OK. Now I'm ready to draft.
I'd been holding off on jumping into 2020 best-ball drafts lately, preferring to finish my first pass through 2020 projections.
Well, now I'm done with that. And there's still a little time before the start of next week's NFL Draft to take advantage of lower ADPs on some favorite rookies and uncertain situations.
So I jumped into an FFPC draft that kicked off Thursday morning.
It's a best-ball format following standard FFPC rules: PPR scoring except for TEs, who get 1.5 points per reception.
It's a 28-round draft with a 6-hour clock per pick. So we could be at it a while. It's also a $250-entry, so you can bet the participants probably aren't goofing around.
Rather than wait until the end to write up a draft recap, I figured I'd keep a running log right here. I'll try to post each round as it finishes. And I'm happy with my start ...
1.01 Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
1.02 Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
1.03 Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
1.04 Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints
1.05 Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
1.06 Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
1.07 Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
1.08 Aaron Jones, RB, Packers
1.09 Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals
1.10 Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
1.11 Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders
1.12 Davante Adams, WR, Packers
I didn't expect to come out of my initial projections with Kamara #2 on my RB board. But I did. And I don't believe I gave him anything outlandish.
Rushing: 212 carries, 975 yards, 10 TDs
Receiving: 113 targets, 90 catches, 765 yards, 3 TDs
So that's 13 total TDs for a 4th-year back who has scored 13, 18 and 6 times through his 3 seasons. His TDs fell last year, but his red-zone usage did not.
Both my carry and target totals would mark career highs for Kamara. But I gave him 50% of my projected rushing attempts for the Saints and 20% of the targets. Before he got hurt last year, Kamara was commanding 58% of the carries and 18.8% of targets. After his return: 43.8% and 20.5%, respectively.
The Saints have since added WR Emmanuel Sanders but not a whole lot else. And yes, I afforded Saints wideouts a larger target share than the 47.7% they collected in 2019. But Sean Payton didn't show much interest in growing Tre'Quan Smith's role, and Ted Ginn Jr. sits unsigned as of now.
We'll see what changes with the draft.
2.01 Kenyan Drake, RB, Cardinals
2.02 George Kittle, TE, 49ers
2.03 Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
2.04 Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
2.05 Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
2.06 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Cardinals
2.07 Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles
2.08 Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
2.09 Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
2.10 Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
2.11 Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
2.12 Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
Is Fournette exciting? Nah. But he ranked 4th among all RBs in both market share of carries and market share of targets. We'll see if the NFL Draft delivers a challenger to either of those categories. If it doesn't, Fournette should again see 1st-round level touch counts.
3.01 Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs
3.02 Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens
3.03 Jonathan Taylor, RB, ???
3.04 Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
3.05 D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers
3.06 Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons
3.07 Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions
3.08 Melvin Gordon, RB, Broncos
3.09 Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys
3.10 Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets
3.11 Allen Robinson, WR, Bears
3.12 Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
It was basically Jonathan Taylor vs. Mike Evans for me as this turn approached, so having Taylor go the pick before made it easy.
We'll see how the change from Jameis Winston to Tom Brady impacts Evans' production, but it's tough to see the move hurting him. Winston threw deep more frequently than Brady last year (15.8% of his attempts vs. Brady at 10.1%, according to Pro Football Focus), but Brady actually edged Winston in passer rating on deep balls (102.1 to 97.1). Brady also beat Winston in that category each of the previous 3 seasons, dominating Winston in deep passer rating in both 2018 and 2016.
4.01 Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks
4.02 A.J. Brown, WR, Titans
4.03 D'Andre Swift, RB, ???
4.04 Odell Beckham, WR, Browns
4.05 David Johnson, RB, Texans
4.06 Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos
4.07 Marlon Mack, RB, Colts
4.08 Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons
4.09 Robert Woods, WR, Rams
4.10 JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers
4.11 Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
4.12 Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs
Before the bye last season, Woods drew 19% of Rams targets. After the bye, he racked up 26.4% in the 7 games he played (out of 8). That included at least 9 looks in every contest and an average of 11.3 per outing. The Brandin Cooks trade can only help his target share for 2020, and Woods does not need to garner more than a quarter of the team's looks to provide strong value in this range.
