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The Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft: 3rd Round

The Fanalysts have been grinding draft tape, monitoring team needs, and mock drafting since December. This 7-part mock-draft is one continuous mock draft and the our final one of the season for us. We will be releasing one article per day in the week leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.

This is a summary of the 3rd Round of our mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft. Below are links all other rounds of our final mock for the 2019 NFL Draft:

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65Arizona CardinalsEmmanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
66Pittsburgh SteelersAmani Hooker, S, Iowa
67San Francisco 49ersRiley Ridley, WR, Georgia
68New York JetsRoss Pierschbacher, iOL, Alabama
69Jacksonville JaguarsTrayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
70Tampa Bay BuccaneersDavid Long, CB, Michigan

It’s hard for me to pick just one pick from this group that stands out because they all do. Emmanuel Hall should be a welcome addition to the offensive arsenal of Arizona. The Steelers get a nice upgrade at safety with Amani Hooker. The 49ers have questions at wide receiver and Riley Ridley should answer those questions. The Jets want to protect Sam Darnold and Ross Pierschbacher does just that. If you are worried about Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville then Trayveon Williams is a perfect compliment/insurance policy. The Bucs get a corner in David Long who I believe is a tremendous value in the 3rd round.

This was a very solid start to the 3rd round and shows just how much value can be had beyond rounds 1 and 2. This is the year for your team to have as many picks as possible because good to great players will be falling throughout the draft due to tremendous depth.

71Denver BroncosDax Raymond, TE, Utah State
72Cincinnati BengalsKaleb McGary, OT, Washington
73New England PatriotsKahale Warring, TE, SDSU
74Buffalo BillsJosh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
75Green Bay PackersBlake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
76Washington RedskinsElgton Jenkins, iOL, Ole Miss

A couple of tight ends off the board to teams with a need at the position. I like Dax Raymond a lot and feel as if he could be a great value for Denver. Kahale Warring certainly has the tools to be a solid starter in New England but he’ll have some Gronk sized shoes to fill.

Josh Jacobs is a very interesting pick to me. First of all, he’s not going in the 3rd round. This is how our guys feel about Josh Jacobs but he’s likely going higher than this. The landing spot, Buffalo, has a couple of elder statesmen in Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy along with the recently signed TJ Yeldon. With the ages of Gore and McCoy along with the brief terms of Yeldon’s contract (2 years), I see Jacobs as a very nice developmental pick for Buffalo.

77Carolina PanthersDaniel Jones, QB, Duke
78Miami DolphinsJaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
79Atlanta FalconsRock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
80Cleveland BrownsBobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
81Minnesota VikingsRenell Wren, iDL, Arizona State
82Tennessee TitansWill Grier, QB, West Virginia

The two quarterbacks taken from picks 77-82 stand out to me. Daniel Jones to Carolina is notable because it stands as a reminder of where we’re at with QB Cam Newton. As the person who drafted Jones to Carolina, I’m worried about Cam big time. I don’t think Carolina has done a good enough job investing in the O-Line and they will need an insurance policy in case Cam goes down.

I have never been a fan of Marcus Mariota or Ryan Tannehill. I think it’s time for the Titans to think about moving on and Will Grier is a perfect replacement. He should see playing time this season considering how injury prone both Mariota and Tannehill are. Small shoutout to the Falcons taking Rock Ya-Sin. The corner out of Temple could slot in right away at one of the outer corner spots and start day 1.

83Pittsburgh SteelersUgochukwu Amandi, S, Oregon
84Seattle SeahawksD’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
85Baltimore RavensLJ Collier, EDGE, TCU
86Houston TexansJoejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
87Chicago BearsDavid Edwards, OT, Wisonsin
88Detroit LionsTerry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

I’ll start with the Steelers taking yet another safety. I have been adamant about the Steelers needing secondary depth so I am totally ok with that pick. If Seattle does indeed trade Frank Clark then they will need help along the defensive line and D’Andre Walker is that help.

The Bears have no picks until pick 87 and they go…Tackle. The Bears don’t have many holes but if they make their fans wait that long just to take a tackle then there will be some eye rolling. David Edwards is a very solid pick however and should compete for playing time immediately or at the very least be a nice depth option. LOVE Terry McLaurin to Detroit. There’s the replacement for Golden Tate.

89Indianapolis ColtsOshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Diminion
90Dallas CowboysDarnell Savage, S, Maryland
91Los Angeles ChargersBobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
92Kansas City ChiefsJoe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke

I’m a fan of all 4 picks here towards the back end of round 3. Oshane Ximines should add nicely to the depth of the Colts defensive line. I believe Cowboys fans will do a literal back flip if they are able to land Safety Darnell Savage. That would be a lethal addition to that secondary here in round 3. The Chargers are in need of O-Line help and they address it with Bobby Evans out of Oklahoma. The Chiefs need as much defensive help as they can get so no gripes from me about taking a linebacker.

93New York JetsJamel Dean, CB, Auburn
94Los Angeles RamsDru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma
95New York GiantsLonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
96Washington RedskinsWyatt Ray, EDGE, Boston College

I’ll start with the Jets addressing corner and they have to hope Dean out of Auburn develops into a starter because their corner depth is atrocious. Dru Samia added to the Rams’ offensive line is almost not even fair. My favorite pick in all of round 3 could quite possibly be Lonnie Johnson to the Giants at 95. That is tremendous value and he should compete for playing time right away.

That wraps up round 3 of our Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft. Be on the lookout for Round 2 dropping tomorrow and be sure to comment down below on what you think about Round 3!

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N’Keal Harry: Possible WR1 of the NFL Draft?

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

N’Keal Harry (6’2”, 228lbs) Wide Receiver, Arizona State

18 Aggregate Score (4-Star Prospect)

We have been pumping out article after article about the wide receivers in this draft class. It is a deep class that has a lot of people divided on who the best of the bunch is. N’Keal Harry is absolutely under consideration. A 4-star recruit out of Chandler High School in Arizona, Harry chose to remain home despite recruiting efforts from numerous big name schools. He committed to Arizona State in November of 2015.

In 3 years at Arizona State, Harry accumulated 2,889 yards on 213 catches. He scored 22 touchdowns and had an average YPC of 13.6. Along with the production, Harry made numerous highlight reel catches that put him on the radar of many NFL scouts. It’s not hard to see why the NFL is enamored with the Sun Devil WR.

Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score: 3.3 (Personal Score: 3)

Before I begin to break down my thoughts on Harry, I feel the need to explain my scores. This is the first year of The 48 Report and since it’s in its infancy, the scoring isn’t necessarily refined just yet. While it is a great system for starters, I felt as if my scores may have not reflected how I truly feel about Harry because I LOVE N’Keal Harry’s game. I’ll say that Harry isn’t a burner but has solid speed. A 4.57 40 yard dash at the combine proves as much. His game speed is good and he will not be docked for this at all.

Route Running: Aggregate Score: 3.3 (Personal Score: 3)

Harry is a precise route runner. He sets up defenders to make them look foolish. He also ran quite a few screens at Arizona State, which showed their propensity to get the ball into his hands. While he could always use some polish coming out of college, Harry seems to be pretty refined in this area of his game.

Blocking: Aggregate Score: 3 (Personal Score: 1)

I understand that I am a bit tougher in terms of scoring when it comes to blocking but Harry disappointed in this area. For a bigger guy who has a lot of strength (27 reps on the bench press at the combine), he isn’t as physical/aggressive as I would like him to be. He also was late at times getting to his blocks. He just did not impress me when it came to blocking for his teammates.

Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score: 3 (Personal Score: 3)

Harry has very solid hands and can swat defenders away with ease. He should have no problem beating press coverage in the NFL. The only thing I wish Arizona State did more of was throwing some jump balls his way. He is incredible when making contested catches and if he lands with a QB who trusts his receivers with 50/50 balls then Harry will be a problem in the NFL.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

Harry is an athletic freak and his combine/pro day proved that. Hell his career at Arizona State proved as much. His vertical is impressive, his hands are top notch and he can get up to speed pretty well for his size. He is a physical specimen who deserves all the love he is getting heading into the draft.

Conclusion: Top 5 Fantasy Football pick

If you have the 1.01, you’re going to be considering N’Keal Harry. There is a lot of buzz around him right now and if I had to guess, he’s likely to go somewhere in the late first round. Our guys have been projecting him to the Colts with the 26th overall pick. If he lands in an ideal spot then Harry will be under serious consideration for the 1.01 in rookie drafts.

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3 Rounds of Mock Draft for 2019 NFL Draft: AFC Teams

It is officially NFL Draft season! To celebrate the Fanalysts dynasty team performed a 3 round mock draft for all 32 NFL Teams. The results of the draft, broken down by division then team, are listed below. Every team has a full list of their draft picks and an analysis of their overall 3 round draft.

This article features the AFC teams. Keep an eye out for the NFC article!

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AFC East

New England Patriots

1st Round, 32nd Overall: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

2nd Round, 56th Overall: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

2nd Round, 64th Overall: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

3rd Round, 73rd Overall: Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

3rd Round, 97th Overall: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

3rd Round, 101st Overall: Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State

Analysis: The Patriots have 12 picks and 6 in the top 101 selections. Let’s start with the fact that they are practically guaranteed to be on the move in this draft. Expect trades up and down the board from New England. With that said, doubling up at tight end and receiver makes sense due to the Gronk-sized hole in the offense along with the thin depth at WR. Zach Allen gives them a nice piece to work with along the defensive line and Daniel Jones falls right into their laps as a possible Brady replacement down the line.

Eric Adams

Buffalo Bills

Round 1, 9th Overall: Cody Ford, T, Oklahoma

Round 2, 40th Overall: Dexter Lawrence, IDL, Clemson

Round 3, 74th Overall: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame

Analysis: The Bills can go so many ways with their first pick but when you have a young passer, it is wise to protect him and bringing in a first round talent on the offensive line does just that. In the second, Sean McDermott appeases his defensive roots by bringing in monster defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence from that vaunted Clemson defense. They round out their first 3 picks with big bodied Miles Boykin from Notre Dame to give Josh Allen a nice big receiving threat.

