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Dynasty Nerds Staff Post-NFL Draft Rookie Mock Draft

I asked my fellow writers here at Dynasty Nerds to help me come up with a rookie mock draft, and the results are posted below. Beside each player’s name, the writer who made the selection gave his reason why with a little bit of information about that player. In order to compare and contrast draft picks pre- and post-NFL draft, view our selections from the first rookie mock draft here.

 

Round 1

1.01 – Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

“Barkley is still the Defacto number one pick. He’s the best talent in this class. While the NYG isn’t TB like we all had hoped for, he’s going to do just fine with the Giants. The additions of Solder and Hernandez help sure up some of the worries I had with their offensive line. Don’t over think it.” – Brendan Moar, @More_Dynasty

 

1.02 – Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins

“Guice is still super talented and a day 2 pick. Guice should take over as the lead back, and the only real competition should be Thompson for 3rd down work.” – Jon Glosser, @Glosser13

 

1.03 – Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

“Penny led the nation with 2.248 yards while running for an impressive 7.0 YPC. He also led the nation in forced missed tackles showing just how elusive he is. Ran a 4.46 at the combine, showing a good size/speed athlete. He lands on a wide open depth chart in Seattle, but Penny figures to get a majority of the touches. Offers 3-down potential, flashing while catching 40 career receptions. Seattle’s offensive will finish toward the bottom, but based on volume, Penny should provide owners with an early return on investment.” – Josh Robbins, @JoshRob_dynasty

 

1.04 – Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots

“Since the Belichick era began in 2000, the Pats have only drafted an RB in the first round once. After drafting Michel with the 31st overall pick, he is set for a substantial role in one of the league’s best offenses. Michel can do it all out of the backfield, but with James White and Rex Burkhead already in-house, he shouldn’t be viewed as a three-down back this season.” – Matthew Betz, @TheFantasyPT

 

1.05 – Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“Great landing spot. I was a believer in the potential all year I just needed to see where he landed and in Tampa, I don’t think he will ever face a stacked box! This is a solid spot to take him in my opinion.” – Brett Librock, @DynastyBrett

 

1.06 – Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

– Rich Dotson, @DynastyRich

 

1.07 – J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

“This pick seems so chalk to me. I could have gone with Freeman, but I just love the upside from DJ Moore. He was a beast at the combine and began to absolutely shoot up draft boards. Whether it was the analytics community or the tape community, both can agree that DJ Moore is the WR1. He was the first WR drafted and will likely be the man in Carolina if not this year, he definitely will be the following year. Draft him with confidence and could even go a few picks higher in my opinion. He’s ready to show off his explosive talent and you won’t want to not have a piece of that.” – Jordan Richards, @ChaBoyJRich

 

1.08  Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos

– Derek Bressler, @dynastyderekb

 

1.09 – Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

“At this point in the draft, I’ll take the RB who will likely be seeing a dominant share of snaps in his backfield in a pretty good offense. Given the draft capital, Detroit invested, I’m confident he can be a feature back for them.” – Jon Diment, @DynastyJon

 

1.10 – Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

“I was able to get my #1 WR at the 1.10 pick, and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t see him being an instant starter but he can learn behind a guy that he reminds me of in DT and in a year or two take over for him.” – Matt O’Hara, @DynastyMatt

 

1.11 – James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

– Joseph Krombos, @KrombosJ

 

1.12 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

“I love getting Ridley in this spot. I took him at 1.08 in the pre-draft mock but mentioned that I would likely try to trade back. I love his landing spot and it is a great place for him to learn behind one of the best in the game and a fellow Alabama alum. He should come out of the gates as a WR4, and I’d expect many years of WR3 production with the occasional Top-24 finish.” – Brandon Pinney, @BrandonPinneyFF

 

Round 2

2.01 – Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

“Kirk landing in Arizona presents a nice opportunity for someone with his playmaking skills. Larry Fitzgerald is likely on his last legs, with that and little other production from the rest of Arizona’s wideouts it presents a huge chance for Kirk to get targets early and often. Add in two QBs like Bradford and Rosen who are known for their short-mid range accuracy this looks like a perfect place for Kirk.” Brendan Moar, @More_Dynasty

 

2.02 – Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

“Gallup has an immediate chance to play in Dallas with the departure of Dez. Gallup could be among the most productive of rookie WRs in this draft.” – Jon Glosser, @Glosser13

 

2.03 – Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

“Miller began his career as a walk-on but ended up amassing a 191REC/2896YARD/32TD line over his final two years. Miller is a twitchy athlete and routinely creates separation with speed and route running. At times he struggles with concentration drops but also flashes Odell-esqe one-handed grabs. Lands in Chicago where he becomes their number two option, on what looks to be an ascending offensive in 2018.” – Josh Robbins, @JoshRob_dynasty

 

