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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

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

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

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

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

49N/AN/ARBRyquell ArmsteadJacksonville
50522WRWill GrierCarolina
5146-5RBMyles GaskinMiami
5217-35WREmanuel HallChicago
5349-4WRLil Jordan
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

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.

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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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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

215Tampa Bay
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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:

I will be adding a grade and analysis to the profile after April’s NFL draft. Be sure to bookmark the NFL Team Draft Profile page to see it

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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.  

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The Biggest NFL Draft Mistake for Every Team: Picks 1-10

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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. Keep an eye out for picks 11-32, coming soon.

Arizona Cardinals (1st Overall Pick): Drafting Kyler Murray

The Cardinals traded up in the 2018 NFL Draft to take Josh Rosen as their franchise quarterback. Rarely do quarterbacks find success in their rookie season; and behind Arizona’s offensive line, with a now fired head coach it is beyond irresponsible for the Cardinals to spend their first-round pick on another quarterback.

If Arizona takes Murray, they will be failing to address many of the gaps on their roster and will essentially waste an entire year of rebuilding.

San Francisco 49ers (2nd Overall Pick): Drafting DK Metcalf

It’s a reasonable idea; take an “X” receiver to open up the field for Pettis, Goodwin, and Taylor while giving Jimmy Garoppolo the weapons needed to instantly flip the 49ers from 2nd overall draft pick to playoff contender. The 49ers, though, would be passing on a franchise changing defensive talent in either Bosa or Quinnen Williams-depending on what the Cardinals do.

San Francisco would be better suited to draft a wideout with the 36th overall pick; where they could likely get their “X” in Hakeem Butler.

New York Jets (3rd Overall Pick): Holding onto their Pick

The Jets could absolutely use Williams, Bosa, or Allen on their defensive front. They also could utilize an offensive lineman like Jawaan Taylor or Jonah Williams.

The Jets, though, don’t have a 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft (see: Sam Darnold) and would be better served to pick up an extra pick/two by sliding back into the teens. That will still allow them to cash in on high-end offensive line or EDGE talent while investing in depth for their young roster.

Oakland Raiders (4th, 24th, & 27th Overall Picks): Reaching for Risky Offensive Playmakers

The Raiders roster needs a full rebuild. Rebuilds start at the foundation of a roster: quarterback, offensive line, EDGE, and cornerback. They are in a great position to fill 3 of those 4 needs in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft-with quarterback not being an immediate need. There will surely be EDGE talent available with the 4th overall pick; with Allen, Burns, and Roshan Gary all being options. With the 24th overall pick, the Raiders could look to add to their offensive line with players like Dalton Risner or Andre Dillard. They could then focus on snagging Byron Murphy or Greedy Williams with their 27th overall pick.

What they need to avoid, though, is reaching for high upside/high risk players like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown or Josh Jacobs-both would be fun, splashy picks but not add to a dependable core that serves as the foundation that Gruden needs to build for long-term success.

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5th Overall Pick: Passing on Devin White

The Buccaneers are legitimate trade back candidates, especially if you believe the Giants are interested in drafting a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft (more to come on that). Devin White, though, is a high end playmaker that would not only fill the hole left by Kwon Alexander, but truly improve the position over what they had last season.

The Buccaneers have a solid offensive unit, now led by Bruce Arians-it’s time for them to focus on putting explosive playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.

New York Giants (6th & 17th Overall Picks): Drafting a Quarterback

Yes, the Giants do need a franchise quarterback to replace Eli Manning but no they do not need to find them in this draft class. Haskins, Jones and Lock all have potential, but none provide the Giants with a high upside player that can lead this team back from the brink of collapse.

Instead, the Giants need to focus on leaving the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft with a defensive playmaker and an offensive lineman that can slide into their Right Tackle slot.

Jacksonville Jaguars (7th Overall Pick): Ignoring their Offensive Line

If DK Metcalf is available at 7th overall it will be tough for the Jaguars to pass on him, but they do not need another wide receiver in their already messy corps.;even if it is someone with so much upside. They also do not need to seriously consider quarterback with this pick; the investment they made in Foles is significant enough to at least bridge them to the 2020 NFL Draft-where Jake Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Herbert will be available.

Instead, they would benefit from either keeping Jawaan Taylor in state, or drafting a versatile offensive lineman like Jonah Williams or Cody Ford.

Detroit Lions (8th Overall Pick): Letting Eric Ebron Haunt them

Detroit may be hesitant to take a playmaking tight end, like TJ Hockenson or Noah Fant, with the 8th overall pick after failing to properly utilize Eric Ebron-their 2014 10th overall pick.

The Lions offense, though, is in desperate need of a difference maker and Hockenson would offer them a player maker that could support Stafford through his pass catching skills and Kerryon Johnson through his run blocking ability.

The Lions other options will likely be Montez Sweat, Devin Bush, and Byron Murphy-all of which I believe would be reaches with the 8th overall pick.

Buffalo Bills (9th Overall Pick): Pouring more Draft Capital into their Defense

The Bills have done a fantastic job of infusing young talent into their defense over the past few NFL Drafts. They may be tempted to do that again, with players like Ed Oliver possibly still available with this pick.

Instead, they need to focus on building around their young quarterback who found some success in his rookie season. The Bills should look to either find him offensive line support (Williams, Ford), a dynamic playmaking wide receiver (Metcalf), or a dual-threat tight end (Hockenson).

Denver Broncos (10th Overall Pick): Passing on Drew Lock

The Broncos did a great job of addressing their major needs (offensive line and secondary) through free agency. It puts them in a position to be strategic and make a long-term investment in their roster. Drew Lock can be the quarterback that Elway finally gets right, with two years to learn behind Joe Flacco. Lock is a competitor, has 4 years of experience starting in the SEC against the best defenses in the country, and has the ability to shred defenses at every level of the field.

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Fantasy Football Big Board 2.0 (Hicks)

Welcome to my second 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 first big board article.


Running Backs

Wide Receivers 2.0

Tight Ends

This edition of my big board includes tape reviews for an additional 15 players. It also includes adjusted scores for already reviewed players-based on additional film review, pro-day numbers, or other information which contributes to the NFL Draft stock.

I use tier based rankings. If you’re not used to this system note that players within the same tier have similar value for me. Choosing players within the same tier should come down to: personal preference of the fantasy football player making the draft pick (hey, it’s your pick not mine) and what your roster construction demands.

You can see how my rankings mach-up with my fellow dynasty writers by checking out or full prospect database at the 48 Report

Tier 1: Top 5 Value

10WRN’Keal HarryArizona State6’4″213
20WRDK MetcalfOle Miss6’4″228
30WRKelvin HarmonNC State6’2″221
40WRHakeem ButlerIowa State6’6″225
52WRAJ BrownOle Miss6’1″225
62TENoah FantIowa6’5″240

I’m down to 6 players that I could legitimately justify taking with a top 5 rookie dynasty draft pick. My top 4 players remain unchanged, but a deeper review of AJ Brown has solidified his position in the top 5. Further analysis on this wide receivers can be found in my Wide Receivers 2.0 article.

As running backs continue to be unimpressive it has become clear that none deserve to go in the top half of the first round of rookie drafts without ideal landing spots.

The barren landscape of tight ends in the NFL leads me to consider Fant a top option. Fant’s athleticism is very impressive and it leads me to believe that he may be able to produce early for fantasy football players-bucking the trend of the position.

Tier 2: 1st Round Worthy

7-2RBRodney AndersonOklahoma6’2″220
82RBMiles SandersPenn State5’11’215
92TETJ HockensonIowa6’5″250
10-4RBJosh JacobsAlabama5’10216
112WRParris CampbellOhio State6’1″208
123WRDeebo SamuelSouth
13-4RBDavid MontgomeryIowa State5’11216

This tier is defined by running backs sliding. Anderson slides 2 spots as his health continues to be shrouded in mystery. I love Anderson, and 7 is still higher than most are willing to rank him, but I need to see how much NFL teams love him. Jacobs slides 4 spots from unimpressive performance testing. As teams fill their running back needs in free agency it seems less and less likely that he will have a 3 down role early in his career. Montgomery’s 4 spot slide is less about him and more about those who jumped above him-only a good landing spot can bring him back into the first round for my rankings.

