I know it has basically become a cliché at this point, but we keep inching closer and closer to the NFL season.
With that, obviously comes the Fantasy Football season, and you need to make sure that you are 100% ready for your drafts.
You can do mock draft after mock draft, but even then, there is still a chance you may stumble into unfamiliar territory on draft day. In order to best prevent that, you just need to try as many scenarios as possible.
In this mock draft, we will help you with one particular situation. This situation comes when you have to draft a wide receiver with your first pick. With many great receivers to choose from in the first round, it is possible that you will be thrown into this situation, so you need to be ready for it.
We will be using the Fantasy Pros Draft Wizard tool for this mock draft, and we were given the fifth pick, which was perfect because that is one of the picks where you likely would go wide receiver in the first round. Here are the picks that we made when thrown into this situation.
Drafting A Wide Receiver First
1.5: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
In the first round, we had to choose between two star wideouts in Julio Jones and Odell Beckham. Honestly, I wish I could give you a great reason why I chose Julio over OBJ, but it really is a tossup. While Julio does have injury issues, he has huge upside if he can stay healthy, so I went with him, but you really couldn’t have gone wrong.
2.20: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
In this round, we had a decision between T.Y Hilton and Todd Gurley. Gurley is a player who is due for a bounce-back year, but he carries risk. T.Y. is a pretty safe pick that gives me an amazing receiving core, so that is why I opted to choose him.
3.29: Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
This was a pivotal selection for me. I considered DeAndre Hopkins, but I couldn’t bring myself to pick three straight wide receivers. I thought about Travis Kelce, but I love the tight end depth this year, so I ended up deciding that I needed a running back. I had choices between Isaiah Crowell, Carlos Hyde, Lamar Miller, and Joe Mixon, but I felt that Mixon had the best mix of upside and safety.
4.44: Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
The first name to jump out at me in this round was Greg Olsen, but like I said before, I love the tight end depth this year. The next name I saw was Mark Ingram who I think is a good RB2 this year, and he and Mixon will make a serviceable running back tandem alongside my stacked receiving core.
5.53: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Again, I had the opportunity to take a star tight end in Jimmy Graham, but I feel like I don’t need to repeat myself here. Andrew Luck was also sitting there, and injury concerns and all, he is a stud. I feel like if I get a safe backup late, then this is the perfect pick.
6.68: Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
I thought again about a tight end with Kyle Rudolph, but I love Bilal Powell as a flex option this year.
7.77: Martellus Bennett, TE, Green Bay Packers
Here I finally went with a tight end, and I love this pick. Bennett is a super talented tight end in an amazing offense, so he could be great. There also could be too many mouths to feed, but since I like carrying a backup tight end anyway, I figured that I can shoot for the stars here a pick a safer backup.
8.92: Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
If Hunt wins the Chiefs starting running back role over Spencer Ware, which is becoming increasingly likely, then he will be an instant Fantasy star. Even if he isn’t the starter right away, I feel that he could win the job sometime in the middle of the season, giving me RB2 production from my RB4. I feel like I now have four solid running backs in order to compensate for the early load-up on receivers.
9.101: Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears
Here I considered Dak Prescott, Zach Ertz, and Desean Jackson, but eventually went with Meredith. He looked very good last season, and with Alshon Jeffery gone, he will have a chance to truly establish himself in the Bears passing attack. While the Bears won’t be good, that means they should be throwing a lot, and even if it isn’t very efficient, Meredith could reap at least some sort of Fantasy benefits. He is a risk-reward WR3.
10.116: Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Zach Ertz was still on the board here, so I got my backup to Bennett. Ertz is a safe TE1 with upside, so he compliments Bennett perfectly. If either were to struggle or get injured, I would still have a sure-fire TE1 on my team.
11.125: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
In the 11th round, Dak was still there, so I had to take him. He is a safe pick; a perfect compliment to Andrew Luck as his backup.
12.140: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
Since I got my two stud receivers out of the way early, I figured that I could shoot for the stars again. With Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon out of the picture in Washington, it opens up a huge opportunity for the talented second-year wide receiver to carve out a role. He is a boom-or-bust, but one with huge upside.
13.149: Cardinals D/ST
Although I usually lean with streaming defenses, and am a firm believer in picking kicker before defense, the Cardinals are an elite defense with a super easy schedule, making them hard to pass.
14.164: Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
After shooting for the stars with my last two wide receiver picks, I wanted to make sure that I had at least one steady WR3, and Cole Beasley is perfect for that. He falls so far because he is so boring, but similar to teammate Jason Witten, it works.
15.1773: Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Santos isn’t in an elite offense, but the Chiefs conservative play style benefits kickers by providing them with extra field goals, so I love picking Santos as my kicker whenever I can.
Fantasy Pros gave me an 82/100 for this draft, which I think is a little low but fair. I think my starting lineup is deadly, and I got great depth at most of my positions, but my lack of WR depth and the lack of a sure RB1 weighs me down. I would certainly feel confident rolling out this team in any league.
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