2.04 – Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins

“Gesicki shot up draft boards after his performance at the combine. He now finds himself amongst a rebuild in Miami, but he should have plenty of opportunities to put up good numbers in 2018. With middling talents like A.J. Derby, Gavin Escobar, and MarQueis Gray as the only competition for the starting TE job, Gesicki is likely to find playing time early and often. Jarvis Landry’s exit should leave plenty of targets in the short to intermediate passing game, and because Gesicki plays primarily in the slot, he could see a big chunk of these targets.” – Matthew Betz, @TheFantasyPT

 

2.05 – Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers

“Taking a chance on a guy who has the speed and can get you extra points on special teams. I also believe in Jimmy G’s ability and what he did with Goodwin last year. I believe Pettis is a better version of Goodwin which I’m ok with here.” – Brett Librock, @DynastyBrett

 

2.06 – Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

– Rich Dotson, @DynastyRich

 

2.07 – D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

“There is a MASSIVE drop off right around this spot, so be very aware of that come draft day. Chark has great upside as a deep threat and on a team like Jacksonville he can really assert himself early. There is no real #1 there and he could quickly make short work of Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole in my opinion. He’s the same player he was in LSU, basically on the same team with his old teammate as the feature running back. He landing in a situation he knows very well, and I’m sure he will thrive in the play action pass game just like he did at LSU. His speed and athleticism will treat him well in the NFL, and I believe he still has some room to grow as a route runner and command more targets. Probably one of the last WRs you could grab with real immediate potential for upside.” – Jordan Richards, @ChaBoyJRich

 

2.08 – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Green Bay Packers

– Derek Bressler, @dynastyderekb

 

2.09 – Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins

“There’s a drop off a few picks earlier in my opinion. Ballage is the last RB in this draft who has a pretty decent look at a starting job without too much competition. Kenyan Drake had a good few games to end the year, but I’m not convinced he’s locked in.” – Jon Diment, @DynastyJon

 

2.10 – Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

“I was able to get my pre-draft #1 TE, so I love the talent. I didn’t love the landing spot, which is why he’s available at 2.10, but they love using 2 TEs in Philly and he is only a Zach Ertz injury away from being very fantasy relevant.” – Matt O’Hara, @DynastyMatt

 

2.11 – Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets

– Joseph Krombos, @KrombosJ

 

2.12 – Josh Rosen, QB, Arizona Cardinals

“It would have been nice to see Goedert or Pettis fall, but I think Pettis is essentially locked in as a top-18 pick now with his landing spot and the draft capital the 49ers invested. I’ll take my top QB at the end of the 2nd and at the very worst play the matchups with him by 2019.” – Brandon Pinney, @BrandonPinneyFF

 

Round 3

3.01 – Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns

“Antonio Callaway went much higher than I expected being picked in the top of the fourth by the Browns despite failing a drug test at the combine only a few weeks earlier. The talent is there, a good landing spot like Cleveland could allow him to secure an outside spot in three WR sets competing against the ghost of former first-round pick Corey Coleman. And if Josh Gordon takes him under his wing and they help each other stay right, you could be looking at a dynamic receiver early on.” – Brendan Moar, @More_Dynasty

 

3.02 – John Kelly, RB, Los Angeles Rams

“Brutal landing spot with Gurley as the lead back. Kelly can make an impact as a reserve role if McVay attempts to lighten the load for Gurley late in games.” – Jon Glosser, @Glosser13

 

3.03 – Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

“Hines is likely not fit as a three-down back due to size at 5’8” 198. He does, however, offer potential upside as a third down pass catching specialist. Displays sprinter speed, evidently based on his 4.38 40. Will likely mix in with Marlon Mack for carries, and could carve out an early NFL role.” – Josh Robbins, @JoshRob_dynasty

 

3.04 – Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

“Jackson found himself in an excellent landing spot with the Ravens. Joe Flacco is fully expected to be the starter in 2018, but Jackson could find himself in a starting role as early as 2019 due to Flacco’s expendable salary next season. The former Louisville QB should provide a very high floor with his rushing ability and could develop into a dangerous passer, making his ceiling high as well.” – Matthew Betz, @TheFantasyPT

 

3.05 – Josh Allen QB, Buffalo Bills

“Come on now Y’all. If you know me you know which pro team I support! #BillsMafia and also the only QB left on the board with high upside.” – Brett Librock, @DynastyBrett

 

3.06 – Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens

– Rich Dotson, @DynastyRich

 

3.07 – Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons

“After drafting Calvin Ridley in the first round, the Falcons decided that they would go ahead and draft an RB in the 4th round. The reason why I like Ito here is that of the upcoming departure of Tevin Coleman. With only one year remaining on his rookie deal and Devonta Freeman locked up for the foreseeable future, they had to draft a potential replacement for Coleman. While Ito isn’t the same size or runner as Coleman, he should be very useful on third down, screens and other varying plays that can get him the ball in space, where he can use the skills that made him such a successful running back in college.” – Jordan Richards, @ChaBoyJRich

 

3.08 – Hayden Hurst, TE, Baltimore Ravens

– Derek Bressler, @dynastyderekb

 