Tier 3: 2nd Round Value

14-2RBJustice HillOklahoma
153TEIrv Smith JrAlabama6’3″243
160RBDamien HarrisAlabama5’10”215
170WREmanuel HallMissouri6’3″195
18NR*WRMiles BoykinNotre
19-5RBTrayveon WilliamsTexas
20NR*WRStanley MorganNebraska6’1″200

*NR=Not Ranked. This player was not ranked in my 1st big board article

Tier 3 is defined by players that are very likely going to be available in the second round of the dynasty rookie fantasy football drafts. Who you prefer in this round may come down whether you want ceiling (upside) or floor (safety).

Hill (PPR threat), Hall (Y-type WR/burner along the sideline), Miles Boykin (athleticism), and Trayveon Williams (lack of projected draft capital) all are high upside players I like. Look for landing spots to truly separate them, but for now I’d be happy to get all of them in the 2nd round of my rookie drafts.

Irv Smith Jr., given his position, may take longer to pay off for you-but his athletic play style may pay off in 2/3 years. Damien Harris seems bound for a solid, but not highlight filled, football career. You may like him better in non-PPR formats. Stanley Morgan is an exciting gadget type player who may get a lot of receptions for you, but is not likely to be a red zone threat.

Tier 4: Plant Your Flag

Ohio State6’1″205
270WRJJ Arcega-
Ohio State6’2″215
U Mass5’10”190

This tier is when things start to get wild. It is filled with players that could be available in either the 2nd or 3rd rounds of your fantasy football rookie drafts-depending on the preferences of your league mates.

Alex Barnes is a great combination of strength and speed; he has solid film and performed very well at the combine. Dillon Mitchell is an explosive play maker and shows off high upside athleticism in his tape. James Williams could be dangerous if he lands in a high-powered NFL offense that utilizes him specifically in a pass catching role. Devine Ozigbo was a combine snub; he is a powerful runner who has great balance and dangerous acceleration downfield.

I remain lower than most on Henderson-who comes off to me as having poor vision, rounded cuts, and unable to pass block. Hollywood Brown will likely be off your board by the mid-2nd round but I could not possibly justify the undersized, injured, and one dimensional wide receiver going before the 3rd round.

Tier 5: Throw Your Dart

Boise State5’11”211
Utah State6’5″250
Boise State6’2″202
Ole Miss6’4″250
Ohio State5’10214
49-18WRLil Jordan

Once you have hit the 4th round you are truly throwing darts and hoping for the best. Some choose to use this round to fill roster need i.e. taking the best QB available for depth. I, however, prefer to find players with high ceilings because all players carry risk at this point-so why not go big and get someone with an equal amount of upside?

Dax Raymond and Dawson Knox are two very athletic tight ends who could produce for your fantasy football roster. Raymond has great tape and is a well rounded tight end, but is a bit older. Knox is still very raw and is underdeveloped as a route runner but is extremely athletic for the position.

Alexander Mattison and Benny Snell are powerful running backs who may not see action on 3rd downs in the NFL but could get significant goal line work. It never hurts to have a touchdown vulture on your roster.

You’ll likely be waiting a few years for Tyree Jackson to develop, but stashing him could be worth it. The Buffalo sensation has a huge arm and is impressively athletic for his size. His poor footwork, accuracy, and decision making, though, will take time to hone even with the best coaching situation.

Tier 6: Taxi Squad Heros

Dakota State
Ole Miss6’2″200
Ole Miss6’2″212

My final tier (for now) is filled with players that scream JAG (just another guy) to me. There are some big names on this list-ones I was excited to review film on. None of them, however, stood out enough to fall into the “dart throw” category for me.

If you do find yourself in a league that drafts into the 50’s/60’s overall there are some players that could fit into your taxi squad. Bryce Love’s college production shows you his upside-perhaps an improved offensive line could bring him back to near Heisman production. Isaac Nauta was on a lot of radars, until poor combine testing cast major concerns over his athleticism and speed; maybe a good landing spot could help him offset those issues. Davis Sills fits the profile of an “X” receiver in the NFL and flashed at times, but the converted QB has terrible hands-if he develops into a more reliable wideout he could be a red zone threat.

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3 Rounds of Mock Draft for 2019 NFL Draft: NFC 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 will will focus on the NFC teams.

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

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

Round 1, 25th Overall: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Round 2, 53rd Overall: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington

Round 2, 55th Overall: Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

Analysis: The Eagles score solid support for their secondary with Murphy in the back end of the first round. Andre Dillard likely won’t fall this far in the NFL Draft but if he does he would give them great depth and would have the time to develop as an eventual replacement for their aging tackles. Justice Hill is a dynamic pass catching back who can perfectly compliment Jordan Howard’s role in the offense.

Matt Hicks

Dallas Cowboys

Round 2, 58th Overall: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

Round 3, 90th Overall: Renell Wren, iDL, Arizona State

Analysis: With just 2 picks in the first 2 days the Cowboys need to be strategic with their picks. Kahale Warring gives them a very athletic, but raw, tight end who could develop into a huge weapon for Prescott and the Cowboys offense. Wren helps them address their need on the defensive side of the trenches. Alternatively, Dallas could also look for help along the offensive line or look for a high upside wideout.

Matt Hicks

New York Giants

Round 1, 6th Overall: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Round 1, 17th Overall: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

Round 2, 37th Overall: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

Round 3, 95th Overall: Stanley Morgan, WR, Nebraska

Bush and Winovich give the Giants two dynamic pass rushers on the defensive side of the ball. Gettleman wants to win in the trenches and Jawaan Taylor is the best pure offensive tackle in the draft; making him a clear choice with their 6th overall pick. Stanley Morgan is a gadget-type player who can help the Giants work the shortfield with Eli Manning at the helm. The Giants don’t yet have a clear vision forward under Gettleman but with these 4 players highlighting their draft class things are going to start looking a lot clearer in New York.

Matt Hicks

Washington/Salt Lake (RIP)

Round 1, 15th Overall: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Round 2, 46th Overall: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Round 3, 76th Overall: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

Washington will be looking for their quarterback of the future with Case Keenum bridging a terrible Alex Smith injury with last season’s Ohio State star. Haskins has a lot of developing to do but can fit in Gruden’s scheme after hopefully a “redshirt” year in 2019. Haskins gets paired up with his Ohio State teammate in Parris Campbell; who is fast, a good route runner, and could help break Washington’s streak of struggling wide receivers. Amani Hooker pairs up nicely with Landon Collins and helps their defense continue to be the foundation of their roster.

Matt Hicks

NFC North:

Chicago Bears

3rd round, 87th overall: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

The Chicago Bears have very little draft capital in the 2019 NFL Draft.  Luckily, the Bears don’t have a ton of holes on the roster. One of the glaring needs is a well rounded running back, especially with trading Jordan Howard away.  I think Chicago could have gone RB later and addressed EDGE or secondary here, but Josh Jacobs stood out for me here. Josh Jacobs is a very powerful runner, is very agile and is more than capable of producing in the passing game.  Jacobs and Tarik Cohen would be a deadly combo if Chicago could pull this off.

Mike Colaianne

Minnesota Vikings

1st round, 18th overall: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State

2nd round, 50th overall: Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin

3rd round, 81st overall: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Minnesota needs to address the offensive line in this draft.  They just paid Kirk Cousins last season and invested solid draft capitol into Dalvin Cook.  The Vikings need to protect these weapons and allow the offense to produce at the level it should be.  Bradbury and Deiter should both be able to contribute right away and help take this offense to the next level.  I think Marquise Brown would be a great fit in this offense. Brown can help stretch the field, which would help create even more space for Thielen and Diggs.

