1.13 (13): Miles Sanders RB Philadelphia
In the first round, my strategy was to get one of Miles Sanders, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Austin Ekeler. Miles Sanders was my top-ranked of the three and I was very happy he fell to me. The running backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles said he was very excited about Sanders and he would get a big workload this year. When he received 15 touches or more in every week from 13-16, he averaged 23.55 fantasy points per game. Sanders has a top 5 ceiling if he is used correctly.
2.8 (28): David Johnson RB Houston
My original plan was to go with Todd Gurley here, but I am more than happy with Johnson. He is going to receive the full workload in Houston and should benefit a lot from it. Johnson was a top running back, averaging about 20 points per game before he went down with an injury and got benched. He is playing with a chip on his shoulder this year and the Texans will use him to the fullest extent because they traded him for DeAndre Hopkins.
3.13 (53): Robert Woods WR Los Angeles (R)
This again was my original plan turning out to not work. I wanted either Jonathan Taylor or James Conner here but they both went way before me. Robert Woods wasn't even on my strategy because I was confident he wouldn't be there. Sure enough, he was and I was ecstatic to take him. The Rams started using more 2 tight end sets, which the other receiver Cooper Kupp does not play well in. Robert Woods started playing amazing when they did this. Woods is the type of player that you know what you are going to get. He is going to get a ton of targets regardless of the opponent and his only bad games will be when he doesn't catch a lot of those targets.
4.8 (68) Terry McLaurin WR Washington
I thought Robert Woods was a steal when he fell to me. I was debating between picking him or Terry McLaurin in the third. McLaurin somehow fell to the 68th overall pick. He is going to break out this year with a revitalized offense and an improved Dwayne Haskins. McLaurin and Haskins played together in college so they already have chemistry. With McLaurin and one receiver I will mention later as the only 2 real targets on the team, he should have a monster year.
5.13 (93) Hayden Hurst TE Atlanta
I know this might sound like a reach, but I wanted to be sure I could get Hurst. Matt Ryan called him the most athletic tight end he has ever played with, and he got to play with Tony Gonzalez. Austin Hooper got a ton of targets last year as the starting tight end, and the former first-round pick should step right into this role. I am trying to get Hurst in every league this year because he is currently ranked 134th on ESPN and you can get him pretty late in most leagues.
6.8 (108) Darius Slayton WR New York (G)
Darius Slayton was in my opinion the best wide receiver available. He is a very boom or bust type of player, which I am fine with as a flex with safer options like Miles Sanders and Robert Woods. Slayton should benefit from the development of second-year quarterback Daniel Jones and while he might not be good right away, every other receiver on this team has some red flags and Slayton could be a huge help in the playoffs.
7.13 (133) Ryan Tannehill QB Tennessee
Tannehill was fantastic over the second half of the season. My strategy was to take a quarterback here after I filled out the rest of the starters. I am pretty happy with this pick as I was preparing to take a player like Cam Newton or Jimmy Garoppolo as my quarterback. Even though he didn't pass the ball very much, he still put up points. He should pass the ball a bit more this year as more teams stack the box against Derrick Henry.
8.8 (148) Damien Harris RB New England
Harris only received 4 carries last year, but Sony Michel's offseason surgery concerns me and there is a path to Harris receiving a starting gig for a couple of games this year.
9.13 (173) Joshua Kelley RB Los Angeles (C)
While Austin Ekeler is a fantastic running back, there is no way he gets all of the early-down work. Justin Jackson is not that amazing and Kelley could completely take the job if Ekeler were to get hurt or sick.
10.8 (188) Chase Claypool WR Pittsburgh
The original plan here was to take Allen Lazard, but he got taken right before me. I was pretty upset and picked Claypool out of frustration instead of a quarterback. He should see the field right away because he is an athletic monster who is a great red-zone target.
11.13 (213) Tyrod Taylor QB Los Angeles (C)
This is what made me regret my Claypool pick. At this time there was no quarterback available that had a 100% chance of starting. Tannehill had a bye in Week 7 and Taylor had the best chance to still be starting in Week 7 out of the other quarterbacks available.
12.8 (228) Steven Sims WR Washington
I love Sims' upside this year. He is the #2 receiver on a team that lacks depth at that position. Over the last 3 games of the season, he was thrown the ball 8 or more times in each game and averaged 19.8 points per game.
13.13 (253) Chris Thompson RB Jacksonville
I wanted Gerald Everett here, but he was taken with the pick before me. Thompson will see the field a bit as a passing-down back and has upside as a bench player because of his receiving.
14.8 (268) C.J. Uzomah TE Cincinnati
Every tight end that I wanted at this pick wasn't there so I picked the tight end that is starting. I ended up late last night trading Uzomah and Thompson for Taysom Hill because I like his upside more when I have to play him on Hurst's bye week.
15.13 (293) Titans D/ST
The Titans' defense was respectable last year as they finished with the 12th ranked defense. They didn't lose very much and still retained the core from last year. The Titans should have a lot of low-scoring, grind-it-out games because of the way their offense plays
16.8 (308) Sam Sloman K Los Angeles (R)
When I pick kickers, I like to pick the ones on the best offenses. The Rams were the best offense available and Sloman was their kicker. Sloman is a rookie who was picked at the end of the 7th round and will kick for the Rams
17.13 (333) Jalen Hurd WR San Francisco
I like Hurd's upside because of Deebo Samuel's injury. Hurd was hurt all of last year and he is the type of player that will be used all over the field. He played running back and slot receiver in college despite being 6'4" and 227 pounds.
What did you think of my draft? Let me know in the comments!