’s a great route runner and should be able to put up the numbers you would need to safely plug him in as your wr3 and possibly a low-end wr2 this season.
2.02 – @FranchiseKF – Lamar Jackson QB Baltimore Ravens
On talent alone, Jackson was my QB1. Baltimore was initially one of my least favorite landing spots. However, upon further review, their OC Marty Mornhinweg and QB coach James Urban have experience coaching both Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb. Greg Roman is also on staff, and he was the OC for the 49ers when Kaepernick was the QB. The Ravens know that the offense will look drastically different in 2018 under Flacco than it will in 2019 under Jackson. How dynamic can Jackson be for a fantasy football team? He was the highest overall scoring player in college fantasy football last season. He outscored the overall 12th highest scorer by more than 10 (ten!) POINTS PER GAME. Jackson ran an offense at Louisville that has roots in the NFL, and he has a year to improve his footwork and refine his game.
2.03 – @_codygarrett – D.J. Moore WR Carolina Panthers
The new look Panthers added a lot of offensive weapons in this offseason/draft, and Moore will be one of the more intriguing ones. Moore showed how much of an athletic freak he is at the combine and will be a big-time weapon for Cam and the Panthers offense. He should find a role early on, and with his skills, he could be productive quickly.
2.04 – @DFF_Maverick – Christian Kirk WR Arizona Cardinals
Pairing my first round pick Josh Rosen with his soon to be favorite target in Christian Kirk is a great way to start this draft. Kirk might have to take a back seat in Arizona behind Larry Fitzgerald for a year since Kirk figures to play Larry’s slot role once he retires, but I’m more than okay with that. Kirk is my 2nd ranked WR in this class, so I will gladly take him in the early 2nd round. Kirk is an electric receiver that will instantly provide big-play ability as a receiver and a return man for the Cardinals.
2.05 – @pacificscouting – Dante Pettis WR San Francisco 49ers
Dante Pettis ends up in a prime spot to produce as a rookie. The knock on Pettis is his slight build and his continued recovery from an injured ankle. The 49ers offense is looking like a riser this next season, and Pettis should benefit from it so long as he remains healthy. He has one of the highest floors for a rookie with solid to good upside.
2.06 – @DFF_Thebrain – Josh Allen QB Buffalo Bills
The hate is real when it comes to Allen. Taking a QB that was a top 10 pick in the NFL draft in superflex is simple. While Allen has a lot to work on as a passer, he should see every opportunity to grow and gain experience. Opportunity is all you can ask for when you’re drafting the 5th QB off the board.
2.07 – @DFF_BMack – Anthony Miller WR Chicago Bears
Anthony Miller is the hardest working WR in this draft. He can play inside or outside. He landed in an ideal spot with a true X receiver in Allen Robinson also on the roster. There’s not much competition in the WR room so Miller should see early reps. Miller is an aggressive WR who attacks DBs with his routes and attacks the ball with his massive 10” hands. He went from walk-on to Memphis’ all-time leading receiver, and he’s not finished yet.
2.08 – @DFFDynastyDude – Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
It’s unlikely that Sutton falls this far in most rookie drafts. He was considered one of the top two or three receivers in the draft class before the Broncos took him with the 8th pick of the second round (40th overall). Sutton is joined in Denver by DaeSean Hamilton in a rebuilt offense that may not have room for long time starter Emmanuel Sanders. The opportunity to start opposite Demaryius Thomas would mean soft coverage for Sutton, in an offense that wants to throw the ball deep down the field… Sutton’s specialty.
2.09 – @allpurposeyrd8g – James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant to the Raiders and immediately replaced him with Oklahoma State WR James Washington. He landed in one of the most high-powered offenses which boosts his value, but there are some concerns. First of all, he has to battle Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and even Le’Veon Bell for targets. There’s also no guarantee Big Ben plays whenever Washington is primed to become a solid WR in the NFL. This pick is all upside on potential in a pass-heavy offense and if JuJu or Brown gets hurt, you’ll be happy you have Washington on your roster.
2.10 – @JerrySinDFF – Mason Rudolph, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Let me just stash this fella right quick. A QB that will be throwing to Antonio Brown, JuJu, James Washington, and potentially Le’Veon Bell out of the backfield? Don’t mind if I do. Thought about Lauletta and Ballage, but if Big Ben retires after 2018, then Rudolph in 2019 is going to be the Mahomes of 2018.
2.11 – @DFF_sjonathan02 – Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts
In this day of running back by committee, give me the guy who, probably, will be in on passing downs. Enter, Hines, a change of pace RB who is shifty in the open field. Given the Colts are still working out their OL issues, Hines could provide weekly flex appeal sooner than many believe.
2.12 – @TravisNFL – Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins
I don’t love this pick in the slightest, but at the 2.12, I’m shooting for upside and a player I think has the chance to really “Boom” if given the opportunity. Out of the remaining players available, Ballage is that guy. He has the receiving chops to get involved in the offense immediately, and despite his inability to show us that he can win as an in-between the tackles runner so far, there’s a chance he could improve in that area. If Kenyan Drake goes down with an injury or is unproductive, Ballage could end up being an absolute steal at the 2.12. There’s just enough of a window of opportunity in this landing spot that he may end up reaching his insane upside.
Check back tomorrow when we finish up this mock with Round 3.