Mike Colaianne

Green Bay Packers

1st round, 12th overall: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

1st round, 30th overall: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

2nd round, 44th overall: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

3rd round, 75th overall: Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke

Defense, Defense, Defense! That should be the main priority for Green Bay.  They have had some nice signings in free agency, such as Adrian Amos, but this defense is far from being a complete unit.  Sweat is an athletic freak that can give the Packers some much needed pass rush. Gardner-Johnson is a very versatile player that can fill many different roles in the defense.  Giles-Harris is a very intelligent player that should be able to play right away. Finally, Arcega-Whiteside can be the huge red zone threat that Jimmy Graham never was.

Mike Colaianne

Detroit Lions

1st round, 8th overall: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

2nd round, 43rd overall: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

3rd round, 88th overall: L.J. Collier, EDGE, TCU

Pass rush, cornerback and tight end seem to be the biggest needs for Detroit.  Honestly, they can probably address these three positions in any order in the draft.  Hockenson is a rarity in the sense that he is a great blocker and pass catcher. His balance will allow him to play right away and stay on the field no matter the situation.  Layne was converted to a cornerback after his freshman year and has developed quickly. He is a very physical player that will fit nicely opposite of Darius Slay. Collier is a player that can be moved around the defensive line and will compete no matter what position he is in.

Mike Colaianne

NFC South:

Carolina Panthers

1st Round, 16th Overall: Rashaan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

2nd Round, 47th Overall: Greg Little, T, Ole Miss

3rd Round, 77th Overall: Tytus Howard, T, Alabama State

3rd Round, 100th Overall: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Analysis: I took mercy on the Panthers and gave them a very good pass rusher in Rashaan Gary out of Michigan. They could use a bit more pass rush and Gary was too good to pass up. The next two picks are tackles… Because the Panthers MUST PROTECT CAM AT ALL COSTS. There were reports that Cam might need shoulder surgery and could miss the season earlier in the year but he opted for a more minor procedure. This doesn;t change the fact that the Carolina Offensive Line was just that, Offensive. I rounded it out by taking Damien Harris. Imagine a 1-2 punch of McCaffrey and Harris? Sure, for fantasy is might be a bit of a downer but that tandem would be a PROBLEM.

Eric Adams

New Orleans Saints

Round 2, 62nd Overall: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Analysis: Quite a bit to digest here, try not to get overwhelmed. Taylor Rapp is a draft crush of mine. This guy thumps with the best of them and a big hitting safety is just what the doctor ordered for a New Orleans team that would probably like to hit anything that moves at the moment. Other than that, take a load off New Orleans, don’t think you’ll be doing much drafting this year.

Eric Adams

Atlanta Falcons

Round 1, 14th Overall: Ed Oliver, iDL, Houston

Round 2, 45th Overall: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

Round 3, 79th Overall: D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Analysis: The Atlanta Falcons needed to shore up their deficiencies on the defensive end and this was a perfect start for them. With this draft, you want to go after some of these positions early before they dry up. Ed Oliver is a great get at 14 and sort of the best player available move. As good as he is, he should be able to win out in training camp and/or start sooner rather than later. Love and Walker are great depth picks who could also end up starting in the first couple of years.

Christopher Nelson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 1, 5th Overall: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Round 2, 39th Overall: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Round 3, 70th Overall: David Long, CB, Michigan

Analysis: With Jonah Williams available at the 5th pick, it was an easy decision to add him to a offensive line that sorely needs him. Mack Wilson went a little higher than some expected, but with the loss of Kwon Alexander this was a move that was needed. This gives him time to learn and grow behind Beckwith and David while providing depth. The pick of David Long brings in a corner who works really well against smaller receivers who would work will in the slot.

Christopher Nelson

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals

Round 1, 1st Overall: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Round 2, 34th Overall: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College

Round 3, 66th Overall: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Analysis: The Cardinals have a lot of needs on their roster, replacing the franchise quarterback they traded up for in last year’s draft is not one of those needs. Instead, they need to stay the path of Rosen and take Bosa with the first overall pick. Lindstrom is a very valuable pick in the early 2nd; he would provide instant support for Arizona’s offensive line. Emanuel Hall would be a dangerous weapon for them along the outside. He would help stretch the field while Kirk and Fitzgerald work the underneath.

Matt Hicks

Los Angeles Rams

1st round, 31st overall: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

3rd round, 94th overall: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

3rd round, 99th overall: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

The one glaring need I didn’t address for Los Angeles here is the offensive line.  I could definitely see them addressing that early in the early rounds of the draft.  The reason for taking Oruwariye instead of o-line is that they need the depth there. Peters and Talib are both free agents after 2019 and Oruwariye is a versatile player that makes big plays.  Cashman is a great athlete that can play on all three downs in the NFL. If the Rams are truly worried about Gurley’s knee, getting Sanders in the third could be a steal. Sanders can do a little bit of everything and take some of the load off Gurley.  

Mike Colaianne

Seattle Seahawks

1st round, 21st overall: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

3rd round, 84th overall: Dru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma

The recent Doug Baldwin news really influenced my picks for Seattle.  I planned on going cornerback, but as Baldwin is having a harder time staying on the field, Seattle can’t rely on Tyler Lockett to be their #1 go-to guy.  Butler would fit into this offense nicely and I think him and Lockett could be a very nice combo for Russell Wilson. Samia was a 4 year starter at Oklahoma and has the athleticism and technique to play right away.  Some other positions you could see Seattle address in the draft are cornerback and pass rusher.

Mike Colaianne

San Francisco 49ers

1st round, 2nd overall: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

2nd round, 36th overall: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

3rd round, 67th overall: Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech

San Francisco needs to address a lot of needs, but they are also picking 1.02 for a reason. The most important thing to do is add talent, especially at the top end. Brian Burns is a top notch edge rusher and a worthy player of a top 2 pick. Possibly a better pure pass rusher than Bosa, Burns gives their defense a shot in the arm that they need to make some big plays and help support their increasingly high powered offense. Deandre Baker in the second round is another nice addition to that defense. He is a quality athlete that would step right in as a starter. Wesley is an upside swing that could really work out in that offense. He fills an archetype on the boundary that they do not currently have.

Josh Padgett

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Post-NFL Combine Fantasy Football Ranking for the 2019 Wide Receiver Class

This article is an update to my original 2019 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings. My rankings specifically focus on the prospect’s ability to contribute to fantasy football rosters.

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Tier 1

RankChangeWide Receiver CollegeHeightWeight
1+1N’Keal HarryArizona State6’4″213
2+2DK MetcalfOle Miss6’4″228
3-2Kelvin HarmonNC State6’2″221
4-1Hakeem ButlerIowa State6’6″225
5AJ BrownOle Miss6’1″225

These 5 wide receivers continue to separate themselves from the rest of the 2019 NFL Draft class. What is not the same, however, is how they compare to each other.

Kelvin Harmon, who was my WR1 pre-combine, takes a big slide to WR3 post-combine. Harmon’s size was impressive: he weighed into the 89th percentile and his height puts him in the 76th percentile. Everything else, though, was far from impressive. He failed to score above the 28th percentile in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and 20 yard shuttle. The combine does not highlight the things that I love about Harmon’s tape, so I’m not willing to let him slide too far in my rankings-but I can’t ignore this poor performance.

DK Metcalf had a freakish combine performance. He placed in the 95th percentile in 40 yard dash (at 6’4″ 228), the 93rd percentile in the vertical jump, and 97th percentile in the broad jump, and 99th percentile in bench press. Metcalf is getting knocked, however, for poor 3-cone drill and 20 yard shuttle scores; both of which were in the 3rd percentile or lower. Metcalf continues to suggest he will be boom/bust, but in fantasy football he is a risk worth investing in right now.

N’Keal Harry had a solid combine performance, and rose as a result of Harmon’s poor combine. Harry continues to be the most well rounded prospect in this draft class, giving him a very attractive ceiling for fantasy football players. Hakeem Butler had a solid combine, but slid because it was not to the level of Metcalf’s.

AJ Brown remains a safe option with your 1.05 overall pick-he is flying under the radar and has the tape to suggest he could be one of the best values of this draft class.

Tier 2

RankChangeWide RecieverCollegeHeightWeight
6+2Parris CampbellOhio State6’1″208
7+2Deebo SamuelSouth Carolina6’0″210
8+3Emanuel HallMissouri6’3″195

This tier is small, but mighty. These 3 wide receivers have separated themselves and have built momentum over the course of the last month.

