2016 Rookie Draft Results (10-Team)

By: Devin Sperle

As helpful as rankings and mock drafts are, they don't necessarily provide as much value as actual rookie drafts. We wanted to share our rookie draft results and provide some commentary and insight so that you might be able to predict how your rookie draft could unfold. To give you a better idea of which players we like and how our own picks played out, Devin's team is Lombardi's Legends and Ben's team is Hoth TaunTauns.

Round 1

  • 1.01, Lombardi's Legends: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas
    • This should be the consensus number one pick in every dynasty league.
  • 1.02, Orange RushLaquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota
    • Treadwell should go at number two in all non-2QB leagues.
  • 1.03, Hoth TaunTaunsCorey Coleman, WR, Cleveland
    • Ben had a loooong, hard debate here between Coleman and Doctson. Coleman will likely provide more short-term production, while Doctson may take a year or two to become "the guy."
  • 1.04, Dragons: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington
    • At this point, the only logical pick still on the board. 
  • 1.05, Turn Down For Watt: Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
    • Fantastic pick. We believe that Shepard is the perfect compliment to OBJ. He's a great route runner and should produce immediately.
  • 1.06, Turn Down For Watt: Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee
    • Not a fan of taking Henry this high. I don't think his game translates very well to the NFL, but this team owns DeMarco Murray so it is justifiable.
  • 1.07, Brady's Deflation Station: Will Fuller, WR, Houston
    • Ben and I agree that this was the worst pick in our entire draft. Fuller is a one-trick pony and will be a boom or bust play every week.
  • 1.08, Lombardi's Legends: Leonte Carroo, WR, Miami
    • Some may consider this a reach here, but I love the pick. Carroo is my man-crush. Miami had him as the #2 WR on their draft board and then traded up to get him. I don't buy into what people say about him being buried on the depth chart.
  • 1.09, Hoth TaunTauns (acquired from Mile High Mayhem for picks 2.03, 3.03, & 4.10)Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore
    • This was the first trade of the draft. Ben needed a RB and when Dixon fell this far, he traded back into the first round to get him.
  • 1.10, Mile High Mayhem (acquired from Turn Down For Watt for picks 2.03 & 4.09)Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati
    • Not a fan of Boyd this high, but not a terrible pick. This is who the owner wanted at 1.09 and essentially moved down one spot while picking up an extra third rounder. 

Round 2

  • 2.01, Orange Rush: Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans
    • Great pick here. Thomas has at least a couple of years with Brees throwing him the ball and should develop nice in New Orleans.
  • 2.02, Orange RushDevontae Booker, RB, Denver
    • There are a couple of players I would have preferred over Booker, but the owner is a Broncos' fan and in rebuilding mode so the pick makes sense.
  • 2.03, Turn Down For WattJordan Howard, RB, Chicago
    • Still not my favorite RB left on the board, but I don't HATE the pick either.
  • 2.04, Lombardi's Legends: Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants
    • My team is stacked at RB, especially after drafting Zeke. I didn't need another one, but I couldn't pass up Perkins still on the board.
  • 2.05, Hoth TaunTauns: Keith Marshall, RB, Washington
    • Rarely does a seventh-round pick end up in a situation with a decent path to significant playing time. Ben took him for the upside.
  • 2.06, Lombardi's Legends: Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee
    • At this point, 2.06 was my last pick so I took my favorite player left on the board. None of Tennessee's WRs scare me and I think in time Sharpe could carve out a nice role there.
  • 2.07, Lacy's LovehandlesCJ Prosise, RB, Seattle
    • I was surprised Prosise lasted this long, but a great pick here, especially as this owner's first pick of the draft.
  • 2.08, The Big CheeseMalcolm Mitchell, WR, New England
    • I had Malcolm Mitchell as a possible late first rounder in my rankings, so this is another good pick.
  • 2.09, Clinton's Clandestine Email-Client: Braxton Miller, WR, Houston
    • Miller still has a long ways to go to become an NFL WR. This is not a pick I would have made.
  • 2.10, Brady's Deflation Station: Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego
    • Great spot for the top TE in the draft.

