Dynasty Dudes 2 Round Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft
Happy Friday Dudes. The inaugural rookie draft is 2 weeks away, so I figured it would be fun to do a mock draft for our league. After 2 rounds the talent gets a little murky, so this article will focus heavily on round 1 followed by a bonus rapid-fire round 2. I hope you enjoy.
Rd 1 Pick 1 (mhayes4985) via Gaugrim:
Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
This pick is a no-brainer. The Oakland Raiders selected Jacobs with the 24th overall pick last April, and he was widely regarded to be the best RB in the draft. It’s no secret rookie RBs have the best value in re-draft leagues, given the guaranteed touches and simplicity of the position (relative to other skill positions). He’s also a good value in dynasty for a team built to win now. Jacobs has good size, speed, and can catch the ball well. He also is a hell of a blocker so the path to 3 down work is imminent. While the wildcat offense has been virtually wiped out of the NFL, he can also run that to near perfection if the Raiders want to be diverse for a few plays a game. Coming from Alabama, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden thought highly enough to take the former Crimson Tide back in the 1st, so I feel confident in selecting him #1 overall.
Rd 1 Pick 2 (mhayes4985) via Slabofbeefstick:
David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
I go back and forth with this pick every day. Literally. Do I select for need, or go with BPA? In this draft class, there is no clear-cut sure-fire hall of famer (Saquon Barkley), so setting a need-based strategy for the rookie draft is a viable way to go. If you need a certain position, and you like the guy, screw ADP and go grab him. In this case, I went the safe route and BPA. Montgomery landed in arguably the best landing spot a RB could hope for and the Bears obviously coveted him in the 3rd round by giving up multiple draft picks to select the former Cyclone. Per PFF, he is the only player ever to break 100 tackles in a season, and he did that twice. Montgomery is a capable pass catcher and like Jacobs, can stand in and pass block with the best of them. Bears HC Matt Nagy compared him to Kareem Hunt, and if he’s that good for at least a couple years he’s well worth pick #2.
Rd 1 Pick 3 (CowboyUp):
Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Like I said in my initial Power Rankings a few weeks back, Jon is pretty much boned if Damien Williams doesn’t pan out. This is a pick of need, and while Sanders wasn’t the favorite RB of many experts before the NFL draft, he gets a huge bump due to landing spot. The Eagles don’t have a true #1 back. They do, however, host a bunch of guys that could end up being fantasy relevant. They traded a late round pick for Jordan Howard and still employ Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams. I doubt they bring back Darren Sproles, but that is also still an option. That is a recipe for disaster in terms of fantasy. The case for Sanders is simple- They didn’t need to bring in another RB, but they spent a fairly high pick on one. Sanders is a quick and elusive back with the ability to play a 3 down role. You just have to hope and pray the Eagles give him that chance.
Rd 1 pick 4 (Jpease86):
N’Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots
Harry wasn’t the first WR off the board, but he did land in a great spot. Landing spot for a rookie is key if you haven’t noticed. Rookie WRs also have the best dynasty value because of their longevity. Harry wasn’t my favorite WR, but getting to play with Tom Brady for at least a couple years is definitely not a bad thing. He’ll have the opportunity to become a fantasy starter right away and has WR2 upside as a rookie. He has decent hands, can create yards after the catch, and can win against smaller DBs on contested catches. The question is Brady. You can’t look at 2018 and say the greatest of all time did not regress. Was it the talent surrounding him, or was age becoming a big factor? I say all this while the guy won his 6th championship at age 41.
Rd 1 Pick 5 (Babsmack):
TJ Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions
Babs could also use a WR, but ultimately I predicted the best TE in the class here. Beyond the top 3 TE for fantasy in the NFL right now, it’s a bit of a shit show. Hockenson is the most complete TE to come out of the draft in years and has a clear path to playing time. Detroit signed Jesse James from the Steelers this offseason, but he’s nothing more than a depth option now. TJ has a shot to be a TE1 in his first year, and could easily be top 5 down the line. The concern for year one is this- Per FantasyPros, 70 TE have been drafted in the top 6 rounds of the NFL draft in the past 6 seasons. Only 1 finished as a top 12 TE in his rookie year. That was Evan Engram, who was aided by the injuries of Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall in 2017. This is a pick for the future.
Rd 1 Pick 6 (BElliott4):
Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts
BElliott needs an infusion of young WR, so here he gets arguably the best option for fantasy. I absolutely love this pick for the Colts, and he was one of, if not my favorite WR going into the draft. In Indy, he’ll have the opportunity to carve out a substantial role within a year or two. The problem for this year is the Colts have a bunch of weapons on offense. TY Hilton, Eric Ebron, Devin Funchess, Jack Doyle, Marlon Mack, and Nyheim Hines. Campbell will have an immediate impact, but it might only be for a couple weeks this season, so good luck predicting when they will come. Campbell is an electric talent with good hands and 4.3 speed. He can take a crossing pattern to the house with relative ease and can be a WR1 early on in his career with Luck tossing him the Duke.
