Fantasy football PPR live draft review

A second PPR draft in mid-May showed a few different patterns emerge.

Much like with our May edition of the Mock Draft Series, out of respect for the hosts of this draft, no reference will be made to its identity so the content remains fresh on their end, nor will the entire draft results be published here.

The blurbs about my team below were provided to the draft host and will appear in a magazine as part of a larger evaluation of the draft. Before getting into my individual picks (we didn’t write up our final four), here are a few observations from an 18-round, 12-team, PPR draft.

  • This group was hyper-aggressive with selecting wide receivers early in the first round, especially atop the draft. Four of the first seven selections were wideouts, including Cooper Kupp going No. 3 overall. Detroit running back D’Andre Swift going 12th was the only thing close to a surprise in the opening round. Three tight ends and six receivers went in the second round. The rest were running backs.
  • The first QB came off the board was Josh Allen was taken with the fifth selection of Round 3, which is the earliest any quarterback has gone in the first three drafts of this series. Justin Herbert went with the final pick in Round 6, followed two spots later by Patrick Mahomes. Only Lamar Jackson (Pick 8:09) would go over the next 24 choices.
  • In the first 100 picks, 5 QBs, 42 RBs, 44 WRs and 9 TEs were taken. During the PPR draft a week prior, we watched 6 QBs, 39 RBs, 45 WRs and 10 tight ends.

Here’s a snapshot of the first 10 rounds broken down by number of positional picks:

1st: 8 RBs, 4 WRs
2nd: 3 RBs, 6 WRs, 3 TEs
3rd: 1 QB, 5 RBs, 4 WRs, 2 TEs
4th: 6 RBs, 6 WRs
5th: 3 RBs, 8 WRs, 1 TE
6th: 1 QB, 4 RBs, 6 WRs, 1 TE
7th: 1 QB, 5 RBs, 6 WRs
8th: 1 QB, 6 RBs, 4 WRs, 1 TE
9th: 5 QBs, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 3 TEs
10th: 1 QB, 4 RBs, 6 WRs, 1 TE

My team

We were asked to write 35 words per pick to give a little insight as to our draft thoughts:

1:02) RB Austin Ekeler, Las Angeles Chargers: It came down to Derrick Henry being dominant one more time, Cooper Kupp as the safest pick here, or Ekeler remaining healthy. I was most concerned about not having a strong enough RB1 if I chose the wideout.

2:11) WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Knowing the drafter at the turn had an elite RB and presuming WR-WR was in play, I went with Evans before another back. It played out as expected. Evans and Keenan Allen were the best remaining WR1s.

3:02) RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns: I hoped Chubb would survive the turn, and my Round 2 decision paid off. Injuries and time-sharing concerns are real, but Chubb is a TD machine and gives me a legit RB1 as my second back.

4:11) WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders: The debate was McLaurin and Courtland Sutton, who went with the very next pick. McLaurin has proven to be mostly QB-proof and makes for a quality WR2, even with Carson Wentz under center.

5:02) RB Damien Harris, New England Patriots: Three drafts, three Harris selections … it’s not that I’m necessarily a huge fan, but he’s a tremendous RB3. Thanks to Harris’ scoring prowess, none of the remaining backs were definitively better options at this stage.

6:11) WR DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals: A strong draft start afforded this gamble. Hopkins will miss six games, sure, but he’s a borderline WR1 lock in PPR upon his return. It’s not too often you can plug that kind of talent into your WR3 slot.

7:02) QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: Securing my third-ranked passer in Round 7 ahead of the long end of my wait, Mahomes was tough to let pass. While the WR talent regressed, he makes players around him better and will be fine.

8:11) WR Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers: Lazard may emerge as the top fantasy receiver in Green Bay after the Davante Adams trade. It’s worth a late-round wager to find out. At a minimum, he’s adequate depth for me while Hopkins is out.

9:02) TE Austin Hooper, Tennessee Titans: I’m much higher on Hooper’s rebound than most, and since I tend to wait on TEs, this one was a no-brainer. Tennessee’s WR situation is shaky, at best, and Hooper is an ideal fit for the system.

10:11) WR Kenny Golladay, New York Giants: Can the talented Golladay stay on the field? His quarterback situation could hold him back, but I’m willing to bank on Brian Daboll getting the most out of Daniel Jones. The rest is up to Golladay.

11:02) RB Marlon Mack, Houston Texans: I should’ve taken Tyler Allgeier over Golladay. The rookie went at the turn, forcing a pivot to Mack. A whole lotta “meh,” but he has a chance, which is all one can ask for this late.

12:11) TE Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears: Kmet is one of my favorites for a breakout season, and the third-year tight end covers my backside if the Hooper gamble doesn’t pan out. There’s legit TE1 potential in Chicago’s new offense.

13:02) RB Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions: Since the Mack pick could go either way, a safe, reliable veteran was the target, and Williams fits the bill. Plus, D’Andre Swift has proven to be less than a model of health thus far.

14:11) WR Jamison Crowder, Buffalo Bills: In three years with Buffalo, Cole Beasley was a PPR powerhouse out of the slot, and Crowder should have little trouble assuming the role in this pass-heavy system. He provides excellent value-to-upside ratio.

Rounding out the draft: Arizona Cardinals RB Keaontay Ingram (Round 15), PK Daniel Carlson (Round 16), QB Jameis Winston (Round 17) and Miami Dolphins defense/special teams (Round 18).

Fantasy football mock draft series: May takeaways

Is it too early to pick up on trends in fantasy football mock drafts?

It is mid-May, and fantasy football drafts are gaining steam. A recently hosted industry mock is the source for this recap. Out of respect for the hosts of this draft, no reference will be made to its identity so the content remains fresh on their end, nor will the entire draft results be published here.

The blurbs about my team below were provided to the draft host and will appear in a magazine as part of a larger evaluation of the draft. Before getting into my individual picks (we didn’t select kickers of defensive teams), here are a few generalized observations from a 12-team, PPR draft.

  • In last year’s iteration, every Round 1 pick was a running back, minus a lone receiver (Tyreek Hill) chosen at No. 11 overall. This time out, we saw seven running backs and five receivers, including Cooper Kupp going at No. 2.
  • Five RBs came off the board in Round 2 in 2021’s draft, which mostly consisted of receivers. This year, a half-dozen backs, two tight ends, and a quartet of receivers made up the second stanza.
  • The first QB came off the board in late Round 4 (Patrick Mahomes) last year, and Josh Allen was taken with the last pick of Round 5 this time around. Mahomes went second with the final selection of Round 6, followed by Justin Herbert in early Round 7. Five more went in the next 30 choices.
  • In the first 100 picks of last year’s draft, 9 QBs, 37 RBs, 44 WRs and 10 TEs were taken. In this May’s version, we watched 6 QBs, 39 RBs, 45 WRs and 10 tight ends — no drastic changes. It’s nice to see more owners waiting on quarterbacks, though.
  • Drafting in the top eight is a great situation this year. You’re bound to come away with a legit No. 1 running back. There’s enough depth at the position to either go with a pair in the opening two rounds or alternate between RB and WR in the first four rounds while still coming away with a strong nucleus.
  • This theme also was on full display in 2021 drafts. Taking consecutive receivers to close out Round 1 wasn’t the ideal strategy, but the plan was to test it out. The position is so ridiculously deep that gamers can hold off, making the preferred strategy is to come out of the first three rounds with a single receiver.
  • Quarterback remains quite deep, too, with a viable starter being available into the 12th round. Tight end remains a little top-heavy, just like last year. Following the consensus top-six TEs — all of whom went in the first five rounds — the position gets really dicey. If you’re not comfortable playing the matchups, make sure to secure one of Mark Andrews, Travis Kelce, Kyle Pitts, George Kittle, Darren Waller or Dalton Schultz.