Eric Adams

New York Jets

Round 1, 3rd Overall: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

Round 3, 68th Overall: Trey Pipkins, T, Sioux Falls

Round 3, 93rd Overall: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn

Analysis: Trey Pipkins should be a valuable piece along the offensive line for Adam Gase. See the aforementioned analysis on Buffalo protecting its young QB and apply it here. Jamel Dean hopefully can end the rut of poor corner play for the Jets. I want to focus on Josh Allen here for a minute. When beating Tom Brady and the Patriots, one has to look at how they were beat. Edge. Rushers. Von Miller victimized the Patriots when the Broncos went on a run. The Eagles and Giants had defensive line talent galore. The Jets need to find their Von Miller. They NEED to take an edge rusher at 3.

Eric Adams

Miami Dolphins

Round 1, 13th Overall: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Round 2, 48th Overall: David Sills V, WR, West Virginia

Round 3, 78th Overall: Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech

Analysis: I love this draft for the Dolphins. It won’t happen, but Kyler Murray sliding to 13 would be a dream come true and would also speed up the rebuilding process. Again, it won’t happen because he is going to go 1st overall but it’s a nice thought. David Sills V could come in and be the WR1 right away for Miami. I love his game and he has constantly produced when counted on. Jaylon Ferguson can be plugged in right away on the defensive line as a replacement for either departing edge rusher in Cameron Wake or Robert Quinn.

Eric Adams

AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens

Round 1, 22nd Overall: N’Keal Harry, WR, ASU

Round 3, 85th Overall: Ben Powers, iOL, Oklahoma

Round 3, 102nd Overall: Wyatt Ray, EDGE, Boston College

Analysis: As a Steelers fan, I don’t like these picks because they’re really good. Oklahoma’s offensive line was really good and Powers is a perfect fit for a team who will run a lot. Even though they will run a lot, the signing of new OC Greg Roman seems to brings the hope they will pass more than last year. N’Keal Harry will directly benefit instead of going to Baltimore to not do much at all. Wyatt Ray, somewhat of a sleeper, is another great fit for an already great defense.

Christopher Nelson

Cincinnati Bengals

Round 1, 11th Overall: Devin White, LB, LSU

Round 2, 42nd Overall: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss

Round 3, 72nd Overall: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

Analysis: Burfict is finally gone and Devin White can easily come in to replace that basket case.
Both David Edwards and Dawson Knox are some great low-key value for the offensive line to further to protect Andy Dalton and aid in the run game. I absolutely love Dawson Knox and believe he is top 3 at the position. Eifert can’t stay healthy and Uzomah is just an ok receiving option. Knox will be a great replacement for the future or a TE you can run out with Uzomah or Eifert similar to how Baltimore does.

Christopher Nelson

Cleveland Browns

Round 2, 49th Overall: Nassir Adderley, S, Delaware

Round 3, 80th Overall: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

Analysis: Even with the addition of Eric Murray, I still think the Browns are going to need extra additions to their secondary and these guys should be available. If the Browns are going to go to the next level and stop “Browns-ing” things up, then they need to build solid depth and always have competition within the defense. In hindsight, I could have gone with an offensive line pick but I still like how this shook out for them.

Christopher Nelson

Pittsburgh Steelers

Round 1, 20th Overall: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

Round 2, 52nd Overall: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Round 3, 66th Overall: Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo

Round 3, 83rd Overall: Drew Sample, TE, Washington

Analysis: After many mocks I finally got to draft for my team and it was glorious. The Steelers filled a lot of needs here including a great one in Kelvin Harmon (my WR1) to play alongside Juju, Switzer, Moncrief and Washington. Travon Mullen and Khalil Hodge are great underappreciated gems in this draft and I hope we land one of them. Drew Sample gives us both depth and a good secondary TE. We’ve taken quite a hit losing both Jesse James and Grimble to free agency and Sample is one of my favorites who was still on the board.

Christopher Nelson

AFC West

Oakland Raiders

Round 1, 4th Overall: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Round 1, 24th Overall: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Round 1, 27th Overall: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Round 2, 35th Overall: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Analysis: This is the ideal draft for the Oakland Raiders-who need help pretty much everywhere on their roster. Williams dropping to them at 4th overall is both realistic and very fortunate-he is possibly the best talent in this draft. Noah Fant and Deebo Samuel give Derek Carr a big play tight end and a very efficient slot wide receiver to compliment Brown and Williams’ roles on the Oakland offense. Some teams are cold on Greedy Williams, but controversy has never steered the Raiders away from talent; they score big with Williams’ slide.

Matt Hicks

Denver Broncos

Round 1, 10th Overall: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Round 2, 41st Overall: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

Round 3, 71st Overall: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Analysis: Lock seems destined for Denver-even with Flacco being hyped up as more than a bridge quarterback. They filled major needs in free agency which allow them to invest in their future quarterback and a very good supporting weapon in Sternberger. Thompson had no business slipping to them in the 3rd round and makes for a huge value.  Overall the Broncos pick value over need and make a long term invest in their roster.

Matt Hicks

Kansas City Chiefs

Round 1, 29th Overall: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Round 2, 61st Overall: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Round 2, 63rd Overall: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Round 3, 92nd Overall: Beau Benzschawel, iOL, Wisconsin

With four picks in the first three rounds, the Chiefs are just adding to an already talented roster. Jachai Polite is a raw player but very talented player at what is all of a sudden a position of need for a team that just lost Justin Houston and Dee Ford in quick succession. Montgomery helps give them options after moving on from Kareem Hunt. I see Montgomery as the most complete and most talented back in this class and to put him in this offense would really give him a chance to shine. Jones provides depth on the defensive line as well an explosive ceiling. As for Benzschawel, you can never have enough good quality offensive linemen.

Josh Padgett

Los Angeles Chargers

Round 1, 28th Overall: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Round 2, 60th Overall: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Round 3, 91st Overall: Keesean Johnson, WR, Fresno State

The Chargers add college teammates in this scenario. Simmons is one of the most talented players in the draft. Concerns raised about his character after an altercation involving a woman when he was 18 seem to be behind him. He has had no other off the field issues and from what I have read, seems to be an upstanding young man. Talent wise, this is a steal for the Chargers at a position of need.  Pairing him with teammate and leader Johnathan Abram only makes things better for them. Abram also fills a position of need and while he plays an enforcer safety type role that seems to be leaning towards outdated in the NFL, his athleticism and strong corner play should help him continue to develop as a player in this defense. Keesean Johnson is heralded as one of the best route runners in this class and will give Rivers another option after the departure of Tyrell Williams (and Antonio Gates).

Josh Padgett

AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars

Round 1, 7th Overall: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Round 2, 38th Overall: Eric McCoy, iOL, Texas A&M

Round 3, 69th Overall: Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

The Jaguars need to improve their offense after committing to Nick Foles as their new quarterback. Keeping him clean and giving him playmakers to throw the ball to should be paramount in this draft. Metcalf brings an archetype that is not found on this roster in a true boundary receiver that will win with size and speed. He could fill a role similar to Alshon Jeffrey for Foles. McCoy will help solidify the front line. Williams will provide Foles with two big boosts. A pass catching running back to replace TJ Yeldon, and another body to help keep Fournette from being overworked and make this running game as efficient as possible.

Josh Padgett

Tennessee Titans

Round 1, 19th Overall: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Round 2, 51st Overall: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Round 3, 82nd Overall: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

It is unclear what the Titans are looking to do currently. The concern surrounding Mariota is rising with the acquisition of Ryan Tannehill. Without a lot of direction right now, the Titans select the best player on the board in rounds 1 and 2 to help continue to build a talented roster around the question mark at quarterback.  Jurrell Casey would be a terrific mentor for both Ferrell and Tillery and that would be one formidable defensive front to run or pass against. Jalen Hurd is an interesting player for this team as a convert to wideout from running back. He could play a lot of roles for this team and could allow an offense that has lost a lot of creativity to become a little less predictable.

Josh Padgett

Houston Texans

Round 1, 23rd Overall: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Round 2, 54th Overall: Yodney Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

Round 2, 55th Overall: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Round 3, 86th Overall: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

The Texans need so much offensive line help that their first two picks are offensive tackles and it is likely that both will start day 1 for this team. Risner slides in at left tackle with Cajuste at right and this team can hopefully start to take advantage of the playmakers they have on the offensive side of the ball. Rock Ya-Sin is also a day 1 starter simply by being less that 38,000 years old. An injection of youth into this Texans secondary is needed desperately. Rodney Anderson is a bit of a luxury pick that could pan out in a big way. With Lamar Miller scheduled to be a free agent in 2020, Anderson would get a year to adjust to the physicality of the NFL game with a more limited workload before getting the opportunity to be the workhorse his talent dictates that he is. This would hopefully help the medical staff stay ahead of any injury concerns with Anderson as well.

Josh Padgett

Indianapolis Colts

Round 1, 26th Overall: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Round 2, 34th Overall: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Round 2, 59th Overall: Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

Round 3, 89th Overall: Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame

Wilkins is the consensus pick in mock drafts for the Colts at 26. If he falls to them, there is a very good chance they scoop him up. Both an on-field and locker room fit, Wilkins can become a leader on this defense that is much improved with the additions of guys like Darius Leonard and Malik Hooker. Christian Miller and Drue Tranquill also fill needs for depth and talent at outside linebacker. If the Colts don’t take a receiver by the end of the 3rd round on draft day, I will be flabbergasted. Devin Funchess is not the long term answer. AJ Brown is a great fit for this offense. A player who will allow TY Hilton to move around the formation by being flexible himself, and a player who can take the workload of 150 targets with an NFL frame are exactly what this offense needs. A reliable playmaker with strong hands and great route running, the one thing Brown will need to work on is release, a concern mitigated by his strength and short area quickness.

Josh Padgett

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The New England Patriots 2019 NFL Draft Profile

New England Patriots 2018 Recap

Another year, another championship for the greatest dynasty in American sports history. Hate ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to respect what this team is able to accomplish year in and year out in the salary cap era of the NFL. The year was unlike any other run for the Patriots. However, it began with something that has been a bit too familiar in recent seasons and that was a bumpy September. After knocking off the Texans in Week 1, the Pats were blown out in Jacksonville and then lost an embarrassing match up to the Lions on Sunday Night Football. A lack of WR depth forced them to trade for much maligned wide out Josh Gordon. After the return of Julian Edelman from a 4-week suspension, the Patriots got back on track.