5.01 Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams
5.02 James Conner, RB, Steelers
5.03 Darren Waller, TE, Raiders
5.04 Evan Engram, TE, Giants
5.05 Mark Ingram, RB, Ravens
5.06 J.K. Dobbins, RB, ???
5.07 Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
5.08 Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
5.09 Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams
5.10 Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals
5.11 Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers
5.12 Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
Engram drew 21.6% of Giants targets in the 8 games he played last year. That would have ranked 6th among NFL TEs for the season last year, and within a percentage point of #2 on that list. It was also just 0.6 of a percentage point behind Giants leader Sterling Shepard (22.2%).
New OC Jason Garrett was friendly with TE targets across his Dallas stint and certainly won't hurt Engram. The only issue is the injury history, and that's not hard to insure against -- especially in best ball.
Engram sits 6th in my FFPC TE rankings, and much closer to 6th than to the group of mostly sleeper candidates I have projected behind him.
6.01 Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns
6.02 T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
6.03 Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans
6.04 Stefon Diggs, WR, Bills
6.05 Austin Hooper, TE, Browns
6.06 David Montgomery, RB, Bears
6.07 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, ???
6.08 D.J. Chark, WR, Jaguars
6.09 Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams
6.10 Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions
6.11 Cam Akers, RB, ???
6.12 D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seahawks
Time to take a shot on upside. Henderson should be the lead back for the Rams this season. The team has no 1st-round picks and plenty of spots to address with its pair of 2nd-rounders. People were thrilled to get Henderson in this range last summer. With Todd Gurley gone, he makes a lot more sense now. He was RB32 in this draft.
7.01 DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins
7.02 Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers
7.03 Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys
7.04 James White, RB, Patriots
7.05 Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
7.06 Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
7.07 Derrius Guice, RB, Washington
7.08 A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
7.09 Noah Fant, TE, Broncos
7.10 Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles
7.11 Jared Cook, TE, Saints
7.12 Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
This was my toughest decision so far. Having Michael Gallup go the pick before made it a little easier, but I was still choosing between James White and A.J. Green. I might have been able to wait another turn -- or maybe even 2 -- and still get White, but I went with him for 2 key reasons:
1) RB gets pretty ugly/unclear in this range, while WR continues to present loads of upside.
2) White could be in line for A LOT of receptions in 2020.
New England's current top 3 at wideout are: Julian Edelman, who turns 34 in May; Mohamed Sanu, who turns 31 in August and averaged just 8.0 yards per catch in his 1st half-season with the Pats; and unproven 2nd-year guy N'Keal Harry. The current TE group is worse. And the QB(s)? Let's go with slightly downgraded.
We're just a season removed from White drawing 123 targets and finishing 7th among PPR backs. Even last year's necessary regression still found him ranking 19th.
In this draft, he was the 35th RB off the board ... and that's higher than his ADP.
8.01 Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington
8.02 Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
8.03 Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
8.04 T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions
8.05 Drew Brees, QB, Saints
8.06 Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins
8.07 Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers
8.08 Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings
8.09 Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens
8.10 Josh Allen, QB, Bills
8.11 Hayden Hurst, TE, Falcons
8.12 Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns
It's easy to make a case for Marquise Brown in Round 8. He immediately showed his big-game upside last year, amid what we should have expected to be a redshirt year coming off significant foot injury. I don't need him to score consistently here.
But I might have made a mistake in not taking Tom Brady at this turn. I hoped to stack him with Mike Evans and thought he'd make it back to me at 9.04. He did not. Oh well.
9.01 Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers
9.02 Will Fuller, WR, Texans
9.03 Brandin Cooks, WR, Texans
9.04 Latavius Murray, RB, Saints
9.05 Jonnu Smith, TE, Titans
9.06 Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
9.07 Daniel Jones, QB, Giants
9.08 Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers
9.09 Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos
9.10 Jack Doyle, TE, Colts
9.11 Jordan Howard, RB, Dolphins
9.12 Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
I hoped this pick would be Brady, but he left the board 3 slots earlier. Latavius Murray is 1 of the few handcuffs I'll go after, because he brings some week-to-week upside even when Kamara's healthy. I don't consider any handcuff a "must-have," but Murray comes closest by virtue of the Saints' high-scoring offense.
