By: Jake Hinson (Twitter: @JakeHinson11)
IDP Rookie Mock from the 9 Spot
I was invited to do a draft with some of the guys over at FFDynasty260 and other dynasty fans. In this update, I’ve decided to post our recent mock draft and give a glimpse into why I picked a certain player. I’ll also go through each round detailing a pick I liked and a pick I didn’t like.
Our mock was seven rounds randomly generated and we initiated what is called a “3rd Round Reverse Serpentine”. This gives those towards the back of the draft a little more compensation for being at the end. For example, if you had pick 2, you picked second in the first round. Then you select 11th in the 2nd and 3rd round, meaning if you picked at the end of the first round, you selected at the top of the next two rounds. After the 3rd, it snaked around again, so after picking 11th in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, you were back to picking second.
The positions available to us in this short mock was quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive tackles, defensive line, linebackers, corners, and safeties. We selected as if this was .5 PPR and assigned one point for tackles and tackles for loss, two points for pass deflections, three points for sacks, and four points for interceptions. Without further ado, let us see how everyone fared.
Mike Middleton @DynstyRkieRnkgs
IDP Authority @ONUtyjo
Tom Kislingbury @TomDegenerate
Aaron Schillinger @FFDynasty260
King Reed @KINGREED713
Torey Garnett @toreygarnett
Jeremy Staggs @staggs7jeremy
Kenny Stevens @HouseStevens
Jake Hinson @JakeHinson11
Kyle Richardson @krich1532
Jerry Sinclair @TheSinDynasty
Pierre Camus @pfunk00
1. Middleton- Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
2. IDP- Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Kislingbury- Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
4. FFDynasty260- Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Reed- Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
6. Garnett- Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Staggs- Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins
8. Stevens- John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
9. Hinson- O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. Richardson- Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
11. Sinclair- Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
12. Camus- David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
I was upset when Staggs took Perine, as I believe he can make an impact in his first year, so I went with the best player available. While he will compete with Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard is one of the best tight end prospects coming out and could be a force in the NFL for years to come. I especially like the Buccaneers offense this year, and with Jameis Winston growing as a quarterback, Howard can grow with him.
I liked the pick of Alvin Kamara by Sinclair at the 11th spot. In a half point PPR setting, Kamara holds value as a gadget pass catcher who will be utilized like previous Saints pass catchers. He could have a high floor and high ceiling due to his pass-catching prowess. I wasn’t a fan of the Mike Williams pick, but this was before the injury news. While Garnett regretted it, Williams could still return value, but the odds of him doing it in the first year are slim.
13. Camus- Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
14. Sinclair- Donta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans
15. Richardson-Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
16. Hinson- Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
17. Stevens- Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns
18. Staggs- Joe Williams, RB, San Francisco 49ers
19. Garnett- Jamal Adams, S, New York Jets
20. Reed- Jabrill Peppers, S, Cleveland Browns
21. FFDynasty260- Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
22. Kislingbury- Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
23. IDP- Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Middleton- Jarrad Davis, LB, Detroit Lions
I considered Kareem Hunt or Jamaal Williams with my first pick, so I believed I could go with Howard and hoped one of them would fall to me. I was elated to find the former BYU star at my next pick. In my most recent article (goatdistrict.com/3-guys-who-will-shine-and-3-guys-who-will-grind-running-back-edition/), I talk highly of Jamaal Williams and firmly believe he will be splitting snaps with Ty Montgomery and be the primary runner for the high-powered Green Bay Packers. It may have been a slight reach with some good talent on the board, but he could have a chance to emerge like Jordan Howard of last year.
I like the Chris Godwin pick by IDP. Godwin was one of the sleepers coming out of college but was loved by many analysts who did extensive research on him. He could carve out a role and be the #2 alongside Mike Evans if DeSean Jackson were to go down. A pick that looked good at the time but maybe not now was the pick of Zay Jones. Jones was looking like a target monster, but with the Bills expressing interest in Jeremy Maclin, he might get pushed to a tertiary role in an offense that doesn’t throw a lot to begin with. It could still be a good pick if Maclin were to sign somewhere else.
25. Camus- Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
26. Sinclair-Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
27. Richardson-Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
28. Hinson- Reuben Foster, LB, San Francisco 49ers
29. Stevens- Haason Reddick, LB, Arizona Cardinals
30. Staggs- Malik Hooker, S, Indianapolis Colts
31. Garnett- Zach Cunningham, LB, Houston Texans
32. Reed- Adoree Jackson, CB, Tennessee Titans
33. FFDynasty260- Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
34. Kislingbury-Takkarist McKinley, DE, Atlanta Falcons
35. IDP- Carlos Henderson, WR, Denver Broncos
36. Middleton- Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
I knew I had a long wait until my next pick, so I was gracious that I picked at the front of the third round. I was deciding between Reuben Foster and Carlos Henderson but went the defensive route. This proved to be beneficial, as the run on defensive players began soon after the Foster pick. He was one of the more NFL-ready players coming out of college and should be an immediate starter on a bad defense. He should be a tackling machine, much like Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman before him.
