TJ Hockenson: Mr. I Can Do It All at Tight End

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

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

TJ Hockenson (6’5”, 243) Tight End, Iowa

19.3 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

TJ Hockenson has been a huge riser as this class has developed. Overshadowed in Devy circles by his teammate Noah Fant, he has not been household name, until now. Hockenson plays the tight end position like it should be played. He does the dirty work in the trenches at a high level and he showcases route running and pass catching ability at all levels of the field. He is also an underrated athlete, again overshadowed by Fant who just happens to be a freak. He will surprise some at the combine likely putting up solid to strong numbers across the board. He is a top 2 tight end in this class in both the NFL and fantasy. So which is it it, 1 or 2?

College Production

Tight end production in college is not a pretty thing to look at, but the fact that he and Fant  both produced at the level they did in the same offense is remarkable. Hockenson put up 49 receptions for 760 yards and 6 scores in his sophomore year before declaring for the draft. He caught 10 more balls for 140 more yards than Fant. Both of them outproduced George Kittle who graduated as Hockenson came on campus. Hock also averaged over 15 yards per catch. This is a big time stat especially for a guy who has been labeled by some (incorrectly) as average athletically. All this to say, that while the numbers don’t jump of the page, this is still an impressive stat line. Iowa has a knack for churning out tight end talent and these two are no different.

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

I will continue to harp on the fact that Hockenson is an underrated athlete. He creates space and can outrun linebackers no problem. Combine this with his route running and he will have no issue getting open at the next level. One area he can continue to work on is exploding out of the block.

Route Running: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Hockenson is a strong route runner. Quick feet and an ability to sell head fakes and quick twitches allow him to set up defenders and separate at a high level. He did often line up against linebackers and safeties though which will be a much taller task at the NFL level where these players can recover much easier.

Blocking: Aggregate Score: 4.6 (Personal Score: 5)

Hock has made a name for himself as one of the best blockers in this class. This really makes him the total package as a tight end prospect and it will be big in getting and keeping him on the field early in his career. He blocks with an aggressiveness and power that is great to see for a guy who is only listed on 243 lbs.

Handwork and Positioning: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Hockenson continues the theme of well rounded with good scores here as well. A strong hands catcher with a knack for using his considerable size to his advantage, he will succeed in contested situations against linebackers and safeties early and often.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 4)

Basically the only reason reason I didn’t personally give him a 5 in athleticism is that Noah Fant is absurd. Hockenson made some noise at the combine with big time explosive numbers in the jumps and great numbers in the agility drills. The 4.7 forty isn’t great but that is plenty of speed for a tight end who has big time pluses across the rest of the board.

Conclusion: Mid 1st Round Target

I have no fear drafting TJ in the 1st round of your rookie drafts. In superflex, he should probably go in the late 1st. He may take some time to reach his full potential, but the lack of tight end talent in the NFL makes him a worthwhile 1st rounder for any team in need of a tight end. An interesting side note is that tight ends like OJ Howard and David Njoku have held their value well even after some lackluster seasons. While I still have him ranked behind Fant, he could easily have an argument to be the first tight end off the board when landing spots are assigned.

The Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft: 3rd Round

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Final 2019 NFL Draft Mock: Round 4

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 4th 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:

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

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

Pick Team Player
103 Arizona Cardinals Connor McGovern, iOL, Penn State
104 San Francisco 49ers Beau Benschawel, iOL, Wisconsin
105 New York Jets Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
106 Oakland Raiders Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
107 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Joe Jackson, EDGE, Miami
108 New York Giants Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska

The most interesting pick in the early 4th round goes to the Oakland Raiders selection of Miles Sanders who immediately becomes fantasy relevant stepping into what looks like a workhorse role right away.

Stanley Morgan Jr. could see some early opportunity in New York as well with their receiving core in flux after the loss of the best receiver in the NFL.

Pick Team Player
109 Jacksonville Jaguars Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida
110 Cincinnati Bengals Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
111 Detroit Lions Savion Smith, CB, Alabama
112 Buffalo Bills Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
113 Baltimore Ravens Damarkus Lodge, WR, Ole Miss
114 Green Bay Packers Nate Davis, iOL, Charlotte
115 Carolina Panthers Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

The story on this next group is offense.  With 5 players in this group who could be rosterable on your fantasy team, 2 should receive more attention than the others. Andy Isabella gets a phenomenal landing spot in Carolina and would have a good chance to find his way onto the field with Cam and this new flexible offense.

Justice Hill does not do as well landing in Buffalo. While it doesn’t torpedo his stock, with McCoy and Gore there, he won’t get many snaps and Josh Allen isn’t one to dump it down when he can either go deep or use his own legs to make plays.

Pick Team Player
116 Miami Dolphins Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
117 Atlanta Falcons Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
118 Green Bay Packers Justin Hollins, EDGE, Oregon
119 Cleveland Browns Kingsley Keke, iDL, Texas A&M
120 Minnesota Vikings Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
121 Tennessee Titans Marquise Blair, S, Utah

Devin Singletary gets buried in this mock behind Dalvin Cook. If Cook goes down again, Singletary could handle a three down workload though. In other interesting news, Rypien could see playing time in year one on the Dolphins as they tank for a QB next year. It is also good that Elijah Holyfield isn’t going far to Atlanta because if he had to run there, it might take a while.

