What a crazy draft, especially with everything that happened in the first round. If you had the Chicago Bears trading up one spot (and selling the farm to do so) to nab Mitchell Trubisky, then you certainly win the highest praise for pre-draft predictions. I was just happy the Cleveland Browns didn’t mess up the first overall pick. Well done, Cleveland!
I know I’m not alone when I say this, but once the NFL draft is over, I just want to do a mock draft. It’s always interesting to see what the draft has done to Average Draft Positions (ADPs). Honestly, I can’t wait another second. Let’s get into it!
Note: We were given the fourth draft slot. This mock draft includes 12-teams and is ½ point per reception (0.5 PPR) with 4 points for throwing touchdowns scoring format. The positions are QB (1), WR (2), RB (2), TE (1), WR/TE/RB flex (1), and six bench spots. Yes, kicker and defense are included as well, but we won’t get into that today.
Round 1 (Pick 4): WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Notes: After the big three running backs are off the board, you have to go with Mr. Consistent himself. Ezekiel Elliot went first, but it is essentially a toss-up between him, David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell for the top selection. I personally would go with David Johnson, especially with Coach Bruce Arians commenting about him handling 30 touches a game this year (yes please!).
Round 2 (Pick 21): TE Rob Gronkowski, New England
Notes: Eleven running backs are already off the board (including Leonard Fournette). I was deciding between Gronkowski, Carlos Hyde and DeAndre Hopkins here. Ultimately, I went with the player who (if he stays healthy) can be a weekly difference maker at their position (he was drafted in the first round in the majority of fantasy leagues last year).
Round 3 (Pick 28): RB C.J. Anderson, Denver
Notes: I consider Anderson one of the biggest winners of the NFL draft, as Denver bolstered its line and did not draft a stud at the position. However, my stance on this pick may change if Jamaal Charles signs with the Broncos.
EDIT: Jamaal Charles signed a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Broncos Tuesday afternoon. It is a team friendly deal, as $2.75 million of that money is strictly incentive based. I still like Anderson, but think I may have gone with Lamar Miller instead here (this mock draft was completed Tuesday morning, before the news of the Charles signing).
Round 4 (Pick 45): RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay
Notes: Call me crazy, but I think “Fat Eddie” still has a lot left in the tank. Yes, C.J. Prosise will have a role, but Lacy still has workhorse appeal. Isaiah Crowell was considered here (Green Bay really bolstered its offensive line this offseason), but Lacy is on the better offense and has more upside. Also, Christian McCaffrey was selected with the 11th pick in the third round.
Round 5 (Pick 52): WR Jarvis Landry, Miami
Notes: You don’t jump around screaming when you draft Landry, but you are happy to have him once it’s all said and done. There was a quarterback run between our fourth and fifth picks. Dalvin Cook went two spots later (Pick 54). Not sure if that’s too soon or too late as of now …
Round 6 (Pick 69): RB Ty Montgomery, Green Bay
Notes: This one was tricky, as I had a hard time deciding between Montgomery and Eric Decker. The uncertainty with the New York Jets led me to go with Montgomery, as I still believe he holds off the rookies for the better half of the year. Even if one of the rookies carves out a role (don’t just assume it will be Jamaal Williams, as Aaron Jones is no slouch.), Montgomery will have a nice piece of this explosive offense.
Round 7 (Pick 76): RB Ameer Abdullah, Detroit
Notes: Yeah, I’m buying in this year. The coaching staff continues to state he is the starter, although you know Theo Riddick will get his touches. I debated between Abdullah and Martavis Bryant, but thought that Bryant had the better chance of coming back to me next round. That wasn’t the case …