We'll see, though, if I regret not going QB or TE at this turn. With how long Aaron Rodgers stayed on the board, I thought the mini QB run that followed him might go in Round 10 instead. Mistiming that means I won't get Jared Goff to stack with Robert Woods. But I'm still OK with what remains on the QB board.
The pick that bothered me more, however, was watching Blake Jarwin go at 10.01. Right now, I have him projected to break out big time. I wish I had taken him instead of Murray.
10.01 Blake Jarwin, TE, Cowboys
10.02 Jared Goff, QB, Rams
10.03 Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
10.04 Sony Michel, RB, Patriots
10.05 Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
10.06 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers
10.07 Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers
10.08 Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals
10.09 O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers
10.10 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans
10.11 Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys
10.12 Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers
Watching Jarwin leave the board hurt. Howard obviously still comes with plenty of upside, though, and at a steep discount vs. his 2019 price. We'll see whether he actually gets traded this time around.
We continue to be in the midst of a QB run. Now just I and 1 other drafter stand without a QB. Seven teams already have 2 QBs. And 1 owner -- for some reason -- has already grabbed his 3rd QB. That roster has 0 WRs through 10 rounds.
The thing is, even with 19 QBs off the board, I remain comfy with what's left.
Here's the draft board through 10 rounds ...
11.01 Marvin Jones, WR, Lions
11.02 Darius Slayton, WR, Giants
11.03 Ian Thomas, TE, Panthers
11.04 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
11.05 Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
11.06 CeeDee Lamb, WR, ???
11.07 Philip Rivers, QB, Colts
11.08 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Saints
11.09 Dawson Knox, TE, Bills
11.10 Jerry Jeudy, WR, ???
11.11 Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears
11.12 Chris Herndon, TE, Jets
I despise Ben Roethlisberger -- as you might know if you listen to our podcast regularly. But the Steelers don't have a 1st-rounder to draft his immediate replacement and might not even have the cap flexibility to bring in Cam Newton or Jameis Winston. What they do have is a pretty strong group of young pass-catchers and a pretty shaky backfield. If he's healthy, upside remains in Roethlisberger's volume and fantasy outlook.
He beat Cousins and Rivers here for me because Roethlisberger has more to work with at WR than either of the other 2.
12.01 Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets
12.02 Jamaal Williams, RB, Packers
12.03 Greg Olsen, TE, Seahawks
12.04 Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals
12.05 Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
12.06 Tyrod Taylor, QB, Chargers
12.07 Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs
12.08 Irv Smith, TE, Vikings
12.09 Sam Darnold, QB, Jets
12.10 Drew Lock, QB, Broncos
12.11 John Brown, WR, Bills
12.12 Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles
I really wanted to take Tyrod Taylor at this turn. Should I have taken the leap in Round 11 instead? Perhaps. But drafting Taylor as my 1st QB would add risk, especially in a range where the last few sure starters could disappear quickly. He presents top 8 upside if he enters the season under center for the Chargers. But we could also see the team draft his immediate replacement this Thursday night.
Sam Darnold? I don't have a lot to say about him, other than that I believe he's a safer bet than Gardner Minshew and Drew Lock, with more upside than Derek Carr, Dwayne Haskins and the Bears' ugh-fest.
I can't call 12.12 too early for Alshon Jeffery, who would easily outproduce this spot if his foot is all the way back ahead of this season. But I'm surprised at Jeffery going before some of the WRs still sitting on the board. I'll probably take 1 of them in Round 13.
13.01 Justin Jackson, RB, Chargers
13.02 Zack Moss, RB, ???
13.03 Mike Williams, WR, Chargers
13.04 DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
13.05 Justice Hill, RB, Ravens
13.06 Anthony Miller, WR, Bears
13.07 Jace Sternberger, TE, Packers
13.08 Gerald Everett, TE, Rams
13.09 Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers
13.10 Boston Scott, RB, Eagles
13.11 Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals
13.12 Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
I wanted to get Jace Sternberger as my 3rd TE in Round 14 and considered him at this turn. But I won't cry about missing him in favor of the big weekly upside that Jackson provides. He's already over the core-muscle surgery that ended his 2019 early. And in case you missed his only full game for Philly last year, Jackson racked up a 9-159-2 receiving line. A healthy Jackson could be the Eagles' top wideout in 2020.
