Superflex Rookie Mock Draft: Rounds 2 and 3

Yesterday we brought you Round 1 of our Superflex rookie mock draft. Today we’ll wrap it up with rounds 2 and 3.

2.01 Auden Tate, WR, Florida State (@FF_EvilEmpire)

At 2.01, I couldn’t let Tate slide any further. The 6’5”, 220 lb. Junior is only 20 years old coming out of Florida State. The young receiver has strong hands and can high point the ball in the air, which makes him a major weapon in the red zone. Considered a first or second day NFL pick. If chosen by the right team, Tate could easily be a WR1.

2.02 Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (@DFF_Madman)

While at face-value I could liken this kid to a combination of Johnny Manziel and Connor Cook, he’s more than the sum of his parts. Even given the drunken beat-down and arrest last year, he could stand on the merits of his college statistics alone at the NFL draft podium. Many like him for his competitive fire and winning attitude, but his antics could just as easily be described as post-adolescent temper tantrums. Is he a fearless leader? Talking trash, planting flags and flipping birds are easily described as disrespectful and self-serving. Maybe it’s immaturity… or maybe he’s just a tool. Time will tell. 

While I prefer several other quarterbacks, and wouldn’t want Mayfield on my NFL team, I do see his potential to be a fantasy value with a forecasted second-round rookie draft pick. Manziel 2.0, but with greater desire and better work-ethic – minus the inflatable swan, money phone and cocaine. Many fantasy owners will be giddy to roll the dice on Baker Mayfield.

2.03 Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (@SlizzDigital)

The top QBs in this class are Darnold, Rosen, and Allen. I was able to grab the 3rd best QB in this class at QB5 in this rookie draft, solid bargain. Standing at 6’5 and weighing roughly 230 lbs with a cannon for an arm, he makes most NFL GMs drool. Add 4.61 speed to that, and you have what may be the most physically well-rounded QB in this class. His gunslinger mentality reminds me a bit of Pat Mahomes, he’s fun to watch.

I think he will be the 3rd QB taken in the NFL Draft so this means he will not likely land with one of the horrible teams at the top of the draft. This could benefit him long term, but if he is forced to sit and learn for a year or two, it will hurt my Dynasty team if I’m looking for a player to contribute now. Overall, great value here.

2.04 DJ Moore, WR, Maryland (@DevyWarehouse)

Moore is playmaking receiver that I expect to slide into the tail end of the first round after the NFL Combine. Moore had over a 50% dominator rating at Maryland as a Junior. Moore has all the tools to be a very good NFL and fantasy wide receiver.

2.05 Sony Michel, RB, Georgia (@FranchiseKF)

Sony Michel is one of the most versatile backs in this draft class. The former five-star recruit has lined up as a slot receiver, picked up tough yards as an interior runner, and showed his outstanding burst and agility as a runner outside the tackles. I believe Michel has the highest floor of any RB in this class and is a bargain in the middle of the second round.

2.06 Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State (@DFF_Feuker)

It’s hard to write anything that sums up what Gallup does. It’s hard trying to find things he can’t do. This kid he does it all. My suggestion is, don’t let someone else tell you he’s a bust or the best. Find some Gallup tape and judge him for yourselves before your rookie draft.  He will fluctuate between low 2nd to late first and see-saw between them

2.07 Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State (@DFF_Brian)

Ballage was a hot name coming into the season but didn’t perform the way that most expected. He was underutilized in Tempe, splitting carries with Demario Richard. His upright running style that makes tackling him easier than it should be at 6’3” 230 lbs. He has quick feet, especially for his size, and hits the hole with burst.

Ballage also has shown the ability to be effective in the passing game, although his usage (or lack thereof) there this past season was frustrating. This might be a tad early in super flex, but Ballage could be a steal and provide tremendous value if he’s the athlete we thought he was four months ago.

2.08 Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame (@Fulst_rosto)

‘17 was not a year to remember for St Brown. Posting a stat line that would be considered pedestrian even for a player of the month award, the Fighting Irish’s passing game stagnated with Brandon Wimbush under center. Look instead to the 6’ 4” 205 lb wideouts ‘16 numbers of 58-961-9 with DeShone Kizer at the helm for a truer reflection of the quick-footed athletic receivers potential. An excellent route runner with an impressive catch radius, Equanimeous may need some gym work with his father adding bulk to his frame to become a size/speed freak mismatch in the pros.

2.09 Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn (@JerrySinDFF)

The SEC offensive player of the year. Kerryon led the SEC in rushing yards and was 2nd in rushing touchdowns with 17. The same league that has Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, Sony Michel, Benjamin Snell, and Derrius Guice. At least 100 yards in 8 games this season, including dropping over 200 on Ole Miss. I get all of that near the end of the second round? Ummm, yes, please.

