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Welcome to the third installment of this year’s Rookie Twitter Poll Mock Draft series. I started doing this last year in an attempt to gauge current rookie values in preparation for upcoming rookie drafts for dynasty fantasy football leagues. Between the February and April Twitter poll mock drafts earlier this spring, I gathered nearly 9,000 votes thanks to the awesome community of fantasy football lovers on Twitter. Now that the real draft has happened and we’re amid rookie draft season, I decided to check the rookie market’s pulse yet again.

So without further ado, let’s see who you, the fantasy football community, would choose in a two round rookie draft right now.  If you have questions or comments just find me on Twitter @FF_TravisM.

      • 1.01 – Corey Davis (WR, Tennessee Titans)

        As a Titans fan, this pick seemed obvious. I was glad to see that you all agreed.  Out of the 259 votes cast on this first poll, 61% of them were for the young stud that is Corey Davis. When you break the record for most receiving yards in FBS history, dominate defenses at all levels of NCAA competition, and then land with a growing quarterback in a healthy offense like Tennessee you’ll generally land at 1.01 in most rookie drafts.

      • 1.02 – Leonard Fournette (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars)

        Leonard Fournette has long been considered a generational talent by many scouts. The jury is definitely still out on that label, but the Jaguars certainly seem to believe in him. After going fourth overall in this year’s NFL Draft that solidified Fournette’s dynasty fantasy football stock in the eyes of many. He’s going 1.02 in many rookie drafts now.

      • 1.03 – Christian McCaffrey (RB, Carolina Panthers)

        After dominating college football, his elite NFL Combine performance, and then being selected eighth overall to the Carolina Panthers, Christian McCaffrey’s ascension to “most hyped rookie of the year” is now complete. He brings elite receiving chops, one-cut running ability, and can return kicks with the best of them. Some people are taking him first overall.

      • 1.04 – Joe Mixon (RB, Cincinnati Bengals)

        Joe Mixon is actually my running back one for dynasty fantasy football. What? Why? Well, Joe Mixon is just shy of Leonard Fournette’s size, but sports the receiving chops of Christian McCaffrey. He was the most efficient running back in all of college football in 2016. Mixon took major snaps away from another running back drafted this year in Samaje Perine who briefly had the record for most rushing yards in a game. Mixon blew everyone away in this poll. There’s virtually no way Mixon gets past pick five in rookie drafts.

      • 1.05 – Dalvin Cook (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

        The NFL Combine and the Vikings’ porous offensive line didn’t do any favors for Dalvin Cook’s rookie draft value. He still isn’t dropping past the five or six slot in most rookie drafts even with many factors seeming to vote against buying into Dalvin’s future. This is the first spot where people in my leagues have really tried to start trading down from.

      • 1.06 – Mike Williams (WR, Los Angeles Chargers)

        The majority of the dynasty fantasy football community seems to love to hate Mike Williams. However, he’s still going around the middle of every first round in rookie drafts. He was selected seventh overall in the real NFL Draft to a high powered offense that throws the ball a lot. There’s still a lot to like about Mike Williams’ chances at being a solid fantasy football option for a long time.

      • 1.07 – O.J. Howard (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

        In 2016 Jameis Winston managed to make Cameron Brate a tight end one for fantasy football. O.J. Howard is a much better athlete with better receiving ability. There’s really no reason not to love a stud athletic tight end playing with a top young quarterback. Howard destroyed the competition on this poll with more than 60% of the votes. So far this rookie mock is pretty chalk.

      • 1.08 – John Ross (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

        This is really about the earliest that John Ross is going in rookie drafts. The thing is, when you mix a 4.22-second 40-yard dash with Ross being selected inside the top ten picks in the NFL Draft, sometimes people will reach for him at pick eight. 45% of people voted for John Ross here. Evan Engram and David Njoku both garnered a healthy vote total as well, but first round wide receivers generally win the battle against tight ends.

