Rookie Mock Draft Rounds 1-2

Edited by Matt Hicks, Staff Writer

The Top2Sports crew when through a live 2 round rookie mock draft on the Top2Pod. Below, is the results of the draft with a breakdown on some of the picks. To hear why we made each and every one of these picks, listen to the Rookie Mock Draft Rounds 1-2 episode.

1.1        Saquon Barkley

1.2        Derrius Guice

1.3        Sony Michel

Choosing between Michel and Chubb is tough. Chubb represents a more well-rounded, 3 down back and is the safer pick at 1.3. Michel’s combine wasn’t as good as Chubb’s but he brings explosive athleticism and could be a difference maker on any roster in PPR if he gets drafted by a strong team late in the first round, like Pittsburg, New England, or Philadelphia.

1.4        Nick Chubb

1.5        Courtland Sutton

Sutton is quietly rising to the top of draft boards. He has the ability to jump in day one and use his 6’3” 218-pound frame to make an immediate impact on NFL and fantasy rosters. Sutton will return value to you for years to come regardless of where he ends up.

1.6        Christian Kirk

Kirk has a lower ceiling than the other WRs drafted in the first round. What Kirk does possess, however, is the ability to contribute to PPR fantasy rosters in year one. I compare him to Jarvis Landry because of his short possession style and potential to perform well in the slot. Like Michel, Kirk’s value will benefit from landing on a playoff team late in the first round. If he ends up in New Orleans, Seattle, or Carolina he can have a very solid year.

1.7        Calvin Ridley

1.8        Rashad Penny

Penny has great size, at 5’10” 220 pounds, and huge college stats; wracking up 2,248 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in his senior season as San Diego State. Penny is more than big stats in a mid-major conference, though, he has explosive playmaking ability and is a great value late in the first.

1.9        DJ Moore

1.10      Equanimeous St Brown

1.11      Ronald Jones II

1.12      John Kelly

Kelly doesn’t receive the same hype as the consensus first round running backs but don’t sleep on him. Kelly produced well in a dysfunctional Tennessee Volunteer offense in 2017. His ability to run between the tackles, size (5’10”, 216), and playmaking ability stand out. Remember, Kelly played in the same offense that hid Alvin Kamara’s full talent, and forced Jalen Hurd to transfer because he was being underutilized. 

2.1        Dallas Goedert

Goedert is the first tight end off the board. Dallas “Gogurt” Goedert has the ability to get down the field and catch balls while also playing a physical game. At 6’5” 256 pounds he has the rare potential to contribute to fantasy teams in his first year. Although Goedert goes high, compared to most tight ends, the lack of depth at the position makes this pick a realistic pick for any squad without a consistently contributing tight end.

2.2        James Washington

2.3        Mark Walton

2.4        Lamar Jackson

Jackson is the perfect example of NFL value and fantasy football value not translating perfectly. Although Jackson is the 4th/5th best QB for most in terms of the upcoming NFL Draft, he needs to be considered QB1 for rookies in fantasy. His ability to make plays both through the air and on the ground gives him a very high ceiling. Unlike Rosen, Allen, and Darnold, Jackson isn’t likely to sit for long before contributing to his NFL roster. This is a bit high compared to where he’s going in a lot of sites, ADP wise, however his play justifies it. If you’re in a superflex league, don’t expect him to go any lower than this.

2.5        Deon Cain

2.6        Royce Freeman

2.7        Kerryon Johnson

2.8        DJ Chark

Chark is all the upside you could ever want as a fantasy owner. Coming out of a broken LSU offense, Chark has received much less hype than the other “mid-tier” wideouts. He turned a lot of heads at the combine, though, running a 4.34 40-yard dash. Combine that with his 6’3” 199-pound body and you have one great rookie. He may take a year or so to develop but he’s a great long-term pick.

2.9        Mike Gesicki

2.10      Baker Mayfield

2.11      Kalen Ballage

Ballage is quick and strong, a normally lethal combination for running backs. He can squat 500 pounds and ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the combine. He’s a bulkier back at 6’1’ and 228 pounds but lacks playmaking ability and decisiveness. Ballage is a risky pick in the second round, but on a roster that has the depth to let him sit for a few years he’s a great upside pick.

2.12      Michael Gallup

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Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing is focused on dynasty and devy fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @TheFF_Educator

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