Fresh off celebrating championships and crying over losses in the playoffs, what is a dynasty fantasy football player to do? Time to dive into the 2018 rookie class and think about trading assets for those coveted draft picks. Rookie fever takes over our attention even as real football is still being played. What better way to get away from the relentless media coverage of how great the Patriots are is there than doing a mock draft with the writers and staff here at DHH? After a start in which our hashtag was highjacked- the draft rolled on and the rookies were drafted fast and furious.
The mock drafters in order of their picks:
1 – Doug Eddy @DaFantasyFather The host of the DHH Podcast as well as Trophy Time Podcast
2 – Jason Thomas @DHH_Skinman Former Rotowire and current contributor to DHH Fantasy Podcast
3 – Gabe Geering @grabbagfantasy Host of Fake Pigskin Open Bar, DHH writer, aspiring rapper
4 – Tim Torch @TimNFL Host of Scouting Report on DHH Podcast, contributor at UTH and RBScout
5. Tyler Guenthner @DHH_Tyler Founder & Co-host of DHH Podcast and zonecoverage.com writer
6. Dwight Peebles @DHHPeeblesChamp Writer at DHH specifically IDP and this article you are reading
7. Corey Cameron @DHH_Cameron Writer at DHH covering Dynasty, Team Previews, and rankings
8. Robby Jeffries @RobbyJeffries Writer at DHH writing a series of Off-Season Outlooks for all teams
9. Cody Kutzer @CKutzer Writer at DHH and contributor for The Fantasy Authority as well
10. Chris Svoboda @TheSvobodaDHH Writer at DHH and Dynasty football junkie
11. Clint Followell @DHH_Pastor Senior media and ranker for DHH and writer for fakepigskin.com
12. Jacob Buettner @FFSkiBum Writer at DHH, specialty writing about running backs and rookie RBs
1.01 Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State Nittany Lions
Consensus #1 pick, a can’t miss prospect with power, speed, and big play ability that can catch the ball out of the backfield as well. He also returned several kicks for touchdowns and had tremendous production despite being keyed in on by every defense he faced.
1.02 Derrius Guice, RB LSU Tigers
Derrius is a powerful back that is extremely difficult to tackle with tremendous vision and decisive as well. Averaged 6.5 yards a carry in three years at LSU, two years as feature back, plus limited offensive game plans lowered his ceiling at the NCAA level.
1.03 Courtland Sutton, WR SMU Mustangs
Putting up a slightly ‘disappointing’ 1,085 yards in 2017 and scoring 12 TDs while being focused on by defensive backs, Courtland possesses great size and body control which will allow him to succeed at the NFL level. Sutton will be a productive WR1 in the NFL.
1.04 Nick Chubb, RB Georgia Bulldogs
Chubb was projected to be a game changing running back and #1 pick before tearing his ACL in 2015, and hasn’t regained the explosiveness displayed early in career. Chubb displayed power and tough running ability in 2017 while splitting carries in a talented backfield. He is an immensely talented back with the potential to be special.
1.05 James Washington, WR Oklahoma State Cowboys
Deceptively tall and fast, Washington produced huge numbers and impressive yards per catch average- 1,549 yards, 13 TDs, and 20.9 average yards per catch. Washington has been impressive in the Senior Bowl activities, owning practices and schooling defensive backs at will.
1.06 Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama Crimson Tide
Ridley was a playmaker as a three year starter, facing elite talent and posting solid numbers that were held back by a run-first offense. Ridley has phenomenal route running skill, outstanding run after the catch ability, and will be prepared to play in the NFL from the first snap.
1.07 Sony Michel, RB Georgia Bulldogs
A ‘backup’ RB to Nick Chubb at Georgia, Sony has greatly improved his draft stock in the past month. Sony posted a 7.9 yards per carry average while scoring 16 touchdowns in 2017, and then torched Oklahoma for 222 yards in the CFP semifinal game. Sony is fast and deceptive and will be a force catching the ball out of the backfield at the NFL level.
1.08 Ronald Jones II, USC Trojans
A highly productive RB for USC, Jones put up 1,737 yards and 20 total TDs, displaying home run threat every time he touched the ball. Jones is quick, has great balance, and has slowly crept into discussions of being a first round pick with an impressive 2017.