Campbell jumped up from 8 to 6 in my rankings post-combine because it became much clearer to me how fast he is. Campbell comes off athletic and quick on tape, but his 4.31 40-yard dash proves to me he a whole new level of fast. He also proved his agility-placing in the 90th percentile in the 20-yard shuttle. Campbell also placed in the 92nd percentile in the vertical jump and 98th percentile in the broad jump.

I’m kicking myself for ranking Hall 11th overall pre-combine. I loved his tape and felt he could be a great “Y” receiver, but I let his limited route tree and injury history hold me back. His combine, though, proves his speed and athleticism cannot be denied. Hall ran a 4.39 40 yard dash; placing in the 87th percentile. He also jumped in the 98th percentile in the vertical jump and the 99th percentile in the broad jump.

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Tier 3

RankChangeWide RecieverCollegeHeightWeight
9NR*Stanley MorganNebraska6’1″200
10-3Jalen HurdBaylor6’4″217
11NR*Dillon MitchellOregon6’2″189
12NR*Terry McLaurinOhio State6’1″205
13NR*Miles BoykinNotre Dame6’4″228
14+1JJ Arcega-WhitesideStanford6’3225

*NR=Not Ranked. These are players who did not have film reviews at the time of my pre-combine article.

This tier is primarily players who I had not done film reviews of pre-combine. Hurd slid as a result of their additions, and because he missed the combine with a minor injury. Arcega-Whiteside also did not test at the combine but gets a slight bump from additional film review on him.

Stanley Morgan is an exciting gadget player. He gets off the line of scrimmage with aggressive hands and accelerates downfield very quickly. He catches almost every ball thrown his way and wins positioning consistently over bigger defenders. He is elusive, shifty, and has great vision with the ball in his hand-he has big YAC upside and could make a dangerous “Y” or slot receiver for an NFL squad.

It is fitting that Dillon Mitchell is ranked next to Hurd, because he is my next draft crush. He is seriously fast downfield and gets off the line of scrimmage very quickly. He has a diverse route tree and makes defenders look silly when he dekes them with his hip and shoulder movements. He is very athletic and Oregon lined him up outside, as a big slot, and often utilized him on jet sweeps. He has inconsistent hands, specifically when it comes to contested pass situations, but is upside is very appealing.

McLaurin’s 4.35 40 yard dash (91st percentile) got him on the radar of a lot of fantasy football players. His tape does show that burning defenders on go-routes is routine for this buckeye. He has great footwork and makes Big 10 defenders regret playing press coverage on him. He’s a scrappy player but he looks and plays very small on tape-often getting lit up by defenders. His speed makes him appealing, but his role in the NFL may be limited to the slot.

Miles Boykin went from unmentioned to unforgettable in Indianapolis. Boykin measured into at least the 80th percentile in: height, weight, wingspan, arm length, and hand size. He ran a 4.42 40 yard dash (83rd percentile)-which is very impressive for his size. He also placed in the 98th percentile in vertical jump and 99th percentile in broad jump. He placed in the 86th percentile in the 20 yard shuttle. His tape shows an athletic player who consistently beats defensive backs off the line of scrimmage. He lines up all over the field and is lethal at both the 2nd and 3rd levels of the field. His versatility is sure to be appealing to NFL teams, and in the right landing spot Boykin may sky rocket up my rankings.

Tier 4

RankChangeWide RecieverCollegeHeightWeight
15-5Marquise BrownOklahoma5’10”168
16-4Riley RidleyGeorgia6’2200
17-3Andy IsabellaU Mass5’10”190
18-5Anthony JohnsonBuffalo6’2207
19-13Lil’ Jordan HumphreyTexas6’4″225

Tier 4 is a group of receivers that have all slid a decent amount since my first rankings.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown’s tape didn’t impress me, and he has missed the majority of the NFL Draft process due to a lisfranc injury. I have concerns as to whether he can get on the field quickly in the NFL and how far his draft capital will plummet.

Riley Ridley is another big name who did not impress me under original film review. He continues to slide as a result of a mediocre combine and the addition of new players into my rankings.

Isabella and Anthony Johnson’s slides are also primarily because of low film reviews and the addition of new players.

Lil’ Jordan Humphrey had an atrocious pro day that forced me to reconsider the athleticism I saw on tape. There is still a lot to like about his tape but it appears NFL teams have largely dropped him from day 2 or earlier consideration. His unique skillset and teams turning cold on him leave too many red flags to justify what was originally a bullish stance on him.

Tier 5

RankChangeWide Receiver CollegeHeightWeight
20NR*Hunter RenfrowClemson5’10”180
21-5Greg DortchWake Forest5’9″170
22NR*KeeSean JohnsonFresno State6’2″199
23-6DeMarkus LodgeOle Miss6’2″200
24NR*David SillsWest Viginia6’4″210

*NR=Not Ranked. These are players who did not have film reviews at the time of my pre-combine article.

Tier 5 is filled with dart-throw players; they are likely to go in the late rounds of your fantasy football rookie drafts and have low potential of turning into roster-changing caliber players.

Hunter Renfrow can be a good player in the NFL, but I don’t see, from his tape, a player who is likely to have a high impact in terms of fantasy football. He has good footwork that helps him get off the line of scrimmage quickly and be effective on comeback routes. He is elusive with the ball in his hand and has upside as a YAC player. His routes, however, are limited to the first third of the field; he rarely sees targets past 5-8 yards off the line of scrimmage. That, combined with his size make me question if he can emerge from a pigeon-holed slot role in the NFL.

KeeSean Johnson flashes some nice highlight reel plays. He moves quickly over the middle of the field, burns up the sideline, and extends his large frame to make himself a big target. He has great footwork and works a fairly built-out route tree. Johnson, though, has inconsistent hands and struggles to consistently perform on tape. That, in addition to the low level of competition he had to perform against at Fresno State leave him in dart-throw territory.

David Sills had good production in Will Grier’s West Virginia offense. He has a solid route tree, can accelerate well downfield, and has a large body. Sills, though, screamed JAG (just another guy) to me. He plays like an “X” receiver but doesn’t consistently position his body well, is rigid, and unable to go up and get balls. Sills’ biggest red flag, though, is his hands. He drops a lot of balls; both contested and uncontested. His drop rate shows a lack of focus and an inability to perform at the level of the “X” receiver NFL teams would likely want him to be.

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The New York Giants 2019 NFL Draft Profile

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New York Giants 2018 Recap

The Giants had another disappointing season in 2018, finishing 5-11 and missing the playoffs for the second straight year. Their second straight season at the bottom of the NFC East came after drafting running back Saquon Barkley 2nd overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Giants have also been adamant on holding onto their 2x Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning, who has just turned 38 years old.

Dave Gettleman has been active this offseason. He traded Odell Beckham Jr., to the disdain of most Giants fans, to the Cleveland Browns for a package that featured the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He also secured Kevin Zeitler, by shipping Oliver Vernon out of New York. The Giants also added Golden Tate in free agency.

Gettleman has a clear focus for this roster: he wants to run the ball 25-30 times a game and win along both the offensive and defensive trenches. This mindset will guide the targets I focus on in this article.

New York Giants 2019 NFL Draft Needs:

Gettleman’s restructure has left a lot of holes for the Giants to try to fill during the NFL Draft. In particular they need to address:

  • Right Tackle: with Zeitler playing right guard the Giants offensive line is starting to come together. Solder (left tackle) improved as 2018 went on, Will Hernandez (left guard) had a great rookie campaign, and Halapio (center) is a solid band aid at center. The Giants, however, still have a large gap at right tackle-one that needs to be addressed early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
  • EDGE: with Oliver Vernon gone, the Giants lack a playmaker at on of the foundational positions in the NFL. There are a lot of explosive EDGE options at the top of this year’s NFL Draft-but there is not a ton of depth, the Giants will have to be aggressive early.
  • S/CB: even with Peppers coming over in the OBJ trade, the Giants need depth in their secondary. In addition to safety depth, they need to find a corner who can play opposite of Jenkins. This is a draft that lacks talent at the top of the secondary, but there is plenty of depth to choose from as we get into the mid rounds.

