This is a 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft I took part in with 11 friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter (@walterfootball. As usual, I'll have analysis of my picks, as well as the best and worst selections every two rounds.
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MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I've drafted ninth and 11th thus far, so I figured I'd stick with the odd numbers and choose seventh. I thought I'd have to decide between Mike Evans and Julio Jones, so it was shocking to see Odell Beckham Jr. fall to me.
Let's talk about the second pick. In real life, I would've gone with Dez Bryant. However, I wanted to see how it would play out if I selected Rob Gronkowski. It was not pretty, as you'll soon see.
Oh, and cool thing: Only two teams didn't double up on the same position in the first two rounds.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Teho deserves this distinction for choosing the player I was really going to take. I'm also liking Todd Gurley more, as the Rams have done a good job of improving their offensive line.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I can't say I hate any selections in these two rounds. Wait, one. My pick. I had the worst selection for sure, as my receiving depth was shot as a result of my Gronkowski choice.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: As you can see, all the receivers are gone. I was hoping for Keenan Allen or DeAndre Hopkins, but they were quickly snatched off the board in Round 3. As a result, I was stuck with Adrian Peterson, whom I incorrectly thought I could take at 4.06. He was my best player available though, so I went with him. Burrillville Broncos noted in that chat that I stole his selection, so I was wrong.
Doug Martin is fine at 4.06 despite his suspension. But like I said, my receiving depth sucks. Don't make the same mistake I intentionally made.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I'll have to give Hopkins and Allen the nod, as noted. C.J. Anderson was also under consideration at 4.06, so I think he provides some nice value in the fourth round.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I've made many rants about Spencer Ware and Carlos Hyde over the summer. Check out my Fantasy Football Busts page for more.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Sigh. Another running back. I was going to take Donte Moncrief, but he was snatched off the board, so I figured I could wait for my WR2, who turned out to be Miguel Lobsterbush. Michael Crabtree was surprisingly available at 6.06. I thought I'd have to go with Jamison Crowder or John Brown.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Moncrief, obviously. Also, look at the value Billsmafia got with Travis Kelce. That's another strike against taking Rob Gronkowski in the second round.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I want no part of Brandon Marshall this year. Also, I think there's a danger in taking Terrance West in the sixth round, as the Ravens could sign someone or trade for Carlos Hyde or another back.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: It was going to be Cam Newton or Russell Wilson, and the former was taken right before my pick. Wilson is fine, though I'm worried about his health because his offensive line is so bad. Meanwhile, Randall Cobb is my WR3, which is kind of depressing. Maybe he can bounce back, but Cobb has failed to live up to expectations for the longest time.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I'll mention Newton despite there being risk with his shoulder. However, the best pick was Tyler Eifert at 8.07. It's crazy that I passed on Dez Bryant when I could've obtained Eifert one choice earlier in the eighth round.
Other picks I liked included the two tight ends in the seventh frame and Pierre Garcon, whom I was targeting at 8.06.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I don't hate Kirk Cousins or Marcus Mariota, but I think the eighth round is a bit too early for them. They're more QB2s, so the 10th frame would be more appropriate.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: It was either Joe Williams or C.J. Prosise, and they went back-to-back. Williams has a good chance to start right away. Meanwhile, DeVante Parker is my WR4, which is far from ideal. I don't hate the pick, but I'd be more comfortable with him being my fifth receiver (or, at least my fourth behind three better wideouts.)
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: There was another quality tight end pick in Kyle Rudolph at 9.02. Three players I was considering at 10.06 were Cameron Meredith, Thomas Rawls and Dak Prescott. Save for Prescott, I wasn't even aware the first two were taken, as the selections were coming in quickly. I was disappointed when I typed in both names after pressing control-F.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Ah, the defense pick. If there were other horrible selections, I wouldn't linger on it. However, there aren't any other poor choices, so please, for crying out loud, don't take a defense until the final few rounds.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I was looking at Theo Riddick and Jeremy Hill. They were both snatched off the board in this round, so I had to settle for Jacquizz Rodgers, which is fine because I can start him until Doug Martin returns from suspension.
With Prescott off the board, Carson Wentz was my next quarterback, so I'm glad he lasted until the 12th round. I'll be hoping that happens in real life.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Riddick and Hill, for obvious reasons. Allen Hurns is another player I like in the later rounds, but I needed my backup quarterback.
Also, I should note that D announced that Robert Davis would be a super sleeper who would pan out this year. He said, "you heard it here first." If Davis thrives as a rookie, I will not forget his prediction!
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Aaa apparently didn't hear the news about Mike Williams. Oh, and yes, the defense picks suck.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: As I said, I wanted Hurns. Rishard Matthews is just meh, but I needed another receiver. Baltimore's defense plays the Bengals in Week 1, and Cincinnati might have the worst offensive line in the NFL. Oh, and I'd be remiss if I mention that I am a member of the church of Brandon Coutu.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Marlon Mack, Zay Jones, Josh Doctson, John Ross and Blake Bortles.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Mike Wallace and Ted Ginn.
'll be adjusting some of my Fantasy Football Rankings based on these draft results, so check them out. Also, we'll be doing mock drafts every Wednesday afternoon or evening, so come join us!
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Russell Wilson, Seahawks
RB - Adrian Peterson, Saints
RB - Doug Martin, Buccaneers
WR - Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
WR - Michael Crabtree, Raiders
RB/WR - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
TE - Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
K - Brandon Coutu, Seahawks
DEF - Ravens Defense
Like I said, this was an experimental mock draft. If I had to do it over - or if this were a real exercise - I would have chosen Dez Bryant at 2.06. I would not recommend Rob Gronkowski in the middle of the second round. The running back and receiver positions are just way to thin to take a tight end that early.