Here’s a snapshot of the first 10 rounds broken down by number of positional picks:

1st: 7 RBs, 5 WRs
2nd: 6 RBs, 4 WRs, 2 TEs
3rd: 8 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE
4th: 4 RBs, 6 WRs, 2 TEs
5th: 1 QB, 1 RBs, 9 WRs, 1 TE
6th: 1 QB, 3 RBs, 8 WRs
7th: 3 QBs, 4 RBs, 3 WRs, 2 TEs
8th: 4 RBs, 6 WRs, 2 TEs
9th: 3 QBs, 6 RBs, 3 WRs
10th: 3 RBs, 7 WRs, 2 TEs

My team

We were asked to write 35 words per pick to give a little insight as to our draft thoughts:

1:12) Stefon Diggs: In PPR, his sheer volume alone makes up for the lack of scoring prowess. The Bills actually could lean on him even more this year if Gabriel Davis and Jamison Crowder don’t step up as much as expected.

2:01) Deebo Samuel: I’m not overly worried about the standoff, but Samuel’s aerial exploits may suffer with Trey Lance starting. Samuel also isn’t likely to rush nearly as much as a year ago. Talent usually wins out, however.

3:12) J.K. Dobbins: A WR-WR start was a mistake at No. 12. I should have drafted Leonard Fournette, Javonte Williams or D’Andre Swift instead of Deebo. Dobbins was injured early enough to be healthy, but he’s not an RB1.

4:01) Damien Harris: Choosing an early-down running back with heavy TD dependence isn’t how this was drawn up in PPR. Breece Hall was a consideration, but Harris is a safer RB2 candidate, and that’s what I needed here.

5:12) Josh Allen: Allen’s high ceiling can carry my weak RBs, and I love the Diggs stack. I usually wait on QBs; after seeing all of the value buys, I won’t give in to the temptation again.

6:01) Mike Williams: His all-or-nothing nature is not ideal, but Williams’ role in such a reliable, pass-friendly system makes for a rock-solid WR3 to help offset my shaky RBs. A WR14 finish again? No, but WR25-30 is fine.

7:12) Rashaad Penny: This is what happens when waiting to draft running backs … you start stockpiling risk-reward types at the most volatile position. Penny’s late surge last year was as real as his injury history and backfield competition.

8:01) DeAndre Hopkins: After waiting too long to draft my first running back (insert Deebo joke here), Hopkins presented an interesting flex gamble. Yes, he’ll miss six games, but Nuk’s volume will be a nice addition upon his return.

9:12) Tyler Allgeier: Another RB without a receiving role, Allgeier enters a decent situation for a TD-heavy role. Cordarrelle Patterson’s age-30 breakout won’t be repeated, although both QB options will steal TD opportunities from the rookie.

10:01) Michael Carter: Breece Hall should steal the show, but if he struggles or gets injured, Carter’s versatility will be a welcomed addition to lineups. This sort of high-upside depth is what to look for after a WR-WR start.

11:12) DeVante Parker: Why not? He’s far from a true WR1, but Parker has a reasonable shot to lead this mediocre passing attack in fantasy production. Parker’s biggest enemy, as usual, will be his own body failing him.

12:01) Austin Hooper: Hooper didn’t just forget how to catch once he signed with Cleveland, a team that totally misused his skills. A lack of weaponry for Ryan Tannehill — in a TE-friendly system — piques my interest.

13:12) Khalil Herbert: OC Luke Getsy comes from Green Bay and was no stranger to incorporating a 2-to-1 committee approach in which the RB2 gets enough volume to matter. Herbert did his part last year, so this is a worthy gamble.

14:01) Donovan Peoples-Jones: In Year 2, he took a significant step forward while catching passes from a battered Baker Mayfield. Deshaun Watson is a tremendous upgrade, and Amari Cooper helps draw defensive attention. DPJ is a steal this late.

Cory Bonini’s 2022 NFL mock draft 4.0

A last-minute mock draft update ahead of Round 1.

This last-minute mock update on the eve of the 2022 NFL Draft’s first round remains without any projected trades, but there was plenty of player movement in the midsection of the round. The opening stanza figures to be one of the least predictable first rounds in recent memory and should be as entertaining as ever!

Be sure to check our NFL Draft Central page containing all of our mock drafts, player scouting reports, live fantasy football blogging, post-draft analysis, and player rankings for every key pick relevant to fantasy football.

2022 NFL Mock Draft

HC Green’s 2022 NFL mock draft

Let us know what you think about our newest mock draft release.

HC Green presents our latest NFL mock draft of 2022. Sound off on social media to let us know your thoughts, and be sure to check our 2022 NFL Draft Central page to keep track of all of the offerings.

2022 NFL Mock Draft

Pick Team Pos Player School
1 Jacksonville Jaguars EDGE Aidan Hutchinson Michigan
2 Detroit Lions EDGE Travon Walker Georgia
3 Houston Texans OT Evan Neal Alabama
4 New York Jets EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux Oregon
5 New York Giants OT Ickey Ekwonu N.C. State
6 Carolina Panthers OT Charles Cross Mississippi State
7 New York Giants (via CHI) CB Sauce Gardner Cincinnati
8 Atlanta Falcons QB Malik Willis Liberty
9 Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) CB Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
10 New York Jets (via SEA) WR Garrett Wilson Ohio State
11 Washington Commanders S Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame
12 Minnesota Vikings CB Trent McDuffie Washington
13 Houston Texans (via CLE) EDGE Jermaine Johnson II Florida State
14 Baltimore Ravens EDGE George Karlaftis Purdue
15 Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) WR Jameson Williams Alabama
16 New Orleans Saints (via IND>PHI) QB Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh
17 Los Angeles Chargers OT Trevor Penning Northern Iowa
18 Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) DT Jordan Davis Georgia
19 New Orleans Saints (via PHI) WR Drake London USC
20 Pittsburgh Steelers QB Desmond Ridder Cincinnati
21 New England Patriots CB Andrew Booth Clemson
22 Green Bay Packers (via LV) WR Chris Olave Ohio State
23 Arizona Cardinals DL Devonte Wyatt Georgia
24 Dallas Cowboys OG Zion Johnson Boston College
25 Buffalo Bills WR Treylon Burks Arkansas
26 Tennessee Titans LB Devin Lloyd Utah
27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers OL Kenyon Green Texas A&M
28 Green Bay Packers LB Nakobe Dean Georgia
29 Kansas City Chiefs (via MIA) WR Jahan Dotson Penn State
30 Kansas City Chiefs S Dax Hill Michigan
31 Cincinnati Bengals C Tyler Linderbaum Iowa
32 Detroit Lions (via LAR) QB Matt Corral Ole Miss

Harley Schultz’s 2022 NFL mock draft

Several projected trades influence the top half of Round 1.