Rd 1 Pick 7 (Slabofbeefstick) via mhayes4985:
Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Co-commish lucks out and gets the best QB in the draft at #7. Dynasty fantasy experts implore you to wait on a QB in the rookie draft. It’s generally not the best idea to select one in the first round, not unlike re-draft leagues. But this guy could be special. He has the upside to be a top 5 fantasy QB within a year. I love the way he throws the deep ball, and he has the elusiveness and quickness of a top flight RB. He is also pretty accurate, although when I watched him in the college football playoff against Alabama, he looked timid and overthrew a bunch of receivers. That was against a top 2 defense in the country, so I don’t put too much stock into it. He also had a much better 2nd half in that game and did redeem himself despite not being able to pull off the win. What concerns me is he had the best offensive line in football, with 4 out of his 5 starting O lineman being drafted this year. His 5th lineman will likely be a first rounder next year. Going to the Cardinals, who ranked dead last in offensive line efficiency last year, could be a death knell for the 5’10 Murray. Luckily he has that elusive mobility. With pick #7, he’s well worth the risk.
Rd 1 Pick 8 (KeenJ):
Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Best case scenario for KeenJ is Miles Sanders falls to pick 8. He needs a RB. He currently fields Joe Mixon, Tarik Cohen, Adrian Peterson, and the backup RB to David Johnson in Chase Edmonds. Only one of those 4 is a starter. Only 2 will have legit value week to week. Adrian Peterson could once again lead the Washington backfield, but I don’t feel that’s anything more than a 50/50 shot. That’s being very generous. While there are more options at WR and TE that would possibly be better value, the need is way too strong. The Rams traded up to take Henderson in the 3rd round. That doesn’t sound too great for Todd Gurley in 2019. I still think Gurley will be starting and have a great season, but there’s a chance he’s not ready for the season or the knee flares up for him during the year. In which case Henderson would immediately be a elite RB2 with back end RB1 upside. The former Memphis standout averaged 8.2 (Eight point fuckin’ 2!) yards per carry in college and was the most explosive back in the draft.
Rd 1 Pick 9 (konnorkiley):
DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Konnor lucks out and lands an elite prospect at #9. Metcalf landed in a great spot with a future hall of famer in Russell Wilson. Metcalf was far from my favorite WR in the draft, as he is extremely raw and drops very catchable balls. But the measurables are there. The speed is there. The body of an Adonis is there. So all that coupled with Russell Wilson should make Metcalf a star. Should. If he puts it all together Metcalf has WR1 potential down the road. Although that road could be 3 years from now. In my personal opinion I just don’t see it. But I also liked Cordarelle Patterson more than DeAndre Hopkins coming out of the draft in 2013, so what the fuck do I know.
Rd 1 Pick 10 (Sandman87) via JAK0492:
Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
The first of Sandman’s back to back picks is almost a no brainer. It’s well documented that Sandman took the Tyreek Hill risk, so here he gets the Chiefs backup plan at WR. Hardman is unproven and needs to work on much of his game. But his intangibles are what made the Chiefs move up to select him in the 2nd round. He’s got elite open field explosiveness and has some similarities to the aforementioned Hill. The knock on him is he wasn’t expected to be more than a day 3 (rd 4-7) pick by many experts as he is extremely raw. But the Chiefs praised his speed and will be given every opportunity in the league’s best offense to succeed. High upside pick/handcuff here.
Rd 1 Pick 11 (Sandman87):
Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos
Sanders could double down on WR, but I believe Fant is a good value here and serves as a bit of a need for this Battery team. I loved the OJ Howard pick in the vet draft, but he’s been hurt by injuries the last 2 years down the stretch. Sanders gets his insurance policy here, who could turn out to be much more than that. I don’t put too much stock into Joe Flacco loving tight ends, because I expect Drew Lock to start at some point this season. However Lock ALSO loves his tight ends, and they seem to be becoming pretty good friends. Fant ran a 4.5 40 at the combine (Blazing for his position), and has already impressed in mini camp. Think of him as an Evan Engram type who could be a top 5 tight end for years to come.
Rd 1 Pick 12 (KeenN):
AJ Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans
KeenN gets another exciting young receiver to pair with DJ Moore and Calvin Ridley in AJ Brown at #12. Widely regarded as the best WR in this years class, he gets a huge bump down being a Titan. Brown is one of the most polished receivers as a rookie, and many compared him to Juju Smith Schuster before the draft. He is a monster after the catch and was highly productive at Ole Miss. Something his counterpart (DK Metcalf) was not. I believe his upside is capped with Mariota, but he’ll have some relevance this season. When Mariota is inevitably replaced, the hope is a new QB can unlock his enormous potential.
RAPID FIRE RD 2
Pick 13 (KeenN): Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick 14 (Sandman87): Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Pick 15 (Sandman87) via JAK0492: Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
Pick 16 (konnorkiley): Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Pick 17 (KeenJ): Hakeem Butler, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Pick 18 (jpease86): Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick 19 (BElliott4): JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Pick 20 (Babsmack): Andy Isabella, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Pick 21 (jpease86) via mhayes4985: Jace Sternberger, TE, Green Bay Packers
Pick 22 (CowboyUp): Irv Smith Jr., TE, Minnesota Vikings
Pick 23 (Slabofbeefstick): Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills
Pick 24 (Gaugrim): Justice Hill, RB, Baltimore Ravens
I understand the rookie draft will go in a completely different direction, but I wanted to have some fun and I really hope you enjoyed this. Stay tuned to Dynasty-Dudes.com and the sleeper app for more content coming your way soon.
Your loving Co-Commish