Fantasy Football Big Board 3.0 (Hicks)

Welcome to my third fantasy football big board. I’ve already released positional rankings, based purely on tape, for each position group. You may want to check out those articles before reading this if you haven’t already. You also may want to check out my second big board article to see where I had some of these players pre-draft. Note below that “BB2” refers to where I ranked them in this article.

Now the NFL Draft is over and landing spots have flipped my big board on its head. In addition to landing spots, I’ve significantly increased my big board to include anyone with relevant draft capital or priority undrafted free agents (UDFA) I was high on pre-draft.

Here are my top 104 rookies following the 2019 NFL Draft, broken in 6 tiers.


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Tier 1: Potential 1.01 Picks

RankBB2ChangePOSPlayerTeam
110WRN’Keal HarryNew England
2108RBJosh JacobsOakland
32-1WRDK MetcalfSeattle
462TENoah FantDenver
583RBMiles SandersPhiladelphia

It was tough for me to draw a clear line for my “tier 1” post NFL Draft-I chose to go with the players I think could go with the 1.01 pick in dynasty rookie drafts, depending on team need.

Personally N’Keal Harry is far and away my 1.01; he was my 1.01 pre-draft for his athleticism, YAC potential, quickness, and production at Arizona State. Now he is paired with perhaps the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady, and in an offense that has no significant threats to Harry’s target potential past Julian Edelman.

Josh Jacobs, though, is my biggest riser: I liked him tape but was not convinced he could be an immediate 3 down back in the NFL. It remains to be seen how quickly he will be thrown into that role, but Oakland made a bold statement about what they see in Jacobs when they selected him with the 24th overall pick. The explosive and strong running back out of Alabama now finds himself in a surprisingly balanced offense with Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and Hunter Renfrow as passing game threats for Derek Carr.

DK Metcalf and Miles Sanders’ landing spots have been questioned by many, but not me. Metcalf finds himself competing only with Tyler Lockett (pending an official retirement announcement from Doug Baldwin) for targets from Russell Wilson-a top 5 quarterback in the NFL. Miles Sanders’ crowded running back depth chart doesn’t bother me-I don’t expect Jordan Howard to be in Philadelphia past the 2019 season, and I’ll be surprised if more than one of Clement, Sproles, Adams, and Smallwood make it onto the 53 man roster come September.

Tier 2: High Upside, but Not Without the Risk

RankBB2ChangePOSPlayerTeam
693TETJ HockensonDetroit
75-2WRAJ BrownTennessee
8135RBDavid MontgomeryChicago
9112WRParris CampbellIndianapolis
10122WRDeebo SamuelSan Francisco
112716WRJJ Arcega-WhitesidePhiladelphia
12153TEIrv Smith JrMinnesota
133118WRMarquise BrownBaltimore
14239WRJalen HurdSan Francisco
1514-1RBJustice HillBaltimore

Tier 2 is stacked with talent; the combined upside of this group makes me scoff at those who claim this is a weak rookie class. Still, there are flaws to be found alongside the homerun potential of many of these players.

AJ Brown remains high on my draft board, despite a questionable landing spot. Brown will likely have to play outside for the Titans, who inked Adam Humphries earlier this off season, and will be playing with the inconsistent Marcus Mariota. Brown, though, succeeded on the outside at Ole Miss-Vanderbilt was perhaps his best game tape and he played primarily outside. Mariota, is coming off a season where he didn’t have feeling in his hand or throwing shoulder for most of the season. Combine that with a new offensive coordinator and the potential of a balanced running game and the Titans offense is suddenly becoming one that could produce a lot of fantasy football points in 2019. Brown can be the forced volume safety net that Mariota needs to consistently attacked defenses; leading to high PPR upside for Brown.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside (JJAW) is a big riser for me post-NFL Draft. I question JJAW’s long speed and ability to create separation, but Philadelphia saw him as a better fit in their offense than players like Hakeem Butler and DK Metcalf. The Eagles are rumored to be shopping Nelson Agholor and could cut Alshon Jeffery for major cap relief following the 2019 season. JJAW is a power forward who uses his large frame to box out defenders well-an intriguing skillset on a team that sees a lot of red zone opportunity when Carson Wentz is healthy.

Tier 3: Get Your Guy

RankBB2ChangePOSPlayerTeam
164-12WRHakeem ButlerArizona
173518WRAndy IsabellaArizona
183921RBAlexander MattisonMinnesota
19245TEJace SternbergerGreen Bay
20255WRTerry McLaurinWashington
2118-3WRMiles BoykinBaltimore
2216-6RBDamien HarrisNew England
233-20WRKelvin HarmonWashington
24262QBKyler MurrayArizona
25283RBDarrell HendersonLos Angeles Rams
267-19RBRodney AndersonCincinnatti
27N/AN/AWRMecole HardmanKansas City

Once dynasty rookie drafts start to move beyond the mid second round hit rates start to drop and draft strategy becomes critically important. For me, this is when things get fun and I start to go after my guys. All of these players could fit into that category; especially risers like Andy Isabella or fallers like Kelvin Harmon.

