2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Rookie-only mock draft

The best pick of this round was Wentz, who will be selected in the second round of most rookie-0nly drafts, even if he’s the third best rookie quarterback behind Lynch and Goff. Marshall also is a sleeper since he landed with the Redskins. The worst pick was likely Taylor, who has minimal upside as a backup in San Francisco. I took Higgins with the hope he emerges as a viable Fantasy option by 2017.

The first pick in a rookie-only draft for dynasty leagues is easy. But once you get past Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is when things get interesting.

Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman and Laquon Treadwell will likely be debated as the No. 2 overall pick, and all three offer similar upside despite differing situations with their respective teams. The goal is to look long term, and I like Doctson the best of that trio just based on talent.

Jerry Jones added: “Randy had the highest we have on record SAT scores that we have signed. So I enjoy conversations with him. There is no misunderstanding with Gregory and where his obligations are and what he needs to get done. We don’t have to worry about that part because he understands. So how is he is doing? He is doing excellent. I think all thumbs are up.”

In terms of raw talent, Gregory was one of the best players in last year’s draft, but off-field issues — including a failed combine drug test — saw him slip to the second round. He played in 12 games as a rookie and while he didn’t record a sack, he was responsible for 16 quarterback pressures.

Brady of course took some massive steps forward through the rest of his career, and Peterson feels as though Bridgewater is ready to do that, too.

“So I feel like with the additions that we’ve made to the offensive line and of course me envisioning what I’ll be able to bring to the offense as well I think that’s going to make his job a lot easier,” Peterson said. “With that he’ll feel more comfortable and he can really get back there and just play his game. So I’m expecting big things from Teddy this year.”

To prepare for his new role, Reynolds got in touch with another former college quarterback-turned-NFL wide receiver. There was just one tiny problem …

“I had the opportunity to talk to Hines Ward,” Reynolds said last week. “I know that’s like a cardinal sin in this building. We got to talk before the draft, to ease anybody’s mind. … He gave me some tips and tricks and things to work on to perfect my craft.”

2015 college stats: 294 carries for 1,601 yards and 13 touchdowns; 45 catches for 334 yards and two touchdowns

Ervin could emerge as the No. 2 running back in Houston this season behind Lamar Miller, but that doesn’t guarantee him a big role. He will likely play on passing downs and special teams and will only have increased value if Miller gets hurt.
31. Tyler Higbee, TE, LAR

2015 college stats: 38 catches for 563 yards and eight touchdowns

Jared Cook is gone, not that he was a big factor, but Higbee could start right away in 2016. And as we’ve said about the Rams, there’s a lack of talent on offense, so he could soak up targets as a rookie.
32. Demarcus Robinson, WR, KC

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