Harley Schultz presents our latest NFL mock draft of 2022. Sound off on social media to let us know your thoughts, and be sure to check our 2022 NFL Draft Central page to keep track of all of the offerings.

2022 NFL Mock Draft

* represents projected trade

Pick Team Pos Player School
1 Jacksonville Jaguars EDGE Aidan Hutchinson Michigan
2 Detroit Lions EDGE Travon Walker Georgia
3 Houston Texans OT Evan Neal Alabama
4 New York Jets OT Ickey Ekwonu N.C. State
5 New York Giants EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux Oregon
6 Carolina Panthers QB Malik Willis Liberty
7 *New Orleans Saints (via CHI>NYG) QB Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh
8 Atlanta Falcons WR Garrett Wilson Ohio State
9 *Minnesota Vikings (via DEN>SEA) CB Sauce Gardner Cincinnati
10 New York Jets (via SEA) WR Treylon Burks Arkansas
11 Washington Commanders WR Drake London USC
12 *Seattle Seahawks (via MIN) QB Matt Corral Ole Miss
13 Houston Texans (via CLE) S Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame
14 Baltimore Ravens OT Charles Cross Mississippi State
15 Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) CB Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
16 *New York Giants (via IND>PHI>NO) LB Nakobe Dean Georgia
17 Los Angeles Chargers OT Trevor Penning Northern Iowa
18 Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) EDGE George Karlaftis Purdue
19 *New York Giants (via PHI>NO) CB Trent McDuffie Washington
20 Pittsburgh Steelers QB Desmond Ridder Cincinnati
21 New England Patriots LB Devin Lloyd Utah
22 Green Bay Packers (via LV) WR Chris Olave Ohio State
23 Arizona Cardinals EDGE Jermaine Johnson II Florida State
24 Dallas Cowboys C Tyler Linderbaum Iowa
25 Buffalo Bills CB Kyler Gordon Washington
26 Tennessee Titans OL Kenyon Green Texas A&M
27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Jordan Davis Georgia
28 Green Bay Packers EDGE David Ojabo Michigan
29 Kansas City Chiefs (via MIA) WR Jameson Williams Alabama
30 Kansas City Chiefs EDGE Boye Mafe Minnesota
31 Cincinnati Bengals OG Zion Johnson Boston College
32 Detroit Lions (via LAR) WR Jahan Dotson Penn State

Ryan Dodson’s 2022 NFL mock draft

Ryan Dodson projects an interesting trade scenario in this 2022 NFL mock draft.

Ryan Dodson presents our latest NFL mock draft of 2022. Sound off on social media to let us know your thoughts, and be sure to check our 2022 NFL Draft Central page to keep track of all of the offerings.

2022 NFL Mock Draft

* represents projected trade

Pick Team Pos Player School
1 Jacksonville Jaguars EDGE Aidan Hutchinson Michigan
2 Detroit Lions EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux Oregon
3 Houston Texans OT Ickey Ekwonu N.C. State
4 *Washington Commanders (via NYJ) QB Malik Willis Liberty
5 New York Giants S Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame
6 Carolina Panthers QB Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh
7 New York Giants (via CHI) EDGE Travon Walker Georgia
8 Atlanta Falcons WR Garrett Wilson Ohio State
9 Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) CB Sauce Gardner Cincinnati
10 New York Jets (via SEA) OT Evan Neal Alabama
11 *New York Jets (via WAS) WR Drake London USC
12 Minnesota Vikings CB Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
13 Houston Texans (via CLE) EDGE Jermaine Johnson II Florida State
14 Baltimore Ravens LB Nakobe Dean Georgia
15 Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) CB Trent McDuffie Washington
16 New Orleans Saints (via IND>PHI) WR Jameson Williams Alabama
17 Los Angeles Chargers OT Trevor Penning Northern Iowa
18 Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) WR Treylon Burks Arkansas
19 New Orleans Saints (via PHI) LB Devin Lloyd Utah
20 Pittsburgh Steelers DT Jordan Davis Georgia
21 New England Patriots CB Kyler Gordon Washington
22 Green Bay Packers (via LV) WR Jahan Dotson Penn State
23 Arizona Cardinals WR Chris Olave Ohio State
24 Dallas Cowboys EDGE George Karlaftis Purdue
25 Buffalo Bills DL Devonte Wyatt Georgia
26 Tennessee Titans EDGE David Ojabo Michigan
27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Charles Cross Mississippi State
28 Green Bay Packers S Dax Hill Michigan
29 Kansas City Chiefs (via MIA) OL Kenyon Green Texas A&M
30 Kansas City Chiefs CB Andrew Booth Clemson
31 Cincinnati Bengals OT Tyler Smith Tulsa
32 Detroit Lions (via LAR) LB Quay Walker Georgia

Cletis Cutts’ 2022 NFL mock draft

Cletis Cutts releases his 2022 NFL mock draft.

Cletis Cutts presents our latest NFL mock draft of 2022. Sound off on social media to let us know your thoughts, and be sure to check our 2022 NFL Draft Central page to keep track of all of the offerings.

2022 NFL Mock Draft

Pick Team Pos Player School
1 Jacksonville Jaguars EDGE Aidan Hutchinson Michigan
2 Detroit Lions QB Malik Willis Liberty
3 Houston Texans EDGE Travon Walker Georgia
4 New York Jets CB Sauce Gardner Cincinnati
5 New York Giants OT Evan Neal Alabama
6 Carolina Panthers QB Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh
7 New York Giants (via CHI) EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux Oregon
8 Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London USC
9 Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) OT Ickey Ekwonu N.C. State
10 New York Jets (via SEA) EDGE Jermaine Johnson II Florida State
11 Washington Commanders S Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame
12 Minnesota Vikings DT Jordan Davis Georgia
13 Houston Texans (via CLE) OT Charles Cross Mississippi State
14 Baltimore Ravens EDGE George Karlaftis Purdue
15 Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) DL Devonte Wyatt Georgia
16 New Orleans Saints (via IND>PHI) QB Matt Corral Ole Miss
17 Los Angeles Chargers OT Trevor Penning Northern Iowa
18 Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) WR Chris Olave Ohio State
19 New Orleans Saints (via PHI) WR Garrett Wilson Ohio State
20 Pittsburgh Steelers CB Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
21 New England Patriots WR Jameson Williams Alabama
22 Green Bay Packers (via LV) WR Treylon Burks Arkansas
23 Arizona Cardinals EDGE Boye Mafe Minnesota
24 Dallas Cowboys OG Zion Johnson Boston College
25 Buffalo Bills CB Trent McDuffie Washington
26 Tennessee Titans OT Tyler Smith Tulsa
27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Jahan Dotson Penn State
28 Green Bay Packers LB Nakobe Dean Georgia
29 Kansas City Chiefs (via MIA) WR Christian Watson North Dakota State
30 Kansas City Chiefs EDGE Arnold Ebiketie Penn State
31 Cincinnati Bengals C Tyler Linderbaum Iowa
32 Detroit Lions (via LAR) LB Devin Lloyd Utah

Fantasy football mock draft series: July takeaways

A mock draft review from a recent July gathering of professionals.

Here we are in late July with another fantasy football mock draft review. Feel free to compare and contrast the previous two — May and June — to see what has changed. The July draft involved a different group of participants from those two, so I’ve decided not to directly compare them but rather give thoughts on the picks and some rationale for my selections.