They looked sharp until a rough afternoon in Tennessee caused them to limp into the bye week. The Patriots hit rock bottom when they allowed a fail Mary to succeed in Miami, losing to the Dolphins in improbable fashion. They were the 3rd seed in the conference and would lose the next week to Pittsburgh. After a stumble by Houston, they regained the number 2 seed and would reinvent themselves around a strong defense and dominant run game. That formula would carry them to their 6th Super Bowl title in the Brady-Belichick era.

The 2018 NFL Draft was mostly a wash for New England. Ja’Whaun Bentley looked very promising early on but suffered a torn biceps and was lost for the season. Isaiah Wynn, the teams top pick, suffered a blown Achilles in the preseason. Duke Dawson lurked in the background mostly in a redshirt year. The best pick for the Patriots came from 1st round running back Sony Michel. Michel turned into a workhorse in an offense known for taking a committee approach. He is one of the biggest reasons the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.

New England Patriots 2019 NFL Draft Needs:

Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio are the ones who call the shots in New England come draft time. They will have more than enough draft capital to maneuver around the board, holding 12 picks total and 6 in the top 101. The needs are as follows:

  • TE: The retirement of Rob Gronkowski created a Gronk-sized hole in the Patriots offense. They will be the first to tell you that there is no replacing Rob Gronkowski with one player. I expect the Patriots to take at least 1 and maybe even 2 tight ends in the Draft.
  • WR: The Patriots’ depth chart at WR is, for lack of a better term, unheralded. After Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman (who turns 33 in May), the Pats are relying on Phillip Dorsett, journeyman Bruce Ellington and little-known Maurice Harris. They will almost certainly be adding multiple wide receivers in this draft.
  • DL: New England allowed Trey Flowers and Malcolm Brown to seek greener pastures elsewhere. There is no hint of Danny Shelton returning. They re-signed John Simon who came on and played very well last year and traded for Michael Bennett to replace some of what Flowers can do. They could use some solid depth along the defensive line whether it be at defensive tackle or end.

New England Patriots NFL Draft Targets:

1st Round, 32nd Overall Pick: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

I can’t believe I am actually trying to predict the Patriots’ upcoming draft selections because I might as well just go kick rocks. They are easily the most difficult team to get a read on heading into the draft. Couple that with the fact that they are guaranteed to move at least one of their 12 picks and this is a daunting task. Here is my best guess and, like last year when they surprised with an RB in round 1, I’m taking a WR at 32. Kelvin Harmon is a great X WR prospect that could be lethal with an accurate passer. That Brady guy fits the bill and would add another dimension to the New England offense.

Also Possibilities: Jerry Tillery, AJ Brown, Irv Smith Jr. and Dexter Lawrence

2nd Round, 56th Overall Pick: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

Here is the first guy who will try to fill the shoes of the departed Rob Gronkowski. Sternberger is a very good receiving tight end that should be able to come in and make an immediate impact in the passing game. His blocking leaves a little to be desired but that will be addressed a little later. For now, the Pats get a great receiving tight end to replace some of the production that Gronk left behind.

Also Possibilities: Dexter Lawrence, Deebo Samuel, Parris Campbell, and Taylor Rapp

2nd Round 64th Overall Pick: Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College

Zach Allen is right in New England’s backyard at Boston College. He could easily plug along the defensive line and turn into a good young player. The Patriots need pass rush help and Allen accumulated 16.5 sacks along with 40.5 tacklers for loss in his 4 years at Boston College.

Also Possibilities: Jonathan Abram, Tytus Howard, Andy Isabella

3rd Round 73rd Overall Pick: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am not confident in the receiving options in New England. Gronk was a red zone nightmare and scored touchdowns at an alarming rate. Enter Arcega-Whiteside who is pretty much a jump ball specialist. A guy like this would flourish with Tom Brady throwing him red zone jump balls.

3rd Round 97th Overall Pick: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

This is part of the two-player plan to replace Gronk. Warring is a capable receiver but he is a stout blocker and that is where the Patriots will miss Gronk the most. With Warring as a duel threat and Sternberger on the field for obvious passing downs, the Patriots can mix and match to put both player in a position to succeed on the field.

3rd Round 101st Overall Pick: Trysten Hill, IDL, UCF

With the departure of Malcolm Brown and the likely departure of Danny Shelton, the Patriots lack depth along the defensive line. Hill adds some much needed big-bodied depth along a defensive line that is in constant rotation.

4th Round 134th Overall Pick: Ross Pierschbacher, IOL, Alabama

The Patriots understand that depth in the trenches is critical. They are good for at least one or two picks along the offensive and defensive line in every draft. They also have Joe Thuney coming up on free agency and Pierschbacher can be the ready replacement once that time comes.

6th Round 205th Overall Pick: Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson

Let’s see here, successful slot receiver who is willing to do the dirty work. Team captain and well liked by teammates. High football IQ who is willing to learn and knows what it takes to win. Yep hunter Renfrow is destined to be a New England Patriot.

7th Round 239th Overall Pick: Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State

Another late round flyer for the Patriots, there is actually a lot to like when it comes to Rypien. He has a big arm and is a stable pocket passer. Brady won’t be around forever and, while he may not end up being the heir apparent, at least Rypien provides an insurance policy.

7th Round 243rd Overall Pick: Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson

The Patriots love targeting team first guys with special teams experience in the later rounds and that is exactly what Lamar brings to the table.

7th Round 246th Overall Pick: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

One last throw at the dartboard at receiver, Hurd is an intriguing prospect. Starting as an RB at Tennessee, he transferred to Baylor to become a WR. He was actually very productive and has very good size and speed.

7th Round 252nd Overall Pick: Casey Tucker, OT, Arizona State

Again, depth is key in the later rounds. Tucker would be used primarily as a depth option and a swing tackle in big packages.

2019 NFL Draft Grade

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Mock Draft Monday: The Post-FA Mock Draft

The first mock draft with the first wave of free agency in the books is here! The guys have tinkered a bit with who they feel should go where. Who has fallen? Who has risen? Who…hasn’t moved even a little?? Let’s jump into it, Josh Padgett is picking first with the Arizona Cardinals.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Bosa is definitely the pick for Arizona if they don’t trade down. He is the most complete edge rusher in this class with the ability to morph to to fit different schemes. I am also partial to guys who want their hand in the dirt to start the rep and Bosa is that guy. He will contribute right away and with a ceiling that rivals his brother Joey, this is still a slam dunk pick at 1.

Josh Padgett

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

As someone who is not totally sold on Nick Bosa (I think he’s great but so is Williams), I believe Williams might actually be the best player in the draft. He is as dominant as they come along the defensive line and he ruined offensive gameplans throughout his career at Alabama. The 49ers bring him in to align with Dee Ford and a defensive line that continues to collect talent.

Eric Adams

3. New York Jets: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Jets made two big additions to their offense with Kelechi Osemele and Le’veon Bell through free agency. They still need helping protecting their franchise quarterback and their revamped offense, and Williams is exactly the piece to fill that role.

Matt Hicks

4. Oakland Raiders: Cody Ford, iOL, Oklahoma

The Raiders have been busy this offseason acquiring a lot of different talent from free agency. One position they still need help with is the offensive line which is what they dealt with here. Cody Ford is viewed by many as top 3 at the position and will be part of the reason Derek Carr stays on his feet more often in the future.

Christopher Nelson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

As of now, the Buccaneers haven’t been huge players in free agency.  The Buccaneers have quite a bit of needs to still fill, with pass rusher being near the top of the list. With two O-lineman going off the board before them, they find themselves in prime position to grab Josh Allen, who had 17 sacks in 2018.

Mike Colaianne

6. New York Giants: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

Burns has a super high ceiling as a bendy edge rusher who can use his length and quickness to create all kinds of problems for tackles. The Giants as an organization need playmakers. Burns will make a lot of plays in his NFL career.

Josh Padgett

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Rant incoming: I am sick and tired of having to deal with people within the fantasy community who keep trying to sell me on a Jacksonville wide receiver. THEY ARE ALL MEDIOCRE. This leads me to this pick and DK Metcalf will end all discussion. He’s the WR1 in Jacksonville and it is not even remotely close.

Eric Adams

8. Detroit Lions: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Detroit filled two major needs in free agency. With their EDGE and corners voids filled, they can give Stafford a critical weapon needed to take their offense over the hump. Hockenson can support the running game for Kerryon Johnson and provide Stafford with a reliable passing option.

Matt Hicks

9. Buffalo Bills: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Having “risen” up many draft boards due to a strong path to the draft Risner has asserted himself as a one of the better tackles. Buffalo goes for offensive line help here as opposed to the chalk wide receiver pick due to the fact that the position will dry up a lot quicker than wide receiver will. Also with signings like John Brown, Cole Beasley and the emergence of Robert Foster last year, Buffalo can afford to wait.

Christopher Nelson

10. Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

I honestly have no idea what Denver is going to do with this pick.  I’m sure new head coach Vic Fangio would love to grab DB to help bolster his defense, but there is a chance John Elway will out way Fangio and try to find the long term answer at QB. Haskins was extremely productive in his one year of starting at Ohio State and could really benefit from sitting behind Joe Flacco for a year or so.  

Mike Colaianne

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU

Devin White was the Butkus Award winner last year as college football’s best overall linebacker. He brings great tackling and hard nose brand of football to Cincinnati defense that has been known for just that. With Vontaze Burfict and his antics finally out the door, White provides immediate impact in the front seven.

Josh Padgett

12. Green Bay Packers: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

Unless they go offensive lineman, I think Green Bay should take the best player available here on defense. Ed Oliver’s stock has taken a bit of a hit for whatever reason but he is a dominant player. I think Green Bay will gladly plug him into their defense.

Eric Adams

13. Miami Dolphins: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Dolphins are heading toward a long term rebuild; one that does not suggest they would leap at a quarterback in this year’s draft. Instead they invest in a critical piece for a rebuilding team: a franchise tackles.

Matt Hicks

14. Atlanta Falcons: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

Montez Sweat is an athletic freak similar to how DK Metcalf is to the receiver group and  cannot be ignored. Also his 84 inch wingspan will be sure to aid him in the tackling department any time someone is even remotely close to him. The Falcons also considered Clelin Ferrell here, but ultimately went with Sweat.

Christopher Nelson

15. Salt Lake Stallions (Washington Redskins): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

The Salt Lake Stallions find themselves in prime position to take one of the most electrifying play makers in the draft with their first pick ever! In all seriousness, Washington should be ecstatic if Murray falls to them at 15. I get all of the size concerns, but Murray gives Washington their best shot at solving their QB issues.  

