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Top Secret 2022 Fantasy Football Strategy: Rookie Mock Draft

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As the NFL draft draws closer, we are left in a state of anticipation for dynasty rookie drafts. This rookie mock draft serves as a great opportunity to experiment and put our player evaluations to the test.


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Ultimately, we want you to be as confident and as well prepared as possible for those upcoming rookie drafts. So, I will explain my rookie draft strategy, highlight my selections on the draft board, and discuss the stats and player traits of my picks, all to demonstrate a useful way to navigate your upcoming draft.

So, without further ado, let’s get the draft board up. This particular draft was a 12 team, five-round, Superflex, rookie mock draft. I drafted in the 10th position, which gave me picks 10, 22, 34, 46, and 58. Typically what I try to do in the first two rounds is aim for immediate impact players.

These are players who I believe should hold starter consideration as early as their rookie season. Hopefully no later than by the end of their second season, then around three and beyond, I’m aiming for just pure upside, regardless of the position.

In my last video, I reviewed a 10 team, four-round, super flex rookie mock where I discussed four different players than the five that I’ll be discussing in this video.

You check that video out here.

1.10 — Chris Olave

To start things off at 10th overall, I selected the fifth wide receiver off the board — Chris Olave out of Ohio State. He’s measuring at 6’1″ and 189 pounds and he ran a 4.39 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. Now he was a very consistently productive player at Ohio state.

Essentially, from his sophomore to his senior season, Olave’s average stat-line per game was 5 catches, 81 yards, and one touchdown. So he’ll likely get first-round draft capital. I feel this is a very safe pick here in the late first round like I think Olave will be.

I believe he’ll be put into a position to contribute right away, not only for the team that drafts him but also for your fantasy roster.

2.10 — Wan’Dale Robinson

At the end of the second round, I selected the 10th wide receiver off the board — Wan’Dale Robinson out of Kentucky. He’s a little bit smaller,  measuring 5’9″ and 185 pounds. I’m really excited for Robinson since he is just a very unique and explosive playmaker.

He has a skill set that’s pretty comparable to the likes of Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Deebo Samuel. As NFL offenses become more creative each year, I believe it is plausible that Robinson could be implemented well by year two. His 4.44, 40 yard dash time was on display often during his breakout junior season.

In that season, Robinson compiled just shy of 1,500 total yards from scrimmage with 104 catches, 7 touchdowns, and 111 rushing yards on only seven attempts. I want the ball in his hands to just see what he can do with it. I’m really, very excited to see which team drafts him.

3.10 — Tyler Allgeier

Now in the third round, with just pure upside on my mind, I selected the 10th running back off the board with Tyler Allgeier out of BYU. He’s not a burner and isn’t super shifty, but he is decisive.

Allgeier is a powerful one-cut runner. He looks to be, at least, implemented in short-yardage and goal-line situations. But Allgeier does hold workhorse upside with his 5’11” and 224 lb frame. He handled 18 carries per game over the two seasons that he worked as a full-time running back.

In those two seasons, Allgeier was highly productive as he handled 426 rushing attempts that totaled 2,731 yards and 36 touchdowns. Now, in his senior season, he averaged two receptions, Due to his size, his style of play, and his 4.6 40 yard dash time, my player comparison for him is James Conner.

4.10 — Jelani Woods

In the fourth round, I selected the sixth tight end off the board — Jelani Woods out of Virginia.

During his senior season, Woods caught 44 balls for 598 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He will profile as a pass-catching tight end in the NFL. Woods has major upside potential at a notoriously scarce tight end position. He had freakish athleticism on display at the NFL combine while demonstrating functional athleticism in college.

At the combine, Woods led all tight ends with 24 bench press repetitions, and his 4.61 40 yard dash was the fastest for a tight end of his size — 6’7″ — since 2003. So I’m just trying to catch lightning in a bottle here at a very scarce tight end position.

5.10 — Tyler Badie

In the fifth round, I took the 20th running back off the board — Tyler Badie out of Missouri.

He profiles as a pass-catching running back weapon coming in at5’8″ and 194 lbs. Through his first three seasons, Badie averaged two receptions per game. Then he had a monster senior breakout season where he had just shy of 2,000 total yards from scrimmage with 18 touchdowns, averaging 4.5 receptions.

Now, because of his size and his projected role as a running back in the NFL, my player comparison for him is J.D. McKissic. And that would be an excellent return here late in the fifth round with the type of career that McKissick has had. That would be fantastic.

There you have it. I truly hope that you found this breakdown useful as you continue to prepare for your upcoming rookie drafts.


Thank you for reading about my Rookie Mock Draft! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me.

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