Before getting into my individual picks, here are a few positional observations from this 12-team, PPR draft.

  • Like in the June draft, Patrick Mahomes was a third-round pick (31st) overall. He and Josh Allen were the only two quarterbacks to go in the first four rounds. Eleven QBs were chosen in the first 100 picks.
  • Nine of the Round 1 choices were running backs. The position represented 14 of the first 24 chosen players. Among the first 100 picks, 40 running backs came off the board.
  • Wide receiver claimed 41 of the first 100 selections, splitting nearly even with 20 receivers in the first 50 spots. Among the 24 choices in Rounds 2 and 3, half went to the position.
  • Eight tight ends were chosen in the first 100 picks, and only two of them came off the board in the first 42 selections.

Below is a snapshot of the first 10 rounds broken down by number of positional picks from both the June and July drafts, including the change by round and overall. As mentioned, these drafts included different participants, so it may not be an entirely fair comparison. Note: This draft took place right before Cam Akers was injured.

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June draft results July draft results Change +/-
Rnd QB RB WR TE Rnd QB RB WR TE QB RB WR TE
1 0 9 2 1 1 0 9 2 1 0 0 0 0
2 0 6 5 1 2 0 5 6 1 0 -1 1 0
3 1 3 7 1 3 1 5 6 0 0 2 -1 -1
4 0 4 7 1 4 1 5 5 1 1 1 -2 0
5 1 6 5 0 5 2 2 8 0 1 -4 3 0
6 1 2 7 2 6 2 3 3 4 1 1 -4 2
7 2 2 7 1 7 2 7 3 0 0 5 -4 -1
8 2 5 4 1 8 2 3 6 1 0 -2 2 0
9 2 4 5 1 9 3 4 4 1 1 0 -1 0
10 0 8 4 0 10 1 0 8 3 1 -8 4 3
Total 9 49 53 9 Total 14 43 51 12 5 -6 -2 3

Round-by-round picks

Pick Rnd Player Tm Pos Pos rnk Pick Rnd Player Tm Pos Pos rnk
1 1.1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB RB1 101 9.5 Tyler Boyd CIN WR WR42
2 1.2 Dalvin Cook MIN RB RB2 102 9.6 Nyheim Hines IND RB RB41
3 1.3 Alvin Kamara NO RB RB3 103 9.7 Dallas Goedert PHI TE TE9
4 1.4 Saquon Barkley NYG RB RB4 104 9.8 Joe Burrow CIN QB QB12
5 1.5 Derrick Henry TEN RB RB5 105 9.9 J.D. McKissic WAS RB RB42
6 1.6 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB RB6 106 9.1 Jalen Hurts PHI QB QB13
7 1.7 Jonathan Taylor IND RB RB7 107 9.11 Tony Pollard DAL RB RB43
8 1.8 Travis Kelce KC TE TE1 108 9.12 Will Fuller MIA WR WR43
9 1.9 Nick Chubb CLE RB RB8 109 10.1 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR WR44
10 1.1 Tyreek Hill KC WR WR1 110 10.2 Tyler Higbee LAR TE TE10
11 1.11 Davante Adams GB WR WR2 111 10.3 Marquise Brown BAL WR WR45
12 1.12 Aaron Jones GB RB RB9 112 10.4 Henry Ruggs III LV WR WR46
13 2.1 Cam Akers LAR RB RB10 113 10.5 Matt Ryan ATL QB QB14
14 2.2 Joe Mixon CIN RB RB11 114 10.6 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAX WR WR47
15 2.3 Antonio Gibson WAS RB RB12 115 10.7 Antonio Brown TB WR WR48
16 2.4 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR WR3 116 10.8 Robert Tonyan GB TE TE11
17 2.5 Najee Harris PIT RB RB13 117 10.9 Michael Gallup DAL WR WR49
18 2.6 Stefon Diggs BUF WR WR4 118 10.1 Mike Williams LAC WR WR50
19 2.7 Calvin Ridley ATL WR WR5 119 10.11 Hunter Henry NE TE TE12
20 2.8 Austin Ekeler LAC RB RB14 120 10.12 Corey Davis NYJ WR WR51
21 2.9 A.J. Brown TEN WR WR6 121 11.1 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB RB44
22 2.1 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR WR7 122 11.2 Denzel Mims NYJ WR WR52
23 2.11 Justin Jefferson MIN WR WR8 123 11.3 T Y Hilton IND WR WR53
24 2.12 Darren Waller LV TE TE2 124 11.4 Kenyan Drake LV RB RB45
25 3.1 Terry McLaurin WAS WR WR9 125 11.5 Cole Beasley BUF WR WR54
26 3.2 Josh Jacobs LV RB RB15 126 11.6 Trevor Lawrence JAX QB QB15
27 3.3 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB RB16 127 11.7 Marvin Jones JAX WR WR55
28 3.4 Chris Carson SEA RB RB17 128 11.8 Phillip Lindsay HOU RB RB46
29 3.5 Michael Thomas NO WR WR10 129 11.9 Russell Gage ATL WR WR56
30 3.6 Keenan Allen LAC WR WR11 130 11.1 Jamaal Williams DET RB RB47
31 3.7 Patrick Mahomes KC QB QB1 131 11.11 AJ Dillon GB RB RB48
32 3.8 Allen Robinson CHI WR WR12 132 11.12 Tevin Coleman NYJ RB RB49
33 3.9 David Montgomery CHI RB RB18 133 12.1 Darnell Mooney CHI WR WR57
34 3.1 D’Andre Swift DET RB RB19 134 12.2 Mecole Hardman KC WR WR58
35 3.11 Robert Woods LAR WR WR13 135 12.3 Elijah Moore NYJ WR WR59
36 3.12 Mike Evans TB WR WR14 136 12.4 Javian Hawkins ATL RB RB50