Alexander Mattison quietly finds himself in one of my favorite landing spots. Mattison is a well-rounded back with solid vision, good strength, and good agility for his size. He has the potential to catch balls out of the backfield or pound the ball in at the goal line. Dalvin Cook has always had a handcuff, and we should expect Mattision to get a Latavius Murray-esq workload even when Cook is fully healthy. Mattision, though, has more goal line potential, and that could lead to a lot of fantasy football value. I suggest latching onto this guy before others catch on.

I may just be the only person on #DraftTwitter who actually bumped Henderson up on their big board post draft. Henderson’s Memphis tape did not impress me: I saw him rely on large gaps, depend on his running back teammates to wear down poor competition, and a lack of vision. Now, though, Henderson gets paired with one of the best offensive lines in the country, on an offense where Todd Gurley can wear down opposing defenses, and on a team that consistently moves the ball down field. Henderson may not get the volume you’d want, but he will have every opportunity to make home run plays that give fantasy football players a great return on investment in the late second/early third round.

Tier 4: Late Round Dart Throws

RankBB2ChangePOSPlayerTeam
28291QBDrew LockDenver
29367RBDevin SingletaryBuffalo
30322QBDwayne HaskinsWashington
314312TEDawson KnoxBuffalo
32331WRRiley RidleyChicago
3322-11WRDillon MitchellMinnesota
34406RBBenny SnellPittsburgh
35372QBDaniel JonesNew York Giants
36N/AN/ATEKahale WarringHouston
375114RBBryce LoveWashington
3820-18WRStanley MorganCincinatti
3930-9RBJames WilliamsKansas City
4019-21RBTrayveon WilliamsCincinatti
4134-7RBDevine OzigboNew Orleans
42N/AN/ATEJosh OliverJacksonville
43452WRHunter RenfrowOakland
445511WRKeeSean JohnsonArizona
456318QBJarrett StidhamNew England
46N/AN/ATEAlize MackNew Orleans
47N/AN/AWRGary JenningsSeattle
48N/AN/ARBDexter WilliamsGreen Bay

Note: I’m switching to quick notes on players for the rest of this article, to provide you with as many content as possible.

Drew Lock is an investment pick-he likely will “redshirt” behind Flacco this year. He is worth the wait, though, his velocity and ability to work all 3 levels of the field made him my favorite quarterback on tape. With a year in Denver he can correct the mechanics issues that plummeted his draft capital.

Dawson Knox is a highly athletic TE who converted from quarterback to see little volume in a stacked Ole Miss offense. He will have the chance to win the starting role in a Buffalo offense desperate for playmakers.

James Williams may be a UDFA, but he is a a fantastic pass catching back with high PPR upside in a Kansas City offense that seems to be taking the “quantity over quality approach” to their backfield. Williams may end up being a RB2 in fantasy football in 2019, or he may not make the 53 man roster-he’s a major dart throw.

Alize Mack doesn’t have the best tape out there, but he has sneaky upside on a high powered offense that couldn’t find a viable tight end in 2018.

Tier 5: Taxi Squad Heros

RankBB2ChangePOSPlayerTeam
49N/AN/ARBRyquell ArmsteadJacksonville
50522WRWill GrierCarolina
5146-5RBMyles GaskinMiami
5217-35WREmanuel HallChicago
5349-4WRLil Jordan
Humphrey
New Orleans
54540QBEaston StickLos Angeles Chargers
55N/AN/AWRTerry GodwinCarolina
56N/AN/ATECaleb WilsonArizona
57N/AN/ARBAnthony PollardDallas
58N/AN/AWRJakobi MeyersNew England
59N/AN/ATEDrew SampleCincinatti
6041-19TEDax RaymondChicago
61N/AN/ATEFoster MoreauOakland
62N/AN/AQBRyan FinleyCincinatti
6348-15RBMike WeberDallas
6453-11TEKaden SmithSan Francisco
6544-21RBElijah HolyfieldCarolina
6650-16WRGreg DortchNew York Jets
67N/AN/ATETrevon WescoNew York Jets
68N/AN/ARBQadree OllisonAtlanta
69N/AN/AWRDarius SlaytonNew York Giants
70N/AN/ARBDarwin ThompsonKansas City
71N/AN/ATETommy SweeneyBuffalo
72N/AN/ARBBruce AndersonTampa Bay
73N/AN/AWRPenny HartIndianapolis
74N/AN/AWRJazz FergusonSeattle
75N/AN/AWRAshton DulinIndianapolis

Emanuel Hall is a seriously flashy tape review-he burned NFL bound SEC defensive backs consistently at Missouri but struggled to stay healthy. He could end up being yet another dynamic piece in Matt Nagy’s offense.