Mike Colaianne

16. Carolina Panthers: Devin Bush Jr, LB, Michigan

Devin Bush has been steadily climbing boards as he tested out phenomenally at both the combine and his pro day. He is super smooth in his movements and is great in coverage. His speed and agility make him feel almost like a box safety, but he is a much stockier player than say a Mark Barron. Bush would help fill the void left by Thomas Davis.

Josh Padgett

17. New York Giants: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Maybe the Giants shouldn’t take a WR here. Maybe they should avoid the position at this particular pick so that the player is not compared to another wide receiver who did pretty well in New York. Throw all that out the window. The Giants could go a multitude of ways with this pick but AJ Brown would be a wise pick. Tate just signed for 4 years so he can learn from him. Sterling Shepard is on the last year of his deal. A Brown/Tate duo would be a great duo for a young QB to grow with.

Eric Adams

18. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College

The Vikings desperately need help along the offensive line; they will take the best linemen available on the board. In this mock draft there was an early run on tackles, so they’ll take the most talented interior linemen in Lindstrom.

Matt Hicks

19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State

With the Titans only having two tackles on the books for more than a year, this pick makes sense. Simmons is someone who can come in and instantly contribute aka wreak havoc on the offensive line much like he did in college on the nations #1 defense. He’s got somewhat of a past that has some teams scared, but I think he’s put that behind him and is ready to make the most of this opportunity.

Christopher Nelson

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

It is no secret that Pittsburgh needs to improve their defense. They have missed on some of their draft picks used on defensive backs the last few years, but that can’t stop them from trying again with Greedy Williams.  Williams has the height, speed and tools to contribute right away in the Pittsburgh defense and take them one step closer to being up to par.

Mike Colaianne

21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Polite is a talented player who has had some questions raised about his love of the game or at least his commitment to improving his game. Seattle is the type of organization that can solve those issues. The talent level is very high and he already has an array of moves and counters. If Seattle can unlock the ceiling of Polite, this pick will look like a steal.

Josh Padgett

22. Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

Contrary to what some Ravens fans want to believe, they don’t have an impact player in the front 7 right now. That is usually their calling card. They absolutely need a receiver but I think the opportunity to take Gary is too good to pass up. He gives them the proper replacement for a departing Terrell Suggs and should be the next great Ravens defensive stalwart.

Eric Adams

23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

The Texans have failed to invest in their offensive line through free agency, That leaves them with no option but to take a potential franchise tackle in the first round; even one with such varied opinions.

Matt Hicks

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears): Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa

Having grabbed a few offensive pieces already and having a bevy of drafts pick, I believe the raiders will go defense early. I like Anthony Nelson for them here and no, it’s not wholly because of his last name but he thrives off of something athleticism can’t get you when it starts to disappear, technique! Strapped with a ton of moves off the line, he’ll be part of a rebuilding pass rush fit for a Gruden to rule.

Christopher Nelson

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Philadelphia had a ton of troubles in their defensive secondary last year, mostly due to injuries and lack of depth.  Byron Murphy has the IQ and athleticism to start right away. Plus, with his coverage skills and play making ability, he has potential to be become an absolute stud in the NFL.  

Mike Colaianne

26. Indianapolis Colts: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

N’Keal Harry is the best receiver in this strong class. The Colts still need a wideout despite acquiring Funchess on a prove it deal. Harry makes plays with the ball in his hands constantly and is an absolute handful on contested catches. He would be the perfect complement to TY Hilton and allow Funchess, Hilton and himself to move all over formations and cause all kinds of problems for defenses.

Josh Padgett

27. Oakland Raiders: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

The Raiders just need to go best player available and they will do just fine for themselves in this draft. Wilkins will jon Cody Ford and Anthony Nelson to create a formidable first round coup for the Raiders.

Eric Adams

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Charles Omenihu, iDL, Texas

The Chargers lack a lot of blaring needs, but interior defensive line makes the most sense for them in the first round. They got sniped by Oakland taking WIlkins right before them, but Omenihu gives the Chargers a versatile and dynamic player to compliment their dangerous end pieces.

Matt Hicks

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

If you watched Kansas City at all, you’ll know exactly why this pick was made. The Chiefs secondary has consistently gotten scorched and for them, that needs to stop. It feels like highway robbery getting him this late, but with recent issues being raised in his interviews during the combine, this may not be as crazy of a fall as one would think.

Christopher Nelson

30. Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Jimmy Graham experiment hasn’t worked in Green Bay.  It is time for them to stop trying to find old guys that are either not talented or out of their prime to fill the tight end position.  Green Bay needs to go out and get Noah Fant. Fant is extremely athletic and a natural pass catcher that can slot right into the Green Bay offense.  Combine Fant with Rodgers, Adams and possibly another WR in the draft, and all of a sudden Green Bay becomes contenders to win the NFC North.

Mike Colaianne

31. Los Angeles Rams: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Greg Little is a monster of a man. He is a little bit rough around the edges, but with Andrew Whitworth sticking around, Little won’t be pressed into service immediately. He should be able to step into the role of starting left tackle for this great offense before long though.

Josh Padgett

32. New England Patriots: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

A move that will certainly be a shock to some, this would be a perfect landing spot for Harmon. He’s a WR who screams route running and is just what the Patriots look for. A hard worker who will feel an immediate need and another weapon for the Patriots offensive attack. The Patriots usually never take wide receivers high in the draft but until last year they followed the same script with running backs and Sony Michel happened. They will break from the usual script and draft a wide receiver in the first 2 rounds.

Eric Adams

33. Arizona Cardinals: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

34. Indianapolis Colts: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

35. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

36. San Francisco 49ers: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

37. New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan

40. Buffalo Bills: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

41. Denver Broncos: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

42. Cincinnati Bengals: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

43. Detroit Lions: Dru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma

44. Green Bay Packers: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

45. Atlanta Falcons: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State

46. Salt Lake Stallions: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

47. Carolina Panthers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

48. Miami Dolphins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

49. Cleveland Browns: Erik McCoy, iOL, Texas A&M

50. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin

51. Tennessee Titans: Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

53. Philadelphia Eagles: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

54. Houston Texans: Amani Hooker, CB, Iowa

55. Houston Texans: Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware

56. New England Patriots: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

57. Philadelphia Eagles: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

58. Dallas Cowboys: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

59. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

60. Los Angeles Chargers: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

61. Kansas City Chiefs: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

62. New Orleans Saints: Lamont Gillard, C, Georgia

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Dre’Mont Jones, iDL, Ohio State

64. New England Patriots: Jerry Tillery, iDL, Notre Dame

The first mock draft with the first wave of free agency in the books is here! The guys have tinkered a bit with who they feel should go where. Who […]

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Mock Draft Season: Post-Combine Rookie Mock 5

This week for Mock Draft Monday, we’ll be performing a 2 round rookie mock draft to see how the guys feel about the rookies post-NFL Combine. What has changed? Who has risen? Who has fallen?

1.01 N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

He is who we thought he was athletically.  He proved as much at the combine with speed coming in where we thought it would and with a strong showing at 27 bench reps. Harry stays firmly planted in my 1.01 spot. No concerns arose and no one else (that’s right, NO ONE else) destroyed the combine to shake things up at the top of my first round.

-Josh Padgett

1.02  D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Metcalf’s performance at last weeks scouting combine has solidified him as a top 2 prospect prior to the NFL Draft for me.  My main questions with Metcalf were his top end speed and his health. He answered both of those questions with flying colors by running a 4.33 40 yard dash and having nothing come up so far from his medicals.  The argument against Metcalf is that he had an awful 3 cone and 20 yard shuttle time. I get that these are concerns but are we really shocked that a guy who is 6’3”, 228 lbs and runs a 4.33 40 isn’t very agile and takes time to change direction.  The only thing that could possibly move Metcalf down for me is a poor landing spot or one of the other top 4 guys getting a great landing spot.

-Mike Colaianne

1.03 Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

This is a bold reaction to Harmon’s poor combine performance. Instead of my former WR1, I’ll take Butler-who has a huge ceiling for fantasy football rosters. Butler’s tape shows a dynamic playmakers with the ability to dominate defenders with his route running and athleticism. In Indianapolis Butler proved he’s a truly large threat-measuring in at the 98%tile in height, 95%tile in weight, 98th%tile in wingspan, 99th%tile in arm length, 98th%tile in hand size.

Butler ran a 4.48 40 yard dash-a seriously exciting amount of speed for his size. Butler’s height adjusted speed score put him 2nd in that category, second only to DK Metcalf. He also placed in the 88th%tile in broad jump and 78th%tile in bench press. He’s an impressive combination of size and speed.

-Matt Hicks

1.04 AJ Brown

I’m starting to lean in the direction of AJ Brown being the best WR in this class. I think he’s the safest of the class and if I can get him at 1.04, then I would be happy with the pick. He is one of the wide receivers in this class who should not be too landing spot dependent.

-Eric Adams

1.05 David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Another player who didn’t move much for me after the combine. He performed mostly as expected. He didn’t participate in the 3 cone or the shuttles which would be where I expect him to shine. He posted numbers that matched the tape and is still the most well rounded back in this class. His draft stock will still command where you need to take him in rookie drafts, but I am comfortable here in the middle of the first round.

-Josh Padgett

1.06 Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Josh Jacobs didn’t participate in any of the drills at the combine due to a groin injury.  Jacobs is still my RB2, right behind David Montgomery. Jacobs pops off the tape with his speed, explosiveness and strength.  He is a natural pass catcher and can easily be a three-down back in the NFL. I’m not to concerned with the limited production due to the fact that he was splitting reps with Damian Harris and Najee Harris, both of whom will end up playing in the NFL.

-Mike Colaianne

1.07 Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

I’ve taken Harmon in many mock drafts with the 1.01, his draft position in this mock draft in as accurate representation to how poor his combine performance was. Harmon finished below the 30th%tile in: 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and 20 yard shuttle. Harmon’s only redeeming score was his 18 reps on the bench press.

The combine, however, was never going to be great for Harmon. What he does well doesn’t show up in athletic testing. He has fantastic route running ability, great football, some of the best hands in the class, and consistently wins contested catches. He’s the best blocking wideout in this class. Harmon is the most pro-ready wide receiver in the group and he has a legitimate chance to see the field and start putting up fantasy football points Week 1.

