Supervillain NFL Mock Draft 2017

With the 2017 NFL Draft just a few days away, this mock draft projects the first ten picks if the draft class were made up of supervillains.

  1. Lex Luthor (Cleveland Browns)

The Browns need a young fearless leader at quarterback next season, and that man is Lex Luthor. His genius level intellect, his robotic super suit, and most importantly, his intense anger towards Superman will turn him into one of the best quarterbacks of his generation.

  1. The Riddler (San Francisco 49ers)

With the second overall pick, the 49ers select the Riddler. While the riddler has an incredible level of intelligence, his physical weakness does not make him an ideal nfl player. Still, the king of questions is perfect for the San Francisco 49ers due to their questionable roster choices. Riddle me this: How many wins did the 49ers get last year? Answer: 2

  1. Voldemort (Chicago Bears)

With the third overall pick, the Chicago Bears select Voldemort. The Harry Potter villain is a great fit for the Bears, especially because his face looks more Bear than human. His magical ability and passion for death make him a good pick for the bears. In a city where the weather is always cold and gloomy, Voldemort should feel right at home. The bears also need a quarterback, and Voldemort has proven his skills by leading the infamous Death-eaters and by taming a poisonous snake.

  1. Mr. Burns (Jacksonville Jaguars)

With the fourth overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Montee Burns. The Jaguars will find a strong replacement for Blake Bortles, the king of garbage time, in Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. Burns’ intellect, draconian tactics, and arsenal of hounds makes him a strong addition at quarterback.

  1. Swiper (Tennessee Titans)

With the fifth overall pick, the Titans select Swiper from Dora The Explorer. Swiper is the king of stealing, and that makes him a great choice to play cornerback opposite Logan Ryan. With Swiper on the field, as long as he isn’t covering Dora the Explorer, his wide receiver will not touch the ball.

  1. The Joker (New York Jets)

With the sixth pick, the New York Jets select the Joker. The clown prince of crime will find a home in the Jets, as his green hair and white-painted face should match the Jets’ hideous uniforms. His affinity for jokes will also fit in with the Jets, as through the butt fumble and last season, the Jets are a joke of a team.

  1. Darth Vader (Los Angeles Chargers)

With the seventh pick, the Los Angeles Chargers select Darth Vader. Notorious for choking in big games, Darth Vader is perfect for the chargers. He can make plays in the secondary by using the force, but he can also his his combat skills and force choke to make plays at the line of scrimmage.

  1. King Kong (Carolina Panthers)

With the eighth pick, the Carolina Panthers select King Kong. The brutish ape will be a great addition for the panthers defense. He will fit right in at nose tackle, as his experience swatting planes and attacking people will make him great at batting down passes and stopping the run.

  1. Ultron (Cincinnati Bengals)

With the ninth pick, the Bengals select Ultron. The Bengals need a leader at Middle Linebacker, and Ultron is well equipped for the role. His superior intelligence makes him great at making quick decisions. His ability to fly makes him elite in coverage and his strong metal body makes it difficult to get past him.

  1. Godzilla (Buffalo Bills)

With the tenth pick, the Bills select Godzilla. The Bills need a star wide receiver to complete their offense, and that receiver is godzilla. His short arms limit his pass catching ability. However, his monstrous size makes him an easy target for Tyrod Taylor to hit. His fire breath also improves his draft stock, as he can literally burn defenders.

Why Mike Wallace is Currently the Most Undervalued Wide Receiver in the Draft

On most offseason rankings, Mike Wallace is ranked outside of the top 40. In fact, in many he is ranked outside of the top 50. However, Wallace should be able to return solid WR2/WR3 value for you this season. Last season, despite playing opposite Steve Smith Sr., Wallace finished 21st in the NFL in receiving yards, finishing with 1,017 yards on the season. He also finished 33rd in receptions at 72.

These stats alone suggest that Wallace is being undervalued, but the retirement of Steve Smith should also help Mike Wallace. Last year, Wallace finished second on the team in receptions, falling behind only tight end Dennis Pitta (86 receptions). Wallace led the rest of the rest of his teammates in receiving yards, finishing with over 200 more yards than anyone else on the team. With the No. 3 WR on the Ravens leaving as well (Kamar Aiken, 33 receptions), Wallace could be in for a monster year.

One of the biggest concerns regarding Mike Wallace’s volume could be the Ravens drafting a wide receiver in the first or second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. While that could affect his workload, Wallace should still see plenty of targets in an offense that is losing two of its top three wide receivers. Wallace’s year of experience with Joe Flacco should also help him get a higher target share than any receiver on the team (excluding Dennis Pitta).

Due to his opportunity for many targets and his skills at Wide Receiver, feel confident drafting Mike Wallace as a steal any time after the 8th round.

Where to Draft Rookie Running Backs in Your Fantasy Draft

After a Fantasy MVP performance from Ezekiel Elliott and 1300 rushing yards from Jordan Howard, expectations for a skilled 2017 running back draft class will be very high. However, when drafting, it is important to understand the risk that comes with drafting a rookie and the circumstances that can affect their fantasy performance.

Workload:

The rookies with the most carries in the 2016-2017 season were Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Howard, Devontae Booker, Rob Kelley, and Paul Perkins. They recorded 322, 252, 174, 168, and 112 carries, respectively. Ezekiel Elliott led the league in carries, but Elliott was a special case. Howard finished 11th in the league, Booker finished 24th, Kelley finished 25th, and Perkins finished 36th. Howard, Kelley, and Perkins were all picked below the 135th pick of the 2016 draft. Rob Kelley was not drafted. The rookie running backs that are most successful are not necessarily the ones who get picked early, but the ones who get high workloads.

Team Situation:

Rookie running backs who are drafted early are not necessarily successful or given carries. After Ezekiel Elliott, the next three running backs taken were Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, and C.J. Prosise. Elliott displayed great running ability, but he also was drafted into a great system, where he was able to handle high workloads behind Pro Football Focus’ number one ranked offensive line in the Dallas Cowboys. Derrick Henry, picked in the second round, performed well when he saw action, taking 110 carries for 490 rushing yards. He also caught 13 passes for 137 receiving yards. However, given he was not drafted into a starting role, Henry’s impressive 4.45 yards per carry only translated into 67.7 points. CJ Prosise was also impressive, recording 172 yards on just 30 carries. Despite an average of 5.7 yards per carry, Prosise was not able to produce for fantasy owners because he was drafted into the three-headed mess of a backfield of Seattle. Kenyan Drake was drafted into a four running back system, and only 33 carries due to the quick rise of Dolphins’ running back Jay Ajayi. For a rookie running back to be successful, they need to be drafted into a good situation where they are set up to carry high workloads and run behind a successful offensive line.

Advice:

While drafting a rookie running back early brings high risk, as seen with Ezekiel Elliott, it can yield high rewards as well. Especially with a draft class with potential NFL first round picks such as Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey, it is very easy to be tempted into spending your second or third round on a rookie. However, before spending a second or third round pick on one of these players, fantasy owners should probably consider taking a more reliable player instead. Running backs that come without much risk are difficult to find, so an early pick is better spent on a dependable player than an unpredictable rookie. This being said, rookie running backs are still an interesting use of a late round pick. This draft has many running backs with tremendous upside that are worth a 12-15th round pick such as Joe Mixon, D’Onta Foreman, Donnel Pumphrey, and Marlon Mack.