Lil’ Jordan Humphrey’s draft stock plummeted with a horrendous combine. Still, he’s a PFF favorite for a reason and the over sized slot wideout may end up moving to tight end. Still, he signs as a UDFA with the Saints-giving him upside potential.

Foster Moreau is a raw but athletic tight end of of LSU; he likely will take some time to develop but faces a lack of competition for targets in Oakland’s depth chart.

Ashton Dulin is a Division 2 phenom out of Malone College, and a bit of a lore among those who covet dominator rating to measure the potential success of wide receivers. Dulin lands in a good offense in Indianapolis who doesn’t have much depth past Hilton, Funchess, and now Campbell.

Tier 6: Deep League Dives

RankBB2ChangePOSPlayerTeam
7660-16TEIsaac NautaDetroit
7762-15QBGardner MinshewJacksonville
78N/AN/AWRTravis FulghamDetroit
79N/AN/AQBClayton ThorsonPhiladelphia
80N/AN/ARBTravis HomerSeattle
8158-23RBKaran HigdonHouston
8221-61RBAlex BarnesTennessee
83N/AN/AQBTrace McSorleyBaltimore
84N/AN/ATEZach GentryPittsburgh
85N/AN/ARBTy JohnsonDetroit
8647-39QBTyree JacksonBuffalo
87N/AN/ARBJordan ScarlettCarolina
8857-31WRDavid SillsBuffalo
89N/AN/AWRJuwann WinfreeDenver
9061-29RBDamarea CrockettHouston
91N/AN/AWROlamide ZaccheausAtlanta
92N/AN/AWRPreston WilliamsMiami
93N/AN/AWRAnthony Ratliff-WilliamsTennessee
94N/AN/ATEDonald ParhamDetroit
95N/AN/AWRMarcus GreenAtlanta
96N/AN/ARBCullen GillaspiaHouston
97N/AN/ARBKerrith Whyte JrChicago
98N/AN/AWROlasibi JohnsonMinnesota
9942-57QBBrett RypienDenver
10056-44WRDeMarkus LodgeTampa Bay
101N/AN/AWRJohn UrsuaSeattle
102N/AN/AWRScott MillerTampa Bay
10338-65WRAnthony JohnsonFree Agent
10459-45QBJordan Ta’amuFree Agent

Isaac Nauta was once considered among the top tight ends in this draft class-poor combine testing, though, doomed the former two sport IMG Academy standout. He ends up being the 2nd tight end drafted by Detroit (TJ Hockenson 8th overall), and will likely be buried on that depth chart-but he’s worth a late stash if he develops into more than a blocking tight end.

Gardner Minshew is still fairly raw-with just one season as a starting quarterback at Washington State. Minshew is undersized but can work the first two levels of the field, stretch the pocket, and is coveted by his teammates for his leadership. He’s a deep stash, but with two years behind Foles to develop, there’s a chance he gets a shot at the starting job following the end of the Jaguar’s newest quarterback’s contract.

Alex Barnes is extremely talented, and I find it a bit ironic he lands with the Titans: he has elements of both Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis in his game. He likely won’t see the field early in his career, barring injury, but has great vision, is a very powerful runner, and hands soft hands that make him a threat anywhere on the field.

Trace McSorely add yet another element of quickness for Baltimore in a draft that seems to indicate the future of their offense around Lamar Jackson. Look for McSorely to take on a gadget-type role, similar to the one Taysom Hill adopted for the Saints in 2018, for Baltimore. It may not surmount to any significant fantasy football value, but if your rosters are deep enough he’s worth consideration.

The Final 2019 NFL Draft Mock: Round 1

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 First 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:

Day 3:

2019 NFL Draft 7th Round Mock
2019 NFL Draft 6th Round Mock
2019 NFL Draft 5th Round Mock
2019 NFL Draft 4th Round Mock

Day 2:

2019 NFL Draft 3rd Round Mock

2019 NFL Draft 2nd Round Mock


For more on the fantasy football values of the 2019 Draft Class, check out our 2019 Rookie Database

PickTeamPlayer
1Arizona CardinalsKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2San Francisco 49ersNick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
3New York JetsQuinenn Williams, iDL, Alabama
4Oakland RaidersJosh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
5Tampa Bay BuccaneersJonah Williams, OT, Alabama
6New York GiantsEd Oliver, iDL, Houston

Jonah Williams and Ed Oliver are both top 10 talents, but neither fit the exact mold of their positions. Williams goes off the board 5th overall to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team looking to rely on their offense in 2019. Ed Oliver’s athletic upside surpasses his “tweener” build, and is a perfect fit for Dave Gettleman’s “inside-out” roster construction philosophy.