1.09 Auden Tate, WR Florida State Seminoles
Tate scored 10 TDs in 2017 on 40 catches, his numbers hampered by uneven Seminole QB play. Tate impressed in the Independence Bowl by scoring 3 TDs and displaying what will get him drafted on day 2 - height, strong hands, and incredible toughness that allows him to wrestle tough catches away from DBs.
1.10 Rashaad Penny, RB San Diego State Aztecs
2017 was his first year as a full time starter and Penny rushed for 2,248 yards and 23 TDs and has prototypical size to be a three down starter in the NFL. A decisive runner that can break tackles, Penny has a second gear that makes him a threat to score on every play.
1.11 Equanimeous St. Brown, WR Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Equanimeous did not get many chances in 2017 to display the traits that make him one of the top prospects in college football. Tall, fast, strong, difficult to tackle, and a great route runner- 2017 hurt his draft stock but one NFL team will draft this future WR1.
1.12 Royce Freeman, RB Oregon Ducks
Freeman led Oregon in rushing four years and displayed a great knack to get in the end zone, scoring 64 TDs in four seasons. Royce is patient and a phenomenal one-cut runner that was one of the top RBs in generating yards after contact at the collegiate level.
2.01 Kalen Ballage, RB Arizona State Sun Devils
Ballage is rising up draft boards again, killing it at Senior Bowl activities, Ballage displayed electric big-play ability and possesses a rare size/speed combination but has been plagued by inconsistent play in his career thus far.
2.02 Christian Kirk, WR Texas A&M Aggies
Projected to be a dangerous slot receiver in the NFL, Kirk has drawn comparisons to TY Hilton with his ability to create space and make plays. Kirk doesn’t break tackles often but a team that can utilize his skill set will have a productive NFL player.
2.03 Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR Indiana Hoosiers
Simmie possesses prototypical WR1 size, 6’4” and 220 lbs, and will be a red zone target at the next level. Simmie did not get the chance at Indiana to fully display his ability to be dominant and make plays with ball-tracking and good hands.
2.04 Mark Andrews, TE Oklahoma Sooners
Andrews is considered by many to be the top TE in the 2018 class, Mark was a productive pass catcher for Baker Mayfield and projects to fit that mold in the NFL. Great size for a TE and a reliable target.
2.05 Anthony Miller, WR Memphis Tigers
Uber productive in 2016 and 2017, posting 1,400 plus yards each season and 33 TDs combined, Miller wasn’t as well known on the national level but displayed big-play ability as a smaller slot-type receiver and plays with a fierce tenacity.
2.06 Michael Gallup, WR Colorado State Rams
Gallup made big play after big play at the college level- but also displayed great route running and ability to play at every level of the field. Gallup has elements in his skill set that remind me of Allen Robinson and has similar stature as well.
2.07 Kerryon Johnson, RB Auburn Tigers
In the few mocks I have seen, Kerryon has went as high as 1.06- at Auburn he was productive by seeking contact and gaining tough yards against some top collegiate defenses. He is an upright runner but displays great patience and is decisive when the hole in the line opens.
2.08 Josh Rosen, QB UCLA Bruins
Widely regarded as the top QB of the class for several years, Rosen possesses the size and intelligence it will take to succeed in the NFL. He throws with great touch and accuracy, and his development in college should transition well to the pro game.
2.09 Akrum Wadley, RB Iowa Hawkeyes
Another polarizing prospect in a deep RB class, Wadley displays cutting ability and shiftiness in the open field that makes the scouts drool. He displayed patience and ability to run inside at Iowa, but his game likely translates to a third down role with a few carries sprinkled in the first two downs.
2.10 D.J. Moore, WR Maryland Terrapins
D.J. had a productive 2017 despite an offense that had few options, he will find success on an offense that will trust his quickness and ability to create separation on routes. He should be a productive WR2 that can work out of the slot or outside in a Z receiver role.
2.11 Deon Cain, WR Clemson Tigers
Cain was poised to take a bigger role in 2017 but it didn’t pan out for him. Cain is a speedy receiver with a quick first step and reaches full speed quickly. Cain doesn’t have a huge repertoire of routes and will need to work to avoid being only a deep threat.