3.09 – Jordan Lasley, WR, Baltimore Ravens

“A real dark horse. If he hadn’t have had character issues, Jared Goff’s favorite target could have been a top 5 WR prospect. I’m pessimistic regarding Crabtree, Brown, and Snead in Baltimore so Lasley could become the player they wanted Perriman to be, as well as creating a rapport with Lamar Jackson down the road.” – Jon Diment, @DynastyJon

 

3.10 – J’Mon Moore, WR, Green Bay Packers

“This is a shoot for the moon type of pick. He’s a 6’3” WR in a great offense that just lost Jordy Nelson in the offseason. Moore had a chance to step into that role opposite Devante Adams.” – Matt O’Hara, @DynastyMatt

 

3.11 – Deon Cain, WR, Indianapolis Colts

– Joseph Krombos, @KrombosJ

 

3.12 – DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos

“This guy is a great route runner. I’ve heard people describe him as a slightly less athletic version of Chris Godwin or Allen Robinson, two fellow Penn State Alum. He lands in a good spot here with two great wideouts to learn from. This is a pick that will take a few years to come to fruition.” – Brandon Pinney, @BrandonPinneyFF

 

Round 4

4.01 – Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts

“Jordan Wilkins is a name not many people are too familiar with, but you should be now. He enters the Colts backfield in what seems like a RBBC situation and he can play. Ending up at Ole Miss after transferring from South Carolina, Wilkins flew under a lot of dynasty radars. Go watch him run on Alabama and LSU and he’s a name you should be aiming for late in the draft. I could see the possibility of him ultimately taking over the Colts backfield. That’s a great situation, add in the fact I picked him in the 4th round makes him fantastic value.” – Brendan Moar, @More_Dynasty

 

4.02 – Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints

“When Sean Payton drafts a WR late in a draft you pay attention. Smith could see playing time with Willie Snead leaving in free agency.” – Jon Glosser, @Glosser13

 

4.03 – Troy Fumagalli, TE, Denver Broncos

“Fumagalli will make a case to be a day 1 starter with the Broncos. With a strong spring, I would expect this to happen. Cleaned up any drop concerns during his senior year. Decent blocking skills, which could lend itself to early usage. Broncos could really use a youthful playmaker, could that be Troy? Worth a fourth rounder to find out.” – Josh Robbins, @JoshRob_dynasty

 

4.04 – Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

“I drafted Samuels in the first Dynasty Nerds mock before the NFL Draft, but I took him in the third round. This time, I get him a whole round later, and I’m thrilled about it. Samuels played TE, WR, and RB at NC State and was used extensively in the offense. He’s an all-around playmaker who knows how to find the end zone.” – Matthew Betz, @TheFantasyPT

 

4.05 – Mark Walton, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

“I like Walton just not the landing spot. But at this point in the draft, I think this is a decent pick up for a stash.” – Brett Librock, @DynastyBrett

 

4.06 – Trey Quinn, WR, Washington Redskins

– Rich Dotson, @DynastyRich

 

4.07 – Richie James, WR, San Francisco 49ers

“Richie James is a gadget type player. He can run the ball, he can catch the ball, and he can really move in the open field. As a late flier, I really love him knowing he’s going to a Kyle Shanahan offense where his talent will be used effectively with a very creative play caller who will use his schemes to get him the ball in space and hopefully we will be able to squeeze some fantasy value out of him. I also considered Mason Rudolph here as the Big Ben successor. He could put up big numbers and with all the guys they have right now I don’t see why the Steelers quarterback won’t put up big numbers for the foreseeable future.” – Jordan Richards, @ChaBoyJRich

 

4.08 – Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans

“Coutee should win the slot role in HOU right away and has the raw natural ability to thrive.” Derek Bressler, @dynastyderekb

 

4.09 – Cedrick Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys

“Gallup garnered most of the headlines, but with Dez and Witten vacating so many targets, it’ll take more than just one to step up. Cedrick Wilson is a big-time playmaker and will have an opportunity to see snaps early and often.” – Jon Diment, @DynastyJon

 

4.10 – Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers

“Ian Thomas offers huge upside with size and speed. He showed well at the senior bowl and is the perfect guy to be groomed behind Greg Olsen for the next year or two.” – Matt O’Hara, @DynastyMatt

 

4.11 – Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

– Joseph Krombos, @KrombosJ

 

4.12 – Bo Scarbrough, RB, Dallas Cowboys

“He should immediately take over the backup duties from Alfred Morris. He likely won’t help your dynasty team much in the near future unless Elliott goes down with a big injury or has another domestic abuse issue. Elliott faces a lifetime ban if the NFL finds him in violation of the domestic abuse policy again and could open the door for Scarbrough to shine. Scarbrough is a big bruiser and a poor man’s Derrick Henry. He could potentially see some occasional goal-line carries and a spot start here or there if Zeke gets banged up.” – Brandon Pinney, @BrandonPinneyFF

 


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I'm a sports and orthopedic physical therapist currently working in Burlington, VT. I've been a sports fan my entire life and when I became a PT, I decided to combine my two passions into one awesome hobby. My goal is to provide injury analysis and information so that you can win your next dynasty title. Follow me on twitter: @TheFantasyPT