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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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:
Irv Smith Jr.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article is my personal breakdown of the 2019 tight end draft class pre-draft and specifically from tape review. These rankings relate specifically to how these players will translate to fantasy football.
I’m positive these rankings will change as the NFL Draft process progresses, but this makes for a great starting point. This tight end class is being hailed as much needed infusion of talent in an otherwise desolate wasteland of shallow fantasy football value. There is good reason to believe that hype is true, both at the top and “bottom” of the tight end draft class.
Knox is an exciting candidate with a high ceiling and an unorthodox route to the NFL Draft. Knox played quarterback in high school and only started one game his senior season before dislocating his ankle. Knox walked on at Ole Miss as a tight end; after a redshirt year and a late growth spurt, he emerged as an extremely athletic weapon in a crowded Ole Miss offense.
In just two seasons as a starter, Knox caught 39 receptions for 605 yards and 0 touchdowns. That may seem impressive, but his career 15.5 yards/reception is eye-popping for a tight end. Knox’s lack of production may be credited to sharing targets with AJ Brown, DK Metcalf, and DeMarkus Lodge.
Knox’s tape shows an athletic player with a lot of upside. He’s versatile; lining up as a wing back, in tight, or out wide as a receiver. He can get off the line quickly and find space in the first third of the field. Past that, there’s a lot of concern. He has rounded routes, doesn’t cut quick, and has capped breakaway speed. He showed a lack of diversity in his route tree and is an inconsistent blocker. Knox is fun and worthy of a late-round flyer, but he still has to develop; for now, he’s a taxi squad stash.
In a class full of quick, athletic, and pass-catching tight ends Smith is flying under the radar. Smith redshirted his freshmen year for the Cardinal but started 20 games over his sophomore and junior seasons. In those 20 games, he caught 70 balls for 1,049 yards and 7 touchdowns. Smith was a Mackey Award finalist in 2018.
Smith’s blocking will get him drafted in April. He is anaggressive blocker; he seals blocks well on run plays, has a good chip block,finishes blocks through the whistle, and is a solid pass protector although hewasn’t often asked to. Blocking, however, doesn’t put up fantasy footballpoints.
Smith won’t blow anyone away with his 40 time, but he has quick burst. Smith has a limited route tree but can work a nice slant route and run seams into the second level. He positions his body well and creates separation when fighting for contested passes. He has a large frame and is athletic enough to go up and snag off-target passes. Smith’s blocking ability will get him on an NFL roster and some significant play time within the first few years of his career. Tight ends, though, take a while to translate for fantasy football purposes and you may be waiting a while for Smith to produce.
Still, he’s a safer bet and worth stashing as a late-round flyer in rookie fantasy football drafts.
Nauta is a former IMG two-sport athlete; his success on the football field and basketball court contributed to him being a 5-star recruit and top 10 overall recruit in most major rankings. He chose the Bulldogs over Alabama and Michigan. Nauta started 33 games over 3 seasons in Athens; catching 68 balls for 905 yards (13.3 yards/reception) and 8 touchdowns in a run-heavy offense.
Nauta reminds me of a slow wide receiver, and I mean that inthe best way. Nauta gets to the second level quickly and can outrun SEClinebackers. He doesn’t have the most developed route tree, but he is effectivewhen running drags, outs, seams, and slants. He can contribute nicely in aspread or air raid offense. He has soft hands and finds space over the middleof the field but needs to improve on positioning his large frame to box outdefenders. Nauta is a yards after catch (YAC) threat; he can make defendersmiss in space but his athleticism is limited when it comes to his vertical.
Nauta has to develop as a blocker and consistent passcatcher but he has the athletic upside to be a fantasy football steal. Heshould be available in the 3rd or later rounds of your rookie draftsand is worth stashing; especially if he finds himself in a high-poweredoffense.
5. Dax Raymond (6’5”,250), Utah State
Dax Raymond is one of my favorite sleeper picks in this draft class. In two seasons of significant playtime for the Aggies he caught 68 balls for 801 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2018 he had 7 multi-catch games, 4 games with more than 50 receiving yards, and an impressive 7 catches for 76 yards against Michigan State.
Raymond’s tape, however, jumps out much more than his stats.He gets off the line of scrimmage like a wide receiver and can be dangerous inthe first or second level of the field. He has great hands and snags everythingthrown his way; he uses his large frame well to pull in off-the-mark passes. Hecan run a mean slant, and a solid seam route. Beyond that, though, his routetree is limited.
