Fantasy Football Big Board 3.0 (Hicks)

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

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

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


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Tier 1: Potential 1.01 Picks

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

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

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

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

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

Tier 2: High Upside, but Not Without the Risk

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

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

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

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

Tier 3: Get Your Guy

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

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

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

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

Tier 4: Late Round Dart Throws

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tier 5: Taxi Squad Heros

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

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

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

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

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

Tier 6: Deep League Dives

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

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

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

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

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

The Final 2019 NFL Draft Mock: Round 1

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

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

Day 3:

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

Day 2:

2019 NFL Draft 3rd Round Mock

2019 NFL Draft 2nd Round Mock


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Jacobs: One of the Many Options for RB1

Josh Jacobs (5’10”, 220) Running Back, Alabama
18.5 Aggregate Score (3.5 Star Prospect)

Josh Jacobs has risen to the top of a running back class that lacked a stud type of guy. Jacobs has had an interesting road but has risen to the top of the Alabama RB depth chart which means he certainly has NFL level talent. A smooth runner and a hands catcher, there is a lot to like in Jacobs physical and film profile. His stats remain a red flag, but there are many points that can explain the issues that many have there. Jacobs will remain polarizing until he is drafted in the first or second round of the NFL draft which seems to be the consensus on his value.  A first round draft pedigree would make it hard to argue against Jacobs as the first running back off the board in your rookie drafts.

College Production

As I alluded to, Jacobs college production left something to be desired. With only 887 total yards in his junior season and only 640 of those on the ground, he didn’t show much to say he can be a workhorse. He never put up big numbers across an entire season. He didn’t even put up many hundred yard games. Was it due to scheme, competition, game script? It was most likely a combination of reasons, but it remains a valid concern especially since we didn’t see many big plays from him throughout his college career.

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

Jacobs is plenty fast despite a 4.6 40 at his pro day. He looks significantly faster than that on tape and I am not concerned about his long speed as that is not what his game is predicated on. Jacobs running style is very smooth and his ability to make defenders miss in space is a plus trait as well.

Receiving Ability: Aggregate Score: 4 (Personal Score: 4)

Jacobs caught well over 1 ball a game in college which is plenty to show his receiving chops in an Alabama offense that is historically run heavy. Even with Tua last year, Jacobs had to compete with Jerry Jeudy and a bevy of other talented pass catchers for those targets. He was also more efficient after the catch than he was on the ground.

Vision: Aggregate Score: 3.5 (Personal Score: 3)

I do not feel this is a major strength for Jacobs. Afforded a lot of big holes by one of the best offensive lines in the country and working in conjunction with the newly revitalized passing game that kept defenses as honest as they’ve had to be against Bama in 25 years or more, he still did not find a way to create high efficiency yardage with his touches.

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

Not a strength of any lead backs game, but he can hold his own in pass protection. Will he succeed against NFL pass rushers? No. But he can chip and block in play action just fine.

Strength: Aggregate Score: 4 (Personal Score: 4)

Jacobs isn’t the strongest back in this class, but he runs low and strong. He is more likely to hit you than to put forth a lot of effort to make you miss. He would rather go through than around. He does keep his balance well and can bounce off tacklers in the open and around the line of scrimmage.

Conclusion: Early to Mid 1st Round Pick

Jacobs is a talented player, there is no doubt about that. Whether he can be a three down workhorse at the NFL level is the question for me. Is Jacobs a high risk pick?  No, especially not in a draft class with less running back talent than normal. My ideal landing spot for Jacobs though, would be somewhere with a veteran running back that can help take some of that load early in the season and really make way for him to shine down the stretch. He could be absolutely explosive in an Alvin Kamara-Mark Ingram type situation. Pre-draft he sits around the 1.07 or 1.08 for me. Landing spot could bring him into the top 3 or 4, but it is more likely I will be targeting him in the middle of the first.

