Mid-August has finally arrived! That means training camps are in full swing, depth charts are starting to fall into place, injuries are unfortunately occurring, and player stocks are rising and falling. For some of you, it is also time for your rookie drafts. Even if you drafted this spring, it is the perfect time to start sending out some pre-season trade offers. In either case, we are back with one last mock draft to help give you just a little more perspective on the rookie class of 2017.
For this mock, I was joined by 11 other DLF writers just as the first round of the preseason was kicking off. That means we knew about the first few weeks of training camp when we drafted. However, we had no knowledge of any injuries, performances, or other news that happened during or since the first set of games.
We did three rounds with twelve teams. We assumed PPR scoring and traditional lineups (so not a 2QB or superflex league). All of the drafters were asked to give a brief intro to their selection, and I’ll be providing some additional thoughts on each one as well. Personal opinion is of course still in play. We all have our favorites and those we just don’t like. So don’t take this as a ranking or the way a rookie draft should go right now. It is just an example of one rookie draft. Things are still fluid, even at this late stage. There will of course be misses and disagreements, but that is a part of the fun! Enjoy!
If you missed the first round, you can take a look at it here.
2.01 – John Ross, WR CIN
Jeff’s thoughts: Not a huge fan of smaller slot-type receivers but Ross’s route running and feel for space is a cut above most others. He’s got the dynamic ability of a Tavon Austin but the route ability of DeSean Jackson. Makes for a very intriguing selection at the top of the second round.
My thoughts: Ross slipped a little bit in this mock, and I think it is largely due to a fairly quiet summer for him. Between Washington’s late end of the school year preventing Ross from attending OTAs and his recovery from shoulder surgery, he is a little behind. However, given the talent and the opportunity, I think he’s going to catch up fairly quickly. When you consider he’s competing with Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell for snaps, he should be seeing the starting lineup sooner rather than later. With AJ Green on the other side, defenses will have a tough time with Ross’s speed. It could be a dream for Andy Dalton.