Kyle Rudolph came off the board as the 28th TE to finish this round.
14.01 Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts
14.02 Preston Williams, WR, Dolphins
14.03 Henry Ruggs III, WR, ???
14.04 Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington
14.05 Ryquell Armstead, RB, Jaguars
14.06 Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams
14.07 Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers
14.08 Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs
14.09 Breshad Perriman, WR, Jets
14.10 Duke Johnson, RB, Texans
14.11 Robby Anderson, WR, Panthers
14.12 Rob Gronkowski, TE, Buccaneers
You can actually see where the Gronk news broke in this round, and it came frustratingly soon after I selected Perriman. Perhaps I should be dragging my picks out longer this close to the NFL Draft, but I certainly wasn't expecting some WWE title-holder to announce this week he's trying his hand at football. Here's hoping that acquiring Gronk helps the chances of the Bucs freeing O.J. Howard to star elsewhere.
My pre-Gronk decision was Breshad Perriman vs. Tyrell Williams. I have Williams projected higher by a decent amount, but Perriman stacks with 1 of my QBs, Sam Darnold. Perriman's higher ADP in April also indicated to me I'd have a better chance of Williams getting back to me in Round 15. Let's see if that worked out ...
15.01 Harrison Butker, K, Chiefs
15.02 Gardner Minshew, QB, Jaguars
15.03 A.J. Dillon, RB, ???
15.04 Tyrell Williams, WR, Raiders
15.05 Damien Harris, RB, Patriots
15.06 Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers
15.07 Wil Lutz, K, Saints
15.08 Justin Tucker, K, Ravens
15.09 Matt Breida, RB, 49ers
15.10 Golden Tate, WR, Giants
15.11 Tua Tagovailoa, QB, ???
15.12 Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
Waiting on Tyrell Williams worked out, and I'm quite happy with the value on him at this stage -- regardless of when the Raiders address WR in the NFL Draft.
A key now, though, will be not waiting too long to start drafting kickers, who began trickling off the board in this round. I'd bet on a run at the position in Round 16, and the position dries up quickly. We know what every team here wants at least 2, and drafting such a volatile position this far away from the season only adds risk to everyone. (Would you have guessed a year ago that neither Greg Zuerlein nor Stephen Gostkowski would still be with his team a year later?)
Drafting in the middle of the round makes it easier to keep from getting frozen out by positional runs.
Elsewhere in this round, I was surprised to see Tua Tagovailoa go ahead of Derek Carr. First off, Tua seems like a good bet to sit for at least most of this year coming off his hip injury. And I believe that we're collectively overrating the chances of the Raiders moving on from Carr this offseason. We'll see, though, I guess.
I still plan to take 1 more QB. The tricky part will be timing it so that I don't hurt myself at kicker or defense.
16.01 Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars
16.02 Greg Zuerlein, K, Cowboys
16.03 Steelers D/ST
16.04 Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks
16.05 Justin Jefferson, WR, ???
16.06 Matt Gay, K, Buccaneers
16.07 Ravens D/ST
16.08 49ers D/ST
16.09 Dan Bailey, K, Vikings
16.10 Robbie Gould, K, 49ers
16.11 Zane Gonzalez, K, Cardinals
16.12 Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens
This round sees the first 3 defenses leave the board, but I'm not jumping there yet.
With 5 kickers gone before my pick, it's time to lock in a guy I can feel pretty certain will stick with his team. Dan Bailey's contract guarantees money through 2021. Should I go ahead and double up in Round 17 to make sure I get 2 good ones? We'll see ...
17.01 Matt Prater, K, Lions
17.02 Bills D/ST
17.03 Younghoe Koo, K, Falcons
17.04 Cam Newton, QB, ???
17.05 Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, Texans
17.06 Brandon McManus, K, Broncos
17.07 Jason Myers, K, Seahawks
17.08 Chris Boswell, K, Steelers
17.09 Chargers D/ST
17.10 Jake Elliott, K, Eagles
17.11 Michael Badgley, K, Chargers
17.12 Mason Crosby, K, Packers
I fully expected a kicker run in this round ... though I probably wouldn't have bet on 9.