The Final 2019 NFL Draft Mock: Round 2

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 2nd 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

Day 3:

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

Day 2:

2019 NFL Draft 4th Round Mock

2019 NFL Draft 3rd Round Mock

Pick Team Player
33 Arizona Cardinals Jerry Tillary, iDL, Notre Dame
34 Indianapolis Colts Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
35 Oakland

Raiders

Deebo Samuel, WR,

South Carolina

36 San Francisco 49ers Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
37 New York Giants Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
38 Jacksonville Jaguars Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
39 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
40 Buffalo Bills Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas

There is going to be a ton of talent in the 2nd round this year! There are going to be guys that fall into the 2nd round that will be starters or solid contributors right away in the NFL.  In terms of fantasy football, there should be some juicy landing spots for prospects to land in.

Indianapolis looks to be the best landing spot for a rookie wide receiver.  Regardless who lands here, they could step in and be Andrew Luck’s WR 2.  Hakeem Butler has a high ceiling with his large frame (6’5”, 227 lbs.) and sub 4.5 speed.  Butler still needs to develop his hands and overall route running, but if he can go to a place that will coach him up, the sky is the limit!

Deebo Samuel has been gaining a ton of hype in the pre-draft process.  He showed out at the Senior Bowl and has some pretty impressive film.  Samuel display good speed, solid route running and is a big threat after the catch.  If he can land somewhere where he can be the primary slot receiver, I think he can start producing for fantasy right away.

It’s no secret that we aren’t the biggest Dwayne Haskins fans here at the Fantasy Fanalysts.  However, this would be the perfect type of situation for Haskins to go to.  There is no doubt that Haskins has a nice arm, but he needs to improve his ability to read a defense and gain some experience since he only started one season at Ohio State.  If a team is willing to be patient with Haskins and really develop him, I could see a bright future for the former Buckeye.

Pick Team Player
41 Denver Broncos Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
42 Cincinnati Bengals Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss
43 Detroit Lions Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
44 Green Bay Packers Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
45 Atlanta Falcons Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College
46 Washington Redskins Jace Sternberger, TE. Texas A&M
47 Carolina Panthers Erik McCoy, iOL, Texas A&M

Although he is being considered the 3rd best tight end in this class, we should be just as excited about Irv Smith Jr. as we are with Hockenson and Fant.  Smith was a great target in the middle of the field at Alabama due to his nice combination of speed, strength and ability to come down with contested catches.  If Smith can add some mass to his frame and continue to develop as a route runner, he can easily end up as a constituent TE 1.

Even though his combine performance was a bit disappointing, I am still incredibly excited for Kelvin Harmon.  Even though he doesn’t have that top end speed, Harmon is able to create separation with his aggressiveness, use of his hands and solid route running.  Harmon is great football player that knows how to win with his skill set.

Pick Team Player
48 Miami Dolphins Marquise Brown,

WR, Oklahoma

49 Cleveland Browns Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
50 Minnesota Vikings Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin
51 Tennessee Titans Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
52 Pittsburgh Steelers Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
53 Philadelphia Eagles Yodney Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
54 Houston Texans Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
55 Houston Texans Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is such an intriguing prospect.  When watching his film, it is hard not to make the comparison to Tyreek Hill.  I also see a bit of John Ross in his film.  That is honestly the range of outcomes for Brown.  If he goes to a team that will use him creatively, he honestly has Tyreek Hill upside.  If he goes to a team that doesn’t know how to be creative with him, he could end up just like John Ross, who has done very little in his first two seasons.  Landing spot and draft capital is going to be everything for Hollywood Brown.

Pick Team Player
56 New England Patriots Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
57 Philadelphia Eagles Julian Love, CB, Stanford
58 Dallas Cowboys Dexter Lawrence, iDL, Clemson
59 Indianapolis Colts Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
60 Los Angeles Chargers Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
61 Kansas City Chiefs David Montgomery, RB,

Iowa State

62 New Orleans Saints Jonathon Abram, S, Mississippi State
63 Kansas City Chiefs Christian Miller, EDGE, Texas A&M
64 New England Patriots JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

I love David Montgomery! He is currently my RB 1 in this class, based on his film and okay combine performance.  Montgomery is a running back that does nearly everything really good, but nothing great.  He has true 3 down potential in the NFL and can fit into role he is drafted to.  If given the opportunity, he could be a solid RB 2 as early as this season.

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 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.