Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

While our way-too-early 2016 fantasy football mock draft is a one-man mock draft, we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats later in the year.

Here is Round 3 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Team 1: Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland RaidersScoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray had 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games with 13 being the lone exception. Here is the list of players with 15 15-touch games in 2015: Murray. End of list.

3.02 - Team 2: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville JaguarsYeldon missed four games as a rookie, but he averaged more than 18 touches per game. While it was disappointing that he had only two rushing touchdowns and just four carries from inside the 5-yard line, I'd expect more scoring opportunities in 2016.

3.03 - Team 3: Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego ChargersPlaying only eight games, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. The 23-year-old (turns 24 in April) receiver enters 2016 as the team's clear-cut top pass-catching option.

3.04 - Team 4: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina PanthersThere are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. After all, Newton has the third-most rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2011. Before a Week 14 injury, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy. That said, he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

3.05 - Team 5: Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans SaintsThe breakout may not have been as great as many had expected, but Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9. Eight of those touchdowns came in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December so he carries momentum into 2016.

3.06 - Team 6: Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati BengalsAdmittedly, I was high, too high, on Hill going into the 2015 season and he was a disappointment. With one more carry than he had as a rookie, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Perhaps we shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill.

3.07 - Team 7: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay PackersBased on early reports, Nelson's rehab from a torn ACL last preseason is progressing well as he's started to run full speed. Turning 31 in May, Nelson had stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons.

3.08 - Team 8: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina PanthersThe top-scoring fantasy quarterback in 2015, Newton threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. Newton has now finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in four of his five NFL seasons. No quarterback has more weekly upside than the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player as he finished as the weekly QB1 in five of his final nine games in 2015.

3.09 - Team 9: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis ColtsIt was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) in 2015. And when he was on the field, he was (much) less than 100 percent for much of the year. Like Cam, Luck benefits from his dual-threat abilities as he rushed for 255-plus yards per year with a total of 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

3.10 - Team 10: Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland RaidersStill just 21 years old, Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie and battled a foot injury down the stretch. With 20 yards or less in four of his past seven games, his rookie campaign could have been even better, but I expect a stronger performance throughout all of 2016 for the talented second-year receiver.

3.11 - Team 11: DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia EaglesAfter leading the NFL in rushing (1,845 yards) in 2014, Murray had more than 1,100 yard less with the Eagles (702). In addition, he set career lows in YPG (46.8) and YPC (3.6). I'd like to think that things will only get better for Murray with a new coaching staff in place, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport writes that the two sides are "not in a good place."

3.12 - Team 12: Julian Edelman, WR, New England PatriotsMissing seven games with a broken foot, Edelman set a career high with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Edelman has missed multiple games in each of the past two seasons, but he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

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