Most of the big-name sites have their mock draft lobbies open already, and I didn’t have nearly enough willpower to resist doing one.
Here’s the breakdown: it was on Yahoo!, 10 team standard snake, 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1D/ST,1K. I’m going to present my team as if the third WR is actually a FLEX because I feel like that’s more common today. Also, my team gets significantly better that way, and I have no shame admitting that. I had the fifth pick.
The issue with mock drafts – and online live drafts for that matter – is often times that particular site’s rankings heavily influence the happenings of the draft. This isn’t always the case, but it happens. That being said, take this draft with a grain of salt. It’s also May 31st.
First, a quick background on who I am as a “drafter”, assuming that’s a word. Usually, at least my first four rounds are all wide receivers and running backs. Occasionally a tight end will sneak in there, but rarely a quarterback. How did I end up?
1. Julio Jones (Atl - WR)
2. Lamar Miller (Hou - RB)
3. Brandin Cooks (NO - WR)
4. LeSean McCoy (Buf - RB)
5. Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
6. Drew Brees (NO - QB)
7. Dion Lewis (NE - RB)
8. Matt Jones (Was - RB)
9. Karlos Williams (Buf - RB)
10. Stefon Diggs (Min - WR)
11. Melvin Gordon (SD - RB)
12. Jimmy Graham (Sea - TE)
13. Corey Coleman (Cle - WR)
14. Kamar Aiken (Bal - WR)
15. Zach Miller (Chi - TE)
(For some reason they didn’t make me draft a D/ST or K)
I loved it.
I don’t love the starting running backs in Miller and McCoy, but I like-like them. Since this is my first piece on this site, many readers don’t know my history with Brandin Cooks, but he’s my FAVORITE, and I usually end up with him. That being said, pairing him with Julio is almost ideal, and that Brees-Cooks stack is enough to make me excited to get out of bed in the morning.
Usually my teams end up suffering at tight end, but I snagged my second-ranked TE in Greg Olsen in the fifth round. Add in Dion Lewis or Matt Jones in the flex, and I can already smell some silverware.
In terms of depth, I like the potential of Diggs, Coleman, and even Gordon this year. Williams was necessary with McCoy on my team, but take a look up there at my 12th round pick.
This is crazy, but it kind of makes sense. Graham was generally under-utilized in Seattle last year when he played, and he’s also coming off a nasty leg injury. Add in the deceit and pain felt by fantasy owners who drafted Graham last year and you have a recipe for a plummeting draft stock. I can see myself taking Graham as early as the 8th or 9th round this year if he’s still there.
Quick hits from the rest of the draft
Le’Veon Bell is my number one overall player, and he went fourth overall (one pick after David Johnson). I imagine I’ll own a lot of him this year, and that’s exactly how I want it.
Adrian Peterson was the fifth RB taken, behind DJ, Bell, Gurley, and Elliott.
Gronk went with the last pick in the 1st round. Always curious to see where he goes.
Jamaal Charles, my 12th RB, went as the 6th RB. Makes complete sense, but I wouldn’t do it.
WR is crazy deep. Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews went in the 6th, Emmanuel Sanders in the 7th, Larry Fitz in the 8th, DeSean Jackson in the 9th, Michael Crabtree in the 10th, and Steve Smith Sr. in the 11th. If there was a position to wait on…
Three kickers went in the 9th round. THREE.
That’s all I have for this particular mock draft. If you’d like more details on it, feel free to comment below or contact me on Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF.
This is the first fantasy article on this site, and I genuinely appreciate your reading. I hope to see you back here in the future.