This week, I had the opportunity to participate in Howard Bender’s Mock Draft Army 12-team PPR draft. The draft was slightly different from the upcoming NFFC drafts in that there was no 3rd Round Reversal. I had the benefit (I think) of having the first overall pick. My strategy going in was to take the best wide receivers through at least the first three rounds and see where we end up with running backs.
1) Antonio Brown – WR - This was pretty much a no-brainer selection.
2) Randall Cobb – WR – Expecting a rebound season from Cobb with Jordy Nelson back.
3) Brandon Marshall – WR – Long-time Marshall fan. Expecting Ryan Fitzpatrick back at QB.
4) Jordan Matthews – WR - This was the first real decision point. Is the selection a fourth wide receiver or a first running back? Time will tell. The running back pick would have been DeMarco Murray, who was selected at 4.05.
5) Danny Woodhead – RB – Definitely a player I was looking for at the 4-5 turn. Dion Lewis went at 3.08 and Duke Johnson went at 4.09.
6) Rashad Jennings – RB – Looking for a second running back that has a pretty good hold of a job with regular work.
7) Drew Brees – QB – Another key decision point. Is the pick a quarterback or the next tier tight end? I passed on Delanie Walker, who was taken with the very next pick. There was a run on tight ends, which led me to…
8) Zach Ertz – TE – He was great at the very end of 2015. Still looking for a little consistency. In hindsight, Delanie Walker would have been a better choice than Brees in round 7. I really like Eli Manning to put up big numbers this year and he didn’t go until round 10.
9) Jay Ajayi – RB – Was going in round 6 before the Dolphins signed Arian Foster (who went at pick 7.09). The Dolphins are claiming “time-share”, which is fine with me given Foster’s injury history.
10) Devontae Booker – RB – Time to reach a little. If you are not going to take your first running back until round 5, you better get some guys with big potential.
11) Chris Hogan – WR – Why did it seem so obvious that he would end up with the Patriots?
12) Jameis Winston – QB – Expecting a big sophomore season.
13) Rishard Matthews – WR – As a sixth wide receiver, he has a chance to become Marcus Mariota’s safety blanket.
14) Jerick McKinnon – RB – Has a ton of talent and was well worth a shot in round 14.
15) Andre Ellington – RB – An injury to David Johnson could open the door for really big numbers.
16) Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Has been a huge injury disappointment so far in his career. We will see if he clicks with Winston.
17) Andre Roberts – WR – The number three wide receiver on an offense on the rise.
18) Brandon McManus – K – Gotta have a kicker.
19) New York Jets – Def – And we have to use a defense.
20) Quinton Patton – WR – Has been a pet-pick of mine before. With Anquan Boldin gone and no real replacements, maybe Patton excels in Chip Kelly’s system.