2018 Rookie Mock Draft Series 2: Anthony Cervino from Gridiron Experts
For our second mock draft we are super thrilled to be joined by Anthony Cervino, who is not only the head writer for Gridiron Experts, but the lead news desk analyst for FantasyPros, as well the one of the hosts for The FF Faceoff which is gold mine in and of itself. You can also find him talking about professional wrestling and sports in general at Wrestling News Pro and Sports Talk Uncut.
Over the course of the offseason, we will be conducting over thirty mock drafts with various experts in the industry, which will translate to an expert based ADP to help guide you in your rookie drafts. As always:
Scoring Format: 12 Team .5 PPR with .075 Per Return Yard.
Starting Roster: 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 3Flex
Let's get started.
(Ronnie) - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State - Tweet me @ronnieaevans if you would take someone else here. That way I’ll know to never trust your opinion.
(Eric) - Derrius Guice, RB, LSU - Simply put, Guice is the clear #2 overall player in this class. He's a tier below Barkley but his excellent vision, amazing agility, ability to read the holes properly and obviously his tremendous speed put him above the rest of the pack below, at least for now.
(Anthony) - Sony Michel, RB, Georgia -- Projected to go in the first two rounds -- likely in the second -- Sony Michel is expected to make an instant impact as a pro. If he lands with one of the teams that he visited with at the combine -- Panthers, Titans and Raiders -- he’d be joining a team with their featured back already set, which he should be used to since he shared a backfield with Nick Chubb at Georgia. I expect Michel to make an impact in PPR scoring formats as his pass-catching ability is one of his greatest selling points.
(Ronnie)- Ronald Jones, RB, USC - He has the same first name as me, and I’d take myself top 5 in rookie drafts were I available. On a more serious note, I snagged him in our mock with Addison Hayes, and my opinion hasn’t changed. He’s the #4 player on my board and the combine changed nothing.
(Eric) - Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State - Penny is still one of my favorite prospects, a do it all back who played his best football against big schools like Stanford and Arizona State. Penny still has kinks to work out, particularly in the pass blocking game but his intangibles and physical abilities are off the charts. I see him potentially being this upcoming season's Kareem Hunt.
(Anthony) - Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia -- I’m doubling down on Georgia RB's in the first round of this mock draft. The other half of the Bulldogs’ Chubb/Michel duo, Chubb assumed the role of Georgia’s power back. However, he is also fast and strong despite his 5’10” 227-pound stature. Although he could be the second most talented RB in the 2018 draft class, his injury history is one to worry about. Still, if Chubb falls to the sixth pick in rookie drafts, how could you pass him up?
(Ronnie) - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama - While the Marvin Harrison comparisons that have been floating around the past month make me a little nauseous, he has been the #1 WR on my board for over half a year now, and I’m not ready to change that.
(Eric) - Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU - Ronnie can stick with Ridley but my #1 WR in this class remains Sutton. There are so many questions with Sutton, particularly in his inability to get open consistently but with his size and ability to win the 50/50 ball, Sutton is going to find a great offense to hone his skills. I see Sutton as potentially the one player in this class with true WR1 upside.
(Anthony) - Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M - Kirk had an outstanding combine. He not only impressed with his workouts, but reports are suggesting that he excelled in the interview process as well. A projected late-first-early-second round pick, Kirk could make an impact as a WR3 with some clubs, but also as a legitimate first year starter (WR2) if a wide receiver-needy team like the Seahawks or Ravens snag him.
(Ronnie) - DJ Moore, WR, Maryland - If I can get DJ Moore here in my big money leagues, I’ll lose my mind. The top WR of the class to many, DJ Moore has been the hype darling of Draft Twitter 2018. The fact that he’s the 4th WR and 10th overall player off the board is a testament to how lacking this WR class is at elite options, but conversely how flush it is in the tier 2 to 3
(Eric) - Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State - Goedert is still my favorite TE in a class full of great ones. His size, strength, ability to catch the ball and his blocking ability are all going to put him on the field no matter the down. I love the fact that he lined up all over the field in passing sets and I believe he is going to be a day one starter for a team that truly needs a pass catching TE.
(Anthony) - James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State -- A projected late-first early-second round pick, Washington is one of the most complete WR's in this draft class, but his speed sets him apart as an outstanding vertical threat. And since he was so impressive during Senior Bowl week, he already has the attention of NFL coaches. While he may not be an immediate NFL starter -- his landing spot could effect when his role expands -- Washington could eventually develop into a WR1 at the pro level. He could have the most long-term upside of any wideout in this class.
(Anthony) - Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
(Eric) - Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
(Ronnie) - Equanimeous, WR, Notre Dame
(Anthony) - Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
(Eric) - Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
(Ronnie) - John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
(Anthony) - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
(Eric) - Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
(Ronnie) - Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
(Anthony) - Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
(Eric) - Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
(Ronnie) - Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
(Ronnie) - Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
(Eric) - Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
(Anthony) - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
(Ronnie) - Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
(Eric) - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
(Anthony) - Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
(Ronnie) - Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
(Eric) - DJ Chark, WR, LSU
(Anthony) - Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State
(Ronnie) - Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
(Eric) - Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
(Anthony) - Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee
(Anthony) - Keke Coutee WR, Texas Tech
(Eric) - Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State
(Ronnie) - Mark Walton, RB, Miami
(Anthony) - Bo Scarbrough RB, Alabama
(Eric) - Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
(Ronnie) - Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
(Anthony) - Korey Robertson WR, Southern Miss
(Eric) - Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss
(Ronnie) - DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
(Anthony) - Ian Thomas TE, Indiana
(Eric) - Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
(Ronnie) - Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
(Ronnie) - Jaylen Samuels, RB/TE, NC State
(Eric) - Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham
(Anthony) - Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
(Ronnie) - Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
(Eric) - Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts
(Anthony) - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
(Ronnie) - Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, USF
(Eric) - Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
(Anthony) - J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
(Ronnie) - Roc Thomas, RB, Jacksonville State
(Eric) - Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech
(Anthony) - Darrell Williams, RB, LSU
(Anthony) - Martez Carter, RB, Grambling
(Eric) - Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF
(Ronnie) - Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado
(Anthony) - Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami
(Eric) - Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
(Ronnie) - Darren Carrington II, WR, Utah
(Anthony) - Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa
(Eric) - Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State
(Ronnie) - Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt
(Anthony) - Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona
(Eric) - Justin Crawford, RB, West Virginia
(Ronnie) - Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
Over the next few months, we will be conducting over 30 mock drafts with various experts from all over the dynasty football community. If you are interested in participating in one, head over to our home page and use the "All Other Inquiries" form at the bottom of the Contact Us section! On Thursday, March 15th we will be joined by Bob Cowper (@RobertFCowper) the resident rookie nut from our pals over at Reality Sports Online.
See you next time,
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