PickTeamPlayer
7Jacksonville JaguarsJawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
8Detroit LionsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
9Buffalo BillsTJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
10Denver BroncosDrew Lock, QB, Missouri
11Cincinnati BengalsDevin White, LB, LSU
12Green Bay PackersDevin Bush, ILB, Michigan

TJ Hockenson is the first tight end off the board and the first tight end taken in the top 10 of the NFL Draft since Eric Ebron in 2014. There’s a lot of teams in the late teens/early 20s that will be disappointed with Devin White and Devin Bush going back to back in the top 12.

PickTeamPlayer
13Miami DolphinsCody Ford, iOL, Oklahoma
14Atlanta FalconsMontez Sweat, EDGE, Miss St.
15WashingtonDK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
16Carolina PanthersClelin Ferrel, DE, Clemson
17New York GiantsRashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
18Minnesota VikingsGarrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State

DK Metcalf is the first wide receiver off the board in a deep and talented wideout class. Washington opted for a playmaking weapon to pair with Case Keenum, instead of a potential franchise quarterback in Dwayne Haskins. Haskins, like Daniel Jones, has free fallen in this mock draft-which does not have trades.

19JoshTennessee TitansByron Murphy, CB, Washington
20ChrisPittsburgh SteelersGreedy Williams, CB LSU
21MikeSeattle SeahawksChris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
22ChrisBaltimore RavensN’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
23JoshHouston TexansAndre Dillard, OT, Washington State
24MattOakland RaidersNoah Fant, TE, Iowa

Byron Murphy going off the board to Tennessee starts a very quick cornerback run in an NFL Draft that is shallow at a high demand position. Murphy slots right into a support role in an already solid secondary for the Titans. Greedy Williams is the high upside player that fits Pittsburgh’s type-expect he actually has a first-round grade.

PickTeamPlayer
25Philadelphia EaglesChauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
26Indianapolis ColtsChristian Wilkins, iDL, Clemson
27Oakland RaidersAmani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
28Los Angeles ChargersJeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State
29Kansas CityChase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
30Green Bay PackersNasir Adderley, S, Delaware
31Los Angeles RamsDalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
32New England PatriotsAJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

The New England Patriots finish out the first round by taking AJ Brown, the highly productive wide receiver out of Ole Miss. Brown offers the Patriots and immediate playmaker, either in the slot or on the outside. The versatile wideout can be a high impact player in his first year and is the 3rd wide receiver off the board in the first round.

The Biggest NFL Draft Mistake for Every Team: Picks 23-32 + CHI, NO, DAL, CLE

The 2019 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and mock drafts are likely flooding your twitter timelines. Instead, I want to take a different approach in this 3 part series: what should you favorite team NOT do?

Below is what I believe to be the biggest mistake each team can make on Day 1 (or with their first pick) of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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You can see my biggest mistakes for picks 1-10 here

You can see my biggest mistakes for picks 11-22 here

Baltimore Ravens (22nd Overall Pick): Waiting for a Wide Receiver

The Ravens wide receiving corps. is depleted; with Willie Snead, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott, and Andre Roberts currently headlining the position. The Ravens don’t pick in the 2nd round-so if they don’t get a playmaking wideout early, they likely won’t get one who can make an immediate impact on their roster.

AJ Brown, Kelvin Harmon, N’Keal Harry, and Hakeem Butler could all have high impact roles early for Harbaugh and his young quarterback.

Houston Texans (23rd Overall Pick): Even Considering not Taking and Offensive Linemen

Houston had perhaps the worst offensive line play last season, for a team that otherwise has a dynamic offense. The bigger names (Williams, Ford, Taylor) might go earlier than 23, but Dillard is likely to be available and the Texans cannot pass on their chance for a franchise changing tackle.

Philadelphia Eagles (25th Overall Pick): Drafting a Running Back (aka Josh Jacobs) Early

Once the Eagles traded for Jordan Howard it completely wiped Josh Jacobs off my board for them. Howard, paired with Adams and Sproles, adds enough consistency, goal line presence, and big play potential for Philadelphia’s run-first offense.

Instead, look for the Eagles to focus on secondary support or a young offensive lineman to rotate in for 2019 and replace the aging Jason Peters.

Indianapolis Colts (26th Overall Pick): Forgetting to Show Up

The Colts continue to win the 2018 NFL Draft-their 34th overall pick (obtained in the Sam Darnold trade) gives them a lot of flexibility at the back end of the first. They have two picks to grab a defensive tackle and a play making wideout (in that order).

Their roster, overall, is solid and young. They have a lot of luxury in this draft and can go in a lot of directions and make their fan base happy.