Still, with just Roethlisberger and Darnold at QB so far, I wanted to make sure I got an upside QB3. It was down to Newton vs. Justin Herbert in this range, and I had no idea when others might target either player. I still find it hard to believe that we'd head into 2020 with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew and Tyrod Taylor starting for NFL teams -- but not Cam Newton. Round 17 is plenty late enough to absorb the risk.
With a sturdy stable of 5 RBs and 6 WRs already rostered, I might even go for a 4th QB later in this 28-round monster.
18.01 Josh Lambo, K, Jaguars
18.02 Parris Campbell, WR, Colts
18.03 Patriots D/ST
18.04 Aldrick Rosas, K, Giants
18.05 Bears D/ST
18.06 Will Dissly, TE, Seahawks
18.07 DeAndre Washington, RB, Chiefs
18.08 Jason Sanders, K, Dolphins
18.09 Austin Seibert, K, Browns
18.10 Devonta Freeman, RB, ???
18.11 Eno Benjamin, RB, ???
18.12 Chiefs D/ST
This was the last round completed before Thursday night's 1st round of the NFL Draft. I'll bet the DeAndre Washington drafter wasn't happy with the end of the round.
Four more kickers left the board here, including my 2nd. The Browns drafted Seibert in Round 5 last year, and then he hit 86% of his FG attempts. So I feel pretty good about his chances of sticking around. That's all you can ask for a 2nd kicker. I'll add 1 more at some point.
Every team now has at least 1 kicker, 7 of us have a pair of them, and 1 team already has 3. Interestingly, that same team also had 4 QBs by Round 12 (chosen on 4 consecutive picks) but has only 3 RBs through 18 rounds (David Montgomery, Derrius Guice and Malcolm Brown).
Eight defenses have come off the board so far, with no more than 3 in any round. A run could be coming soon.
19.01 Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers
19.02 Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles
19.03 Saints D/ST
19.04 Rams D/ST
19.05 James Washington, WR, Steelers
19.06 Chase McLaughlin, K, Colts
19.07 Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Buccaneers
19.08 Broncos D/ST
19.09 Dustin Hopkins, K, Washington
19.10 Stephen Hauschka, K, Bills
19.11 Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals
19.12 Randy Bullock, K, Bengals
20.01 Tyler Eifert, TE, Jaguars
20.02 Buccaneers D/ST
20.03 Darrynton Evans, RB, Titans
20.04 Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Colts
20.05 Daniel Carlson, K, Raiders
20.06 Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington
20.07 Colts D/ST
20.08 Browns D/ST
20.09 Justin Herbert, QB, Chargers
20.10 N'Keal Harry, WR, Patriots
20.11 Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Steelers
20.12 Vikings D/ST
My decision at this spot: Justin Herbert vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick. Plenty of upside to both guys, plus plenty of uncertainty about who starts for each team. If we get a full summer, I think Herbert will shove Tyrod Taylor aside by the opener -- or at least shortly thereafter.
As for the Dolphins, I'd bet on Miami sitting Tua Tagovailoa for as much of 2020 as possible. Fitzpatrick delivered QB6 points per game from Week 7 on last season. That stretch began with him reclaiming the starting gig from Josh Rosen.
21.01 Joey Slye, K, Panthers
21.02 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Dolphins
21.03 Titans D/ST
21.04 Josh Oliver, TE, Jaguars
21.05 Denzel Mims, WR, Jets
21.06 Corey Davis, WR, Titans
21.07 Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jaguars
21.08 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
21.09 Nick Foles, QB, Bears
21.10 Eddy Pineiro, K, Bears
21.11 Eagles D/ST
21.12 Joshua Kelley, RB, Chargers
I'm ashamed to admit that I took the late-night timeout on this pick. I'd have grabbed my 2nd defense here, had I been paying appropriate attention. At least Oliver carries some upside ... if he can shove Tyler Eifert aside at some point.