-Matt Hicks

1.08 TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The best tight end in this class in my opinion, Hockenson is getting overshadowed by the athletic ability of his fellow Iowa tight end Noah Fant. I’m here to tell you he is just as good, if not better at catching the ball. He may be a little slower but I expect the overall ability to shine through. I have Hock at 1A and Fant at 1B. Where they land will break the tie for me.

-Eric Adams

1.09 Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Fant was confirmed as a freak athlete by his combine. That confirms his first round status for rookie drafts for me. He has the upside to have an Evan Engram type rookie year.  Fant is of the archetype that will score fantasy points early on in his career. A great pass catcher with crazy lateral agility, he will make some wow plays this year. The small tier of top tight ends in the NFL could be adding a member here.

-Josh Padgett

1.10 Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

Without the injury concerns, Anderson would be a top 5 player in this rookie class for fantasy.  Anderson is extremely well rounded and has the size/skill set to be a three down back. If Anderson can get past all of the injuries and stay healthy in the NFL, he can be a major steal in rookie drafts this year.  

-Mike Colaianne

1.11 Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Williams had a pedestrian combine, which is going to help him continue to fly under the radar in fantasy football drafts. He ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and jumped 121” in the broad jump. I believe Williams falls into the 2nd round in most fantasy football rookie drafts, but I’ll continue to drive his ADP up.

Williams has monster production; with 2 seasons of 1000+ rushing yards against SEC defenses. He has great vision, quick and clean cuts, and is dangerous in open space. Williams profiles as one of the few running backs in this class with 3-down potential and that makes him very valuable in PPR leagues.

-Matt Hicks

1.12 Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown, WR, Oklahoma

At the back end of the first round, I’d be willing to take a risk on a guy that I wouldn’t need immediate help from. Brown is that guy in my opinion. If it weren’t for his foot injury, Brown would likely be going a lot higher. I love his game and his speed should translate well. The upside alone is good enough for me at the 1.12.

-Eric Adams

2.01 Emmanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Hall is a guy who had been rising on draft boards prior to lighting the combine on fire. He put up huge numbers in the vert and broad jump. He ran 4.40 40. Testing far better than I expected him to solidifies the hype for me as he continues rising.  Those athletic numbers should move Hall up the NFL draft boards as well. It also shows that Hall is very much back from his injury last year. He missed games in all 4 years of his college career, but his production when he was on the field is intriguing. Without knowing results of his medicals, we have to trust his numbers that show he is healthy.  If he can maintain that health, he can produce in the NFL.

-Josh Padgett

2.02 Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

I just miss out on my boy Emmanuel Hall, but Paris Campbell is a nice consolation prize. Campbell was another winner from the combine, where he ran a 4.31 40, had a vertical jump of 40” and a broad jump of 135”.  With that speed and explosiveness, Campbell should be able to get on the field right away and be used in a variety of ways.

-Mike Colaianne

2.03 Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

Sanders had possibly the best combine performance of any running back this year. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash, equal to Darrell Henderson, despite weighing in at 211 lbs. He scored in the 71st%tile in vertical jump, 85th%tile in broad jump, 74th%tile in 3-cone drill, 65th%tile in 20-yard shuttle, and threw up 20 reps on the bench press.

Sanders tape shows a great athlete, but I was waiting until the combine to confirm that he was as athletic as he is quick on tape. He is a great combination of size, quickness, and power; a rare combination in this year’s draft class.

-Matt Hicks

2.04 Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

I have been gushing about TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant so much that I have been sort of neglecting Irv Smith Jr. Don’t get it twisted, I LOVE Irv Smith. I just don’t love him as much as I do the other two guys. He should make an impact year 1 and is definitely a top 2 tight end in this class.

-Eric Adams

2.05 Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Deebo is a polarizing prospect for most. The strongest aspect of his game is his ability with the ball in his hands. His combine numbers were a little lackluster compared to my expectations. A 7.03 3 cone time is especially interesting for a guy who hangs his hat on quick cuts. I thought his change of direction would have shown a little better in the numbers.  However, the tape still shows the ability to create extra yards after the catch. He may not be a freak athlete, but he is an NFL level athlete with strong route running and a calling card that will let him stick as a return man. Opportunity will be there for Deebo.

-Josh Padgett

2.06 Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

HE IS 5’10”, 207 LBS!!! Murray is a perceived winner from the combine, with rumors already popping up of him being the first overall pick in the NFL draft.  If history repeats, that means Murray will most likely get on the field in his first season. I’m not sure he will be a good NFL quarterback, but Murray has the athleticism and arm talent that could make him a valuable fantasy option.  

-Mike Colaianne

2.07 Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

Hurd continues to fly under the radar with an injury that has now prevented him from participating in both the senior bowl and extensively in Indianapolis. Hurd did, however, show off his strength at the combine by throwing up 225 lbs. 23 times. Hurd also measured in at the 95th%tile in height and 94th%tile in weight. His tape shows a high level of athleticism for someone so strong. He’s raw but his upside is fantastic.

-Matt Hicks

2.08 David Sills V, WR, West Virginia

I took this opportunity at 2.08 to give some recognition to a prospect who played his ass off in college. David Sills is a good player. He is a very good wide receiver. He is not getting nearly the amount of love he should be getting. He has a bit of a lanky frame but he is 6’4” and can go up and get jump balls. I like Sills a lot and I think someone in rounds 3-5 in the NFL Draft will be happy they took him. Big time sleeper pick in Sills.

-Eric Adams

2.09 Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

Henderson ran well at the combine with a 4.49 40. He decided to skip the agility drills, but he jumped well and put up 22 reps on the bench. Henderson was a guy who relied on big plays in college and he produced them constantly.  He is not a plus athlete, but he should be able to contribute to a rotation in the NFL. He showed solid hands as well though he only averaged about 1.5 receptions per game in his career. I think Henderson has as good a chance as almost anyone in this class to fill a three down role. Will he be a workhorse? I doubt it. Which is why he is around in the late second round.

-Josh Padgett

2.10 Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Harris didn’t really do anything to his stock at the combine.  He put up respectable numbers through most of the tests. I would have liked to see him put up more then 16 reps on the bench press, but he displays a ton of strength when running the ball in his film.  Harris should be a solid contributor on first and second down in the NFL.

-Mike Colaianne

2.11 Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

Lost among the hype of this year’s “big 3” TEs is a well rounded, dynamic pass catching and blocking tight end from College Station. Sternberger dominates the first third of the field as a pass catcher. He won’t burn defenders but can make defenders miss in space after the catch to break off a big play. He is a great route runner for a man of his size. He’s also a solid and run blocker; which will allow him to get on the field quick.

The talent in this year’s TE class, coupled with the lack of fantasy football production at the TE position in 2018, justifies 4 tight ends coming off the board in the first 2 rounds of rookie drafts.

-Matt Hicks

2.12 Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

Isabella was a big fish in a small pond at UMass. He put up big numbers against Georgia and proved time and time again that he is a very complete receiver. I am all over the place with where he could go in the NFL Draft but what I do know is Isabella will make an impact in 2019 for Fantasy and I will gladly take him at 2.12.

-Eric Adams

This week for Mock Draft Monday, we’ll be performing a 2 round rookie mock draft to see how the guys feel about the rookies post-NFL Combine. What has changed? Who […]

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Parris Campbell: Young, Talented and Plenty to Like

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Parris Campbell (6’1”, 208), Wide Receiver, Ohio State

Parris Campbell seemed to be flying a bit under the radar heading into Draft season. After tearing up the NFL combine, he has officially started to get some buzz. The question here, as is the case with all of the combine warriors, is if the buzz is warranted? In the case of Parris Campbell, it’s an emphatic yes.

18.3 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

Parris Campbell was born in 1997. Let that sink in for a minute (ok now that we’re done feeling old) and realize that Campbell will just be turning 22 in time for training camp. For the 2015 season, he was 18. For the 2016 season, he was 19 and for the 2017 season he was 20. His production during those 3 years was nothing special. He accumulated just 53 catches for 705 yards and 3 touchdowns.

It wasn’t until his senior year that Campbell would finally break out and have a stellar season. He totaled 90 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is extremely young but has worked for 4 years to refine his craft as a wide receiver. I believe he can be very productive at the NFL level.

Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score 4.3 (Personal Score 4)

Campbell has good game speed and can burn. He works in and out of his cuts with ease and has the ability to turn on the burners. While I would argue his agility and ability to make quick cuts is his bread and butter, he still has speed to boot. He ran a 4.31 at the NFL Combine, which is blazing fast. No concerns in this area of his game.

Route Running: Aggregate Score 4.6 (Personal Score 5)

This is where Campbell really shines. He is an absolutely electric route runner. He can get open at will and is just a wide-open target waiting to happen. It is difficult to tell just how much the Ohio State offense helped in this regard but I believe Campbell deserves a lot of credit for his ability to find sot spots in the opposing defenses. He is already an elite route runner and an NFL team will fall in love with him because of this aspect of his game.

Blocking: Aggregate Score 1.6 (Personal Score 2)

The only negative to Campbell’s game is his blocking, which was virtually non-existent in the tape that we watched. While he may have some blocking chops, he just didn’t do it enough to warrant a high score. I know this is for fantasy football and those that play could give a hoot about blocking but this is a way to stay on the field. If you’re not a good blocker, then you will be coming off the field for someone who is and it therefore takes more opportunities away from you.

Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score 3.6 (Personal Score 3)

The best thing going for Campbell when it comes to this category is he has some fire in him. If you come to the line and press him, he has the ability to embarrass you. He’s a gamer and he won’t just let you dominate him at the LOS. He has good enough size to shake defenders at the line and if you get beat when trying to press him then good luck trying to catch him.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score 4 (Personal Score 4)

His combine speaks to his athleticism. He posted elite scores up and down the board. The only area he scored poorly in was the bench press where he posted just 11 reps and everything else was in the upper echelon for wide receivers. Campbell clearly possesses some traits that NFL teams would love to have on their team. He can be a game breaker with the way he plays the game.

Conclusion: Late 1st– Early 2nd

Campbell projects to be a slot receiver in the NFL and while I understand those projections; I can’t help but think he can be something more. I may be higher on Campbell than most but the combine along with the tape just doesn’t lie, he can be an elite receiver. Sorry if you’ve heard this before but his landing spot will matter big time. If he can find himself on a team like the Patriots or the Saints then I will gladly take him in the late 1st or early second round. His potential is undeniable.