37 4.1 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB RB20 137 12.5 Giovani Bernard TB RB RB51
38 4.2 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR WR15 138 12.6 Mike Gesicki MIA TE TE13
39 4.3 Miles Sanders PHI RB RB21 139 12.7 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT Def/ST DT1
40 4.4 Julio Jones TEN WR WR16 140 12.8 Zach Ertz PHI TE TE14
41 4.5 Mike Davis ATL RB RB22 141 12.9 Rob Gronkowski TB TE TE15
42 4.6 Chris Godwin TB WR WR17 142 12.1 Irv Smith Jr. MIN TE TE16
43 4.7 George Kittle SF TE TE3 143 12.11 Marlon Mack IND RB RB52
44 4.8 Myles Gaskin MIA RB RB23 144 12.12 Kirk Cousins MIN QB QB16
45 4.9 Josh Allen BUF QB QB2 145 13.1 Los Angeles Rams LAR Def/ST DT2
46 4.1 Kenny Golladay NYG WR WR18 146 13.2 Emmanuel Sanders BUF WR WR60
47 4.11 Cooper Kupp LAR WR WR19 147 13.3 Carson Wentz IND QB QB17
48 4.12 Chase Edmonds ARI RB RB24 148 13.4 Latavius Murray NO RB RB53
49 5.1 Adam Thielen MIN WR WR20 149 13.5 Nelson Agholor NE WR WR61
50 5.2 James Robinson JAX RB RB25 150 13.6 Jakobi Meyers NE WR WR62
51 5.3 Kyler Murray ARI QB QB3 151 13.7 Baker Mayfield CLE QB QB18
52 5.4 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR WR21 152 13.8 Tyrell Williams DET WR WR63
53 5.5 Lamar Jackson BAL QB QB4 153 13.9 Jared Cook LAC TE TE17
54 5.6 Kareem Hunt CLE RB RB26 154 13.1 Evan Engram NYG TE TE18
55 5.7 Amari Cooper DAL WR WR22 155 13.11 Alexander Mattison MIN RB RB54
56 5.8 Courtland Sutton DEN WR WR23 156 13.12 Darrell Henderson LAR RB RB55
57 5.9 Tyler Lockett SEA WR WR24 157 14.1 Salvon Ahmed MIA RB RB56
58 5.1 Diontae Johnson PIT WR WR25 158 14.2 Washington FB Team WAS Def/ST DT3
59 5.11 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR WR26 159 14.3 Jalen Reagor PHI WR WR64
60 5.12 D.J. Moore CAR WR WR27 160 14.4 Jameis Winston NO QB QB19
61 6.1 Kyle Pitts ATL TE TE4 161 14.5 Adam Trautman NO TE TE19
62 6.2 Dak Prescott DAL QB QB5 162 14.6 Baltimore Ravens BAL Def/ST DT4
63 6.3 T.J. Hockenson DET TE TE5 163 14.7 Justin Tucker BAL K PK1
64 6.4 Mark Andrews BAL TE TE6 164 14.8 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB QB20
65 6.5 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR WR28 165 14.9 Joshua Kelley LAC RB RB57
66 6.6 Travis Etienne JAX RB RB27 166 14.1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB Def/ST DT5
67 6.7 Justin Herbert LAC QB QB6 167 14.11 Cleveland Browns CLE Def/ST DT6
68 6.8 Raheem Mostert SF RB RB28 168 14.12 Anthony Firkser TEN TE TE20
69 6.9 Noah Fant DEN TE TE7 169 15.1 Harrison Butker KC K PK2
70 6.1 Damien Harris NE RB RB29 170 15.2 Rodrigo Blankenship IND K PK3
71 6.11 Tee Higgins CIN WR WR29 171 15.3 Tyler Bass BUF K PK4
72 6.12 Ja’Marr Chase CIN WR WR30 172 15.4 Younghoe Koo ATL K PK5
73 7.1 Russell Wilson SEA QB QB7 173 15.5 Greg Zuerlein DAL K PK6
74 7.2 Javonte Williams DEN RB RB30 174 15.6 James White NE RB RB58
75 7.3 D.J. Chark JAX WR WR31 175 15.7 Tre’Quan Smith NO WR WR65
76 7.4 Chase Claypool PIT WR WR32 176 15.8 New England Patriots NE Def/ST DT7
77 7.5 David Johnson HOU RB RB31 177 15.9 Indianapolis Colts IND Def/ST DT8
78 7.6 Michael Carter NYJ RB RB32 178 15.1 Miami Dolphins MIA Def/ST DT9
79 7.7 Melvin Gordon DEN RB RB33 179 15.11 Ryan Succop TB K PK7
80 7.8 James Conner ARI RB RB34 180 15.12 Buffalo Bills BUF Def/ST DT10
81 7.9 Trey Sermon SF RB RB35 181 16.1 Wil Lutz NO K PK8
82 7.1 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR WR33 182 16.2 Daniel Jones NYG QB QB21
83 7.11 Zack Moss BUF RB RB36 183 16.3 Daniel Carlson LV K PK9
84 7.12 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB QB8 184 16.4 Jason Sanders MIA K PK10
85 8.1 Deebo Samuel SF WR WR34 185 16.5 Joey Slye CAR K PK11
86 8.2 Ronald Jones II TB RB RB37 186 16.6 Matt Gay LAR K PK12
87 8.3 DeVonta Smith PHI WR WR35 187 16.7 Cole Kmet CHI TE TE21
88 8.4 Matthew Stafford LAR QB QB9 188 16.8 San Francisco 49ers SF Def/ST DT11
89 8.5 Robby Anderson CAR WR WR36 189 16.9 Denver Broncos DEN Def/ST DT12
90 8.6 Leonard Fournette TB RB RB38 190 16.1 Breshad Perriman DET WR WR66
91 8.7 Brandin Cooks HOU WR WR37 191 16.11 Austin Hooper CLE TE TE22
92 8.8 DeVante Parker MIA WR WR38 192 16.12 Tarik Cohen CHI RB RB59
93 8.9 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR WR39
94 8.1 Logan Thomas WAS TE TE8
95 8.11 Aaron Rodgers GB QB QB10
96 8.12 Devin Singletary BUF RB RB39
97 9.1 Jarvis Landry CLE WR WR40
98 9.2 Tom Brady TB QB QB11
99 9.3 Gus Edwards BAL RB RB40
100 9.4 Curtis Samuel WAS WR WR41

