1. San Francisco Devil Raiders – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Few players offer more immediate impact potential than Elliott, the consensus top back in the draft. After working previously with Eddie Lacy and Chris Johnson, Owner Kyle Miller is used to operating an offense around a star back. A powerful runner with good speed, hands out of the backfield and rare awareness and tenacity for blocking, Elliott is the well-rounded back capable of making an immediate impact in the XFFL.
2. Miami Soul – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Rather than reach for their next quarterback, the Soul should opt to rebuild their once proud WR corps, pairing Treadwell with Dorial Green-Beckham and DeVante parker, Miami’s top picks a year ago. With these young studs, no matter who they find to play Quarterback for them, weapons won’t be an issue.
3. Boise Bobcats – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Choosing Henry amounts to taking the best player available for the Bobcats. Henry is a natural fit as a power runner and he’s too good to pass up even if he wasn’t a natural fit. Boise has a history of missing on Running Back targets so this would be a pleasant surprise for the franchise.
4. Kansas City Rebels – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
The Rebels have star WR Jordy Nelson but will want to fortify a receiver corps which is pretty green in experience. Coleman won the Biletnikoff Award last season by catching 20 touchdowns, offering the pure speed to serve as an ideal complement to big play threats Nelson and Tavon Austin.
5. Omaha Bigdogs – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Owner Chad Buccholz has the confidence to nab Wentz, who is thought to possess a higher upside than Jared Goff. Showing not only all of the physical talent scouts are looking for in a franchise quarterback but the leadership and composure as well, Wentz eased concerns about his level of competition at NDSU with stellar performances at the Senior Bowl, combine and his March 24 pro day. With explosive weapons TY Hilton and Alshon Jeffery already in place on offense and one of the XFFL’s most ferocious defenses, the Bigdogs are only an improved passing game away from competing in the Zeroes Division.
6. Omaha Bigdogs – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Will Fuller is the fastest man in this draft and with Omaha dedicated to the future, they’ll take another project that they can develop for the future.
7. Boston Americans – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
This may seem a little early for Shepard, as Running Backs come at a premium in the XFFL Draft but Shepard is higher on the board than any of the remaining backs and the Americans are known for sticking to their board.
8. Kansas City Rebels – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
With needs everywhere, the Rebels may look to help out young quarterback Andy Dalton by boosting his receiving corps on draft day. The 6-2, 202-pound Doctson has enough speed to challenge vertically and he’s a master at winning contested passes due to his strong hands and body control.
9. Atlanta Predators – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
It’s easy to go back and forth with Thomas and his Ohio State teammate Braxton Miller with these picks. Either would go a long way in improving the Predators’ lack of a second receiving option.
10. Columbus Enforcers – Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
The Dolphins would love to see Miller fall to this pick, and in this mock it happens. Miller is one of the hardest working players in the country and he’s just learning the position. Columbus would be a perfect fit for Miller.
11. Columbus Enforcers – Jared Goff, QB, California
The Enforcers are likely to invest at quarterback on draft day with Aaron Rodgers as the only other quarterback on the roster. Jared Goff bears a striking resemblance to his alma mater mate Rodgers. Surprisingly athletic and boasting a live arm, Goff has first-round upside but he’s viewed by most as a project and therefore may “slip” lower on draft day than some of his hype suggests. He might be the perfect project, however, for Owner Nick Ernst to develop.
12. Philadelphia Blizzard – Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
How this team won a 2nd XFFL championship without a running game is besides me. They would be giddy to see Booker fall this far though.
13. Kansas City Rebels – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
This draft is all about taking the best player available on the offensive side of the ball for Kansas City and they do it again here with Dixon. The Rebels should by all means be the youngest team in the league this year.