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Noah Fant: an Infusion of Tight End Talent

Noah Fant (6’5”, 241), Tight End, Iowa

20.6 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

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VERY excited to discuss this upcoming NFL Draft stud. As all fantasy players know, 2018 was a year in which the tight end position hit rock bottom. Talent was hard to come by and production was scarce. It practically became a wasteland outside of the top 5 and even they had their struggles.

Enter this year’s draft class rich with plenty of top prospects that should lead the tight end position back to fantasy relevance. Today we will be discussing Iowa Tight End Noah Fant. Fant attended Omaha South High School and played football and basketball. He totaled 1,064 yards on 78 catches and scored 18 touchdowns.

College Production

A 3 star recruit, Fant committed to Iowa in 2016. Fant appeared in 6 games as a freshman, totaling 9 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2017, Fant appeared in 12 games catching 30 balls for 494 yards and 11 touchdowns. Looking to improve on a solid sophomore season, Fant appeared in another 12 games in his final college season grabbing 39 receptions for 519 yards and 7 touchdowns.

It is fair to note that while at Iowa, Fant had a running mate in fellow tight end TJ Hockensen who, in his own right, will also be a very high draft pick come April. They are likely to be the first 2 tight ends off the board in the Draft and are both very good tight ends.

Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score 4.6 (Personal Score 5)

6 foot 5 inches and 241 pounds, I just want to state that before letting you know Noah Fant possesses elite speed and acceleration for a tight end. Fant was constantly blowing by defenders and has a gear that elite tight ends possess. He creates easy separation for a guy his size and will be a matchup nightmare at the NFL level.

Route Running: Aggregate Score 4 (Personal Score 4)

Very solid route runner who can improve but who couldn’t? Fant has enough in this area to be an elite receiving option right away in the NFL. He has swift cuts and good burst off the line of scrimmage and in and out of his routes. A true matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and it shows on tape.

Blocking: Aggregate Score 3 (Personal Score 3)

Honestly he was better than I thought he was going into the tape. I have heard that he just doesn’t block at all and that is just not true. He can be an effective blocker and has the tools to be a very good one. What he needs to work on is his awareness in blocking schemes. There was a certain play where he was tasked with blocking an outside defender and turning him inside so the RB could get the edge. He succeeded in doing so but he also let a defender run right inside and disrupt the play. If he cut that defender off, the play goes for a big gain. It’s little things that he can do better and if he improves then he will be one of the better all around tight ends sooner rather than later.

Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score 4.3 (Personal Score 5)

Good luck getting a hand on this guy because jamming him at the line, at his size, just won’t work. He constantly swatted away defenders at the line of scrimmage. Whether it’s a linebacker, safety or corner defending him, he is going to be difficult to account for with the way he can win at the line of scrimmage.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score 4.6 (Personal Score 5)

Get ready for Fant to be a darling of the combine. He will ace every test with flying colors and his 40 time will especially be monitored because if he an pull a 4.5 or lower then that may secure him a spot in the first round. The bench press also bears watching due to his playing strength. If he can perform well in those two areas then he’s going in the first round.

Conclusion: Late 1st-Early 2nd round

Fant is a bona fide stud and he will no doubt in high demand come rookie draft season. The tight end position needs a shot in the arm and Fant along with the rest of the class should provide it. If you’re sitting around the 1.08-1.12 range and Fant is available, I would pull the trigger. Even if not a need and you’re set at TE, Fant can be a valuable trade commodity with the current state of the position for fantasy football.

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Sleeper Alert! Trayveon Williams: 3 Star Fantasy Football Prospect

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Trayveon Williams (5’9, 200), Running Back, Texas A&M

16 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

The first thing that people will notice right away is his diminutive size. I need you to throw all of that out the window because the tape doesn’t lie: he plays bigger than his size indicates. In the same mold as Dion Lewis, Williams can run in between the tackles with great vision. His balanced running style is a testament to his strength and balance as a runner. He is absolutely a guy to keep an eye on in the lead up to the draft.

College Production

As a freshman, Williams toted the rock 156 times for 1,087 yards (6.8 YPC) and 8 touchdowns. In the receiving department, he totaled 19 receptions for 91 yards. A modest start to Williams’ collegiate career but he would unfortunately suffer setbacks in year 2. As a sophomore, Williams failed to break 1,000 yards rushing. He totaled 798 yards on 173 carries (4.6 YPC) to go along with 8 touchdowns. He took a step forward in the receiving department totaling 192 yards on 20 receptions.

As a junior, Williams broke out in a big way. He ran the ball 271 times for 1,760 yards and scored an outrageous 18 touchdowns on the ground. He also added in 27 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown in the receiving game. It all finally clicked for Williams and now he looks to take the next step in the NFL.

Speed/Agility: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

Trayveon Williams has very good speed and can move very smoothly in and out of tight spots. Due to his size, it is often hard to get a beat on where he is behind the line of scrimmage. The Dion Lewis comparisons are going to follow Williams everywhere and they honestly fit him pretty well.

Receiving: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Williams rarely ever left the field. He was on the field for running and passing downs. When I reviewed his tape, I saw him run multiple routes and he looked good doing it. He definitely has the chops to be an all-around back in the NFL.

Vision: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 5)

This might be Williams’ best trait and his size helps him avoid defenders simply because it’s hard to find him and get him down once he gets the ball. He is able to find holes and hit them with great burst. He has a very clean and quick jump cut that allows him to make positive plays. His vision will be loved by many scouts leading up to the draft and will be one reason he is on so many radars.

Blocking: Aggregate Score: 1.6 (Personal Score: 2)

The biggest concern is his size, which will get him manhandled at times. He needs to lower his shoulder more on chip blocks. If he can put a little more power behind his chip blocks then he would have a better score. This is an area to work on for Williams; he’ll have to work on this area if he wants to stay on the field more.

Strength: Aggregate Score: 2.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Williams is a very balanced running back. His running style allows him to maintain his balance and he has the ability to take some hits and keep on chugging along. He has a good base that allows him to keep his feet as well. For a guy who isn’t over 5’10, he can lower the boom on defenders who don’t see it coming.

Conclusion: 2nd round pick

Get ready to take a shot because here it is; depending on the landing spot, Williams might be the steal of fantasy drafts when it’s time to select. If he lands in a spot in need of an all around back then his stock will rise big time. If he is available in the second round of rookie drafts then I would absolutely pull the trigger on him. He could provide immediate return on investment.

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Myles Gaskin: 3 Star Fantasy Prospect

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Myles Gaskin (5’9”, 191) Running Back, Washington

17 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

Myles Gaskin is amongst the murky running back class of 2019 and we’re not totally sure where he fits best. The running back position is usually the best source of fantasy production but the rookie class for 2019 might break that mold. While there are some solid prospects, there’s a lot more questions than certainty.

Gaskin falls somewhere in the middle. We have him as a 3 star prospect and while his running style looks to translate well to the NFL, we would’ve liked a little more flash from the Washington product. Gaskin was a 3-star recruit out of O’Dea high school in Seattle, Washington and as a junior ran for 2,182 yards and 35 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 1,567 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Speed/Acceleration: 3.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Gaskin has breakaway speed but was rarely able to get to the second level. He’s quick in space but sometimes that’s his downfall-leading to him being tackled, leaving yards on the field. Gaskin has good speed and acceleration but there are certain aspects to being a running back that he needs to learn. His position coach will need to teach him how to best utilize his traits starting in this area.

Receiving Skills: 3.3 (Personal Score: 3)

While Gaskin didn’t catch many balls out of the backfield, he seemed to be more than capable of doing so. This can be worked on at the NFL level. The best thing for Gaskin in this area is that he isn’t a complete zero like some running backs. He has the potential to be a 3 down back and that’s the most important thing early on in the scouting process.

Vision: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

Here’s the problem with Gaskin and his vision as a running back: he mostly saw nothing but defenders in the backfield. His line was an absolute mess and rarely gave him a chance. They were awful in the games I watched, constantly allowing defenders to meet Gaskin in the backfield. From the brief glimpses that I did get to watch, he has the chops to be a good runner. When given a hole, there’s a good chance he’ll find it and hit it hard.

Blocking: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)

His size is his downfall here. Can he block? Sure. Will he get bulldozed from time to time? Unfortunately yes. This could be something that makes or breaks Gaskin come draft time.

Strength: 2.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Gaskin can lower the shoulder on a defender putting-them on their backside. He has the strength to break tackles but can also get rag dolled. His strength really shows when running at the goal line. He gets a head of steam and blows through the line at a million miles an hour, which will be a well-liked trait amongst scouts.

Conclusion: Mid 2nd-Late 3rd Round Target

Gaskin has some pretty good traits but he is limited as a prospect. He will likely enter a backfield that takes a by committee approach. I think Gaskin can definitely make something of himself at the NFL level but in terms of fantasy, you might be waiting a while for return on investment and that is why he is nothing more than a mid-round pick.

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Kaden Smith: 3 Star Fantasy Football Prospect

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All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Kaden Smith (6’5”, 259) Tight End, Stanford.

15 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

The tight end position was an absolute mess in 2018 for Fantasy Football. Outside of the top tier options, there was a whole lot of nothing from the position. With that being the case, the 2019 NFL Draft will look to infuse the NFL with some top talent at the position.

Up first for the tight end position is Kaden Smith out of Stanford. A 4 star recruit out of Flower Mound Texas, Smith has had a solid career with production that warrants mid-round draft consideration. While playing in 15 games for Marcus high school, Smith accumulated 678 total yards on 43 catches and hauled in 5 touchdowns.

College Production

After committing to Stanford and not seeing action as a freshman in 2016, Smith played in 14 games in his sophomore season hauling in 23 catches for 414 yards and 5 touchdowns. His season was highlighted by a 4 catch-80 yard-2 touchdown performance against USC in the Pac-12 Championship game. This past year as a junior, Smith earned All-Pac-12 second team honors and was a Mackey Award finalist. In 10 games, he totaled 635 yards on 47 receptions and scored 2 touchdowns.

At first glance, the production doesn’t seem to be overwhelming but this is the typical production of a college tight end. In comparison to fellow draft class tight ends Noah Fant and Dawson Knox, Smith could make an argument as the top tight end in the class in terms of production although Fant’s touchdown production was pretty off the charts.