Los Angeles Chargers (28th Overall Pick): Keeping this Pick over Josh Rosen

The Chargers also have a very well-rounded and deep roster. They could certainly take a defensive tackle with this pick, like Simmons or Tillery, but they would be better served by looking to the future. Reuniting the UCLA star with his fan base as a future successor to Phillip Rivers makes a lot of sense. It gives the Chargers a lot term plan to contend, with the quarterback many considered to be the best amongst a loaded draft class. It also gets Rosen out of a toxic situation in Arizona and a place where he can grow, compete, and learn-fitting his tenacious personality.

Reports suggest that the Chargers would be in the driver’s seat for Rosen, if the Cardinals are indeed shopping him. With just a 2nd round pick and New England’s 32nd overall pick being rumored to be potentially on the table, the Chargers have the ability to make this deal happen.  

Kansas City Chiefs (29th Overall Pick): Ignoring the Defense

Kansas City has 8 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and I would be 100% okay if they used all 8 of those on a defense that held them back from a Super Bowl appearance in 2018. They have gaps on the defensive line, in their linebacker corps., and in their secondary. Look for them to start by trying to find a replacement for Eric Berry and grab a free safety to play opposite of Tyrann Mathieu.

Los Angeles Rams (31st Overall Pick): Not Thinking Long-Term

The revitalized Rams have made a pattern out of making splashy short-term free agent signings-especially on their defense. Instead of banking on a Nadakam Suh, Marcus Peters, or Eric Weddle, they need to invest in young talent. In particular, they could benefit from targeting help in their secondary, interior linebacker, or EDGE.

New England Patriots (32nd Overall Pick): Trading Back

The terms “NFL Draft”, “mistake”, and “Bill Bellicheck” don’t really go together, but I will give this an honest try anyways. New England has 12 total picks in the 2019 NFL Draft-making it questionable that the perennial trade back partner would be open for that business. Instead, the Pats should be looking to move up and be aggressive in finding an offensive playmaker that could give Tom Brady a jolt of energy that can’t be found in any vegetable smoothie.

Cleveland Browns (49th Overall Pick): Being Content with OBJ

The Browns already won the 2019 NFL Draft by fleecing the New York Giants to obtain Odell Beckham Jr.; however, it would be a mistake for them to stop being aggressive there. Despite not having the 17th overall pick the Browns still have 8 total selections.

Don’t be surprised if Dorsey moves up in the draft to take a sliding cornerback (Greedy Williams) or safety (Adderley, Gardner-Johnson), or even Devin Bush.

Dallas Cowboys (58th Overall Pick): Failing to Secure a Franchise Tight End

Dallas’ tight end situation is so bad they literally chose to bring a 36-year-old out of retirement to ensure some stability at the position. Dallas is in a perfect position to snag Jace Sternberger, who has a huge NFL ceiling, at 58th overall. They also could try to move up to get in on the Fant and Smith Jr. sweepstakes.

New Orleans Saints (62nd Overall Pick): Passing on Value at Wide Receiver

The Saints offense runs through Michael Thomas, but Drew Brees is going to need more support than the eclectic group of supporting wideouts currently on the roster. Tre’Quan Smith remains very raw, Tedd Ginn remains very one-dimensional, and will someone please tell me what happened to Cam Meredith’s career?

They have other needs, like Tight End and offensive line depth, but if a player like Deebo Samuel or Kelvin Harmon slip to them they would be making a big mistake by passing on them.

Chicago Bears (88th Overall Pick): Being Okay with their Running Backs

The Bears will be the last team to head to the podium and won’t do so until late Friday night. They have just 5 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and only 3 of them are before the 7th round. The Bears, though, have a fantastic roster mixed with veteran leadership, athleticism, and youth. What remains a giant question mark for their offensive-minded head coach, though, is what is happening at the running back position.

Tarik Cohen has a niche skillset and I’m far from sold on Mike Davis being anything more than a change of pace back. There is a lot of running back depth in this draft class, though, and they will likely be able to choose from a slew of potential playmakers at either 84 or 127. Rodney Anderson, Damien Harris, Alex Barnes, and Alexander Mattison will all likely be available for them.

The Final 2019 NFL Draft Mock: Round 7

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 7th Round of our mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft. Over the course of the next 6 days we will release one round, working backwards, until all 254 of our selections are revealed prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.

For more on the fantasy football values of the 2019 Draft Class, check out the 48 Report: our 2019 Rookie Database

PickTeamPlayer
215Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
David Blough, QB, Purdue
216Kansas CityJonathan Ledbetter, EDGE, Georgia
217New York JetsCarl Granderson, EDGE, Wyoming
218Oakland RaidersGardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
219Pittsburgh SteelersDakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech
220Houston TexansGarrett Brumfield, iOL, LSU
221Cleveland BrownsBunchy Stallings, iOL, Kentucky

The seventh round is filled with notable names-this draft class is not short of recognizable talent at any depth. In particular, this round is filled with quarterbacks who have impressed either over the course of their collegiate careers, or during the NFL Draft Process.

