Coaching camps are underway, so now we actually have one thing to get enthusiastic about. Common optimism for NFL fan bases might be by no means larger than it’s this week, earlier than preseason accidents and regular-season losses can put a damper on issues.
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Whereas the primary spherical was expectedly working back-heavy, the largest shock of Spherical 1 got here when a decent finish got here off the board earlier than a large receiver did. Cockcroft chosen Travis Kelce eighth general, which was seven spots sooner than the Chiefs star went in every of our first two mocks, each of which have been PPR setups.
“I did not really feel nice about Todd Gurley at that spot — I used to be actually hoping both David Johnson or Melvin Gordon would slide,” Cockcroft stated. “However figuring out this group, I used to be assured Gurley would make it again to my choose at 13 — which he did — anyway.”
Cockcroft went on to elucidate his ideas on having a later draft slot on this mock.
“The issue with a back-end choose in a non-PPR draft is that you just’re not going to get any of the premium working backs,” he stated, “that means you may want to maximise each different lineup spot you possibly can, which additionally explains the Deshaun Watson choose later [third QB selected]. We challenge Kelce for roughly 40 factors greater than another tight finish within the format. That is large.”
The primary wideout (DeAndre Hopkins) did not go till the ultimate choose of the primary spherical, and quarterbacks lasted a very long time, like at all times in our workers mocks. Two of our drafters (Clay and Karabell) even waited till the ultimate spherical to pick one. Clay stated he “drafted his kicker and protection earlier than QB on precept” after seeing what number of high quality signal-callers have been nonetheless obtainable late.
That is the state of the place proper now, and particularly in a 10-team league, it is why many use the center rounds to load up on backs and receivers as an alternative of taking QBs and tight ends (as soon as the highest three are gone).