With the injuries to Derrius Guice and Rashaad Penny, along with negative training camp reports for guys like Ronald Jones, I was wondering what current-day rookie drafts would look like. I called upon my DHH brethren and with the help of a couple other guys, put together a late-season rookie mock. For the full Twitter thread, check this out. This was a non-superflex mock, as the quarterbacks would take over and wouldn’t give us a true sense of values. I’m going to lay out the results here, with some commentary on a handful of the picks. Let’s get to it!


1. Saquon

13. Christian Kirk

25. Josh Adams

37.Mason Rudolph


2. Royce Freeman

14. Courtland Sutton

26. Josh Allen

38. Akrum Wadley


3. Derrius Guice

15. Dante Pettis

27. Jordan Wilkins

39. Jaylen Samuels


4. Rashaad Penny

16. Michael Gallup

28. Antonio Callaway

40. Equanimeous St.Brown


5. Nick Chubb

17. Tre’Quan Smith

29. D.J. Chark

41. Ito Smith


6. D.J. Moore

18. Kallen Ballage

30. John Kelly

42. Troy Fumagalli


7. Kerryon Johnson

19. Baker Mayfield

31. Chase Edmonds

43. Ryan Nall


8. Anthony Miller

20. Mike Gesicki

32. Marquez Valdez-Scantling

44. Kyle Lauletta


9. Sony Michel

21. Josh Rosen

33. DaeSean Hamilton

45. Roc Thomas


10. Calvin Ridley

22. Dallas Goedert

34. Justin Watson

46. Auden Tate


11. Ronald Jones

23. Sam Darnold

35. Hayden Hurst

47. Nyheim Hines


12. James Washington

24. Lamar Jackson

36. Bo Scarbrough

48. Richie James

Round One

This is where I expected the most shakeups, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

Moving Up - Royce Freeman. Starting off after the locked-in number one pick, Aaron Yakel went with Royce Freeman. According to the most recent DLF Rookie ADP, Freeman went as late as pick 12. 

Falling Down - Ronald Jones, who was a divisive prospect to begin with, fell to pick 11.

My pick - Nick Chubb. I was pumped to see Chubb slip to 1.05, considering I would have taken him at 1.02 or 1.03. It wasn’t that long ago that Chubb was the next premiere running back prospect that everyone was drooling over. Hyde is simply a placeholder and Chubb will be the guy there by next season.

Favorite Pick - Anthony Miller. Miller was my WR1 before the draft, so I love seeing him flying up draft boards.

Round Two

The names we see in the second round of the #TrainingCampMock look pretty similar to May/June drafts with a couple risers and fallers.

Moving Up - Tre’Quan Smith. In our one-sample-size mock, Smith went at pick 17 but has a DLF ADP of 23.1 and went as low as pick 31. 

Falling Down - Nyheim Hines. There weren’t many names that were different between this Twitter mock and DLF data, so I’m picking a guy that doesn’t show up until Round Four of our draft. Hines was gaining a lot of hype and rocketing up rookie draft boards during the offseason - That is until we actually saw him on the field, plagued by fumbles.

My pick - Tre’Quan Smith. This was a pretty simple pick for me. A top-100 NFL pick tied to Drew Brees with whispers of becoming the number two receiver. Good enough for me.

Favorite Pick - Baker Mayfield. I’m a Steeler fan who loves Mayfield and I don’t care who knows it! I debated on taking Mayfield over Smith but ultimately went with the receiver.

Round Three

There’s definitely some value to be had here in the third round, where it was looking pretty gross just a few months ago.

Moving Up - Justin Watson. Whew. According to May ADP, Watson was sitting at 46.40, and Salami Sam (@SmallSkoolJewel) snagged him at 34. Watson’s athletic and production profiles do indeed point to the possibility of him being a small school jewel, but I don’t think we see that this year.

Falling Down - Antonio Callaway. Looking at DLF’s data this is the general range where Callaway was going in May, but I expected to see him taken in the second round. Twitter was abound with Callaway-stock-up tweets once Corey Coleman sent off to Buffalo for a bag of crushed M&Ms.

My Pick - D.J. Chark. Marqise Lee landing on injured reserve certainly helps Chark move up the depth chart, but his size/speed profile also helps to separate him from the pack. 

Favorite Pick - Give me John Kelly or give me death. There’s a couple names I like here, but I’ve been a Kelly fanboy since the pre-draft process. I realize his value is nil outside of a Gurley injury, but I’ll stand by my dude.

Round Four 

Ah. Here’s the grossness I was expecting to see in the previous round. Let’s dig in.

Moving Up - Roc Thomas. Considering he doesn’t even have a DLF ADP, he only had one way to go. He’s flashed during the preseason, and maybe Latavius Murray won’t be in Minnesota next year.

Falling Down - Equanimeous St. Brown. This guy was ranked WR1 on some boards. Yiiiikes.

My Pick - Ito Smith. Tevin Coleman won’t be in Atlanta next year and Ito Smith will slide right into Coleman’s role.

Favorite Pick - Richie James. If you want to watch some fun college tape, put on Richie James. Trent Taylor is fine, but James offers more upside in the same role.

The Next Guys Up

Going off this list, I’d be looking at Trey Quinn, Ian Thomas, Phillip Lindsay, and Keke Coutee.

That’ll do it! Make sure you check out the full Twitter thread for this mock and give all of the guys involved a follow. Drop a comment below and tell us where we inevitably screwed up and which picks you absolutely hate!