This year’s NFL draft is very defensive minded, but there are still some amazing possible fantasy relevant players who would be worth keeping an eye on leading to your 2017/18 Fantasy Football Draft. Here is a MOCK DRAFT of where players may fall and for offensive layers, what fantasy value they could bring IF they were to fall to that team.
- Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE | Texas A&M
- San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas, DE | Stanford
- Chicago Bears – Marshon Lattimore, CB | Ohio State
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathan Allen, DT | Alabama
- Tennessee Titans (From LA) – Jamal Adams, SS | LSU
- New York Jets – Mitchell Trubisky, QB | North Carolina
My prediction is it takes until the sixth pick before we can talk about offensive fantasy relevance. It would be smart for the Jets to get a new starting QB or at least a QB they can train over the course of this season to be a future starter. I do not think Trubisky would be worth any fantasy football value in a one-quarterback, standard scoring league. What this would help is the fantasy value of Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, and maybe even Robby Anderson.
7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker, FS | Ohio State
8. Carolina Panthers – Leonard Fournette, RB | LSU
The Panthers need an apprentice to Jonathan Stewart. If they draft Fournette the two could share the backfield for a season before the injury prone Jonathan Stewart, who is 30-years-old currently, retires or moves on to another team. I would not think Fournette would be fantasy relevant while Stewart is healthy but similar to the DeMarco Murray/Derrick Henry situation in Tennessee, if the veteran back goes down one would have a locked-and-loaded RB1.
9. Cincinnati Bengals – Mike Williams, WR | Clemson
A.J. Green will always be the top receiving option in Cincinnati and the Tyler Boyd/Brandon LaFell back’n’fourth could be broken when the Bengals take a new number 2 WR in the first round. Plus it is always good to have someone who can fill the A.J. Green role if he becomes injured.
10. Buffalo Bills – Corey Davis, WR | Western Michigan
After losing Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin the Bills will have to fill in a needed number 2 receiver spot across from Sammy Watkins. Also a receiver that can fill a WR1 role, because of how injury prone Watkins is. Would be someone to watch in fantasy.
11. New Orleans Saints – Gareon Conley, CB | Ohio State
12. Cleveland Browns (From PHI) – Deshaun Watson, QB | Clemson
The Browns… never a fun team to pick a player from in fantasy football. The Browns have a track record of picking a QB in the middle of the first round… and unfortunately they never really do so well. Watson could break this mold but I would not count on him in fantasy football during his first year. The Browns drafting a QB more so helps whatever RB is in the backfield (probably Isaiah Crowell) and will maybe boost the production in the sophomore season of Corey Coleman.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Derek Barnett, DE | Tennessee
14. Philadelphia Eagles (From MIN) – Chidobe Awuzie, CB | Colorado
15. Indianapolis Colts – Haason Reddick, OLB | Temple
16. Baltimore Ravens – Curtis Samuel, WR | Ohio State
The Ravens need a new receiving option to fill out the backfield. It would be fun and a gamble to draft a Raven’s WR and hope it is the receiver that takes over the Steve Smith role but I would not count on the rookie.
17. Washington Redskins – Christian McCaffrey, RB | Stanford
If Washington take McCaffrey with their 17th pick then this would be my favorite pick of the draft. Robert Kelly has established himself as a good RB, but to rely solely on him would be silly. Adding McCaffrey gives the backfield more depth and because McCaffrey often lines up as a receiver, a good option for Cousins.
18. Tennessee Titans – John Ross, WR | Washington
Adding a breakaway (DeSean Jackson/Phillip Dorsett mix) receiving option will give that backfield some more depth and help out both Marcus Mariota and Rishard Matthews. However, if he produces any fantasy relevance, I can’t see it being anything more than big play type production.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalvin Cook, RB | Florida State
It is clear that Tampa Bay and Doug Martin are not seeing eye to eye. Though they still have Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims III, the Buccaneers still need that go to RB1. Cook, the Florida native, could be another piece added to the offense creating one the best young trios in the NFL and in Fantasy (Winston, Evans, Cook).