      • 1.09 – Alvin Kamara (RB, New Orleans Saints)

        Alvin Kamara’s landing spot has been sold as fantastic and horrible. It depends on who you talk to. Of course Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are still in town for the short term. That doesn’t seem to deter many fantasy owners. Kamara is still easily going inside the first in many leagues. There are several players in the conversation at the nine slot, but Alvin still took down 33% of the total vote edging out both David Njoku and Evan Engram by 8% and 10% respectively.

      • 1.10 – David Njoku (TE, Cleveland Browns)

        Njoku has simply been a hype machine since early spring. He went from near the back end of the third round in rookie mocks of early January to inside round one now. This 20-year-old, massive athletic tight end, has virtually no competition for snaps in Cleveland right away. Many believe he can plug in right away and catch tons of passes. He’ll have to edge out just Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt in the target totem pole. The quarterback situation is still in the shady category, but he still barely beat out Kareem Hunt and Evan Engram in this poll.

      • 1.11 – Evan Engram (TE, New York Giants)

        Seeing Evan Engram go at the 11 spot is actually a little bit of a surprise. I have seen Engram go as low as the 14 slot even in a tight end premium format for some reason. Many dynasty football players are worried about his size, but that may be nearly pointless.  The Giants have already talked about getting him plugged into an in-line traditional tight end role. Given their offensive style they don’t need their tight ends to be massive monsters. If he can jump back and forth between on and off the end of the offensive line to spread things out that makes the Giants offense really difficult to defend.

      • 1.12 – Kareem Hunt (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)

        Kareem Hunt lovers have been on cloud nine since he landed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Fantasy football players in all formats are already crowning Kareem king in the backfield. If that doesn’t happen right away (likely) many will be disappointed. I have zero shares of Kareem because people keep reaching on him. I have seen him go as high as pick seven, but no lower than pick 15.  He’s one of my favorite players to avoid this year given how early he’s going.

      • 2.01 – Samaje Perine (RB, Washington Redskins)

        Samaje Perine would be even more hyped than he is now if Joe Mixon had not been his teammate. Perine has the build and ability to carry a full workload for an NFL team. And it just so happens that Perine landed in a spot where he may have the opportunity to earn that huge workload. Twitter almost voted him in on the 1.12 poll, but he ran away with it here. Samaje earned 127 of the 254 votes on this poll.

      • 2.02 – Zay Jones (WR, Buffalo Bills)

        Zay has a small group of truthers that absolutely love him. But then there are several that just hate his landing spot in Buffalo.  Twitter apparently loved him just enough to take down the 2.02 here. He beat out JuJu Smith-Schuster by just 1% of the votes here. Zay’s NFL Combine performance, Senior Bowl, and draft capital have his stock rising. That’s great for Zay. But the truth is, his projected role in Buffalo is just gross. Zay is easy to avoid in rookie drafts given where he is being selected (sometimes in the first round).

      • 2.03 – JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)

        What has happened to JuJu Smith-Schuster? He was argued by some as the top wide receiver less than a year ago. Now he isn’t even a first round rookie pick? If JuJu drops to this pick it becomes an easy decision. Twitter agreed. JuJu took down 43% of the votes. Curtis Samuel was second with only 23% of the votes here. JuJu is a long-term play in dynasty given his landing spot. Don’t overthink this.

      • 2.04 – Curtis Samuel (WR, Carolina Panthers)

        Curtis Samuel has an interesting landing spot with the Panthers. He’s probably a slot wide receiver with some deep play opportunity in this offense. Ted Ginn was the only speed option the Panthers had last year. Curtis Samuel may eventually offer value in that way. Early on Samuel may have limited snaps. However, Twitter still likes the upside of what Curtis Samuel brings with his versatility. He edged out Chris Godwin and D’Onta Foreman here for pick 16.

      • 2.05 – D’Onta Foreman (RB, Houston Texans)

        Apparently Twitter believes that Lamar Miller is just going to go away. D’Onta Foreman is a massive person that can run really fast in a straight line. That’s great. But can he really force a missed tackle in the NFL? Can he be more than a goal line option? Can he contribute in the passing game? There are several questions surrounding Foreman’s game. Foreman is an easy player to avoid if he’s going in this range.