New York Giants NFL Draft Targets:

1st Round, 6th Overall Pick: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

I do not believe the Giants will even consider quarterback with this pick. Everything Gettleman has said since Indianapolis and the OBJ trade suggests he wants to focus on winning in the trenches. With Taylor, the Giants secure the best pure offensive tackle in this class and suddenly have a very solid offensive line that can hold up to Gettleman’s vision.

Other players the Giants could take with this pick: Brian Burns, Cody Ford, Quinnen Williams

1st Round, 17th Overall Pick: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

This is an unconventional pick, but it makes a lot of sense. Hockenson has the ability to immediately support the run game as an aggressive blocker. That’s enough to get the Giants’ front office hooked, add in his big time play making skills and you have someone who can help Eli Manning move the ball in the short/mid field.

Other players the Giants could take with this pick: Ed Oliver, Drew Lock, Devin Bush

2nd Round, 37th Overall: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Polite was consider among the top EDGE prospects prior to the NFL Combine. During the combine Polite interviewed poorly, which validated the poor character rumors that clouded his time at Florida. Polite also did not test well in Indianapolis. I doubt Gettleman would care much about Polite’s character issues, though, and would run to the podium to take an explosive and athletic EDGE with this pick.

Other players the Giants could take with this pick: Amani Oruwariye, Deionte Thompson, Charles Omenihu

3rd Round, 95th Overall: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

I have had the Giants ignore defensive back so far with these picks. They will, however, need to find CB help. Williams gives them a corner who can grow into a starting role for them-he has limited athletic upside but does have good traits and technique.

3rd Round, 108th Overall: Marquise Blair, S, Utah

Blair gives the Giants more mid round secondary support, which will be critical if they do ignore that position early in the 2019 NFL Draft. Blair is physical and can live in the box and support the Giants run defense.

4th Round, 132nd Overall: Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State

If the Giants are truly going to run the ball 25-30 times, they need to provide Barkley with change of pace backs to bare some of the load. Gallman provides some relief already, but Weber gives them a well-rounded back who is also a very effective pass blocker.

4th Round, 142nd Overall: Isiah Buggs, DT, Alabama

Buggs gives the Giants more support on the defensive line. He played outside at Alabama but has limited speed and range which will force him to play inside in the NFL. Think of Buggs as their well-liquor version of Snacks Harrison.

4th Round, 143rd Overall: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

Hurd is a draft crush of mine. He’s dynamic, explosive, and was being considered a first-round talent when he was playing running back for the Tennessee Volunteers. Since transferring to play WR, Hurd has shown the ability to contribute to the slot and can work into a running back rotation still.

5th Round, 171st Overall: Tre Watson, LB, Maryland

Past White, Bush, and Wilson there is no certainty in the linebacker position in this draft class. Still, the Giants need to add depth and potential replacement for the money pit that is Ogletree. Watson gives them a development prospect who could contribute in his first year.

6th Round, 180th Overall: Oli Udoh, OT, Elon

Odoh isn’t a big name, but he is a big man (6’6”, 327). He’s a raw prospect that performed well during the Senior Bowl. The Giants could use Udoh as a critical depth piece for their offensive line.

7th Round, 232nd Overall: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison

Mooreland was the 2018 Colonial Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He performed so well at the East-West Shrine Game that he got called up to also play in the Senior Bowl. Moreland needs experience with tougher competition, but he’s flashed enough to justify a late round pick.

7th Round, 245th Overall: Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest

Dortch truthers might be livid I’m projecting him so low, but Dortch is undersized and underexperienced. Still, he has great speed and could contribute in the slot role for the Giants. More likely, however, is that the Giants could draft him to contribute to special teams early in his career.

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Easton Stick: 3 Star Upside

Easton Stick (6’1, 224), Quarterback North Dakota State University

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.

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15.6 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

Stick may be from a small school, but the Bison are no joke. Stick took over for Carson Wentz at North Dakota State University-a FCS program. Stick is the winningest player in NDSU history; totaling 41 wins of his tenure there. He consistently improved throughout his time as a starter; finishing his senior season with 2,752 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 677 rushing yards, and 17 rushing touchdowns.

Arm Strength: Aggregate Score 3.3 (Personal Score 4)

Stick keeps the ball primarily in the short and mid field. He has a great zip on his ball and hits his targets with strong throws. He also isn’t afraid to air the ball out; he can get the ball 50/60 yards downfield. On multiple occasions, Stick threw the ball 2-3 times in a row over 50 yards. I’m a bit higher on his arm strength than my fellow writers; it’s possible his big throws get me a little too hyped up.

Accuracy: Aggregate Score 2.3 (Personal Score 2)

This is not Stick’s strong suit. He can hit wide outs consistently on slants and drags over the first level of the field. Although I like his arm strength his ability to be dangerous downfield is limited because he loses a lot of accuracy past 40 yards downfield. He consistently overthrows his targets. Stick does not have the ability to make throws on the run; which is frustrating from a running quarterback. Even more frustrating is that in-between overthrows and wild deep balls are beautiful dimes with perfect touch. Stick has the upside, but inconsistent with accuracy is a big red flag.

Decision Making: Aggregate Score 2.6 (Personal Score 2)

Stick protects the ball well, leading to a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio his senior year. He does well to move the pocket and set himself before throwing (which helps offset his inaccuracy) and makes quick decisions to tuck the ball and run. Stick, though, throws a lot of passes into traffic and leaves his receivers out to dry consistently. If Stick was playing higher level competition, I’m sure his ratio would be much lower.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score 4.3 (Personal Score 5)

Here’s where I get really excited; Stick is an athletic freak for his position. He’s quick enough to beat linebackers to the edge and turn upfield and bolt. He’s also not afraid to run between the A gap and swipe defenders off of him. There’s multiple occasions on tape when Stick drags defensive backs forward with him while he extends the play. It’s not unreasonable to get Stick confused for his running back on tape-he is dynamic and breaks off big plays. He extends plays and makes broken players into 40-yard gains with his feet. Stick’s athletic upside makes him unique and a versatile talent in this draft class.

Mechanics: Aggregate Score 3 (Personal Score 3)

Here’s one category where the three rankers hit consensus. He’s light on his feet, has solid mechanics but nothing too impressive. Stick moves a pocket well and has a high level of awareness for when to set his feet and throw the ball, and when to take off running. He scares you, though, when he puts his head down to take on linebackers.

Conclusion: Late Round Flyer

I get seriously hype when watching Stick’s tape. It’s exciting, there’s a ton of dynamic plays, and you can tell he’s a serious gamer. Still, he’s very raw and even in a great landing spot he looks to be a taxi squad asset for at least a few years. In superflex formats he’s more appealing; and could even sneak into the back end of the third round. In most formats, though, he will go in the fourth round-or not at all.

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Drew Lock: The Argument for QB1

Drew Lock (6’4, 228), Quarterback, Missouri

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19.6 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

Lock is the top overall rated quarterback in our database at this point and he is my QB1. He was a 4-year starter at Missouri; throwing for over 3,000 career yards in his last 3 seasons. In those seasons, he has thrown 95 touchdowns to just 21 interceptions. An impressive feat in a conference known for it’s pro-ready defenders. There’s a lot to like about Lock; he’s well rounded, has a fiery confidence that perfectly walks the line of arrogance, and has proven production against the closest thing to NFL level defensive talent.

Arm Strength: Aggregate Score 4 (Personal Score 4)

Lock has good velocity on his throws. He weaves balls into tight windows in the short field. He also gets the ball downfield with ease. He consistently works the ball into the 3rd level of the field and his tape shows multiple drop-in-a-bucket passes to receivers as they burn downfield. Lock’s arm strength is 3rd best in the class to me; with just Tyree Jackson and Kyler Murray showing the ability to get the ball down the field further.

