2018 Rookie Mock Draft Series 8: Aaron Schillinger from FFDynasty260
For our eighth mock draft in the Expert ADP project we are happy to be joined by Aaron Schillinger, founder of FFDynasty260 (@FFD260). FFDynasty260 has been a great fantasy football resource for a while now. Their site includes a dynamic ranking system and weekly articles as well as a full statistical spreadsheet for veteran players. If you are playing in an IDP league, they also have an IDP Rankings spreadsheet which is super helpful. Give him a follow on twitter (linked above), and check out his picks below.
Over the course of the off-season, 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 - He's pretty good.
Aaron - Derrius Guice, RB, LSU - Guice is simply put, a beast. His combination of power and excellent cut-back ability make him dangerous. His small sample size in the pass game isn’t ideal, but he has soft hands and good awareness, and should be fine in the pass game.
Eric - Sony Michel, RB, Georgia - I like the Georgia duo in this year’s class, both of whom I expect to have very productive careers in the NFL. I like the upside of Michel over Chubb though in dynasty, mainly for his PPR potential. Michel will have an immediate role as a third down back because of his ability to pick up blitzes on passing downs and his ability to catch the ball. He is a very natural leader and is a super patient runner who knows how to set up lead blockers.
Ronnie - Ronald Jones, RB, USC - I’ve iterated numerous times in this series (because I keep landing Jones) that his injury during the combine and subsequent lack of involvement during his pro day are a blessing in disguise for dynasty owners—I’ve seen instances where Jones has slipped to the second round. Arguably the most explosive back in this class, there isn’t much on his tape to scoff at and I’d argue he’s a top 3 RB talent this year. The good news? People seem to be forgetting that. Come draft day, there’ a good chance you can snag him in picks 5-8, which would have seemed insane two months ago.
Aaron - DJ Moore, WR, Maryland - Moore is going to end up being the first WR off the board for fantasy football purposes. He had an excellent combine for a bigger guy, and runs routes well, sinks his hips, and if he ends up in a nice landing spot, he’ll slowly creep up Draft boards.
Eric - Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State - Penny should not drop lower than pick 6 or 7 and in fact, I think his stock will only improve after the NFL Draft in 29 days. He is a prototypical back with strong legs that can break free of tacklers but also possesses great cutting ability to juke a defender. He’s also a force in the passing game and should be great for PPR leagues.
Ronnie - Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia - Affectionately dubbed “Flower Power Mario” by some dude’s wife on Reddit, for many Chubb is the RB2 in this class. He’s big, he’s powerful, his measurables are elite and his tape mirrors that. There’s a pretty easy argument to be made that he should be a top 3 RB, although he somehow fell to me here at 7th overall.
Aaron - James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State - The deep threat is real with James Washington. He creates separation and creates his own space, using his body well which is something that should translate to the NFL right away.
Eric - Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU - Sutton seems like the most likely, if any, WR1 prospect in this class. It won’t happen overnight and will take a great deal of molding to get him there. With his size and speed, he needs to learn how to break free from defensive backs better but he should progress in the NFL. I think Sutton has the highest ceiling of anyone in this class, right next to DJ Moore.
Ronnie - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama - I’ve had Ridley as my WR1 for a very long time, but recently I find myself in the mud on this. He runs a limited route tree and doesn’t have prototypical size, and his age isn’t my favorite. Still, he is the most NFL ready of any receiver in this class. The question is: Does that mean he’s an immediate WR2 at the next level, and is that his ceiling? Or do the Marvin Harrison comps hold light. We’ll know more once the draft tells us what the NFL thinks of him.
Aaron - Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon - Royce Freeman has excellent power and isn’t afraid of contact. His combine was great and a nice surprise. Especially the 3-cone, made me feel better about his agility.
Eric - Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State - Our favorite TE prospect, Goedert has the full makeup of a TE weapon in the NFL. I like his all around game and he should be more relied on in the passing game which bodes well for his dynasty value in PPR. If he can fine tune his pass blocking abilities, I think Goedert is going to be one of the best tight ends we have seen in recent memory, even after an A+ class in 2017.
Eric - Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame - Another high ceiling player for me here at 13 overall, Easy Street is tall and strong. He beats up man coverage, especially in press position. He also has played well from the outside and in the slot making him a versatile weapon coming into the NFL. I think he will be a sharper player as a pro then he was in college playing for a Notre Dame team that struggled to pass the ball consistently. I definitely worry about his willingness to compete but he’s just not an emotional guy and I expect him to come right into training camp with a hunger to be a WR1.
Aaron - Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State - Michael Gallup explodes off the line of scrimmage. He has great hands, catches well in traffic, but needs to improve on route running. He gets separation well and uses his body well.