20. Denver Broncos – O.J. Howard, TE | Alabama
TE Virgin Green was suppose to be a sneaky free agent pick in last years fantasy football season, but the player just did not meet expectations. If the Broncos draft a TE in the first round then it is clear the team wants to use him. Howard is athletic and could be a great option for whatever inexperience QB the Broncos use this season.
21. Detroit Lions – T.J. Watt, OLB | Wisconsin
22. Miami Dolphins – Forrest Lamp, OG | Western Kentucky
This years draft class is one of the worst for offensive linemen in a long time, still there are some possibly good linemen and the Dolphins need one. If Lamp works out it would help Miami’s running game and give Ryan Tannehill more time to throw.
23. New York Giants – David Njoku, TE | Miami (Fla.)
The TE options in New York last year were okay for weekly starts, but none were worth a draft spot. This could change if the Giants draft a TE in the first round. The passing options would be fruitful for Manning and like I said before, if a team uses a first round pick on a TE they will try to get that player involved.
24. Oakland Raiders – Malik McDowell, DT | Michigan State
25. Houston Texans – DeShone Kizer, QB | Notre Dame
The Texans need a QB bad…. Wait I said that wrong. DeAndre Hopkins NEEDS a QB bad! Last year was a debacle with Osweiler, and it was hard on fantasy owners of Hopkins. If the Texans draft Kizer, I don’t know if he will start right away but really any QB would hopefully be better than Oswiler.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Kevin King, CB | Washington
27. Kansas City Cheifs – Reuben Foster, ILB | Alabama
28. Dallas Cowboys – Charles Harris, DE | Missouri
29. Green Bay Packers – Adoree’ Jackson, CB | Southern California
30. Pittsburg Steelers – Zach Cunningham, OLB | Vanderbilt
31. Atlanta Falcons – Jarrad Davis, ILB | Florida
32. New Orleans Saints (From NE) – Carl Lawson, DE | Auburn
- Cleveland Browns – Jabrill Peppers, SS | Michigan
- San Francisco 49ers – Patrick Mahomes II, QB | Texas Tech
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Ryan Ramczyk, OT | Wisconsin
- Chicago Bears – Chris Godwin, WR | Penn. State
- Los Angeles Rams – Evan Engram, TE | Ole Miss
- Los Angeles Chargers – Taco Charlton, DE | Michigan
- New York Jets – Tre’Davious White, CB | LSU
- Carolina Panthers – Garett Bolles, OT | Utah
- Cincinnati Bengals – Takkarist McKinley, OLB | UCLA
- New Orleans Saints – Tyus Bowser, OLB | Houston
- Philadelphia Eagles – Alvin Kamara, RB | Tennessee
- Buffalo Bills – Budda Baker, FS | Washington
- Arizona Cardinals – Raekwon McMillian, ILB | Ohio State
- Indianapolis Colts – Dan Feeney, OG | Indiana
- Baltimore Ravens – Duke Riley, OLB | LSU
- Minnesota Vikings – Cam Robinson, OT | Alabama
- Washington Redskins – Obi Melifonwu, SS | Connecticut
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chris Wormley, DT | Michigan
- Denver Broncos – Taylor Moton, OT | Western Michigan
- Cleveland Browns (From Tenn.) – Cooper Kupp, WR | Eastern Washington
- Detroit Lions – Tarell Basham, DE | Ohio
- Miami Dolphins – Marlon Humphrey, CB | Alabama
- New York Giants – Davis Webb, QB | California
- Oakland Raiders – Quincy Wilson, CB | Florida
- Houston Texans – Dion Dawkins, OG | Temple
- Seattle Seahawks – Dorian Johnson, OG | Pittsburgh
- Kansas City Chiefs – Larry Ogunjobi, DT | Charlotte
- Dallas Cowboys – Cordrea Tankersley, CB | Clemson
- Green Bay Packers – Jordan Willis, DE | Kansas State
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Josh Jones, SS | NC State
- Atlanta Falcons – Marcus Sanders-Willaism, FS | Utah
- Carolina Panthers (From NE) – Marcus Maye, FS | Florida