Accuracy: Aggregate Score 4 (Personal Score 4)

Lock is precise in the short and mid field passing game. He gets the ball into tight windows well and rarely puts his wideouts in a situation where they get hit by defenders. Instead, his receivers get hit in the chest and hands consistently. He reads the field well and beats double coverage by putting the ball in a position where only his receivers can get it. He leads receivers well, can pinpoint along the sideline, and consistently finishes off drives with well-placed touchdown passes.

Decision Making: Aggregate Score 4 (Personal Score 4)

Lock doesn’t throw the ball in dangerous spots. He reads the field very well and works through progression at a much higher level than I see with Haskins; often finding his 2nd or 3rd read on plays. He rarely takes sacks, despite facing constant pressure. Lock sets his feet consistently while throwing the ball, avoiding inaccurate passes on the run.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score 3.6 (Personal Score 3)

Lock’s athleticism doesn’t impress me; he’s certainly no Kyler Murray. Lock, however, also isn’t Haskins. His athleticism is solid; he can scramble but thinks to stay in the pocket first. He won’t burn defenders, but he has solid burst and can run north/south to avoid taking a hit. He showed the strength to stay up after taking a hit and finish the play forward but chooses to slide often. Lock may not thrill you with his athleticism, but it is good enough to allow him some creativity inside the pocket.

Mechanics: Aggregate Score 4 (Personal Score 4.3)

Lock has a good release, and solid throwing motion. He’s light when moving around the pocket, keeps his feet moving, and steps up and through the pocket when throwing deep. It leads to a pretty spiral on his passes and he sets his feet consistently. Lock, though, often throws off his back foot. More times than not, it comes from “phantom pressure”; Lock perceives a defender to be closing in on him while he actually has time to throw. He has some developing to do, but Lock is a moldable prospect.

Conclusion: No Rush to take the Top QB

Lock is my QB1, and clearly my fellow rankers agree with me. I expect, however, for Kyler Murray to go off the board before Lock in most fantasy football rookie drafts. I can live with hat, given Murray’s upside. What I can’t understand, however, is taking Haskins over Lock. Haskins is less accurate, has a tougher time reading the field, is less accurate, and less proven. Regardless of which one goes first, no QB should go earlier than the back end of the second round of fantasy football rookie drafts. I’m not leaping at any of them this year, but if Lock falls to me in the third round, I would not be able to resist.

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Fantasy Football Big Board 1.0 (Hicks)

Welcome to my first 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-I will refer to them often throughout this article. You can find those articles here:


Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

My Big Board rankings, however, go beyond tape and take into account all the context we get in between now and Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season. In particular, this release takes into account NFL Combine performance.

I use tier based rankings. If you’re not used to this system note that players within the same tier have similar value for me. Choosing players within the same tier should come down to: personal preference of the fantasy football player making the draft pick (hey, it’s your pick not mine) and what your roster construction demands.

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Tier 1

Tier 1 features the players I have consistently considered to be the best in the 2019 NFL Draft class, in terms of their ability to contribute to fantasy football rosters. These players have moved around slightly from their NFL combine performance, but they all have legitimate upside and make for solid first round rookie draft picks.

1WRN’Keal HarryArizona State6’4″213
2WRDK MetcalfOle Miss6’4″225
3WRKelvin HarmonNC State6’2″215
4WRHakeem ButlerIowa State6’6″225
5RBRodney AndersonOklahoma6’2″220
6RBJosh JacobsAlabama5’11216
7WRAJ BrownOle Miss6’1″225
8TENoah FantIowa6’5″240
9RBDavid MontgomeryIowa State5’11216

It’s clear that this draft class is dominated by wide receivers-a position already coveted by dynasty fantasy football players. I have 5 wide outs ranked in my top 7, and I do believe that 4 of them should be drafted before we consider taking a running back or tight end.

N’Keal Harry and DK Metcalf jumped Kelvin Harmon in between my pre-big board rankings and this release. I still love Harmon and I believe his skillset will allow him to be a very productive wide receiver int he NFL and a great fantasy football value. Harmon’s combine, however, showed a limited ceiling-compared to Harry and Metcalf. Harry gets the nod for me over Metcalf because of breakout age, production in a defunct Arizona State offense, high athletic upside shown from tape and combine performance, and the higher floor he brings to your roster.

Rodney Anderson remains my RB1, based on tremendous (albeit limited) tape. He’s explosive, a rare combination of strength and athleticism, and has true 3 down back potential. Josh Jacobs’ choice to not test at the combine is concerning, but for the sake of positional scarcity and his dynamic upside he will remain in tier 1 for me. Montgomery remains a solid, balanced prospect whose potential will either soar or tank with his landing spot.

Fant’s ridiculous combine performance solidifies him as a first round rookie draft pick. He tested in the 96th%tile in the 40 yard dash (4.5), 97th%tile in the vertical jump (39.5″), 95th%tile in the 3-cone drill (6.81), 79th%tile in the 20 yard shuttle, and 91st%tile in the 60 yard shuttle. As much as I like his TE teammate from Iowa, Fant demonstrated in Indianapolis why he is the clear TE1 in this draft class.

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Tier 2

Tier 2 is when things get exciting. This is where fantasy football players get to break from “playing it safe” with early, high floor, picks and start taking their favorite prospects. This year’s draft class provides an eclectic but exciting combination of prospects that fantasy football players can fall in love with.

10RBMiles SandersPenn State5’11’215
11TETJ HockensonIowa6’5″250
12RBJustice HillOklahoma State5’10190
13WRParis CampbellOhio State6’1″208
14RBTrayveon WilliamsTexas A&M5’9200
15WRDeebo SamuelSouth Carolina6’0″210
16RBDamien HarrisAlabama5’10”215
17WREmanuel HallMissouri6’3″195
18TEIrv Smith JrAlabama6’3″243
19WRJalen HurdBaylor6’4″217
20WRMarquise BrownOklahoma5’10”168
21RBBenny SnellKentucky5’11”223
22QBDrew LockMissouri6’4″225
23RBDevin SingletaryFlorida Atlantic5’9200

My focus in round 1 of rookie drafts this year is wide receiver. Part of that is the talent at the top of that position, but part of it is the value you can get at running back in round 2. Miles Sanders showed out in Indianapolis-proving he’s just as athletic in testing as he looks on tape; making him the highest riser on my big board. Justice Hill’s combine solidified his high ceiling and proved for me that he is made to be a PPR threat for year’s to come. Trayveon Williams didn’t impress as much at the combine, but didn’t tank his draft stock either-his tape and production still warrant early round 2 consideration.

Parris Campbell and Emmanuel Hall both boosted their big board rank from their combine performance. I was skeptical that Campbell’s tape was a product of a well-designed system; he proved me wrong after testing in the 90th%tile or better in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, and 20 yard shuttle. His 40 yard dash time was an impressive 4.31. Hall ran a 4.39 40-yard dash (87th%tile) and tested in the 98th%tile in vertical jump and 99th%tile in broad jump. Hall was a player I was higher on than most in pre-combine rankings and he proved in Indianapolis what I saw on tape-a very high ceiling.

This tier also features a few players whose stock seem to be consistently falling. Damien Harris has done nothing bad through the draft process-he just hasn’t done anything exciting; so he continues to slide. I’ve been low on Hollywood Brown from tape, and his injury prevented him from proving me wrong with high athletic testing numbers. Benny Snell and Devin Singletary both disappointed at the combine; Snell proved he is a two down back at best in the NFL and Singletary showed he may not even be that.

Tier 3

Tier 3 is where things start to get wild. It’s a messy combination of hidden gems, high upside/big risk options, and where you will find the bulk of this year’s quarterback class.

24TEJace StrenbergerTexas A&M6’4″250
25QBKyler MurrayOklahoma 5’10”195
26RBDarrell HendersonMemphis5’9″200
27WRJJ Arcega-WhitesideStanford6’3225
28WRAndy IsabellaU Mass5’10”190
29WRRiley RidleyGeorgia6’2200
30QBDwayne HaskinsOhio State6’2″215
31WRLil’Jordan HumphreyTexas6’4″225
32TEDax RaymondUtah State6’5″250
33RBElijah HolyfieldGeorgia5’11”215
34QBTyree JacksonBuffalo6’7″245
35WRAnthony JohnsonBuffalo6’2207
36QBDaniel JonesDuke6’5″220
37RBMike WeberOhio State5’10214

Kyler Murray continues to buck the NFL Draft process; after deciding late to commit to football he chose to not participate beyond interviews in Indianapolis. Murray remains QB2 for me primarily because Haskins continues to be unimpressive and Murray’s dual threat upside should be coveted by fantasy football players. You’ll see that I have Lock in tier 2; if you’ve been following along with me, that shouldn’t surprise you; I gave him my highest tape grade and it’ll be landing spot that truly separates these 3 quarterbacks.