All in all, Smith had a productive collegiate career that will certainly have scouts talking. Let’s do a deep dive into some particular attributes for Kaden Smith.

Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)

Smith definitely isn’t the fastest guy on the field. While he moves well for his size, he won’t be known for running past defenders. While watching tape, Smith doesn’t seem to add anything in terms of yards after the catch. His combine 40 time could make or break him and could be the difference between the 3rd round or the 5th round.

Route Running: Aggregate Score: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)

Due to his lack of speed, Smith’s route running abilities are pretty subpar. He doesn’t really have burst when coming out of his routes, which could be a problem at the NFL level. I’ll get to why I actually believe he’ll be ok in a minute but overall; Smith needs some polish on his route tree. The seam route is easily his best route and he runs it well, often in perfect position while utilizing his size to block out the defender.

Blocking: Aggregate Score: 4 (Personal Score: 4)

Ah yes, Blocking. The ultimate sign of a fantasy gem at the tight end position, how could you go wrong with a strong blocker! In all seriousness, I saw a plus blocking tight end while watching the film on Smith. He does not shy away from contact (at his size, why would he?) and engages defenders with a good, low base to support his blocks. He is rarely out of position on his block attempts and helped spring some huge plays for Stanford running back Bryce Love. His abilities as a pass catcher leave a lot to be desired but his blocking ability will be an immediate help at the NFL level.

Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score: 2.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Kaden Smith, while not being the most precise route runner or a burner, has very solid hands. He made some pretty nice catches this past season and can be relied on if the ball is thrown in his area. However, his hand usage when trying to separate from defenders needs work. He consistently lost that battle this past season and will need to refine his technique before becoming a threat in the passing game. There’s potential here but he’ll need a solid tight end coach. Get him into one of those Aaron Donald-type knife combat training sessions and he should be good to go…or he might get stabbed, let’s hope for the other one though.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 3)

Smith has the size and strength that you like to see from an NFL tight end. He’s pretty athletic for a guy his size but that can be a blessing and a curse. Smith often relies on his athleticism far too often in the passing game and that will not win him battles at the NFL level. Defenders will be just as athletic if not more so he will need to develop his other tools in order to be a presence.

Conclusion: 3rd round target

I don’t expect Smith to have a substantial enough rookie season to warrant spending a high pick on. I would like to point out that if he ended up on a team like the Rams then that could possibly change but right now, I don’t see a heavy contributor in year 1. If you deem him not worthy enough for a draft pick then I wouldn’t blame you but he’s an interesting late round flyer at a position that was bare bones in 2018. He could be worth the late round flyer.

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Week 9 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Welcome to Week 9 of the NFL season. If you listened to me on the Top 2 Pod then I’m a genius for saying start Nick Mullens! Just kidding not even a psychic could have seen that coming but before we jump in, let’s recap from last week.

In the QB department I went 3 for 4 (thanks Jameis). Remind me to never trust a man who steals crab legs and eats W’s. In the WR department, my sit ‘em section went well but my starts were God-awful. Josh Gordon had 4 catches for 42 yards and Jordy Nelson…. well good ole Jordy Nelson disappeared against Indy and still hasn’t been found. Put him on a milk carton and let’s take a stab at Week 9.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott VS Tennessee

Trying to prove a point here, but Dak and Dallas are in a good spot here. Monday night at home against a struggling Titans team. While Tennessee has played teams tough, I expect Dak and the Cowboys offense to make some plays. The Cowboys have been better at home than on the road by a wide margin and with Amari Cooper added to the mix; I expect the offense to become a lot more diverse. Start Dak with confidence this week.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield VS Kansas City

This has the potential to be a shoot out. While potential is great and all, the Browns seem to be having a fistfight with that word as of late. After firing Head Coach Hue Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, the Browns are in a state of flux. Some things just never change. However, the Browns have pieces on offense that make up a nice group. I believe in Baker Mayfield and the Browns will have to throw A LOT in this game. Baker should put up a nice stat line against a bad KC defense.

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Bears QB Mitch Trubisky @ Buffalo

I don’t like this matchup at all for Trubisky. The Bills, though hapless on offense, have actually been good on defense and especially so at home. Mitch could also be without top target Allen Robinson. Tre White, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes and more make up a great Buffalo defense and rookie Tremaine Edmonds is going to be one of the best linebackers in the league sooner rather than later. Stay away from the 10 God.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco VS Pittsburgh

The Steelers have been playing better defense as of late and I expect this game to be one of those ugly affairs. AFC North football can be pretty brutal and that is what you should expect in this game which will likely determine who has the inside track to the AFC North title. Flacco did well in the first matchup but my guess is the second one doesn’t go as smoothly.

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Lions WR Kenny Golladay @ Minnesota

This will be the final time you see Kenny Golladay in this article. Simply put, guy is an absolute stud and Golden Tate has been given the boot. Golladay will now officially become the WR1 of the Lions and, honestly, he’s already been that this season. Expect Golladay to get even more targets and turn that into sure fire production against a Vikings defense that has struggled more than expected this season.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton VS Houston

The start section for the wide receivers this week is has a new era feel. Out goes Demaryius Thomas, in steps Courtland Sutton. The Broncos love this kid and rightfully so. He has all the tools to be a bona fide star. He has had some good games this season but expect him to really make his presence felt this weekend in his first game as the starter opposite Emmanuel Sanders.

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Any Jets WR VS Miami

The Jets are insanely banged up at the moment and they released Terrelle Pryor. Sam Darnold might have to throw it to himself.

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Week 8 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

The saying goes that ‘you win some, you lose some’. That was the case with last week’s start/sit article. I won some (QB’s) and I lost some (WR’s). While all 4 suggestions at QB worked out well, only half of the WR calls worked out in some capacity. Take the wins with the losses and the ups with the downs and move along.

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Bengals QB Andy Dalton VS TB

I called for sitting Dalton last week and if you listened, you were rewarded. This week, I expect a bounce back at home VS a bad Bucs defense. This game should have a good amount of scoring and I think Dalton will move the ball at will on the Bucs. Look for a big bounce back week for Dalton and the Bengals offense as a whole.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston @ CIN

This suggestion comes with a good amount of caution. I am worried about Winston going into Cincinnati because the Bengal usually play good defense at home. Couple that with the fact that Jameis is still pretty turnover prone and there is some cause for concern. My argument is that the weapons Winston has to work with will prevail and vault Winston into yet another week of QB1 territory. It’s risky, but it will be worth it.

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Broncos QB Case Keenum @ KC

Last week was a nice little bounce back for a Broncos team that thinks they can make the playoffs. Well Denver, get ready to get smacked in the face by reality. I want no part of any mediocre QB going into Arrowhead stadium and playing a Chiefs team that can maul people on their home turf. Stay far away from Keenum this weekend.

Giants QB Eli Manning VS WAS

Hey Eli looked pretty great last week, almost throwing for 400 yards! That won’t happen again…maybe ever for poor Eli. Washington has done a very good job shutting down QBs not named Drew Brees this season. While Eli usually performs well against his division rivals, I think this game is going to be a low scoring affair. Look elsewhere if you have Eli rostered.

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Raiders WR Jordy Nelson VS IND

That is new Raiders Wide Receiver number 1 Jordy Nelson thank you very much. Nelson will now take over as the top receiver on the Raiders’ depth chart and he has a pretty good matchup against a porous Colts secondary. I think Nelson already has pretty good chemistry with Carr and he will now get even more targets with Cooper gone.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon @ Buffalo

With his role growing more and more each week, Josh Gordon is starting to turn into the receiver I expected him to be. He’s also starting to turn into the receiver opponents of New England have feared. Gordon has earned Brady’s trust. He will draw Tre White at times during the Monday night game but I simply don’t care. I know the Gordon breakout game is coming and it practically happened last week (4 catches for 100 yards). I think Gordon breaks out on Monday Night with a huge game. Start him from here on out.

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Panthers WR Devin Funchess VS BAL

I want no part of any WR playing against what could be the best secondary in the league. The Ravens lost a heartbreaker last week and will be determined to impose their will on Carolina. This should be a defensive ball game so both offenses should be avoided.

Ravens WR John Brown @ CAR

Like I said before, this game will be all defense. The offenses are actually pretty good but defense springs eternal in this case. I’d avoid John Brown this week even in the midst of a great first season with Baltimore.

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Week 7 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Last week, this column was an apology piece. This week it happens to be a victory lap because I did pretty good predicting who would boom and who would bust. I was 3 for 4 in the QB department, with Russell Wislon performing well along with Joe Flacco and Marcus Mariota posting mediocre stat lines. I was off on Baker Mayfield but you’ll see in a minute that I’m not shying away from Mayfield and the fabulous Baker Browns. I was also 3 for 4 in the WR department with Tyler Boyd exploding against the Steelers for 2 TDs while Kenny Stills and Robbie Anderson both provided duds. I said to start Keke Coutee and he didn’t perform as well as expected. With all of that out of the way, let’s move on to Week 7.

Start ‘Em QB

Browns QB Baker Mayfield @ TB

Last week, the Chargers’ resurgent defense abused Mayfield and it was NOT pretty. This week provides a much more comfortable matchup against an awful Bucs defense that may be missing All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy. Mayfield was in the process of getting into a groove before last week and I think this week he could have a coming out party.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky VS NE

As a Patriots fan, I hope I’m wrong about this. I will gladly apologize if I am but the Bears under Matt Nagy are Chiefs-lite. They have a lot of similarities and I think Trubisky has the weapons to exploit a Patriots defense that isn’t playing their best ball just yet. I expect points to be plentiful in this game so Trubisky should have plenty of opportunity to sling it.

Sit ‘Em QB

Texans QB Deshaun Watson @ JAX

Banged up and awful O-line play is a bad recipe for disaster against one of the NFL’s best defenses. I am legitimately worried for Watson’s health this weekend when he travels to Duval to play a very pissed off Jags defense. No run game, good weapons but the aforementioned putrid offensive line means a ton of sacks. Watson is a negative play this week.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton @ KC

I know some of you are probably looking at me sideways with this pick but hear me out here. The Bengals are traveling to Arrowhead, the loudest stadium in the league. It will be a Sunday night game, the first for Pat Mahomes in his home stadium. It will be VERY loud and even though Dalton has plenty of weapons, this has the makings of a massacre. I could be totally wrong and the Bengals could show up and play a bad Chiefs defense tough, but I think that place will be roaring and Dalton might be overwhelmed.