Round 3

  • 3.01, Lacy's LovehandlesMike Thomas, WR, Los Angeles
    • Possibly a bit early for this pick. The owner later said he regretted not taking another player here.
  • 3.02, Orange Rush: Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami
    • Drake is talented for sure, it's just tough to say what role he'll play in Miami.
  • 3.03, Mile High Mayhem: Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland
    • Apart from Coleman, the Cleveland WR position is wide open for anyone. Higgins had great college production, so why not?
  • 3.04, DragonsJared Goff, QB, Los Angeles
    • Finally a QB off the board. Owner has Brady as his top QB so taking the top rated QB in the draft is not a bad idea.
  • 3.05, Lacy's LovehandlesKeyarris Garrett, WR, Carolina
    • The first UDFA off the board. I think this is a reach, but the owner is stacked at WR and obviously looking for high upside picks.
  • 3.06, Brady's Deflation StationWendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia
    • Would have rather seen DeAndre Washington here, especially since this is the Latavius Murray owner.
  • 3.07, Turn Down For WattTyler Ervin, RB, Houston
    • I don't like this pick either. With Lamar Miller's huge contract, Ervin will be lucky to see even a few snaps per game.
  • 3.08, The Big CheeseDeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland
    • Here's the Washington pick I was looking for. I don't think Oakland views Murray as a bell-cow. Washington could see significant playing time.
  • 3.09, Mile High MayhemDaniel Lasco, RB, New Orleans
    • Another questionable RB pick in my opinion at this point. There's at least a handful of players I would have preferred here.
  • 3.10, Turn Down For Watt: Paxton Lynch, QB, Denver
    • This is fine for a first round quarterback.

Round 4

  • 4.01, Brady's Deflation Station: Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia
    • Bound to happen sooner or later. Actually surprised Wentz fell this far.
  • 4.02, Turn Down For Watt (acquired from Orange Rush for 2017 3rd): Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City
    • I hate everything about this. A 2017 3rd from this team should be top half pretty easily. So the owner moved down significantly and then drafted a player on our "Do Not Draft" list. 
  • 4.03, Hoth TaunTauns: Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta
    • Great pick here. Hooper is extremely talented.
  • 4.04, Hoth TaunTaunsJonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo
    • Williams should have been picked before the other backs in the previous round. Ben now has the entire Buffalo backfield.
  • 4.05, Lombardi's Legends (acquired from Clinton's Clandestine Email-Client for 2017 4th and 5th)Jordan Payton, WR, Cleveland
    • When this owner texted me about trading out of the 4th and 5th rounds in this draft, it was a no-brainer accept for me. These picks are much higher than mine should be next year and I couldn't believe Payton was still available. I think he has more upside than Higgins in Cleveland.
  • 4.06, Lacy's Lovehandles: Alex Collins, RB, Seattle
    • Great late-round pick. The owner had taken Prosise earlier, so grabbing Collins was a smart move.
  • 4.07, Turn Down For Watt: Pharoh Cooper, WR, Los Angeles
    • I still can't wrap my head around what people see in this guy. Even this late I would rather take a flier on someone else.
  • 4.08, The Big Cheese: Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles
    • As long as Higbee doesn't go to jail, I'd consider this a good pick.
  • 4.09, Turn Down For Watt: Moritz Böhringer, WR, Minnesota
    • He's an athletic freak, but I may have considered waiting another round. This guy will most likely be a long-term stash.
  • 4.10, Mile High Mayhem: Joey Bosa, DE, San Diego
    • Our league is an IDP league (start DT, DE, LB, LB, CB, S, CB/S), but with only ten teams in the league you can find startable players on the waiver wire every week. This team is one of the worst in the league. There were much bigger needs.

Round 5

  • 5.01, Brady's Deflation Station: Josh Ferguson, RB, Indianapolis
    • Even as an UDFA, I think this is a great pick. Frank Gore is old and there is nothing but open roster space behind him.
  • 5.02, Orange RushChris Moore, WR, Baltimore
    • This is the second player drafted from our "Do Not Draft" list. Moore is purely a vertical threat type of player, but is too slow to create separation in the NFL.
  • 5.03, Lombardi's Legends (acquired from Clinton's Clandestine Email-Client for 2017 4th and 5th): Trevor Davis, WR, Green Bay
    • This was my second pick after the trade I made in the previous round. I debated a few different players here, but as a Packers fan I went with the homer pick.
  • 5.04, Dragons: Rico Gathers, TE, Dallas
    • This owner's best TE is Jason Witten, so he took his replacement. Don't mind the pick here in the fifth.
  • 5.05, Lacy's LovehandlesCharone Peake, WR, New York Jets
    • I was a huge Peake fan pre-draft. This is a fantastic late-round pick.
  • 5.06, Lacy's LovehandlesRoger Lewis, WR, New York Giants
    • Another good flier pick. Small-school prospect, but great production.
  • 5.07, Turn Down For WattPeyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay
    • Along with Ferguson, the best UDFA RB prospect in the class. Will require patience behind Martin and Sims.
  • 5.08, The Big CheeseKenny Lawler, WR, Seattle
    • Not a big fan of Lawler due to lack of athleticism. Would have preferred a different WR prospect here.
  • 5.09, Mile High MayhemDwayne Washington, RB, Detroit
    • Another pick that requires a decent amount of patience, but Washington could turn some heads.
  • 5.10, Lacy's LovehandlesDaniel Braverman, WR, Chicago
    • Mr. Irrelevant may not be so irrelevant. A small WR that could see a role as the WR3 in Chicago.