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Post-Combine RotoViz Staff Rookie Mock Draft: Round 2

With the NFL Combine now in the books, the RotoViz staff decided to get together for a quick two-round rookie mock draft.  For the purposes of this article we’ll assume a 1QB league with PPR scoring. Hit us up on the message boards and let us know what you think.

2.01 – Kyler Murray (QB, Oklahoma)

As all the players that really get me excited were taken in round one, I’ll default to Kyler Murray with the first pick of the second round. Murray’s 2018 season, in which he passed for 40 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards while completing 71 percent of passes with an AYA of 13.4 was enough to raise my eyebrows. The additional 892 yards and 11 touchdowns that he produced on the ground got me hooked. He has the athleticism, accuracy, and requisite collegiate production to be a viable starter at the next level. With a rising draft stock, Murray will get an immediate chance to make an impact. There are few quarterbacks that I’d be willing to take this early but Murray has the kind of potential that’s hard to pass up. – Dave Caban

2.02 – T.J. Hockenson (TE, Iowa)

While T.J. Hockenson wasn’t able to match Noah Fant’s excellent combine, he performed well enough to cement himself as a potential Day 1 pick in the draft. Drafting a tight end, which usually take time to develop, doesn’t have the sex appeal of gambling on a wide receiver or running back, but the odds of success for a first-round TE are higher than the mid-round running backs and wide receivers available in the second round of rookie drafts.1 Hockenson’s landing spot in the NFL draft will go a long way in determining how early he has a chance to produce, but there are plenty of TE-needy teams out there with openings for a rookie to step in and play immediately. – John Lapinski

2.03 – Miles Sanders (RB, Penn State)

At pick 15 I’ll sprint to the stage to take Miles Sanders here. Sanders posted a top-three NFL combine performance in this class. His later breakout can be easily explained by him sitting behind Saquon Barkley for a couple of seasons (for obvious reasons). Many forget that when he entered college, Sanders was the top running back prospect in the nation. He posted excellent rushing and receiving numbers when he was finally given the reins in 2018. When you combine his athleticism, pedigree, and production you get a running back that could be an early selection in this year’s NFL Draft. – Travis May

2.04 – Alex Barnes (RB, Kansas State)

At 16, I’m pulling the trigger on Alex Barnes. A 99th percentile SPARQx score certainly raises some eyebrows, if a 38.1 percent College Dominator wasn’t enough to spark interest. Sure, I’d prefer it if he’d been ever so slightly more used as a receiver, with just 25 receptions in 35 games at K State. But he averaged 9.7 yards per reception on his 20 grabs last season, so he’s not exactly a traffic cone when it comes to the passing game. – Neil Dutton

2.05 – Parris Campbell (WR, Ohio State)

With overall speed and burst scores measuring above the 96th percentile and a blazing 4.31 forty, I believe Parris Campbell cemented his status as a probable Round 2 NFL Draft selection. Campbell posted the most receiving yards in a season by any wide receiver from Urban Meyer’s Florida and Ohio State coaching days in 2018 (992). He also registered 9.1 yards per carry and 30.4 yards per kick return for his career. Wide receivers who can carve out early special teams and offensive specialty package roles are among my favorite targets every draft season. – Curtis Patrick

2.06 – Andy Isabella (WR, Massachusetts)

If you have concerns about a slight but highly productive WR from UMass, you’re not alone. At 5 feet 9 inches and 188 pounds, Isabella needed to run fast at the combine. His recorded time of 4.58 sent up red flags but was later changed to 4.31. He broke out at age 21 and finished his career with a 31 percent receiving yardage market share. Playing his rookie year at age 23 does hamper his outlook; but his speed and production profile likely make him a Day 2 draft pick and a worthwhile “risk” in the middle of Round 2. – Ryan Bobbitt

2.07 – Trayveon Williams (RB, Texas A&M)

After starting off his collegiate career with a school record leading to inevitable regression, Williams finished his career at Texas A&M with very similar production to Le’Veon Bell. With 64 career receptions and over 550 carries, I’m banking on him being a versatile option at the next level. And although at face value, Williams’ combine testing doesn’t jump off the page, he finished with a 76th percentile SPARQx score. – Matt Wispe

2.08 – Bryce Love (RB, Stanford)

I don’t know if Love will play in 2019 or 2020 or ever again, but in a class where only one player has an RB Prospect Lab score above 55 – and that player is a senior with a single season of barely 1,000 yards rushing – I’m willing to wait or just pass on the pick entirely. That’s not entirely fair. There is another RB I really like here (in fact my top three RBs are still available; which isn’t to say the earlier picks were wrong, just that my board is weird). But Love was the best player in college football in 2017, and I’m willing to gamble on a recovery at this price. – Shawn Siegele

2.09 – Justice Hill (RB, Oklahoma State)

Hill’s raw production dipped in his final (junior) season at Oklahoma State as he played only 10 games, but before that he had managed over 1,000 rushing yards as both a freshman and a sophomore. He also added 31 catches in his sophomore season. Hill’s speed and explosiveness (he was the 2019 combine’s leader at RB in the forty, the vertical leap, and the broad jump) at 198 pounds give him an attractive profile as a change-of-pace/third-down back which should hopefully enable him to stick on an NFL roster and find some upside in the event of injuries on the depth chart ahead of him. – Blair Andrews

2.10 – Benny Snell (RB, Kentucky)

Snell’s poor combine performance ostensibly caused his stock to drop, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he tumbles down draft boards. Snell ran a 4.66 forty-yard dash, and it took a lot of willpower for me to not intentionally call him Benny Snail. I’m not going to ding Snell too harshly for his combine results, given his strong age-adjusted production history. The RB Prospect Lab indicates that Snell’s got one of the best scores in this draft class, and I’ll gladly scoop up the value in the back half of the second round. – Hasan Rahim

2.11 – Emanuel Hall (WR, Missouri)

An admittedly high-variance selection, Hall is one of the most explosive WRs left on the board, proven by his tremendous performance at the combine. He landed in the 85th percentile or better in wingspan (79.4 inches), forty-yard-dash (4.39), vertical jump (43.5 inches), and broad jump (141 inches) and was a clear winner at the combine despite running with what we now know was a sports hernia.2 Hall’s production profile is underwhelming without a true breakout season, but he did score a TD on 19 percent of his receptions and averaged 20.8 yards per catch for his career. His Freak Score (66) ranks 13th in the class above Kelvin Harmon, Deebo Samuel, and Andy Isabella, meaning he has decent TD-scoring potential at the next level. This newest injury is troubling given his existing injury history and may end up hurting his real draft capital. But if he ends up a top-100 pick and gets healthy between now and training camp, he has a shot at being an impact fantasy option sooner rather than later. – Jordan Hoover

2.12 – Rodney Anderson (RB, Oklahoma)

Anderson’s injury history is obviously terrifying, but the final pick of the second round is a steep discount on a player that may be the best size-speed RB in this class. We really only have an eight-game stretch in 2017 to go on, (Anderson took over the lead back role from Trey Sermons in Week 6 against Kansas State, on whom he promptly dropped 177 yards and two touchdowns) but Anderson averaged 167 yards from scrimmage in those eight games, including a ridiculous 254 yards and 5 touchdowns on just 14 receptions. It certainly helps to be playing with Baker Mayfield, but Anderson’s success in the downfield passing game hints at a tantalizing fantasy ceiling. – Devin McIntyre

  1. Except for Hayden Hurst, who will already be 26 years old before the start of his second NFL season. He sucks.  (back)
  2. This injury will likely require surgery with an estimated timetable for recovery of 4-6 weeks.  (back)

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