Raymond is a seriously high motor blocker and consistentlyoverwhelmed Mountain West defenders on while run blocking-on multiple occasionshe drove defenders off the field and into the bench area. He is very athleticand has an impressive high point for a player of his size. Raymond has cappedbreakaway speed, and won’t scare defenses like OJ Howard, but he has Engram-likeathleticism and that’s very appealing to me; especially with the way NFLoffenses are trending.
Raymond is flying under the radar, going in the 4thround of rookie mocks at best, and I’ll be using that to my advantage whilestockpiling shares of him this offseason.
4. Jace Sternberger(6’4”, 250), Texas A&M
Sternberger started his collegiate career at Kansas but was underutilized and chose to transfer to a junior college. Sternberger balled out in his season Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; catching 21 balls for 336 yards and 6 touchdowns. After his breakout, Sternberger chose to play for the Aggies over teams like Boise State and UCF. In 2018, he put up a monster season: catching 48 balls for 832 yards and 10 (yes 10) touchdowns. He finished 9th in receiving yards and 4th in receiving touchdowns in the SEC and received consensus All-America honors.
Sternberger’s route running stands out to me. He has aneffective curl route, good seam routes, and can run drags over the middle. He’squick off the line of scrimmage, has good footwork, and uses his size verywell. Sternberger is particularly effective within the first 10 yards off theline of scrimmage but has the potential to make big plays downfield. He is asolid pass protector and an aggressive run blocker; often sealing edges welland opens up nice gaps for Trayveon Williams (2018 SEC rushing leader) to movethrough.
His strength and balance help him fight off defenders afterthe catch. He won’t be burning defensive backs in the NFL but he has good speedthat can get him to the second level. He has soft hands and is able to react topasses and adjust his body in midair. He may not be considered in the “big 3”tight ends of this draft class, but Sternberger deserves to be in theconversation and is far and away my TE4.
3. TJ Hockenson (6’5”,250) Iowa
Surprised to see Hockenson ranked at 3? Yeah, me too. It’s close, though, and it should not lead you to think I’m not impressed with this monster of an NFL prospect. In just two seasons playing at Iowa Hockenson compiled 1,080 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns on 73 receptions. 49 of those receptions, along with 760 yards and 6 touchdowns came in 2018-his redshirt sophomore season. In 2018 he finished 8th in receiving yards in the Big Ten and won the John Mackey Award. He caught at least 4 passes in 6 of his 13 games, put up more than 75 receiving yards three times, and had 2 multi-touchdown games.
Hockenson has great hands that allow him to create separationat this line of scrimmage and get move past linebackers to subtly sneak intothe second level of the field. He can be effective downfield on outs and seamroutes. He has great hands and positions his body well when going up for acontested pass; consistently forcing defensive backs into defensive pass interferencecalls. His blocking ability, though, is what is driving up his NFL Draft stock.He drives Big 10 defenders off the line and finishes blocks strong. He is extremelyeffective when pass blocking; he has both the strength and the mobility to keephis quarterback clean. Hockenson, along with the other members of this years “big3” tight ends bring the type of potential fantasy football players have beendreaming of at this otherwise bleak position.
Hockenson is being favored by many to be the first tight endto come off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft. I don’t doubt that, however, Ibelieve it’s because he’s a better blocker than the two tight ends I’m about todiscuss. I am not letting that element of his game boost his fantasy stockabove the two players I considered to be “freak-athlete” level. I’d still bethrilled to get him on my fantasy football rosters, but if I have my choice, I’mtaking Smith and Fant over Hockenson at this point.
Irv Smith Jr., son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith, caught44 receptions for 710 yards (16.1 yards/carry) and 7 touchdowns in his junioryear at Alabama. Smith had a dominator rating of 14.6%; a number I consider impressivein the context of his position and the explosive Crimson Tide offense. 45% ofhis receptions came on plays of 8-20 yards, and 25% of his receptions came onplays where he gained more than 20 yards. 5 of his 7 touchdowns were on gainsof at least 9 yards.
Smith’s speed and athleticism is what draws me in. He bursts off the line of scrimmage and can accelerate very well for a man of his size. He consistently pushes past linebackers and dominates the second level of the field. His route tree is not as developed as I’d like but he consistently finds himself in open space and is able to make plays after the catch. He has good body positioning and consistent hands. He can cut like a wide receiver, juke like a running back, and break the ankles of a defender like a point guard. He is a solid pass blocker and finishes run blocks nicely. I think he has room to develop his blocking, but not enough to keep him off the field.
I realize I’m higher on Smith than most, he’s consistently going 6-10 picks later than Hockenson in rookie mock drafts, but his athleticism and pass-catching ability give up a high ceiling. Landing spot will ultimately be the tiebreaker for him, Hockenson, and Fant but for now, he’s an exciting TE2.