Daniel Jones continues to get round 1 NFL Draft hype and for that reason alone he remains in my tier 3. I much prefer the upside of Tyree Jackson, though, who proved to be an athletic freak for the QB position at the combine. Jackson ran a 4.59 40-yard dash; at 6’7″ 249 lbs! He also tested in the 84th%tile in the vertical jump and 91st%tile in the broad jump. He’s raw, but he continues to prove he may be worth a taxi squad stash.

This tier also features polarizing wide outs that are worth taking a risk on in the back end of the second round or early to mid third round of your rookie drafts. Arcega-Whiteside has the potential to be a touchdown monster if he falls into the right landing spot, Isabella burned at the combine with a 4.31 40-yard dash (96th%tile), and Riley Ridley is well…he’s the definition of polarizing.

Tier 4

If tier 4 is the part of your rookie draft I like to refer to as “the dart board”. At this point, all of these prospects are pure upside/high bust potential type players. It is important at this point in the draft you find “your guys”-find a guy that gets you excited and take a shot on him; there’s no playing it safe this late in the draft anyways.

38WRGreg DortchWake Forest5’9″170
39QBEaston StickNorth Dakota St6’2″222
40TEKaden SmithStanford6’5259
41TEIsaac NautaGeorgia6’4″240
42QBWill GrierWVU6’2″223
43RBDamarea CrockettMissouri5’11225
44WRDeMarkus LodgeOle Miss6’2″200
45QBBrett RypienBoise State6’2″202
46TEDawson KnoxOle Miss6’4″250
47QBJordan Ta’amuOle Miss6’2″212
48RBMyles GaskinWashington5’9″191

In the spirit of working the draft board I’ll focus here on Brett Rypien and Dawson Knox. The quarterback and tight end positions, in particular, interest me this late in rookie drafts because it is less likely I invested in them earlier in the draft.

Brett Rypien, out of Boise State, continues to fly under the radar. He isn’t the flashiest of quarterbacks, and isn’t MVP bound, but I believe that in the right landing spot he could have a long, solid NFL career. He can work all three levels of the field with good accuracy, reads defenses well, and is mobile enough to move the pocket when needed.

Dawson Knox got a low tape score from me. He is a converted quarterback playing tight end and even after a couple year’s in the position he still isn’t comfortable blocking. He is very athletic, however, and is comfortable pass catching. He saw limited work in an Ole Miss offense which also included DeMarkus Lodge, DK Metcalf, and AJ Brown. Given positional scarcity, I’ll likely be rolling the dice on Knox’s upside in my own rookie drafts this offseason.

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Devin Singletary: Wildcard NFL Draft 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.

Devin Singletary (5’9”, 200), Running Back, Florida Atlantic:

Devin Singletary has a lot of buzz amongst the dynasty fantasy football community. He has tremendous college production and his tape leaves you drooling for his upside. He has flaws, and played questionable competition in his three years with the Owls but is currently projected to be a Day 2 NFL draft pick. Landing spot aside, Singletary has the opportunity to contribute to both the rushing and passing attack of an NFL offense.

15.6 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)

Singletary left a legendary legacy in Boca Raton. He ran for 4,287 yards on 714 attempts (6 yards/carry) for 66 touchdowns in just three seasons with Florida Atlantic. He also caught 51 receptions for 397 yards and a touchdown in his career. Singletary led the Central USA in rushing in both 2017 & 2018; he finished 7th in rushing yards in his freshmen year. In just 3 seasons, he has the 8th most career rushing touchdowns in NCAA history.

Singletary’s stats are impressive but the immediate reactions when talking about Central USA prospects in to question the level of competition he’s faced. While Singletary hasn’t faced the competition that prospects like Jacobs or Sanders have, he performed well in big games. He ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while traveling to play Oklahoma in 2018. He also threw up 131 rushing yards on 25 attempts and 3 touchdowns against UCF. Against Old Dominion, who upset Virginia Tech in 2018, he ran for 168 yards on 19 carries (8.8 yards/carry) and 2 touchdowns. Singletary showed up and played big when asked, which helps make him an intriguing sleeper prospect.

Speed & Agility: Aggregate Score 3.6 (Personal Score 4)

Singletary is quicker than he is fast. He moves very well laterally and keeps his feet moving at a high rate. He can accelerate but doesn’t have the highest breakaway speed in this class. Still, he’s elusive and bounces through holes with sharp cut moves. I understand why my fellow raters had him lower than me, but his quickness makes up for top end breakaway speed.

Receiving Ability: Aggregate Score 3.3 (Personal Score 3)

Singletary saw a sharp drop off in his passing game involvement his junior year (2018). He caught 39 receptions for 361 yards and a touchdown in his first two seasons with Florida Atlantic. In 2018 he caught just 6 balls for 36 yards. Although the drop off can be contributed to scheme change and improved quarterback play, it is still frustrating to not be able to see more of his receiving capability on tape. From what I did see, he has soft hands and has the ability to contribute to an NFL passing attack.

Vision: Aggregate Score 2.6 (Personal Score 3)

Singletary’s vision is what holds him back from being a top 5 running back prospect for me. He is a home run hitter; he either finds the whole and bursts through it or runs right into the back of his offensive linemen. He is a patient runner, but that patience often led to him being wrapped up for a loss. I think this can be credited, in part, to the pressure he faced to create in Lane Kiffin’s offense. Still, vision is a harder thing to teach, and it makes Singletary very landing spot dependent.

Blocking: Aggregate Score 2.6 (Personal Score 3)

I’m surprised to see Singletary not rated higher by my fellow raters here. He impressed me with his strength and ability to pick up on blitzers; especially for someone who is 5’9”. I think NFL teams will appreciate that Singletary also can act as an effective lead blocker; it makes him versatile and expands the packages he can fit into,

Strength: Aggregate Score 3.6 (Personal Score 4)

This is what makes Singletary for me. He leverages his size well to stay under defenders and truck them when he’s accelerating downfield. He consistently swipes defenders off him and forces multiple guys to get to him before the play ends. He’s not afraid to put his head down and fight for extra yards, and his balance often allows him to pile up yards after contact.

Conclusion: Second Round Wildcard

I’ve seen Singletary go off the board just about everywhere in the dozen-plus mock drafts I have done so far this offseason. I think his ceiling is mid first-round, and if your league mates aren’t as keyed in he may fall to the 3rd round. Personally, I’m comfortable taking him in the second but if he lands behind a good offensive line then I’m willing to spend a late first rounder on him.

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NFL Rookie Mock Draft: Comparing the 2019 Draft Class to 2018 & 2017

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We decided to get wild this week for Mock Draft Monday and have conducted a draft where we compare the value of the 2019 draft class to the prospects from the past two draft classes.

For the purposes of this draft, each team drafted snake style and for a SuperFlex & TE premium league. Each roster has 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE, & 2 FLEX spots. Each writer could only draft players from the 2019, 2018, & 2017 draft classes. We provided a round by round breakdown of the picks. You can see the full draft board below:

2N’Keal HarryJames
Joe MixonDerrius
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Round 1: 2019 is Overshadowed by Superstars

1.01- Saquon Barkley

1.02- Pat Mahomes

1.03- Christian McCaffery

1.04- Alvin Kamara

1.05- Juju Smith-Schuster

This can be chalked up to hindsight being 20/20 and an incredibly talented set of draft classes for comparison, but the 2019 prospects were not close to being considered amongst this talented group. Barkley and Mahomes are the clear top picks for most superflex players and McCaffery and Kamara are a pair of high impact and consistent running backs in an otherwise shallow position for fantasy football players. Smith-Schuster is a bit of a surprise pick here, but with Brown likely out of town the very young player has a lot of upside to grow into.