Ronnie - Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M - I've heard some pretty lazy comparisons between Kirk and Percy Harvin, and the simple truth is while Kirk can be utilized in a similar fashion -- he's a better receiver in every way aside from athleticism, and he's no slouch. Happy to get him here, but I could also be equally content with any of the next four players that come off the board.
Eric - John Kelly, RB, Tennessee - One of my favorite pass catching running backs in the class, Kelly should find immediate opportunities on third downs in his rookie season. He played for the same running back coach that groomed Alvin Kamara and he plays in a similar style to his former teammate as well. What makes Kelly so dangerous is that he never stops moving his feet, making him incredibly difficult to bring down. We have to see where he is drafted but I think he can be valuable just about anywhere.
Aaron - Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn - Don’t get too excited, but this guy reminds me of Le’Veon Bell. He has excellent patience and burst. He’s played through injuries which shows his toughness, but that could also be a bad thing. He’d be higher if his pass catching was better.
Ronnie - Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State - Allen Lazard has the size, frame and hands to set himself apart immediately. And don’t be fooled by his tape; His long strides hide his 4.55 speed, which is fantastic for a 6’5” receiver. He has incredible body control at the point of catch, uses his hips well on routes and positions terrifically against DB's, but for me the biggest strength is something you don’t get fantasy points for—he’s an incredible run blocker, which means he’s not coming off the field. There’s a real chance Lazard sneaks into the top 3 rounds in the NFL draft, and I’d love to get him here in my dynasty leagues.
Eric - Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State - An extraordinary athlete with some larger than average size at RB, Ballage will have to show us he is a true football player. He does a lot well but also struggles with some fundamentals too. What makes him so easy to take here is a combination of speed and pass catching ability, which give him loads of value as a third down back or possibly even more depending on where he plays in the NFL.
Aaron - Auden Tate, WR, Florida State - Tate is the guy you want in the red zone. He is a big 6’5 guy that also is a nice deep threat. Route running and separation need work.
Ronnie - Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma - Sam Darnold, Sam Shmarnold. The QB1 of this class is Mayfield, and you can take that to the bank. Complete understanding of a playbook? Check. Full scope reads? Check. Killer arm? Check. Killer accuracy? CHECK. Mobile? Check check check. Poise in the pocket? Check. Underdog story? Check. Intangibles? Check. Stats? Check. Big game presence? Check. Just about the only thing you can knock is his height and that he grabbed his crotch a few too many times (and parties in college, oh no…). Please don’t take him, Cleveland.
Eric - Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State - Most athletic TE at the combine, Gesicki is a burner. He’s also a very good blocker at the line and shouldn’t have too much issue translating that to the next level. I think Gesicki should find plenty of opportunity quickly upon starting his career and with the speed he has, I can see him lining up out wide or in the slot so he will provide plenty of mismatches on sundays.
Aaron - Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa - Wadley has great breakaway speed and elusiveness. His weight is concerning at just 5,11 190lbs.
Ronnie - Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis - A sure handed receiver who was one of the biggest receiving weapons in all of college football in 2017, Miller is going to be a show in the NFL. There are comparisons to Randall Cobb and I think this is decently accurate. Miller can play anywhere on the line and with his speed and route running abilities, we will find ways to beat defensive backs on a consistent basis.
Ronnie - Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
Aaron - Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
Eric - Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
Ronnie - Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
Aaron - Mark Walton, RB, Miami
Eric - DJ Chark, WR, LSU
Ronnie - Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Aaron - Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami
Eric - DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
Ronnie - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Aaron - TreQuan Smith, WR, UCF
Eric - Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
Eric - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Aaron - Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech
Ronnie - Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
Eric - Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Aaron - Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
Ronnie - Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss
Eric - Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State
Aaron - Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Ronnie - Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, USF
Eric - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Aaron - J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
Ronnie - Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State
Ronnie - Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt
Aaron - Deonte Burnett, WR, USC
Eric - Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
Ronnie - Jaylen Samuels, RB, NC State
Aaron - Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State
Eric - Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech
Ronnie - Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
Aaron - Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
Eric - Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham
Ronnie - Roc Thomas, RB, Jacksonville State
Aaron - Jarvion Franklin, WR, Western Michigan
Eric - Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
Eric - Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan
Aaron - Steve Ishmael, WR, Syracuse
Ronnie - Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Miss
Eric - Darren Carrington II, WR, Utah
Aaron - Philip Lindsay, RB, Colorado
Ronnie - Richie James, WR, MTSU
Eric - Jordan Thomas, TE, Mississippi State
Aaron - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Ronnie - Chris Herndon, TE, Miami
Eric - Justin Crawford, RB, West Virginia
Aaron - Lavon Coleman, RB, Washington
Ronnie - Darrel Williams, RB, LSU
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