2.11 Jaylen Smith WR Louisville (@DFFMikeJernigan)

Smith is 6’ 4” and 215 so he has that stereotypical WR1 build. Runs clean routes which almost always translates well to the next level. Has great field vision, athleticism, and makes things happen when the ball is in his hands. Out of all the wide receivers in this draft class, Smith is one of my favorites, and I was thrilled to get him late in the 2nd.

2.12 Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon (@DFF_Shane)

I’m a fan of running backs that can carry the load as a three-down back. With 79 career receptions and over 200 carries in three out of four seasons at Oregon, Freeman fits the bill of a three-down back. Tipping the scales at 230 pounds plus and 6’0”, Freeman has the frame and ability to be a day one starter.

Round 3

3.01 Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (@FF_EvilEmpire)

Miller has quickness, hands, run after the catch, and route running. He’s on the smaller side at 5’11”, 190 lbs, but that doesn’t stop him from making plays all over the field. In the 3rd round, he’s a value pick.

3.02 Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame (@DFF_Madman)

I’m looking forward to the Citrus Bowl watching Guice run one way down the field and Josh Adams the other way.

3.03 Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (@SlizzDigital)

Kirk is #4 all-time in the receptions (221) in the SEC. He has shown consistency throughout his career as a receiver but also has shown his natural playmaking ability. Kirk is #6th all-time in the NCAA in punt return TDs (6). Standing at 5’11” and weighing roughly 200 lbs Kirk is built for a role in the slot. I think wherever he lands in the NFL he will be given the ball in space so he can best showcase his YAC ability.

3.04 Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo (@Devywarehouse)

Anthony Johnson had a dominating senior season. He capped off his final campaign with a whopping 48.6% dominator rating. As well as a 31% market share of the targets in the Buffalo offense. Johnson is a player to keep an eye on as his stock rises in rookie drafts.

3.05 Dante Pettis, WR, Washington (@FranchiseKF)

Pettis is one of the most technically sound skill players in this draft class. He is a phenomenal route runner, plays bigger than peers his size and is one of the most esteemed special team returners in NCAA history. Pettis is unlikely to be a team’s WR1. But his floor is as high as any WR and his elite leaping ability point towards him being a legitimate red zone threat at the next level.

3.06 Rashaad Penny, RB, SDSU (@DFF_Feuker)

The graduation of Donnel Pumphrey allowed Penny to carry the full load in his senior season. Penny took full advantage rushing for 2,027 yards with a 7.4 yards per carry average. Penny’s level of competition leaves a lot of questions about how good he really is.

3.07 Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington (@DFF_Brian)

I like Gaskin a lot if he declares after the Fiesta Bowl. All he has done since enrolling at UW is have three outstanding seasons, rushing for close to 4,000 yards and 43 touchdowns. He is a playmaker that can get to the edge and turn the ball upfield, and is a homerun threat every time he touches the ball. If he can improve in the passing game, he has the potential to be a game breaker at the next level and provides tremendous value here.

3.08 Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma (@Fulst_rosto)

After the triple-headed monster of Howard, Engram and Njoku in ‘17, arguably ‘18s standout TE Andrews would be a steal here late in the 3rd round. The 4-star recruit WR from Desert Mountain may seem like just another big slot receiver, yet at 6’ 5” and 254 lb has the size ready to learn to play the position in-line.

A solid ‘17 stat line of 58-906-8 with 22 TDs over 3 years showcases the John Mackey award winners red zone threat ability. An excellent route runner, with an impressive catch radius the Sooners Junior can regularly beat LBs and Safeties, however, his ability to find soft spots in zone coverage highlights a more rounded skill set for the position in the pros.

3.09 Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State (@JerrySinDFF)

I was hoping Rashaad Penny would fall to me, but Feuker sniped him. In his first season in Murfreesboro, Richie grabbed 10 passes for 85 yards against Alabama. Richie James is built in the same mold as Antonio Brown, in truth, his game has that same speed and shiftiness. At one point in his career, Richie had 25 straight games with at least 70 yards receiving. In 2016, he finished the season with over 1,900 yards from scrimmage. Late in the 3rd round of a rookie draft, I’m looking to swing for the fences, and Richie James is a guy that has a sky-high ceiling with his versatile

3.11  Jaleel Scott WR New Mexico State (@DFFMikeJernigan)

I want to see how Scott plays at the Senior Bowl before I go too crazy about him, but to me, he looks talented enough to play at the next level.  If he does possess that talent, he has a 6’ 6” 215 lb frame that makes him a matchup nightmare. Looking for upside here in the 3rd round.

3.12 Mason Rudolph, QB, Ok State (@DFF_Shane)

Great size, 6’5” 230 lbs., wildly productive in college with 90 TDs against just 26 career interceptions I’ll take a shot on Rudolph here.

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