Fant has two seasons of consistent production for theHawkeyes. In his sophomore season (2017) he caught 30 balls for 494 yards (16.5yards/reception) and 11 touchdowns. That season drew many to Fant and labeledhim as the front runner TE1 in this draft class. Fant performed well in hisjunior season (2018) as well. He pulled in 39 receptions for 519 yards (13.3yards/carry) and 7 touchdowns. Fant led the Big 10 in receiving touchdowns in 2017and finished 9th in 2018.
Fant will be a big play threat in the NFL. He is very quick offthe line of scrimmage and does have the speed to burn down the field. He worksa mean seam route and has a dangerous out route; both of which allow him to makecatches in the second level. He is a great underneath option too; he has tremendousfootwork that baits defenders into backing off him while he turns on comebackroutes. Fant isn’t afraid to run a straight 9 route either. When he does, hesells it well with subtle but effective body movements that allow him to be athreat in the third level of the field. Fant has great hands that allow him tocatch contested balls and layout for wild passes he has no business putting afinger on. He has a great high point; allowing him to outjump defensive backsand snag jump balls.
Fant is a solid blocker but definitely needs to develop at the next level. He holds his ground well in pass protection but defenders consistently get off the snap quicker than him and stand him up. He often gets caught blocking on the back shoulder and doesn’t hold blocks for the entire play. This is enough to make him the TE2 for NFL GMs but Fant is still clearly the TE1 when it comes to fantasy football.
Welcome to the 48 Report, a full database of 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 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.
Hakeem Butler (6’6″, 225), Wide Receiver, Iowa State
Hakeem Butler is one of my favorite top tier receivers. I probably have him higher than most at the moment. He’s the best receiver in this class at his size. With him having a 6’6 frame, he’s bigger than most tight ends and definitely receivers.
This caused me to look at those who may have come before him to see what kind of success bigger receivers had and there hasn’t been many. Since 1989 (last 30 years), only 10 receivers his height or taller have managed game time of any sort. The most successful was QB convert Matt Jones with a season of 54 receptions on 107 targets for 761 yards and 2 TDs. The next best and most recent were Brandon Coleman and Tanner McEvoy. Coleman was waived from the Saints practice squad in 2018 and McEvoy was waived January of this year by the Bills.
The biggest difference between all these guys and Butler is that he’s had a much more productive career thus far and has a chance to be the best 6’6 non-TE the NFL has ever seen.
When you look at his statistics from his junior year, his yards and yards per catch standout. Considering he was on the middle to low end of receptions, he did very well for what he caught.
When you watch his tape you can absolutely see why. It also helps that he was in a respectable offense with a running back that will more than likely go in the top 6: David Montgomery. Butler definitely made them pay for having to respect Montgomery and his greatness from the backfield.
I’m higher on Butler than the other raters but I think it’s warranted. He’s not a gazelle no, but he moves very fast and has some great acceleration both in his routes and after the catch. I think it played a huge part in his YPC being so high.
He has a great two-point stance & is smooth on his routes. From the tape I watched, he looks to be able to run the whole tree and that from each receiver position on the field. Iowa State definitely used him correctly and seemed to have gotten the most out of him.
I’m a lot lower in this aspect because I didn’t see the desire to block from him nor the scheme to have him as a blocking receiver. Nothing so bad that it will hurt his stock and it can be improved if necessary.
We all agree that this kid has the ability to use his hands and it’s not his catching (although he’s good at that too); it’s his hand-fighting.
He’s so deceptive that you might even miss the moves he uses to create such great separation. He probably uses this trait more in tandem with his other abilities than any other prospect in this draft and that’s exactly what I love about him.
The way he catches the ball is like artwork. He utilizes his size and frame to make things happen that solidify him in the top tier of receivers this draft. He also has some ups that make jump balls ridiculous for a defensive back (usually between 5’9-6’2) to even imagine going up and fighting for.
Conclusion: Top 5 pick
There should be no way he slides outside of the top 5 and I won’t have it any other way. If he falls to me outside of there, I will rejoice! My thing is really what NFL teams decide to do with him. I really hope they keep him as a mismatch wideout vs making him shift to tight end. It would be a shame. He’s way better at moving around the field and being a super mobile big-bodied weapon. He’s what some people wish JJ Arcega-Whiteside could be. Hakeem Butler is the real deal!
Note: our writers made a lot of trades, some of which are explicitly stated, some of which are not. If a pick is labeled “via” that means there was a trade made by our writers. If it is labeled as “from” it is a trade that reflects an NFL transaction.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
As clear cut as it comes at the moment. The Cardinals need a needle mover on defense and potential star power for the future, Bosa is that player. Easy pick to start the draft.