Pick Team Player
122 Pittsburgh Steelers Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon
123 Baltimore Ravens Malik Gant, S, Marshall
124 Seattle Seahawks Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
125 Denver Broncos Isaiah Buggs, iDL, Alabama
126 Chicago Bears Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
127 Philadelphia Eagles James Williams, RB, Washington State

Darrell Henderson is the second best fantasy prospect on my board in this fourth round behind only Miles Sanders. He steps right into the bruiser role vacated by Jordan Howard and can hopefully improve on the efficiency (or lack thereof) from Howard as well as take care of those goalline looks.

Antoine Wesley is worth noting here as the Seahawks did manage to resign Russell Wilson and have very little in the way of depth at wideout.

Pick Team Player
128 Dallas Cowboys Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
129 Indianapolis Colts Khalen Saunders, iDL, Western Illinois
130 Los Angeles Chargers Daylon Mack, iDL, Texas A&M
131 Buffalo Bills Mike Bell, S, Fresno State
132 New York Giants Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
133 Los Angeles Rams Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
134 New England Patriots Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
135 Indianapolis Colts Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame
136 Dallas Cowboys Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon
137 Atlanta Falcons Gerald Willis, iDL, Miami
138 Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss

To round out the fourth round, we have a larger group with quite a few names who could see fantasy relevance. Damien Harris and Mike Weber both get buried behind what are probably the best two running backs in the league, but the Cowboys pick up two playmakers who could contribute. I particularly like Kaden Smith in Dallas because he gets to learn from the freshly un-retired Jason Witten which would be phenomenal for his game.

The real gem of this round is Jalen Hurd though. A running back who flipped to wide receiver when he transferred to Baylor from Tennessee, he is a chess piece that Belichick can move all over the place.

The Final 2019 NFL Draft Mock: Round 5

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 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 5th Round of our mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft. Below are links to the previous rounds of the mock:

2019 NFL Draft 7th Round Mock

2019 NFL Draft 6th Round Mock

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

Pick Team Player
139Arizona CardinalsKris Boyd, CB, Texas
140Oakland RaidersDemarcus Christmas, iDL,
Florida State
141Pittsburgh SteelersDrew Sample, TE, Washington
142New York GiantsTre Watson, LB, Maryland
143New York GiantsAnthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
144Cleveland BrownsMike Edwards, S, Kentucky
145Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Anderson, RB, NDSU

With pick 145 a more unknown but very good running back-Bruce Anderson, goes to a team where there is no true starter. Along with the draft capital, he could possibly beat out both Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones for the lion-share of what would end up a committee in Tampa Bay. Here’s some lovely footage for those who don’t know:

PickTeamPlayer
146Detroit LionsMark Fields, CB, Clemson
147Buffalo BillsPenny Hart, WR, Georgia State
148Denver BroncosJahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii
149Cincinnati BengalsLamont Gaillard, iOL, Georgia
150Green Bay PackersJaquan Johnson, S, Miami
151Miami DolphinsMalik Carney, EDGE, North Carolina
152Atlanta FalconsBobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma

For the Penny Hart truthers, this isn’t what they want to see with Cole Beasley in town. However, that can also be a good thing because it’ll give him time to get better/stronger, which he’ll need at his size.

PickTeamPlayer
153Washington RedskinsJarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
154Carolina PanthersBraden Smith, G, Auburn
155Cleveland BrownsSheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
156Denver BroncosRyan Bates, iOL, Penn State
157Tennessee TitansAnthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, N.Carolina
158Buffalo BillsChris Slayton, DT, Syracuse
159Seattle SeahawksMichael Jackson, CB, Miami

Jarrett Stidham is one of my favorite QBs in the draft; he falls into my top 10 at the position. Many have him pegged with the same issues as Haskins but I beg to differ. He looks good outside of the pocket in a lot of aspects. There’s nothing more I like than a prospect that can still thrive when play breaks down.

PickTeamPlayer
160Baltimore RavensPhil Haynes, iOL, Wake Forest
161Houston TexansIsaac Nauta, TE, GeorgiaG
162Chicago BearsOli Udoh, OT, Elon
163Philadelphia EaglesJalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon
164Indianapolis ColtsMecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
165Dallas CowboysMaxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan
166Los Angeles ChargersTe’Veon Coney, LB, Notre Dame

Hardman is fast and his tape shows that. He’s one of those prospects that has the ability to take the top off. What’s even better is his intangibles. When he’s not involved in a play, he will find a player to block every time. The Colts got a good one here.

PickTeamPlayer
167Kansas CityGreg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
168New OrleansHunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
169Los Angeles RamsLil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas
170Cleveland BrownsMax Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois
171New York GiantsJimmy Moreland, CB, JMU
172Atlanta FalconsBen Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
173WashingtonHamp Cheevers, CB, BC

One of the most unique names in the draft and unique prospects, Lil’ Jordan Humphrey doesn’t have “the speed gene” and he doesn’t need to. He’s a big bodied slot who can work outside at times but not full time and that’s where he makes his hay. Running him and Kupp across the middle could be mismatch city all day and I’m here for it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Final 2019 NFL Draft Mock: Round 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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