Twelve industry experts/podcasters have joined forces to bring you a mock draft to help guide you through the challenges which lie ahead. Each of us will explain our rationale behind the picks. Please click on the links below to read the explanations from each team owner. You can provide feedback to each of us through our Twitter handles. Enjoy!
1.01 – Todd Gurley (RB) – @Full10Yards
1.02 – David Johnson (RB) – @BrianDFF
1.03 – Ezekial Elliott (RB) – @FFStompy
1.04 – Le’Veon Bell (RB) – @NFL_DiMatteo
1.05 – Saquon Barkley (RB) – @TheKaceyKasem
1.06 – Alvin Kamara (RB) – @fignutsdfs
1.07 – DeAndre Hopkins (WR) – @FFPeeblesChamp
1.08 – Antonio Brown (WR) – @TopShelfDFF
1.09 – Melvin Gordon (RB) – @FFProfessorST3
1.10 – Odell Beckham Jr. (WR) – @FFA_Marc
I love that OBJ is falling this late. I understand the desire to get a stud RB in the first round since the position is so shallow. It explains the Melvin Gordon pick in front of me at the 1.09. But, once the top 6 are gone, the stud Wide Receivers remain available. I’d be thrilled to get any one of one Brown, OBJ, Keenan Allen, or Hopkins here.
The one negative to drafting a receiver in round one? I have to hold my breath and hope that my guy is still available at the 2.03. Please hold your breath with me!
2.01 – Devante Adams (WR) – @HumanStatSheet
2.02 – Michael Thomas (WR) – @MStepney71
2.03 – Dalvin Cook (RB) – @FFA_Marc
Breath holding was successful. Dalvin Cook is my #5 RB. Yes, I’d rather have him over Alvin Kamara and Saquon Barkley. I often have to make a decision to take him early or do I gamble on the draft and hope he comes back to me. Drafting in the 8 or 9 slot makes that decision even harder because there are additional picks before I get another one. The 10-12 slots make it a bit easier, so I definitely lucked out.
So, what is my takeaway? If you really want a specific player, then pay up for him unless you see a possibility of that player coming back to you. That possibility can be based on player ADP, site rankings, and the trends of those drafting around you if you are familiar with the other players in your league.
Meanwhile, I have my #2 Wide Receiver AND my #5 Running Back to start my draft. I AM THRILLED! Dang it, it’s a mock.
3.01 – Stefon Diggs (WR) – @Full10Yards, 3.02 – Larry Fitzgerald (WR) – @BrianDFF, 3.03 – Doug Baldwin (WR) – @FFStompy, 3.04 – Tyreek Hill (WR) – @NFLDiMatteo, 3.05 – Travis Kelce (TE) – @thekaceykasem, 3.06 – Adam Thielen (WR) – @fignutsdfs, 3.07 – Alex Collins (RB) – @FFPeeblesChamp, 3.08 – Amari Cooper (WR) – @TopShelfDFF, 3.09 – TY Hilton (WR) – @FFProfessorST3,
3.10 – Royce Freeman (RB) – @FFA_Marc
When I made this pick, Vance Joseph hadn’t come out with his “Devontae Booker is the starter” news. Thankfully, they have come to their senses because I’ve taken Royce Freeman in the third round in more than one draft. Through injury, performance, and circumstance Royce Freeman is now the second best Running Back out of this year’s rookie class. He will have a lot of opportunity and has shown that he has the ability to perform well. Looking at the other running backs that went shortly after my pick, I am thrilled that I have the best of all of them.
3.11 – Kenyan Drake (RB) – @MurphyFFT, 3.12 – Jerrick McKinnon (RB) – @HumanStatSheet
4.01 – Derrick Henry (RB) – @HumanStatSheet, 4.02 – DeMaryius Thomas (WR) – @MurphyFFT,
4.03 – Jarvis Landry (WR) – @FFA_Marc
I am sad that I had to take him in the fourth round when a few weeks ago I could get him in the 6th round. Actually, I’m not sad at all. According to my rankings, Jarvis Landry is the #10 WR for the season. OBJ and Landry is a solid 1-2 punch. I could just plop those two players into the Wide Receiver slots and never change them, except on bye weeks.
After seeing the picks that went off the board before my next pick, I am glad that I reached a little. He wasn’t getting back to me.
4.04 – LeSean McCoy (RB) – @FFProfessorST3, 4.05 – Jay Ajayi (RB) – @TopShelfDFF, 4.06 – Allen Robinson (WR) – @FFPeeblesChamp, 4.07 – Zach Ertz (TE) – @fignutsdfs, 4.08 – Golden Tate (WR) – @thekaceykasem, 4.09 – Marvin Jones (WR) – @NFLDiMatteo, 4.10 – Lamar Miller (RB) – @FFStompy, 3.04, 4.11 – Juju Smith-Schuster (WR) – @BrianDFF, 4.12 – Mark Ingram (RB) – @Full10Yards
5.01 – Aaron Rodgers (QB) – @Full10Yards, 5.02 – Rex Burkhead (RB) – @BrianDFF, 5.03 – Josh Gordon (WR) – @FFStompy, 3.04, 5.04 – Dion Lewis (RB) – @NFLDiMatteo, 5.05 – Marshawn Lynch (RB) – @thekaceykasem, 5.06 – Chris Hogan (WR) – @fignutsdfs, 5.07 – Corey Davis (WR) – @FFPeeblesChamp, 5.08 – Brandin Cooks (WR) – @TopShelfDFF, 5.09 – Kerryon Johnson (RB) – @FFProfessorST3,
5.10 – Carlos Hyde (RB) – @FFA_Marc
I’ve stuck to my guns this entire preseason. I knew that Carlos Hyde was going to have a huge role in the Browns run game. Chubb will spell him every now and then. Duke Johnson will get some pass down work. But don’t forget, Carlos Hyde had the fifth most passing targets for running backs. He knows how to get the job done in the passing game, so the Browns won’t need to throw Duke in for every third down. He’s done very well in the preseason. My only concern is injuries. But for my flex spot, I’ll take that risk.
5.11 – Marquise Goodwin (WR) – @MurphyFFT, 5.12 – Duke Johnson (RB) – @HumanStatSheet
What do you think of the draft so far? Send me a tweet @FFA_Marc. I love to interact with people about this wonderful game!
This article will be updated as the draft moves along.