Results by position

Pick Rnd Player Tm Pos Pos rnk Pick Rnd Player Tm Pos Pos rnk
31 3.7 Patrick Mahomes KC QB QB1 10 1.1 Tyreek Hill KC WR WR1
45 4.9 Josh Allen BUF QB QB2 11 1.11 Davante Adams GB WR WR2
51 5.3 Kyler Murray ARI QB QB3 16 2.4 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR WR3
53 5.5 Lamar Jackson BAL QB QB4 18 2.6 Stefon Diggs BUF WR WR4
62 6.2 Dak Prescott DAL QB QB5 19 2.7 Calvin Ridley ATL WR WR5
67 6.7 Justin Herbert LAC QB QB6 21 2.9 A.J. Brown TEN WR WR6
73 7.1 Russell Wilson SEA QB QB7 22 2.1 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR WR7
84 7.12 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB QB8 23 2.11 Justin Jefferson MIN WR WR8
88 8.4 Matthew Stafford LAR QB QB9 25 3.1 Terry McLaurin WAS WR WR9
95 8.11 Aaron Rodgers GB QB QB10 29 3.5 Michael Thomas NO WR WR10
98 9.2 Tom Brady TB QB QB11 30 3.6 Keenan Allen LAC WR WR11
104 9.8 Joe Burrow CIN QB QB12 32 3.8 Allen Robinson CHI WR WR12
106 9.1 Jalen Hurts PHI QB QB13 35 3.11 Robert Woods LAR WR WR13
113 10.5 Matt Ryan ATL QB QB14 36 3.12 Mike Evans TB WR WR14
126 11.6 Trevor Lawrence JAX QB QB15 38 4.2 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR WR15
144 12.12 Kirk Cousins MIN QB QB16 40 4.4 Julio Jones TEN WR WR16
147 13.3 Carson Wentz IND QB QB17 42 4.6 Chris Godwin TB WR WR17
151 13.7 Baker Mayfield CLE QB QB18 46 4.1 Kenny Golladay NYG WR WR18
160 14.4 Jameis Winston NO QB QB19 47 4.11 Cooper Kupp LAR WR WR19
164 14.8 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB QB20 49 5.1 Adam Thielen MIN WR WR20
182 16.2 Daniel Jones NYG QB QB21 52 5.4 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR WR21
1 1.1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB RB1 55 5.7 Amari Cooper DAL WR WR22
2 1.2 Dalvin Cook MIN RB RB2 56 5.8 Courtland Sutton DEN WR WR23
3 1.3 Alvin Kamara NO RB RB3 57 5.9 Tyler Lockett SEA WR WR24
4 1.4 Saquon Barkley NYG RB RB4 58 5.1 Diontae Johnson PIT WR WR25
5 1.5 Derrick Henry TEN RB RB5 59 5.11 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR WR26
6 1.6 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB RB6 60 5.12 D.J. Moore CAR WR WR27
7 1.7 Jonathan Taylor IND RB RB7 65 6.5 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR WR28
9 1.9 Nick Chubb CLE RB RB8 71 6.11 Tee Higgins CIN WR WR29
12 1.12 Aaron Jones GB RB RB9 72 6.12 Ja’Marr Chase CIN WR WR30
13 2.1 Cam Akers LAR RB RB10 75 7.3 D.J. Chark JAX WR WR31
14 2.2 Joe Mixon CIN RB RB11 76 7.4 Chase Claypool PIT WR WR32
15 2.3 Antonio Gibson WAS RB RB12 82 7.1 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR WR33
17 2.5 Najee Harris PIT RB RB13 85 8.1 Deebo Samuel SF WR WR34
20 2.8 Austin Ekeler LAC RB RB14 87 8.3 DeVonta Smith PHI WR WR35
26 3.2 Josh Jacobs LV RB RB15 89 8.5 Robby Anderson CAR WR WR36
27 3.3 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB RB16 91 8.7 Brandin Cooks HOU WR WR37
28 3.4 Chris Carson SEA RB RB17 92 8.8 DeVante Parker MIA WR WR38
33 3.9 David Montgomery CHI RB RB18 93 8.9 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR WR39
34 3.1 D’Andre Swift DET RB RB19 97 9.1 Jarvis Landry CLE WR WR40
37 4.1 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB RB20 100 9.4 Curtis Samuel WAS WR WR41
39 4.3 Miles Sanders PHI RB RB21 101 9.5 Tyler Boyd CIN WR WR42
41 4.5 Mike Davis ATL RB RB22 108 9.12 Will Fuller MIA WR WR43
44 4.8 Myles Gaskin MIA RB RB23 109 10.1 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR WR44
48 4.12 Chase Edmonds ARI RB RB24 111 10.3 Marquise Brown BAL WR WR45
50 5.2 James Robinson JAX RB RB25 112 10.4 Henry Ruggs III LV WR WR46
54 5.6 Kareem Hunt CLE RB RB26 114 10.6 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAX WR WR47
66 6.6 Travis Etienne JAX RB RB27 115 10.7 Antonio Brown TB WR WR48
68 6.8 Raheem Mostert SF RB RB28 117 10.9 Michael Gallup DAL WR WR49
70 6.1 Damien Harris NE RB RB29 118 10.1 Mike Williams LAC WR WR50
74 7.2 Javonte Williams DEN RB RB30 120 10.12 Corey Davis NYJ WR WR51
77 7.5 David Johnson HOU RB RB31 122 11.2 Denzel Mims NYJ WR WR52
78 7.6 Michael Carter NYJ RB RB32 123 11.3 T Y Hilton IND WR WR53
79 7.7 Melvin Gordon DEN RB RB33 125 11.5 Cole Beasley BUF WR WR54
80 7.8 James Conner ARI RB RB34 127 11.7 Marvin Jones JAX WR WR55
81 7.9 Trey Sermon SF RB RB35 129 11.9 Russell Gage ATL WR WR56
83 7.11 Zack Moss BUF RB RB36 133 12.1 Darnell Mooney CHI WR WR57
86 8.2 Ronald Jones II TB RB RB37 134 12.2 Mecole Hardman KC WR WR58
90 8.6 Leonard Fournette TB RB RB38 135 12.3 Elijah Moore NYJ WR WR59
96 8.12 Devin Singletary BUF RB RB39 146 13.2 Emmanuel Sanders BUF WR WR60
99 9.3 Gus Edwards BAL RB RB40 149 13.5 Nelson Agholor NE WR WR61
102 9.6 Nyheim Hines IND RB RB41 150 13.6 Jakobi Meyers NE WR WR62
105 9.9 J.D. McKissic WAS RB RB42 152 13.8 Tyrell Williams DET WR WR63
107 9.11 Tony Pollard DAL RB RB43 159 14.3 Jalen Reagor PHI WR WR64
121 11.1 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB RB44 175 15.7 Tre’Quan Smith NO WR WR65
124 11.4 Kenyan Drake LV RB RB45 190 16.1 Breshad Perriman DET WR WR66
128 11.8 Phillip Lindsay HOU RB RB46 163 14.7 Justin Tucker BAL PK PK1
130 11.1 Jamaal Williams DET RB RB47 169 15.1 Harrison Butker KC PK PK2
131 11.11 AJ Dillon GB RB RB48 170 15.2 Rodrigo Blankenship IND PK PK3
132 11.12 Tevin Coleman NYJ RB RB49 171 15.3 Tyler Bass BUF PK PK4
136 12.4 Javian Hawkins ATL RB RB50 172 15.4 Younghoe Koo ATL PK PK5
137 12.5 Giovani Bernard TB RB RB51 173 15.5 Greg Zuerlein DAL PK PK6
143 12.11 Marlon Mack IND RB RB52 179 15.11 Ryan Succop TB PK PK7
148 13.4 Latavius Murray NO RB RB53 181 16.1 Wil Lutz NO PK PK8
155 13.11 Alexander Mattison MIN RB RB54 183 16.3 Daniel Carlson LV PK PK9
156 13.12 Darrell Henderson LAR RB RB55 184 16.4 Jason Sanders MIA PK PK10
157 14.1 Salvon Ahmed MIA RB RB56 185 16.5 Joey Slye CAR PK PK11
165 14.9 Joshua Kelley LAC RB RB57 186 16.6 Matt Gay LAR PK PK12
174 15.6 James White NE RB RB58 139 12.7 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT D/ST DT1
192 16.12 Tarik Cohen CHI RB RB59 145 13.1 Los Angeles Rams LAR D/ST DT2
8 1.8 Travis Kelce KC TE TE1 158 14.2 Washington FB Team WAS D/ST DT3
24 2.12 Darren Waller LV TE TE2 162 14.6 Baltimore Ravens BAL D/ST DT4
43 4.7 George Kittle SF TE TE3 166 14.1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB D/ST DT5
61 6.1 Kyle Pitts ATL TE TE4 167 14.11 Cleveland Browns CLE D/ST DT6
63 6.3 T.J. Hockenson DET TE TE5 176 15.8 New England Patriots NE D/ST DT7
64 6.4 Mark Andrews BAL TE TE6 177 15.9 Indianapolis Colts IND D/ST DT8
69 6.9 Noah Fant DEN TE TE7 178 15.1 Miami Dolphins MIA D/ST DT9
94 8.1 Logan Thomas WAS TE TE8 180 15.12 Buffalo Bills BUF D/ST DT10
103 9.7 Dallas Goedert PHI TE TE9 188 16.8 San Francisco 49ers SF D/ST DT11
110 10.2 Tyler Higbee LAR TE TE10 189 16.9 Denver Broncos DEN D/ST DT12
116 10.8 Robert Tonyan GB TE TE11
119 10.11 Hunter Henry NE TE TE12
138 12.6 Mike Gesicki MIA TE TE13
140 12.8 Zach Ertz PHI TE TE14
141 12.9 Rob Gronkowski TB TE TE15
142 12.1 Irv Smith Jr. MIN TE TE16
153 13.9 Jared Cook LAC TE TE17
154 13.1 Evan Engram NYG TE TE18
161 14.5 Adam Trautman NO TE TE19
168 14.12 Anthony Firkser TEN TE TE20
187 16.7 Cole Kmet CHI TE TE21
191 16.11 Austin Hooper CLE TE TE22

My team

1:09) RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns: I had hoped somehow Jonathan Taylor would fall to me, but that was wishful thinking. The selection of Chubb gives me a legitimate RB1 with double-digit TD potential in a run-heavy offense.