Start ‘Em WR

Browns WR Antonio Callaway @ TB

I’m going with the Browns stack this week simply because Tampa Bay is that bad in the secondary. Callaway had 10+ targets last week and they amounted to nothing (less than 10 yards) I expect the targets to continue but this week I think he’ll do more with them. I like Callaway and Mayfield against the Bucs.

Bears WR Taylor Gabriel VS NE

I will also be going with the Bears stack against my Patriots. One week after being burned by Tyreek Hill and his speed, the Patriots will face another speedster in Taylor Gabriel. I know Hill is on another level and Gabriel can’t compare but he is really fast and the Patriots tend to struggle with that type of speed. Couple that with the fact that I expect a lot of attention to go to Allen Robinson and Tarik Cohen and I think Gabriel will have a nice game worthy of a start.

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Titans WR Corey Davis @ LAC in Wembley Stadium

Traveling across the pond to Wembley, Davis will face a Chargers defense that seems to be getting its act together. Davis has had some solid games this season but this is a weird spot for him and the Titans. Nobody really knows much about Tennessee but one thing that is known is that Mariota just isn’t a quality NFL starter. He’s the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of quarterbacks. I think we get Mr. Hyde this week because it is spooky season after all.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins @ JAX

I know this is a very bold prediction because Hopkins is a top 3 WR in this league, but I really am worried about this matchup. I think Watson (as stated above) will have next to no time to throw the ball in this game. That means Keke Coutee might be the better bet for targets. I wouldn’t put it past Hopkins to make me eat my words here but I would at least think about looking elsewhere if you have the options.

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Week 6 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

I would like to apologize for my Week 5 start/sit article. Predicting sleeper starts and likely busts isn’t as easy as it looks; I knew that before I started this weekly set of articles. However, my Week 5 article SUCKED out loud to the highest degree. Apologies if you started Marcus Mariota who crapped out against the Bills. Apologies if you started Derek Carr who seems to be on a serious downward spiral. Apologies if you sat Russell Wilson because he got big points against the Rams and then some. Apologies if you started John Brown who disappeared along with the rest of the Ravens offense against Cleveland. Apologies if you sat Tyler Lockett who is emerging as the WR1 in Seattle.

I do not apologize if you started Mohamed Sanu because he had another great game. Ditto for sitting Jarvis Landry and Alex Smith, they performed about as I expected. With all of that apologizing out of the way, let’s make some more magic for Week 6.

Start ‘Em QB

Browns QB Baker Mayfield VS LAC

Baker SZN has officially begun and the Chargers are up next. The dawg pound is barking about Baker and the Browns are in the thick of the AFC North race after knocking off Baltimore last week. Baker has improved every week he has played and the Chargers present a matchup that should call for plenty of passing. I think if Baker can limit turnovers and maybe even run a bit more than he has (which he can do), then he can put forth a 20-point fantasy performance. He’s worth a start this week.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson @ Oakland (Wembley Stadium)

I don’t know why I’m focusing on Russell this week since this game will be played on the awful playing surface at Wembley Stadium but we’re reaching a fever pitch with Russell. A lot of fantasy players who drafted Wilson must be frustrated with the inconsistent performance he has put forth thus far. The Seahawks offense has had some growing pains but they’re now starting to find their way. They get the Raiders this week so not only will Russell have all day to throw but he should also be able to make some plays with his legs. This isn’t the week to get cute, start Wilson.

Sit ‘Em QB

Ravens QB Joe Flacco @ Tennessee

Last week was inexcusable for Flacco and the Ravens offense. Give credit where it’s due for a very strong performance from the Browns D but the Ravens laid an egg. This week they travel to Nashville where the Titans have started playing some very good defense as of late. It’s too dicey to start Flacco this week so look elsewhere.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota VS Baltimore

I clearly don’t think this game will be an offensive contest. It will be offensive to players on offense everywhere in the form of an ugly football game. I thought Mariota was getting it together going into last week and then he crapped out against the Bills. The Ravens have played great defense all year and that won’t change this week. Stay away, not only from the QBs in this game, but offensive players in general.

Start ‘Em WR

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd VS Pittsburgh

I hit last week targeting a weak Steelers secondary so I’ll try to double up. Tyler Boyd is having a breakout season for Cincinnati. As the Bengals’ WR2, he has had at least 7 targets in all but one game this season and that was Week 1. I expect Boyd to play a big role with Joe Haden checking AJ Green. If the Bengals want to win, Boyd needs to have some big plays. I think he’ll get them, start him up.

Texans WR Keke Coutee @ Buffalo

Coutee has been a sensation for the Texans in his first two weeks. With Tre White likely lining up against DeAndre Hopkins coupled with the fact that the Bills’ pass rush might be trouble for the Texans’ putrid O-Line, I expect Coutee to get a ton of targets on quick routes. He is a legit WR2 this week with WR1 upside.

Sit ‘Em WR

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills VS Chicago

The Bears are not to be trifled with on defense. That is bad news for a Miami team crashing back to Earth after starting 3-0. I expect the rough times to roll on this weekend when Khalil Mack brings a Bears attack currently ranked number 1 in fantasy. Stills is a great player but I don’t expect Tannehill to have enough time to get him the ball. If only Miami had a running back to nullify the pass rush (looking at you Gase, stop neglecting Kenyan Drake)

Jets WR Robbie Anderson VS Indianapolis

We’ll find out this week if Robbie Anderson has finally built up some chemistry with Sam Darnold or if last week was a fluke. I think Darnold can throw a decent deep ball and the Colts have been susceptible to the big play but Indy is getting healthy on the defensive side of the ball after being a skeleton unit in Foxboro last week. I think they’ll be prepared to stop the deep ball, making Anderson a sit candidate.

I would like to apologize for my Week 5 start/sit article. Predicting sleeper starts and likely busts isn’t as easy as it looks; I knew that before I started this […]

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Week 5 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 5 is underway (Go Pats) and the Sunday games pack some serious punch. Before we dive into whom to put into our lineups, let’s recap how last week went. I am pleased to announce that I will never trust Case Keenum again and I apologize if you listened to me and started him. He was trash against an equally trash KC defense. All of the yuck, Case, all of it. I will also put the nail in the coffin on Eli Manning. He looks lost, worn out and old like his brother before him. He has the weapons. He has a run game. He has an o-line that’s at least a little better than last year, but he just doesn’t have the arm strength any longer. While the starts were meh, the sit suggestions started off hot. I figured last week was the week the Fitz-magic would run out and indeed it did. Winston is now the starter in Tampa Bay after an awful performance from Fitzpatrick against the Bears. I suggested sitting Carson Wentz because I felt he would need a little bit more time to get back into a groove but he looked great against a good Titans defense on the road. If he can repeat that performance against the Vikings this week then feel comfortable starting Wentz going forward.

As for wide receivers, Tyler Boyd had another big game while Christian Kirk had a rookie letdown game. 1 for 2, .500 gets you into the hall of fame folks. I said to sit Quincy Enunwa and while he performed better than expected (4 catches for 66 yards) he still wasn’t start worthy. I said to sit Kelvin Benjamin and I ended up scoring as many points as the Bills while I was sitting on my friends couch watching so that tells you all you need to know about that. With that said, on with the action!

Start ‘Em QB

Titans QB Marcus Mariota @ Buffalo

Mariota played well against a pretty good Eagles defense last week and this week he’ll take on the Bills. Mariota is always a risky start because he’s a bit injury prone but if he can make it through this game then he has a great match-up. Corey Davis continues to emerge and I think Mariota is heating up in Matt Lafleur’s new offense. Start Mariota this week.

Raiders QB Derek Carr @ LAC

While Oakland has mostly been in turmoil this season, their offense has been sneaky good through the first 4 weeks. Derek Carr is currently 5th in the league in passing yards and, while his touchdowns are low (6), he’s looked pretty solid. This week he’ll face a Chargers defense that has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far this season. You need to score points to keep up with LA so Carr will have a good game flow and plenty of chances to make some plays with his arm. Trust Carr this week.

Sit ‘Em QB

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson VS LAR

He’s playing the Rams. He has a gimpy Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. I could continue but I don’t think I should. Stay away from Russ this week.

Washington QB Alex Smith @ NO

Monday Night Football in New Orleans at the Dome and the crowd will be hyped up for Brees becoming the all time leader in passing yards equals a rough time for the opposing team. Washington currently lacks a bit of an identity but I just don’t like this spot for Alex Smith. Couple that with the fact that the Saints defense might be turning a corner and I would advise against getting ballsy and starting Smith this week.

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Falcons WR Mahamed Sanu @ Pittsburgh

Sanu has become the forgotten man in Atlanta thanks to the emergence of rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Sanu seems to be coming around as he had 100 yards receiving last week and a touchdown the week before that. I think Falcons-Steelers is going to be a very high scoring affair. Sanu is a sneaky good flex play this week and should have plenty of opportunities to make plays.

Ravens WR John Brown @ Cleveland

John ‘Smokey’ Brown has been white-hot this season. After being hyped up in the preseason, he has lived up to his lofty expectations thus far and should continue to do some damage for the Ravens. This week the Ravens travel to Cleveland to face a much-improved Browns defense. Even with the improvements, I still like Brown this week and would expect him to get the volume of a WR1. Fire him up.

Sit ‘Em WR

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett VS LAR

If you haven’t noticed, I really don’t like the Seahawks’ chances this week against the Rams. I know Kirk Cousins just roasted the Rams but I expect a bounce back effort against a much weaker offense in Seattle. Lockett has actually been solid this season but the Rams defensive line might not give Russell Wilson enough time to even get the ball to him. Stay away from Lockett and all Seahawks pass catcher’s this week.

Browns WR Jarvis landry VS Baltimore

I know it’s tough to sit juice but that’s what you’ll have to do this week. He’s a little hobbled AND he is facing a very good Ravens secondary that will get Jimmy Smith back this week. This is not the week for Jarvis and the Browns offense. I’d steer clear of them and look elsewhere.

Week 5 is underway (Go Pats) and the Sunday games pack some serious punch. Before we dive into whom to put into our lineups, let’s recap how last week went. […]