An early mock draft is a great tool to begin your research. It can help set your baseline for each player’s value as you move forward.
Some people (and I used to be one) like to avoid all drafts/rankings before formulating an opinion. This is an effort to avoid “group thought” and going with the majority.
While there is something to that in regards to rankings, I think an early mock draft gives a different set of data. Since it is 12 different individuals drafting, you get 12 different opinions. This is as opposed to the rankings of one single person in which, yes your opinion could get skewed.
Average Draft Position is one of the most vital pieces of data to use. An early mock draft like this helps set information. You can really see the different ranges in which a player could be taken. As you will see with this early mock draft, there is a certain player that will undoubtedly have a much lower ADP. However the owner who wanted to draft him knew he would not be there with his next pick so he had to pull the trigger.
We will have many mock drafts before the real drafts begin in mid-to-late August. This early mock draft is just the start of the fun!
SCFE Early Mock Draft
For this early mock draft we did a 0.5 PPR set-up
|1||49||Cody Kitch||Terrelle Pryor||WR||Redskins|
|2||50||Joe Bond||Michael Crabtree||WR||Raiders|
|3||51||David Gonos||Kelvin Benjamin||WR||Panthers|
|4||52||Scott Guthrie||Spencer Ware||RB||Chiefs|
|5||53||John LaPresto||C.J. Anderson||RB||Broncos|
|6||54||Dennis Sosic||Tevin Coleman||RB||Falcons|
|7||55||Mark Strausberg||Ameer Abdullah||RB||Lions|
|8||56||Jack Delaney||Greg Olsen||TE||Panthers|
|9||57||Zach Rohde||Doug Martin||RB||Buccaneers|
|10||58||Joshua Morgan||Golden Tate||WR||Lions|
|11||59||Michael Tomlin||Tyreek Hill||WR||Chiefs|
|12||60||Levi Serfoss||Julian Edelman||WR||Patriots|
|1||61||Levi Serfoss||Emmanuel Sanders||WR||Broncos|
|2||62||Michael Tomlin||Jamison Crowder||WR||Redskins|
|3||63||Joshua Morgan||Donte Moncrief||WR||Colts|
|4||64||Zach Rohde||Corey Davis||WR||Titans|
|5||65||Jack Delaney||Andrew Luck||QB||Colts|
|6||66||Mark Strausberg||Kenneth Dixon||RB||Ravens|
|7||67||Dennis Sosic||Alvin Kamara||RB||Saints|
|8||68||John LaPresto||DeVante Parker||WR||Dolphins|
|9||69||Scott Guthrie||Tyler Eifert||TE||Bengals|
|10||70||David Gonos||Corey Coleman||WR||Browns|
|11||71||Joe Bond||Brandon Marshall||WR||Giants|
|12||72||Cody Kitch||Matt Ryan||QB||Falcons|
- Round 5 continued a Wide Receiver run that saw them go with 13 out of 20 picks. This is the WR depth that many point to when passing up the position in the first couple of rounds. While there are good Fantasy Starters available, I definitely do not want these guys as my WR1 or even WR2.
- Strausberg likes Abdullah a lot this year: “As I said when I picked Abdullah, this is the year he finally lives up to the potential he has teased us with.”
- Jack wanted Abdullah as well, but I think the Olsen pick-up is a better value.
- Tyreek Hill and Jamison Crowder will both be much more valuable in PPR set-ups. This is one thing that mock drafts can help you with if you play in both Standard and PPR leagues.
- Corey Davis was the first rookie wide receiver taken, and I am high on him as well but more for dynasty leagues.
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