David Blough was a leader for the Boilermakers, and performed well during the Shrine Game. Blough offers the Boilermakers a developmental prospect that much be more effective with a clipboard in his hand than he would be with a football.

The Raiders get the fiery Garner Minshew-a true gamer that Jon Gruden can fall in love with. Minshew has a high ceiling, but if nothing else he will serve as a great scout team asset, and developmental project for Gruden and Mayock.

PickTeamPlayer
222Chicago BearsShareef Miller, EDGE, Penn State
223Cincinnati BengalsJoshua Miles, OT, Morgan State
224Detroit LionsB.J. Blunt, S, McNeese State
225Buffalo BillsMitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
226Green Bay PackersRyan Finley, QB, NC State
227WashingtonAshton Dulin, WR, Malone College
228Buffalo BillsTrace McSorely, QB, Penn State
229Detroit LionsMyles Gaskin, RB, Washington

It takes 227 picks, but finally Ashton Dulin, the small school DII phenom, is selected by the same Washington squad that took draft twitter favorite Trey Quinn to end last year’s draft. Dulin instantly joins a competitive wide receiver competition that also includes a big name wideout prospect who was taken in the first round (tune in to see who went at 15th overall).

In a move that sure to frustrate fantasy football players, the Lions take Myles Gaskin, the highly productive four year starter from Washington, with their final selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. Gaskin can serve as a great change of pace back for Kerryon Johnson-whom the coaching staff has already suggestion will be on a “pitch count” for the 2019 season.

PickTeamPlayer
230Atlanta FalconsEaston Stick, QB, North Dakota State
231New Orleans Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
232New York GiantsJordan Brailford, EDGE, Oklahoma State
233Miami DolphinsMarvell Tell, S, USC
234Miami DolphinsJovon Durante, WR, FAU
235Oakland RaidersRyan Davis, WR, Auburn
236Jacksonville JaguarsCeCe Jefferson, EDGE, Florida
237Denver BroncosJakobi Meyers, WR, NC State

Tony Pollard is the lesser known back from Memphis in the 2019 NFL Draft (see: Darrell Henderson). Pollard was a staple of the Tigers’ offense, though, and knows how to succeed as a rotational back. With Kamara and Murray getting the majority of snaps, at least for the 2019 season, Pollard’s impact may be limited in the boxscore but he offers the Saints an effective change of pace back, and great depth at a critical position.

PickTeamPlayer
238Chicago BearsClayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
239New England Patriots Donald Parham, TE, Stetson
240Indianapolis ColtsBryce Love, RB, Stanford
241Dallas CowboysDevine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska
242Los Angeles ChargersJamal Peters, CB, Mississippi
243New England Patriots Michael Jordan, iOL, Ohio State
244New Orleans Lester Cotton, iOL, Alabama
245New York GiantsKyle Shurmer, QB, Vanderbilt

Donald Parham out of small school Stetson gained a lot of momentum after being selected to participate in the 2019 Shrine Bowl. Parham is 6’8″, 243 lbs and can be, quite literally, a large impact for the Patriots as they attempt to fill their TE void.

Bryce Love, the former Heisman runner up, plummeted to nearly Mr. Irrelevant in our final 2019 NFL Draft mock. Indianapolis adds a high upside running back to an already talented running back corps. If Love reaches his potential they get a huge steal here, if not the investment is low for the Colts.

In a bit of irony, and perhaps satire-the only quarterback the Giants selected in our mock draft is Kyle Shurmer, the son of the New York Giants head coach. He is certainly not the replacement for Eli Manning, but someone has to hold the clipboard, and Kyle Lauletta rarely does himself any favors.

PickTeamPlayer
246New England Patriots Ulysees Gilber III, LB, Akron
247Minnesota Vikings Tyree St. Louis, OT, Miami
248Arizona CardinalsAlexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
249Arizona CardinalsDennis Daley, OT, South Carolina
250Minnesota Vikings Malik Reed, EDGE, Nevada
251Los Angeles RamsDonnie Lewis Jr., CB, Tulane
252New England Patriots Khari Wills, S, Michigan State
253WashingtonCalvin Anderson, OT, Texas
254Arizona CardinalsC.J. Conrad, TE, Kentucky

Our 2019 NFL Draft mock Mr. Irrelevant is C.J. Conrad-the tight end out of Kentucky. Conrad was a popular tight end heading into the 2018 season, but lost steam from a less than impressive season for the Wildcats. Still, Conrad can immediately contend for playing time in what is likely to be a revamped Arizona offense. He is one of many weapons we have the Arizona Cardinals taking throughout this NFL Draft mock.