Obviously, I like the Henderson pick, but I think the hype around Kenny Golladay is real. In a pass happy offense, the freak athlete has an opportunity to fill in the Z receiver spot opposite Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. Matthew Stafford throws the ball enough for each receiver to get a bountiful number of targets. Golladay is one of the more polarizing receivers. I still don’t like how early some of the quarterbacks went, but by me being somewhat new to rookie drafts, this could be their value. Still, having these guys rather than solid running backs and receivers still on the board seems like a stretch to me.
37. Middleton- James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
38. IDP- Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans
39. Kislingbury- Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
40. FFDynasty260- Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
41. Reed- Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
42. Garnett- Raekwon McMillan, LB, Miami Dolphins
43. Staggs- Deshone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns
44. Stevens- Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints
45. Hinson- Chad Williams, WR, Arizona Cardinals
46. Richardson- Ryan Switzer, WR, Dallas Cowboys
47. Sinclair- Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans
48. Camus- Ardarius Stewart, WR, New York Jets
Chad Williams was a small school guy that many people didn’t know about, but with Larry Fitzgerald on the way out and many other questions at wide receiver, he finds himself in a great position. Fitzgerald praised Williams highly during OTA’s, reminding him of Anquan Boldin. I was behind the ball at receiver by selecting Howard and Foster in the first three rounds, so I was happy to get Williams as my first receiver.
My favorite pick in this round is Ardarius Stewart, no doubt. With Eric Decker gone and Robby Anderson having a rough offseason, the Jets need some guys to step up. One of those could be Stewart. He can start opposite of Quincy Enunwa and be a sneaky flier late in rookie drafts. Once again, we saw some quarterbacks go, so while I’m still not a fan, this is their territory. I do believe all four should be going in this round, however.
49. Camus- Josh Dobbs, QB, Pittsburg Steelers
50. Sinclair- Adam Shaheen, TE, Chicago Bears
51. Richardson- Taco Charlton, DE, Dallas Cowboys
52. Hinson- Derek Barnett, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
53. Stevens- Jake Butt, TE, Denver Broncos
54. Staggs- Keion Adams, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
55. Garnett- Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams
56. Reed- Elijah Hood, RB, Oakland Raiders
57. FFDynasty260- Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
58. Kislingbury- Duke Riley, LB, Atlanta Falcons
59. IDP- Marquel Lee, LB, Oakland Raiders
60. Middleton- Budda Baker, S, Arizona Cardinals
I was upset when Charlton left the board but felt I can get some good value by drafting Derek Barnett here. He was one of the better ends in the draft and was a top 5 pick for most of the football year. He was quite productive in college and he is now playing for a defense that can get after the quarterback. I could do worse here.
Here in the later rounds, where the deeper IDP guys go, I am unsure where guys are supposed to go, but I do like the Duke Riley pick. He can pair together with another young linebacker in Deion Jones to cause problems for NFL offenses.
61. Middleton- Solomon Thomas, DE, San Francisco 49ers
62. IDP- Obi Melifonwu, S, Oakland Raiders
63. Kislingbury- George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
64. FFDynasty260- Jonathan Allen, DE, Washington Redskins
65. Reed- Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams
66. Garnett- Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets
67. Staggs- Jaylen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Detroit Lions
68. Stevens- Donnell Pumphrey, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
69. Hinson- Ishmael Zamora, WR, Oakland Raiders
70. Richardson- Jehu Chasson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
71. Sinclair- Malachi Dupree, WR, Green Bay Packers
72. Camus- Charles Harris, DE, Miami Dolphins
I like the talent of Ishmael Zamora, as he is with the Raiders as a UDFA. Due to some concerning off the field concerns, Zamora was not drafted but could stand out as a late round guy who could start next year. With Michael Crabtree getting older and Derek Carr and Amari Cooper growing, Zamora can be a guy that can fill the opposite receiver spot.
I also like the pick of Jonathan Allen. He can be a destructive force in the NFL and can get some sacks playing the interior or on the edge. He is versatile enough to cause havoc and move around the line of scrimmage. To get him this late is impressive.
73. Camus- Tim Williams, LB, Baltimore Ravens
74. Sinclair- Chad Kelly, QB, Denver Broncos
75. Richardson- Amara Darboh, WR, Seattle Seahawks
76. Hinson- Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
77. Stevens- Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
78. Staggs- T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
79. Garnett- Noah Brown, WR, Dallas Cowboys
80. Reed- Bucky Hodges, TE, Minnesota Vikings
81. FFDynasty260- T.J. Logan, RB, Arizona Cardinals
82. Kislingbury- Chidobe Awuzie, CB Dallas Cowboys
83. IDP-Anthony Walker, LB, Indianapolis Colts
84. Middleton- Alex Anzalone, LB, New Orleans Saints
For my last pick, I wanted to go with a running back who could round out my team and could be in a role for next year. Tarik Cohen could fill that for me. Jordan Howard isn’t the best pass catching running back. Cohen can be the 3rd down back on a team that might be playing from behind a lot. I was pleased to get one of the more athletic running backs with my last pick.
I felt I could have done a better job, but with this being my first rookie draft among other dynasty players, I was satisfied with my team. I have some good guys at the top of their respective positions with O.J. Howard and Reuben Foster, I have some guys who can emerge as starters with Jamaal Williams, Chad Williams, and Derek Barnett, and late round flyers with Tarik Cohen and Ishmael Zamora. All in all, I am happy with the way my team turned out.