This article is part of our NFL Observations series.
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1.5 Jonathan Taylor – I was pretty sure Taylor would be my pick with my top four guys off the board. Other options were Davante Adams or Nick Chubb, but give me the second-year stud back who catches passes and runs behind an elite offensive line, even if he has to share more carries than I'd like. Nyheim Hines was around last year too, and Taylor had a monster second half.
3.8 Travis Etienne – I speculated on the SXM show that Dalton Del Don (Team 3) would take him if I didn't, so I pounced once Terry McLaurin was gone. DDD confirmed in the draft room that was indeed the case. I have no idea how much work Etienne will get, but it's the kind of pick that can win you a league. Put differently, would anyone be surprised to see Etienne at 1.1 on everyone's 2022 board?
5.8 Trey Sermon – I needed a WR, and with two picks to go, I queued up D.J. Moore and Chris Godwin, vowing to take whichever was left. Both went right before me, so I took the other back I could see having first-round value, though Sermon's floor is quite low. I also knew DDD would take him if I didn't, and the troll value bumped him up half a round.
6.5 Justin Herbert – By now I had an unbalanced team, but I decided to roll with it. Herbert was the top QB on my board and now has a much improved offensive line and a lead back who is more of a receiver than a runner. The pick cost me DJ Chark and Deebo Samuel, but I was okay with that.
7.8 DeVonta Smith – The No. 10 overall pick should be the Eagles top wideout. Let's hope at 6-1, 170 he's stout enough to handle the rigors of the NFL.
9.8 AJ Dillon – I got sniped by one pick on Mike Williams, so I decided to deprive DDD of yet another back I know he likes. I can only start three of my five, but between Sanders, Sermon, Etienne and Dillon, at least one or two will not pan out.
11.8 Irv Smith – I passed on Rob Gronkowski who I have everywhere because I thought he might come back to me (he didn't), but I also like Smith, who showed up in great shape. In Year 3, he could easily break out on a decent passing team with a narrow tree.
14.5 Nelson Agholor – The Patriots signed him to a two-year, $22 million deal, so I expect him to be their top target. And he was actually good in Oakland last year.
15.8 Harrison Butker – Elite kicker on a high scoring team in a kicker-friendly format.
17.8 Blake Jarwin – He looks healthy in camp and should play in one of the league's best offenses.
18.5 Patriots Defense – They play the Dolphins Week 1, while my top defense, the Browns, face the Chiefs.
19.8 Daniel Jones – He has the arm, the legs and the weapons. All he has to do is get rid of the ball.
Roster By Position
QB: Justin Herbert
TE: Irv Smith
FLX: Miles Sanders