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Round 2: The First 2019 Prospect Sighting

2.01 – Deshaun Watson

2.02 – Derrius Guice

2.03 – Joe Mixon

2.04 – James Conner

2.05 – N’Keal Harry

I consider Watson the 2nd best QB of the available group behind Pat Mahomes. I may be higher on him than most so I would have been interested to see if he would’ve made it back to me but in a superflex, I decided against the risk.

Guice should slot right in as the Redskins starter but I hope his hype doesn’t get out of control. Mixon had a breakout year and could be primed for an even bigger 2019 with the Bengals making some promising changes to the coaching staff.

Conner is a stud and it was between him, Juju and Watson for me at the turn. I may not have taken him but he will be a major stud again in 2019.

We have our first 2019 rookie off the board with Josh taking N’Keal Harry and I am totally fine with it. After the combine Harry had, you can definitely make the argument he should be the 1.01.

Eric Adams

Round 3: 5 More Players Greater than the 1.01

3.01 – Baker Mayfield

3.02 – Kenny Golladay

3.03 – Dalvin Cook

3.04 – Mitchell Trubisky

3.05 – Sony Michel

This is a very talented group of players!  Being that it is superflex and there isn’t a huge pool of established starters, I am completely fine with Baker going before the likes of Dalvin Cook.  

Golladay and Cook have both shown that they have the talent and ability to produce at the NFL level. Trubisky showed solid production in his first season in Matt Nagy’s offense and with a lot of new offensive playmakers.

Finally, I really liked Michel’s usage and production in the last portion of the season and throughout the playoffs. I fully expect all of these players to continue to develop and live up to their draft position. When comparing these guys to the 2019 rookies, I think I would rather have all of these guys more than the 1.01

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Round 4: The Rookie Wide Receivers Emerge

4.01 Lamar Jackson

4.02 Kelvin Harmon

4.03 George Kittle

4.04 DK Metcalf

4.05 Kerryon Johnson

An interesting round in this interesting draft and the first round that the 2019 class starts to get taken.  I jumped on Harry myself much earlier, but this is the right range for guys like Harmon and Metcalf. Both of these guys are going to be starters at the next level and it looks like they will be darn good ones too.  

I was thrilled to steal Kerryon at the end of this 4th round with the 20th overall pick. He is poised to take on the workhorse role in Detroit and finished last year strong as he started to get fed more touches.

This is a little early for Lamar Jackson for my taste, but I understand the allure of the rushing upside (and floor).  Kittle is a big-time value here as each of us is filling out our rosters with 2 tight ends and getting the best tight end available with your 4th pick feels like a steal.

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Round 5: (2018) Quarterback Fever

5.01 Josh Rosen

5.02 Josh Allen

5.03 Nick Chubb

5.04 Sam Darnold

5.05 Phillip Lindsay

This round was interesting. It boasted the most QBs of any round with 3/5 picks being Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. Each team choosing was drafting that 2nd QB before resources dried up and rightfully so. The only QBs drafted after this point, were the top two rookie QBs: Drew Lock and Kyler Murray. While the rookies coming in are no laughing matter, the established sophomores from the last class would all be drafted before the guys coming in.

This year’s draft is viewed as a weaker class in terms of QBs and maybe (longterm) only a few guys would could be a franchise’s answer. With the 2018 class, every QB taken in the early rounds is seen to be the team’s answer and had the most QBs taken (4) with only Mason Rudolph being left out.  

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Round 6: Fant > Engram?

6.01 – Noah Fant

6.02 – Evan Engram

6.03 – Corey Davis

6.04 – Tarik Cohen

6.05 – Courtland Sutton

I went with the upside of Fant over a sure thing in Engram. I think Fant has a chance to enter the elite tier of tight ends in the NFL and I wanted to go with some flash plus I love his game. Matt followed suit by taking Engram and I am fine with it but I still have some concerns over his usage in the Giants’ system.

I literally can’t say any nice things about Corey Davis. I want to like him but he is just too inconsistent. I’m hoping the Titans can get more out of him but he’s at a crossroads at the moment. LOVE Tarik Cohen here in the 6th round. With the Bears reportedly looking to trade Jordan Howard, Cohen could become even more valuable and he flourished in Matt Nagy’s system in 2018.

I need to see more consistency from Sutton. I love his game but he had his rookie struggles. I could see him making a nice year 2 jump but having Flacco as a QB doesn’t exactly make me feel all warm inside.

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Round 7: The First 2019 RB Off the Board

7.01 – David Montgomery

7.02 – Adam Shaheen

7.03 – Mike Williams

7.04 – OJ Howard

7.05 – Cooper Kupp

I was pretty surprised to see so much talent this late in the draft.  David Montgomery is my RB1 in this 2019 class and I probably prefer him over the rest of the guys in this round.  Shaheen seems like a bit of a reach, considering Howard and Njoku were still available, but there is no doubt that Shaheen has potential with his size and athleticism.  

Mike Williams is a huge buy for me this year due to his continued growth and Tyrell Williams being a free agent. I know Bruce Arians hasn’t really used his TEs in the past, but OJ is special and can hop up into the elite tier of TEs as soon as this season.  Coming off a torn ACL, Kupp looks to continue being the Ram’s possession receiver and produce as a low end WR 2.

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Round 8: 2019 Showing Up Late

8.01 TJ Hockenson

8.02 Hakeem Butler

8.03 Kyler Murray

8.04 Mike Gesicki

8.05 Leonard Fournette

Hockenson is a steal here in my opinion. As the 6th tight end of the board. Currently, he is a first round rookie pick on my board. With a good situation, he could easily jump Howard, Shaheen, Engram and even Fant who all went above him in this draft. I am not the biggest Butler fan in our crew, but I understand the value here.

This is the right spot for Murray considering the potential and the fact that he should start very early in his NFL career.  Gesicki is a reach with Njoku still on the board, but the upside is great especially if the Dolphins bring in a rookie QB who will need a security blanket. I considered Fournette with both of my 6th and 7th round picks (6.10 and 7.01). Then I watched him fall all the way to the 40th overall pick. I understand the concerns, but the talent is still immense and the offense is geared towards him in a big way.

There is not a quarterback that the Jaguars can go get that would make them lighten the load for Fournette. Will his star burn out quickly? Probably, but it is going to burn real bright until it does.

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Round 9: Running Back…to the Future?

9.01 David Njoku

9.02 Chris Carson

9.03 Drew Lock

9.04 Rodney Anderson

9.05 Kareem Hunt

This is a very eclectic group of players. Njoku is a huge value here in a 2 TE/TE premium format, especially with Cleveland’s offense trending in a positive direction. I think Drew Lock deserves to come off the board here and I’m glad he was valued enough to be on a super flex roster.

That leaves 3 running backs, of which I favor the future. Carson had a solid 2018 season, but with Penny looming I wouldn’t have taken him. Hunt has a significant amount of unknown variable (including impending suspension) and I don’t want that baggage on my fantasy football roster-especially at the running back position. I would LOVE to have Anderson, my RB1, on all of my rosters though. He’s explosive, has huge upside, and if he didn’t have an injury history would be far and away the consensus RB1 in this draft class. For once in this draft: I’ll give 2019 the advantage.

Matt Hicks

Round 10: Plenty of Talent Left

10.1 Calvin Ridley

10.2 D.J. Moore

10.3 Irv Smith Jr.

10.4 Chris Godwin

10.5 Dallas Goedert

For it being the last round, there was no grasping at straws. To be honest, there was still a lot of talent left over, but some teams had to fill needs vs grabbing a flex. Besides maybe the tight ends (who generally take a little while to develop), everyone chosen is slated to take a step forward this coming season with pretty good ceilings.

Ridley and Godwin will have to split reps with Evans and Julio but should still continue to see serviceable market share. DJ Moore, on the other hand, could be in for the biggest boost of them all. With Olsen possibly retiring and Funchess moving on, Moore could very well move into WR1 land.  

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