2:04) WR DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals: There would have been an internal debate over Nuk and Washington RB Antonio Gibson in this spot, until the latter was taken a pick beforehand. Hopkins is arguably the safest WR1 in the game today, and his selection gives me two elite players to anchor the lineup.

3:09) RB David Montgomery, Chicago Bears: If I’m being candidate, Montgomery worries me to a degree. He will have more competition for touches this year, and I’m not keen on what may happen if Andy Dalton loses the starting job at some point to a rookie. Even still, I chose Monty for variety and because he should still shoulder the load. D’Andre Swift was a consideration here.

4:04) WR Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans: If healthy, Jones is a dynamic WR2 behind Hopkins. The selection of Baltimore RB J.K. Dobbins a few picks before made my decision much easier. The former Falcons star could put my team over the top.

5:09) WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks: This selection would have been Courtland Sutton, but in classic fantasy fashion, he went one pick ahead of me. Lockett is a slightly safer choice anyway and still has upper-end WR2 potential as my third.

6:04) TE Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens: While tight ends usually are not my thing this early, Andrews is basically the WR1 of this offense and gives me a plug-n-play starter. T.J. Hockenson would have been the guy if he hadn’t gone the with the prior pick.

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7:09) RB Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers: There is no running back I rather gamble on in 2021 drafts than the rookie. I’m not convinced Raheem Mostert will be even the “1a” of the backfield, and his durability concerns could make Sermon as close to a workhorse as possible in a Kyle Shanahan offense.

8:04) QB Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams: The weaponry and system are in place for Stafford to be dominant. Even though Round 8 may be a hair on the early side for my tastes, I wasn’t going to miss out on him after eight other QBs had been chosen.

9:09) RB J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team: After taking a chance on Sermon, it was time to practice what I’ve been preaching all offseason: McKissic is a steal, even with Curtis Samuel’s addition to the roster. Last year’s RB17 is going in the RB40+ range. Huge discount.

10:04) WR Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders: Forget last year’s unmitigated disaster of a rookie campaign. There’s little concern when making a 10th-round investment while already having three strong wideouts rostered.

11:09) WR Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons: A season after filling in admirably for an injured Julio Jones, Gage gets an opportunity to become the team’s No. 2. Strong PPR potential at a low-cost price tag. Late-rounders like Gage help win fantasy championships.

12:04) RB Javian Hawkins, Atlanta Falcons: Consecutive Dirty Birds may not be appealing to many drafters, yet I couldn’t pass on the upside of Hawkins in PPR. He may turn out to be nothing at all, which is perfectly fine in Round 12 as my RB5.

13:09) TE Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers: It is quite rare for me to draft two tight ends, especially after investing early in my first one. However, Cook’s reunion with new Bolts OC Joe Lombardi has my interest piqued. LA has all of the factors in place to make Cook a borderline starting option.

14:04) QB Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints: The former Buccaneer vs. Daniel Jones was my decision here. Timing couldn’t have been much worse, since Michael Thomas surgery news broke shortly thereafter.

Fantasy football mock draft series: June takeaways

A mock draft review from mid-June gets compared to May’s picks.

As of mid-June, the frequency of fantasy football drafts is really increasing. Last month, I gave thoughts on an industry mock draft … let’s see how much has changed over the last 30 days or so.

Out of respect for the hosts of this draft, no reference will be made to its identity so the content remains fresh on their end, nor will the entire draft results be published here. The blurbs about my team below were provided to the draft host and will appear in a magazine as part of a larger evaluation of the draft.

Before getting into my individual picks, here are a few generalized observations from this 12-team, PPR draft.

  • In May’s draft, the first QB came off of the board in late Round 4 (Patrick Mahomes). This time around, Mahomes once again was the first passer, being selected more than a full round in advance. His ADP in more casual circles remains 11th overall, which is absurdly early.
  • Three fewer running backs were drafted in the first three rounds, with those picks being evenly spread among the other skill positions. This is mostly inconsequential, but it could suggest experienced gamers are becoming more comfortable waiting on the position now that we’ve had some distance from free agency and the NFL draft. It will be interesting to see if a trend develops in future drafts.
  • The two drafts varied ever so slightly from round to round on the basis of which positions were chosen and when. The only serious differences came from the running back and tight end positions. Four fewer players were selected at TE, and as many were added to the pool of rushers chosen in the first 120 selections.

Recurring themes from May’s drafting:

  • Selecting in the top six is a great situation this year. You’re bound to come away with a legit No. 1 running back. There’s enough depth at the position to either go with a pair in the opening two rounds or alternate between RB and WR in the first four rounds while still coming away with a strong nucleus.
  • Quarterback remains quite deep, with a viable starter being available into the 12th round or so. Tight end remains a little top-heavy, but it has filled out more so than the past couple of years. It really could be the deepest class for raw talent among recent drafts, but whether we reap the rewards will require gamers to take risks.

Here’s a snapshot of the first 10 rounds broken down by number of positional picks from both drafts, including the change by round and overall.

May draft results
June draft results
Change +/-
Rnd
QB
RB
WR
TE
Rnd
QB
RB
WR
TE
 

QB
RB
WR
TE
1
0
11
1
0
1
0
9
2
1
0
-2
1
1
2
0
5
6
1
2
0
6
5
1
0
1
-1
0
3
0
5
6
1
3
1
3
7
1
1
-2
1
0
4
1
2
8
1
4
0
4
7
1
-1
2
-1
0
5
1
5
6
0
5
1
6
5
0
0
1
-1
0
6
1
3
6
2
6
1
2
7
2
0
-1
1
0
7
1
5
4
2
7
2
2
7
1
1
-3
3
-1
8
5
0
5
2
8
2
5
4
1
-3
5
-1
-1
9
0
4
5
3
9
2
4
5
1
2
0
0
-2
10
1
5
5
1
10
0
8
4
0
-1
3
-1
-1
Total
10
45
52
13
Total
9
49
53
9
-1
4
1
-4

My team

1:01) RB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers: Truthfully, I’m quite nervous about drafting McCaffrey, but the only other consideration (Dalvin Cook) also has significant injury concerns. Fingers crossed, but a healthy season should justify this pick in PPR scoring.

2:12) RB D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions: One of my top breakout candidates for 2021, Swift has a strong possibility to crack the top-12 rushers in PPR. I love the offensive philosophy and commitment to the ground game under this coaching regime.

3:01) WR Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers: A full offseason between Allen and Justin Herbert should take this pitch-and-catch combo to a new level in this Sean Payton-derivative system. Herbert is no stranger to new coaches, and Allen is a PPR monster.

