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 and Round 2 here.
3.01 – @DFF_Hillbilly – Kyle Lauletta, QB, NYG
Passing on a franchise QB with their 2nd pick was rough to see but to be able to get Lauletta in the later rounds was an excellent choice. Playing behind Eli isn’t the worst thing that could happen to him. Eli is a two-time super bowl champ. This time next year Lauletta should be the starting QB. He’ll have all the weapons a young QB would dream of.
3.02-@FranchiseKF – Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins
Felt like I was able to take advantage of a tier break that had already crested as I landed the clear TE1 from this class. Several of the other top TE from this class didn’t find good landing spots. Gesicki immediately fills a void for the Dolphins, and he should see heavy 2018 production. He’s an athletic freak with a volleyball background who scored the third highest relative athletic score in NFL Combine history.
The beauty of his game is that for all intents and purposes, he is just a wide receiver. However, he should keep his TE designation, and that is gold, especially in TE Premium formats. Miami also took TE Durham Smythe later in the draft, and he should be a huge asset in the running game but less so as a pass catcher. I believe with Gesicki’s landing spot he is a Top 10 TE in dynasty formats. Getting a top 10 overall player at their position in the third round is a win in my book.
3.03 – @_codygarrett – Antonio Callaway WR Cleveland Browns
Callaway is a day 1 talent that dropped to the 4th round because of off the field concerns. Despite that, Callaway is an extremely talented wideout with great route running skills and the ability to take the top off the defense. If Callaway can stay out of trouble, he will be an excellent addition to an up and coming Browns offense.
3.04 – @DFF_Maverick – D.J. Chark WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Chark was a name coming into the draft that many were intrigued by with his 4.34 40 yard dash speed that he posted at the combine. The landing spot isn’t ideal with the Jaguars being a run first team and having Blake Bortles throwing him the ball. With the loss of Allen Robinson, I could argue that Chark has as good of a chance as any wide receiver on that team to lead them in fantasy points this season. The other plus is that he does carry the draft capital with him being selected in the 2nd round of the NFL draft this year.
3.05 – @pacificscouting – Tre’Quan Smith WR New Orleans Saints
The number two WR in the Saints offense over the past 4 seasons has averaged 952.5 yards and 5.25 TDs per season. Smith has that ceiling and was a WR that I touted throughout the draft process as one of the few who has true number one ability. Being number one in the Saints offense is unlikely due to Michael Thomas but wide receiver two is feasible for Smith within his first two seasons. He possesses strong upside and still feels underrated by the consensus.
3.06 – @DFF_Thebrain – John Kelly RB L.A.Rams
I know this was not an ideal landing spot for Kelly but hear me out. Kelly walks into a situation where he finds himself the favorite for “handcuff” duty behind a running back that has 956 touches in 3 seasons. The Rams desperately need to limit Gurley’s touches and now find a more than capable backup to fill that role. I’m not going to dismiss Kelly’s talent based on this landing spot, and you shouldn’t either!
3.07 – @DFF_BMack – Cedrick Wilson WR Dallas Cowboys
Wilson was one of two rookie WRs drafted by Dallas this weekend. He was also one of two Boise State players drafted by Dallas. This long, lean WR with NFL bloodlines joins the new-look WR corps. In college, he was versatile, productive, and had deep threat ability. Wilson will most likely start out behind Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson, Terrance Williams, and Allen Hurns, but he’s worth a stash, in my opinion.
3.08 – @DFFDynastyDude – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Green Bay Packers
“ESB” is big, fast, strong, and now finds himself on a roster with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and a void at the WR position (left by the departure of Jordy Nelson). St. Brown falls to the end of the third round because he was drafted late in the sixth round by the Packers, so a role isn’t guaranteed, but it’s a great landing spot without a lot of competition for the freak athlete from Notre Dame. He’s worth a flyer this late in the rookie draft, in hopes that Rodgers locks in on St. Brown the same way backup QB DeShone Kizer did at Notre Dame.
3.09 – @allpurposeyrd8g – Daesean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos
Hamilton’s presence in the Broncos offense means all the Carlos Henderson shares are worthless and Emmanuel Sanders now has an immediate replacement. As long as Sanders is on the roster, Hamilton’s upside is very limited. This is an upside stash that could pay dividends in a year or two. Draft and stash.
3.10 – @JerrySinDFF – Richie James, WR, San Francisco 49ers
I’m a fanboy who will sink or swim with this man in every 3rd round of rookie drafts this offseason. Killer production before he was injured, did it against top level competition every opportunity. Great hands, shifty as hell, built in the mold of AB84 and landed in a great spot with not a ton of WR depth. The Richie James hype train is full steam ahead.
3.11 – @DFF_sjonathan02 – Mark Walton, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
A swing for the fences selection here. Walton has a great skill set and is electric in space. His size scares the bejesus out of me if I’m honest. My hope is he eats a sandwich and hits the weight room to beef up without losing his agility and explosiveness. Be patient and stash this young man on your Taxi Squad.
3.12 – @TravisNFL – Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals
I liked Edmonds’ profile pre-draft, and although he landed in a spot with one of the league’s premier running back options ahead of him, he has a good chance of overtaking the number two role immediately behind David Johnson. At the 3.12, I’ll take a back I like who is one injury away from being very fantasy relevant. In addition, David Johnson is going to be a 27-year-old unrestricted free agent running back next offseason. It’s not out of the question that Arizona chooses to move on from him then.