The Baltimore Ravens 2019 NFL Draft Profile

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Baltimore Ravens 2018 Recap

10-6, AFC North Champs

Last year was the changing of the old guard for the Ravens going from longtime starting quarterback to Lamar Jackson. Prior to Jackson taking over the season looked lost with a 4-5 record with Flacco as the starting quarterback.

Jackson took over after an injury to Joe and didn’t look back propelling the team to a 6-1 record as the starter and having them win the AFC North before being eliminated from the playoffs.  The change in the offense to a run heavy scheme to go with the league’s top ranked defense seemed like a great recipe for success.

Draft Needs

Wide Receiver – The Ravens receiving group struggled last year and the Ravens let the majority of them walk minus Willie Snead. The Ravens need to add at least two pass catchers in this year’s draft to help give Jackson the weapons he needs in order to succeed. While this has been an area of concern in the draft for the Ravens in prior years a new Gm in Eric Decosta is bringing a different mentality to the team which means prior draft trends may not be there.

Interior offensive line– James Hurst and Matt Skura aren’t going to be enough to cut it up the middle for a team that runs the ball as much as the Ravens do. Adding a guard or center gives the Ravens a solid base at 4 of the 5 line spots which will help keep the offense chugging along.

EDGE rusher- For the first time in years Terrell Suggs isn’t in Baltimore leading the teams pass rush after taking a contract in Arizona.  To go with Suggs leaving so did starting pass rusher Za’Darius Smith who go a huge contract in free agency. Now the Ravens have to decide do they trust the young guys in the building to go along with Matt Judon rushing the passer or do they look towards the NFL Draft. Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser are both day 2 picks who have failed to live up to the hype but they also have not been in line to start before. Unless a top tier EDGE falls in the first round this will be something that will be address later in the draft.

Baltimore Ravens 2019 NFL Draft Targets

1st Round, 22nd Overall: N’Keal Harry – WR- Arizona State

N’Keal Harry is the most complete receiver in this year’s draft and has the skillset in place to be a team’s top option. Harry is a big bodied receiver who is one of the most physical players at his position to come out in a long time. Harry will allow for Jackson to throw the ball up and beat defenders on 50/50 balls and is dynamic in the short passing game as well being able to run after the catch.

Picking Harry immediately give the Ravens a better receiving option then anything they had last year and is a huge upgrade to the offense.

2nd Round, 86th Overall: Connor McGovern- IOL – PSU

The Ravens rush offense was the top in the league once Jackson took over but the line still has a pair of holes in it at right guard and center. McGovern is a fantastic run blocker who can be a plug and play starter at the guard spot opposite of Yanda. On top of being a major addition to the run game, McGovern helps protect the Ravens new franchise quarterback.

3rd Round, 103rd Overall: Darrell Henderson- RB- Memphis

Providing a little bit of lightning to Mark Ingrams thunder, Henderson is a big play waiting to happen. Darrell Henderson went back to back years averaging a whopping 8.9 yards per carry in college proving to be one of college football’s most electric playmakers. 

With as much as the Ravens run wearing down the defense it won’t take many carries for Henderson to have a huge impact being he can score any time he touches the ball. The addition of his game breaking speed not only improves the run game but it forces defenses to move up opening things up for the receivers.

3rd Round, 114th Overall: Mecole Hardman-WR- Georgia

Adding a second receiver here Harman is an absolute burner of a receiver. His ability to explode and make big plays is the perfect complement to Harry giving Jackson more weapons. As an added bonus Hardman can return punts and kicks and a general mismatch option on offense.

4th Round, 124th Overall: Gerald Willis- IDL- Miami

Willis gives the Ravens an explosive upside depth piece on their defensive line to give Peirce and Williams a breather. While he’s raw he could make some plays in a limited role.

5th Round, 161st Overall: Emeke Egbule-LB-Houston

Egbule switched from tight end to linebacker and is an incredibly explosive athlete who can excel dropping in coverage. His raw skillset should get use on special teams and an eventual role player.

5th Round: 191st Overall-Carl Granderson- EDGE- Wyoming

Granderson is a 3-4 Edge rusher with the ability to rush the passer. While he lacks in run support he has the talent to be a rush specialist on passing downs.

6th Round, 193rd Overall- Jalen Hurd- WR-Baylor

Jalen Hurd is one of the drafts biggest mysteries switching from running back to receiver after transferring to Baylor. His addition to the Ravens gives them a move piece weapon who they can manufacture touches for.

Draft Grade:

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The Biggest NFL Draft Mistake for Every Team: Picks 11-21

The 2019 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and mock drafts are likely flooding your twitter timelines. Instead, I want to take a different approach in this 3 part series: what should you favorite team NOT do?