2.12 Josh Adams, RB Notre Dame Fighting Irish
An upright runner with impressive one-cut running ability, Josh enjoyed a productive junior season that put him into the RB draft conversation. He doesn’t possess any overly impressive traits but does several things good enough to be a solid RB on the NFL level.
3.01 Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville Cardinals
Very productive running and passing at the college level, the 2016 Heisman Winner will have a learning curve but possesses tools to be a successful QB in the NFL.
3.02 Richie James, WR Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
Wildly productive in college, James has the size and skill set to be a dangerous slot receiver in the NFL, a name to watch in the combine and draft process
3.03 John Kelly, RB Tennessee Volunteers
A running back with previous off field issues, John has tremendous balance and elusiveness that never got a chance as a full time back at the college level.
3.04 Bo Scarborough, RB Alabama Crimson Tide
Bo never was healthy enough to get an extended look, but when on the field he found holes in the line well, also a punishing runner that was a terror in the open field.
3.05 Mike Gesicki, TE Penn State Nittany Lions
Gesicki did not establish himself as a blocking TE at Happy Valley, instead using deceptive speed and height accompanied by long arm to be a matchup nightmare.
3.06 Dallas Goedert, TE South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Dallas established himself as a blocker and a receiving threat as a Jackrabbit, attacking defenses with a nasty streak and ability to locate holes in the defense
3.07 Marcell Ateman, WR Oklahoma State Cowboys
Productive as the WR2 in a high powered attack, Ateman established himself by running great routes and becoming a reliable red zone target in Stillwater.
3.08 Martez Carter, RB Grambling State Tigers
A compact and strong RB from a smaller school, Martez gained draft buzz with big play ability in the running, passing, and special teams phases of the game.
3.09 Allen Lazard, WR Iowa State Cyclones
A huge receiver, Lazard will create a mismatch wherever he is lined up in the NFL- the big knock is lack of speed and learning the nuances of being a WR1 at the highest level.
3.10 Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma Sooners
Baker Mayfield owned 2017 and greatly improved his draft stock- a winner that plays the game with unparalleled intensity, solid QB tools overall. Mayfield throws to all levels of the field confidently and is a natural leader.
3.11 Chase Edmonds, RB Fordham Rams
Profoundly productive at Fordham in his first three seasons, Chase has speed and top notch change of direction skills, a hard worker that has become an interesting prospect.
3.12 Mark Walton, RB Miami Hurricanes
Walton was one of the top backs in the ACC as far as missed tackles and yards after contact, he uses speed and agility to make up for lack of size. Good value at this pick.
4.01 Dante Pettis, WR Washington Huskies
Great route runner, footwork, and hands- could be steal of the draft here at 4.01
4.02 Deontay Burnett, WR USC Trojans
Reliable receiver and good at many things, lacks any elite traits- simply catches passes
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4.03 Justin Jackson, RB Northwestern Wildcats
Four year bellcow, possesses elite elusiveness and has good all around RB abilities including blocking
4.04 Chris Warren, RB Texas Longhorns
Huge RB (6’2”, 255), played more of a fullback role and even some snaps at TE
4.05 DaeSean Hamilton, WR Penn State Nittany Lions
Senior Bowl week standout- reliable four year starter at PSU with good skill set and overall polish
4.06 Sam Darnold, QB USC Trojans
Solid prototypical QB prospect that had a down 2017, good overall QB skill set and pro-ready
4.07 Tre’Quan Smith, WR Univ. of Central Florida Knights
Upside prospect- good athlete with speed and ability to stretch the field, great timing
4.08 Adam Breneman, TE Univ. of Massachusetts Minutemen
Intelligent football player, great size and use of mismatches- catches everything thrown at him
4.09 Antonio Callaway, WR Florida Gators
Off field issues may cause fall in draft- creates separation easily and big play threat with speed
4.10 Jaleel Scott, WR New Mexico State Aggies
Tall and lean, great jumper that has soft hands and good vision- tracks deep ball well
4.11 Jaylen Samuels, RB/TE NC State Wolfpack
Turning heads in Senior Bowl week, thick frame, a role in the NFL for his unique game
4.12 Detrez Newsome, RB Western Carolina CatamountsHugely productive in FCS, ideal size and skill set to succeed in the NFL- dark horse RB1 candidate