The NFL draft concluded Monday, and 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 the most fantasy players (based on recent polls conducted by @DFF_Shane in his head), that’s where we’ll begin.
1.01- @DFF_Hillbilly– Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants:
Barkley is a great talent. Adding Hernandez in the second will slide a “bulldozer” on the left side of the line for him to run behind. He should add somewhere around 40 receptions to help with his fantasy production. The WR corp will help him out by not allowing the opposing teams to stack the box. This is a great pick as the number 1 even in superflex leagues.
1.02- @FranchiseKF – Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns
Do the Browns now have the most skill talent in the NFL? If they aren’t tops, they are close to it. Mayfield is in a perfect situation to sit for a year behind a veteran, Tyrod Taylor. He will have all sorts of weapons in varying shapes, sizes, and skills at his disposal. Mayfield is the most accurate passer to enter the NFL in recent memory, and I think he is an outstanding fit within Todd Haley’s offense. I believe that the crotch grab will soon overtake the handshake as the preferred method of greeting in Cleveland.
1.03 – @_codygarrett – Derrius Guice RB Washington Redskins
Guice may have seen a little bit of a drop in the draft, but his talent is still elite. He posses an amazing blend of skills with his agility and play strength with the speed to break off huge runs. Guice also lands on a team without a clear cut #1 RB to carry the rock. So while he may have slid a round, his landing spot makes him one of the top rookies in this draft and I expect him to see a lot of playing time early on.
1.04 – @DFF_Maverick – Josh Rosen QB Arizona Cardinals
Rosen might have been the 4th quarterback off the board Thursday night, but he is my top-ranked rookie quarterback in this class for dynasty. Taking him at 1.04 in a superflex draft is something I didn’t even have to think about. Having a veteran quarterback who he can learn behind in Sam Bradford paired with the future hall of fame receiver in Larry Fitzgerald, creates a good situation for Rosen to succeed. Having a great running back in David Johnson to take pressure off of him is also a huge plus.
1.05 – @pacificscouting – Rashaad Penny RB Seattle Seahawks
Durability surrounding the current RBs on the roster paired with the draft capital spent on Rashaad Penny should put him in a position to be a bell cow runner and receive a ton of volume. The Seahawks offensive line is the biggest issue when looking at their offense, but they will be improved as a unit this year.
1.06- @DFF_Thebrain - Sam Darnold QB New York Jets
In a Superflex league, I love getting Darnold here. A high upside quarterback, Darnold has the luxury of sitting behind a savvy veteran (McCown) for a year to learn how to be a pro. Turnovers are a concern, but proper coaching should help those issues.
1.07 – @DFF_BMack – Calvin Ridley WR Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons haven’t had a WR of this caliber across from Julio Jones since Roddy White. Ridley is one of the best route runners in the class. He gets open with sudden movements and is an expert at using head fakes and subtle gestures to manipulate DBs. Playing alongside Julio Jones, Ridley shouldn’t see anything but single coverage all season. Ridley’s biggest weakness is beating press coverage. The Falcons have the luxury of running him out of the slot, with a free release, giving Ridley one less thing to worry about as a rookie.
1.08 – @DFFDynastyDude – Ronald Jones II RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
An electrifying runner in the perfect, uncontested landing spot saves me from the Josh Allen dilemma; even in a superflex, the upside of “RoJo” is too immense to pass up. His vicious running style is often overshadowed by his small stature, but the Bucs saw a feature back rather than a change-of-pace pass catcher, and Jones finds himself in a situation that felt like a pipe dream before the draft.
1.09 – @allpurposeyrd8g – Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
Yes, the Browns signed Carlos Hyde in the offseason and Duke Johnson is still there as a PPR contributor. The Browns backfield might look murky this season, but Chubb is much more talented than both Hyde and Johnson. It will only be a matter of time before his talent wins out and he becomes the workhorse for the Browns,
1.10 – @JerrySinDFF – Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
The SEC rushing leader, and primary back in an offense that has made its offensive line and rushing attack the focal point of the past two offseasons. Yes, please. Kerryon ran a ton of wildcat at Auburn, showing his versatility. He can also catch the pigskin. He has some Leveon Bell to him if he can put it all together. Did I mention I’m a Detroit Lions fan and loved this pick?
1.11 – @DFF_sjonathan02 – Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos
If at all possible, trade back here. If not, may as well take the guy who played lights out at Oregon. Yes, the workload may give you pause, but at this point in your draft, you can hope he carves out a timeshare role with Booker with the possibility of being ‘the man’ by season’s end.
1.12 – @TravisNFL – Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
I’m still working out my feelings about Michel’s landing spot in New England. Could this selection be the beginning of the end of the “Running Back musical chairs” we’ve grown so accustomed to in New England? This is the first time the Patriots have taken a running back in the 1st round of the draft since Lawrence Maroney in 2006. Maroney’s career does not instill warm and fuzzy feelings about Sony Michel’s upside, as he never rushed for more than 835 yards and never scored more than 9 TDs in a season. His career was hampered by injury and an arrest, and he was out of the league in less than 5 seasons.
Although their only other 1st-round RB in the last 20 years had a fairly abysmal career, one could still argue that New England would not draft Sony Michel in the 1st round (over Guice, Chubb, and Ronald Jones) unless they plan on using him in a significant role immediately. Michel is a talented and elusive back, and his upside, especially on this New England offense, makes him a solid bet in the first round of rookie drafts, and possibly even a steal at the 1.12.