4:12) WR Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans: If healthy, my No. 2 receiver will threaten the top-10 at his position, even with A.J. Brown’s explosive ways garnering copious looks. Expect Tennessee to open up the aerial offense a great deal in 2021.

5:01) RB Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers: A reach, but I didn’t see him making it back to me. Sermon is my top rookie and drastically benefits from Jeff Wilson’s injury. Raheem Mostert was brittle last year, and Sermon ideally fits this system.

6:12) QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills: Earlier than I tend to take a QB, but Allen was a steal at this point of the draft. Game-changing consolation after I missed out on Kyler Murray, my top-ranked passer.

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7:01) WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers: A risk-reward decision … love the talent and versatility, not crazy about the quarterback situation. I considered DeVante Parker, Dallas Goedert and Robby Anderson. If healthy, Samuel should be an adequate WR3 or better most weeks.

8:12) RB J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team: No other player is as undervalued as McKissic. The talent has always been there, and he finally was given an earnest opportunity. He’ll continue to be a weekly PPR flex in this improved passing game.

9:01) WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions: There’s serious risk given how early I chose the rookie. Yet, Detroit needs someone to step up, and St. Brown has drawn rave reviews in OTAs. He could corral nearly 75 passes in best-case scenario.

10:12) RB Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers: Hubbard was a must-add draft target after choosing McCaffrey No. 1 overall. The rookie can step right into the lineup as a dual-threat back in case CMC is besieged by injuries yet again. Huge win.

11:01) TE Anthony Firkser, Tennessee Titans: The Julio Jones addition helps make Firkser this year’s Robert Tonyan. He has “TD-heavy breakout” written all over him. Julio is no stranger to injury, which would thrust Firkser into the No. 2 target role.

12:12) WR Jamison Crowder, New York Jets: Contract squabble settled, Crowder should be the most stable receiving weapon in this offense for PPR scoring. There’s zero downside here as my WR5.

13:01) TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz will wind up with a prominent role somewhere, and I suspect it will be Indianapolis. Even if Ertz remains an Eagle, he offers a reasonable insurance policy to my risky selection of Firkser.

14:12) WR Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills: He emerge as the WR2 alongside Stefon Diggs. Buffalo isn’t afraid to sling it, and Davis could prove to be a huge value with the well-seasoned Emmanuel Sanders and oft-injured Cole Beasley as his barriers.

Fantasy football mock draft series: May takeaways

Is it too early to pick up on trends in fantasy football mock drafts?

It is mid-May, and fantasy football drafts are gaining steam. While I usually have completed several before the NFL draft, this year I opted for a more relaxed approach, and a recently hosted industry mock was my first of the season.

Out of respect for the hosts of this draft, no reference will be made to its identity so the content remains fresh on their end, nor will the entire draft results be published here. The blurbs about my team below were provided to the draft host and will appear in a magazine as part of a larger evaluation of the draft.

Before getting into my individual picks (we didn’t select kickers of defensive teams), here are a few generalized observations from a 12-team, PPR draft.

  • Every Round 1 pick was a running back, minus a WR (Tyreek Hill) chosen at No. 11 overall. Five RBs came off the board in Round 2, which mostly consisted of receivers.
  • The first QB came off of the board in late Round 4 (Patrick Mahomes). It’s odd to see Michael Thomas fall to the middle of Round 3, which is his current ADP, so get used to it — at least until more is know about the starting quarterback battle.
  • In the first 100 picks, 9 QBs, 37 RBs, 44 WRs and 10 TEs were drafted.
  • Drafting in the top six is a great situation this year. You’re bound to come away with a legit No. 1 running back. There’s enough depth at the position to either go with a pair in the opening two rounds or alternate between RB and WR in the first four rounds while still coming away with a strong nucleus.
  • Quarterback remains quite deep, with a viable starter being available into the 12th round or so. Tight end remains a little top-heavy, but it has filled out more so than the past couple of years.

Here’s a snapshot of the first 10 rounds broken down by number of positional picks:

1st: 11 RBs, 1 WRs
2nd: 5 RBs, 6 WRs, 1 TE
3rd: 5 RBs, 6 WRs, 1 TE
4th: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 8 WRs, 1 TE
5th: 1 QB, 5 RBs, 6 WRs
6th: 1 QB, 3 RBs, 6 WRs, 2 TEs
7th: 1 QB, 5 RBs, 4 WRs, 2 TEs
8th: 5 QBs, 5 WRs, 2 TEs
9th: 4 RBs, 5 WRs, 3 TEs
10th: 1 QB, 5 RBs, 5 WRs, 1 TE

My team

1:05) RB Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

I strongly considered Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott, but it was Taylor’s health and offensive line that made the difference. Pick 5 overall is a nice problem to have in 2021.

2:08) RB Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

I intended to come away with two RBs off the bat. Gibson’s youth, TD prowess, offensive line, upgraded quarterback situation, and limited competition drew me to him over Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Najee Harris and D’Andre Swift.

3:05) WR Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

I agonized over Allen in a new offense or Michael Thomas with a new, unsettled QB situation … Allen’s chemistry with Justin Herbert has me feeling more comfortable with a coin flip of a decision.

4:08) WR Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

My queue ahead of choosing Kupp: George Kittle, Julio Jones, Mike Evans … all three went in that order. Kupp gets a QB upgrade and should remain extremely involved. Nice consolation.

5:05) WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

While Seattle should be more balanced this year, Lockett remains a strong WR2 and is my third receiver. The debate mostly came down to him and Courtland Sutton, but Adam Thielen was given thought, too.

6:08) TE Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Drafting TEs this early isn’t usually my thing, but there was a clear drop-off in expected production after Andrews. I’m encouraged the Baltimore WR upgrades helping him see fewer doubles.

7:05) RB Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers

My biggest gamble … Sermon is an ideal fit for this zone-blocking scheme and should ascend the depth chart in fairly short order. The primary worry is consistency, especially if QB Trey Lance starts.

8:08) QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Maybe Brady is another gamble, but the dude is immune to Father Time and has the best receiving corps in football. There should be at least one more QB1 season in his geriatric tank.

9:05) RB Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders

Meh … not terribly inspiring, but there’s room for a major workload if Josh Jacobs continues to be prone to minor injuries or suffers a serious one. Drake will have an occasional flex role.

10:08) WR Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders

Ruggs’ rookie year was nothing short of awful. He gets the benefit of the doubt after an unconventional 2020 offseason. Fingers crossed, he’ll showcase his freakish athleticism with regularity in the upcoming campaign.

11:05) WR Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots

I’m confident in my top three receivers, and Henry Ruggs was a gamble, but Agholor should be fairly safe to cover byes or injuries. He has room to quickly takeover the Pats’ WR pecking order.

12:08) QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

With Tom Brady’s age, a backup is a must. I wanted Matthew Stafford; Burrow should be fine after knee reconstruction, and his WR corps is as promising as the defense is porous.

13:05) RB Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints

Purely a late flier on the “what if” Alvin Kamara were to suffer a serious injury … I wanted relative stability in my fifth RB following a gamble on Trey Sermon.

14:08) WR Tyrell Williams, Detroit Lions

Someone has to catch passes in Motown, right? While D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson may combine for 180 receptions or more, Williams was a reliable WR3/flex during his career before missing last season with a shoulder injury.