22.01 Jets D/ST
22.02 Jerick McKinnon, RB, 49ers
22.03 Jarrett Stidham, QB, Patriots
22.04 Washington D/ST
22.05 Allen Lazard, WR, Packers
22.06 Cowboys D/ST
22.07 Antonio Brown, WR, ???
22.08 Devin Funchess, WR, Packers
22.09 Packers D/ST
22.10 David Njoku, TE, Browns
22.11 Falcons D/ST
22.12 Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
23.01 Texans D/ST
23.02 Tyler Bass, K, Bills
23.03 John Ross, WR, Bengals
23.04 Cardinals D/ST
23.05 Dolphins D/ST
23.06 Jimmy Graham, TE, Bears
23.07 Seahawks D/ST
23.08 Dion Lewis, RB, Giants
23.09 Jaguars D/ST
23.10 Panthers D/ST
23.11 Randall Cobb, WR, Texans
23.12 Giants D/ST
Fortunately, timing out with the Josh Oliver pick didn't keep me from getting my 3rd defense.
24.01 Kenny Stills, WR, Texans
24.02 Raiders D/ST
24.03 Ito Smith, RB, Falcons
24.04 Lions D/ST
24.05 Cole Beasley, WR, Bills
24.06 Bengals D/ST
24.07 Miles Boykin, WR, Ravens
24.08 DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seahawks
24.09 Justin Rohrwasser, K, Patriots
24.10 Lirim Hajrullahu, K, Rams
24.11 Devin Duvernay, WR, Ravens
24.12 Jeff Wilson, RB, 49ers
Three kickers locked in, and my 3rd should be a safe starter after the Patriots spent a 5th-round pick on him. And now he's getting rid of the infamous tattoo? Bonus.
25.01 Chris Conley, WR, Jaguars
25.02 Reggie Bonnafon, RB, Panthers
25.03 Josh Reynolds, WR, Rams
25.04 Darren Fells, TE, Texans
25.05 Ryan Griffin, TE, Jets
25.06 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Patriots
25.07 Bryan Edwards, WR, Raiders
25.08 Benny Snell, RB, Steelers
25.09 C.J. Uzomah, TE, Bengals
25.10 La'Mical Perine, RB, Jets
25.11 Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers
25.12 Russell Gage, WR, Falcons
26.01 Trey Burton, TE, Colts
26.02 Stephen Gostkowski, K, ???
26.03 Kaden Smith, TE, Giants
26.04 Hunter Renfrow, WR, Raiders
26.05 Lynn Bowden, RB, Raiders
26.06 Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders
26.07 Demarcus Robinson, WR, Chiefs
26.08 Andy Isabella, WR, Cardinals
26.09 Kelvin Harmon, WR, Washington
26.10 Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Buccaneers
26.11 Nick Boyle, TE, Ravens
26.12 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers
27.01 Taylor Gabriel, WR, ???
27.02 Cole Kmet, TE, Bears
27.03 Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington
27.04 Danny Amendola, WR, Lions
27.05 Kai Forbath, K, Cowboys
27.06 Jalen Hurd, WR, 49ers
27.07 Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots
27.08 Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears
27.09 Brett Maher, K, Jets
27.10 K.J. Hamler, WR, Broncos
27.11 Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos
27.12 Carlos Hyde, RB, ???
28.01 Marcus Mariota, QB, Raiders
28.02 Adam Trautman, TE, Saints
28.03 Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers
28.04 Rodney Anderson, RB, Bengals
28.05 Devin Asiasi, TE, Patriots
28.06 Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Washington
28.07 Dalton Keene, TE, Patriots
28.08 Jalen Hurts, QB, Eagles
28.09 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Eagles
28.10 Josh Gordon, WR, ???
28.11 Robert Griffin III, QB, Ravens
28.12 Jaylen Samuels, RB, Steelers
My final roster, by position:
Josh Oliver (autopick)
In hindsight, I don't see a whole lot I would have done differently. If I made the pick today, I'd probably take Blake Jarwin instead of Latavius Murray at my Round 9 turn. The Darrell Henderson selection 3 rounds earlier looks bad now, but I certainly wasn't expecting the Rams to draft a new lead back in Round 2. My Round 10 O.J. Howard pick came before the
I believe my hesitation on Tyrod Taylor proved solid. If he gets a full training camp, I think Justin Herbert will take the Chargers' starting gig by October at the latest.
Drafting 5 RBs vs. 9 WRs wasn't by design, but there's more weekly upside and higher floors to the WRs through the 2nd half of the draft. They're less likely to need a teammate's injury to create opportunity.
My roster doesn't leave me thrilled, but I believe it can compete.