Below is what I believe to be the biggest mistake each team can make on Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft.

You can see my biggest mistakes for picks 1-10 here. Keep an eye out for picks 22-32 & the teams not drafting in round 1, coming soon.


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Cincinnati Bengals (11th Overall Pick): Ignoring the Rebuild

The worst place in the NFL to be is between 5-8 wins; just good enough to avoid ideal draft positions but not good enough to ever make a legitimate playoff run. The Bengals need to stop being okay with just okay and embrace a rebuild.

In a division being taken over by Mayfield and Jackson, Zac Taylor and the Bengals need their franchise quarterback and Dwayne Haskins should be their top priority. Haskins fits into Zac Taylor’s offense, and although his NFL ceiling is capped he has the potential to be Cincinnati’s Jared Goff.

Green Bay Packers (12th & 30th Overall Picks): Passing on a Tight End

The Packers could absolutely add pieces at EDGE and CB, but they have invested a lot of draft capital into that side of the ball the last few years. Now is their chance to give a fully healthy Aaron Rodgers, and their new offensive-minded head coach Matt LaFleur a dynamic playmaker.

I’m okay with Hockenson or Fant at 12, but they could wait and see if one of those Iowa tight ends falls to them at 30; if not Irv Smith would also slot nicely in their offense.

Miami Dolphins (13th Overall Pick): Drafting a Quarterback

The Dolphins roster is in a state of chaos, and it appears the front office has (thankfully) embraced a rebuild. They would be best served to invest in their offensive line and playmakers to ensure that when they do draft a quarterback in 2020, they are stepping into a situation where they can succeed.

Miami needs to avoid the pressure of burning a year of a rookie quarterback contract, especially if the “big 3” options are burned and Daniel Jones is the top quarterback remaining when they pick.

Atlanta Falcons (14th Overall Pick): Overthinking the Pick

Atlanta missed the playoffs in 2018 because of an abnormally high amount of injuries to key players. Their roster, overall, is well rounded and they have a lack of gaping needs-although an EDGE, interior offensive line, or defensive back could all help add depth.

The Falcons need to pick best available with their pick and utilize their talents while immediately contending for a playoff run.

Washington (15th Overall Pick): Passing on an Offensive Skill Player

Washington’s defense is good, so good that they kept them in playoff contention through the end of the season; a season where Alex Smith, Colt McCoy, and Mark Sanchez took snaps as the starting quarterback.

What Washington does not have is dynamic wide receivers (yes, that includes Josh Doctson) or a reliable tight end. Metcalf, Harry, Hockenson, or Fant are all picks that could help Case Keenum bridge the gap to a 2020 quarterback pick.

Carolina Panthers (16th Overall Pick): Passing on EDGE help

Yes, Carolina absolutely needs help along the offensive trenches; but the re-signing of Daryl Williams will help them wait to take an interior offensive lineman at value in the 2nd. Instead, the team that finished 28th in sacks in 2019 needs to focus on taking advantage of an incredibly talented EDGE class.

Minnesota Vikings (8th Overall Pick): Being Scared to take the First Interior Offensive Lineman

The Vikings have an incredibly talented group of offensive playmakers that are failing to reach their full potential, in large part because of horrendous offensive line play. It seems to be a written rule in the NFL that you can’t take interior linemen in the first round-but that didn’t stop the Colts from taking Quenton Nelson in 2018.

Garrett Bradbury and Chris Lindstrom are not Nelson, but they have long and successful NFL careers ahead of them-either would help the Vikings become a Superbowl contender again.

Tennessee Titans (19th Overall Pick): Taking More Offense Early

Tennessee is starting to look like a bit of an odd-ball collector with the receiving corps. they have pieced together this offseason. Add in both a veteran (Delanie Walker) and young (Jonnu Smith) tight end and I’m left confused by those seeking early draft capital be invested in another weapon for Marcus Mariota.

The Titans would be better suited to focus on their defensive line in the first round-and target a dynamic play maker like Christian Wilkins.

Pittsburgh Steelers (20th Overall Pick): Drafting like they Always do

The Steelers are the hipsters of the NFL; they feel a need to defy draft logic and make stunning picks, like taking a Day 3-graded Terrell Edmunds with their first-round pick in 2018. Now that that pick hasn’t panned out (duh) they need to dip back into the secondary well: with Bryon Murphy and Greedy Williams being their best targets.

Seattle Seahawks (21st Overall Pick): Picking in the First Round

If I was a betting man (I’m not) I’d drop a fat stack of cash on the table to face off against anyone who thinks the Seahawks will actually pick with the 21st overall selection. Instead, they will likely slide back to add additional picks to the just 4 selections they are heading into draft night with.

I’d also be willing to get in on any side-bet action that suggested they move back multiple times before Thursday night is over.