      • 2.06 – Chris Godwin (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

        Before the Draft, Godwin was nearly going inside the first round. Now it looks like he’ll never been the wide receiver one on his own team. DeSean Jackson is in town. O.J. Howard looks like a legitimate threat at tight end. Oh yeah, and then there’s Mike Evans. Chris Godwin may take a few years to show dividends just like JuJu Smith-Schuster. But! Godwin has the best mix of college production, athletic profile, draft capital and recruiting pedigree of nearly any wide receiver in this class. Don’t let him fall below pick 20.

      • 2.07 – Marlon Mack (RB, Indianapolis Colts)

        Marlon Mack seems like an automatic decision here at pick 19. Frank Gore will be gone very soon. Andrew Luck is his quarterback. Mack can catch passes. He is one of the most explosive running backs in this class given his big play percentage. Several people like to assume that the Colts will simply take a top running back in 2018. That’s lazy analysis and very presumptuous. Marlon Mack has a real shot at significant touches early. Twitter made the right decision here.

      • 2.08 – Joe Williams (RB, San Francisco 49ers)

        Joe Williams’ dynasty stock has exploded since the NFL Draft. By now seemingly everyone has heard that Kyle Shanahan was “banging on the table” for Joe Williams. I don’t believe anyone has any idea what that really means. And so the Twitter and fantasy football community have massively overcorrected with Williams now. Williams has now been going even higher than 2.08 in many rookie drafts. He was going at the end of round three. Now that will definitely not happen. Good luck figuring out when your league mates will reach for Joe.

      • 2.09 – Jamaal Williams (RB, Green Bay Packers)

        Jamaal Williams is a much less athletic version of James Starks. He has all the heart in the world. Jamaal loves to make his one cut and try to cram his way through the line. He may even have a decent opportunity for touches. He’s just simply not even the second best running back on his own team (Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones are better at virtually everything). Fantasy owners are reaching because he plays for the Packers. That’s basically it.

      • 2.10 – Jeremy McNichols (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

        Investing in Jeremy McNicholas in dynasty comes down to one question. Do you believe in Doug Martin? If you do, Jeremy McNichols is probably nearly off your radar entirely. If you don’t, then you’ll probably consider taking McNichols way before this pick.  McNichols has gone as high as pick 14, and as low as pick 28 in my nine completed drafts this summer. McNichols has one of the best athletic profiles in this class, elite balance, and a possibly huge opportunity in an offense full of youth. Getting him at 2.10 is great value.

      • 2.11 – Carlos Henderson (WR, Denver Broncos)

        It’s a shame that Carlos Henderson’s short-term value is basically nothing now. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders accounted for nearly 300 targets last year together. Carlos is a solid wide reciever who may start in the slot, but could start outside later in his career. He (like JuJu and Godwin) probably won’t have much fantasy football value at all until 2019. Despite that, Twitter still easily voted him in here taking down 41% of the 155 votes on this poll.

      • 2.12 – Taywan Taylor (WR, Tennessee Titans)

        I should only have to say this once. Taywan Taylor is going to be the fourth option (at best) on a run-first offense. That will not change until at least the 2019 season. Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, and even DeMarco Murray may garner more targets. There are simply better options on the board in rookie drafts right here. Still, Twitter made this an easy decision with over 40% of the votes going for Taywan.

     

    First Three Out: Wayne Gallman, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes

     

    Thanks for reading and voting!  Again, come find me on Twitter @FF_TravisM.  Good luck in all of your drafts this summer!

He's married to his beautiful wife, Kelsey. Purdue University Class of 2011. Boiler Up! Lives in Nashville, TN. Titans fan (sympathetic gifts accepted). Works on music row by day. Writes about fantasy football by night. He plays club ultimate frisbee because it's awesome. He longboards to work because he can. Find him on Twitter @FF_TravisM.

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