Jacksonville needs to figure out the QB position. They have a defense that has shown to be super bowl caliber, but they have been held down by a lackluster offense. I’m not sure if Haskins is the answer, but it is worth a shot.
It’s tempting for the Jets to react to an early trade and take Quinnen Williams here. The Jets, though, need to focus on protecting their franchise quarterback and the investment they made last season.
5. Miami Dolphins (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Whether you like it or not, Kyler Murray is the most intriguing prospect in the draft class. Miami is in desperate need for star-level talent and their new coaching staff could absolutely make a splash by moving up to 6 to get in front of the Giants.
Word on the street is that the Giants are gonna rock and roll with Manning one more year, so why not draft him some protection? Ford is for sure a top three talent at the position and is a great pick up to help shore up that horrible offensive line in New York. At the very least, Eli should be on his back a lot less and it’s setting up your QB of the future (whomever that may be) for success.
7. San Francisco 49ers (via JAX): DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
San Francisco has a lot of options here. While acquiring an additional 2nd round pick, they take this opportunity to grab a receiver that has all the tools to be a dominant WR 1. Combined with Goodwin, Pettis, Kittle and a healthy Jimmy G., DK can help turn this offense into the one Kyle Shanahan envisioned when he took this job.
Detroit has to be thrilled to get this dual threat edge rusher with the 8th pick. Allen can penetrate backfields (21.5 tackles for a loss in 2018) and contribute to an already solid run defense. I know tight end is becoming a popular pick for Detroit, but EDGE is a greater need and the TE position is deep this year.
If Denver wants to get back to their elite defensive days, then they’ll have to get Greedy. Greedy Williams paired with Chris Harris Jr. along with a very formidable Denver pass rush would be a unit to watch in 2019
This pick should absolutely be a linebacker here regardless of who is available and the Bengals need an infusion of youth/skill into their LB room. Devin White has the explosiveness/skill to contribute from the jump and I imagine him being able to start relatively quickly.
Burns is a versatile player that has all the tools to be a dynamic playmaker in the NFL. Not only can he rush the passer, but Burns can also help in the run game. Burns will be able to start contributing right away for the Packers.
Salt Lake has had a tough start to their season so they need a new infusion of talent at QB. Drew Lock can start right away but he better be weary of the QBs that are currently getting shellacked in the AAF.
Carolina needs some help on the EDGE so, they took the best available in Jachai Polite. He not only brings great technique from the outside, but he also brings a brand of aggressiveness that is specific to his play style. High pass rush grade and win percentage, Polite will be more than serviceable for the Panthers for years to come.
17. Cleveland Browns: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
For the first time in years, Cleveland is in a great situation. It seems they have found their QB, they have some nice weapons on offense and they have young talent on defense. Now it is their job to make sure Mayfield stays protected and healthy. Risner is a versatile player that can play outside at tackle or move inside and play guard. Either way, he looks ready to start right away and is extremely solid in both the run and pass game.
The Vikings are in desperate need of reinforcement on their offensive line. Taylor can plug in on either side of the line and protect Cousins. Taylor’s film is impressive, and I’d be surprised if he falls this far, but the Vikings would be thrilled if he does.
19. Oakland Raiders (via Tennessee Titans): Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Murphy could be a top 10 player on many boards after the combine. He is poised to put up some nice speed and agility numbers and if he has added the weight he says he has, he will easily be the best player available at this spot.
While CB is another big need, the Steelers have not been the same since Ryan Shazier suffered a terrible spinal chord injury. He was the leader of the defense and that unit as a whole has been in a rut for far too long. Enter Devin Bush who will command the middle for years to come.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
With Jimmy Graham gone and the tight end corps more blocking than pass catching, Hakeem Butler is a perfect fit here. He gives DangeRuss that big option they had in Graham to round out a dangerous offense. Great with his handwork, routes from each receiver position and athletic, Butler will start on this offense very easily.
22.Oakland Raiders (via BAL): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Raiders are making moves! After Butler was taken, there seems to be one guy left before there is a tier drop off. Harry dominated college and is expected to test well at the combine. Harry has serious upside with his ability to go up and get the ball and to produce after the catch. Carr should be leaping for joy if this pick happens.
23. Houston Texans: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
It is hard to consider any position other than offensive line for the Texans. They missed out on an early tackle run but snag the best interior offensive linemen in the draft with Lindstrom. Watson was consistently running for his life last year, Lindstrom will help protect their franchise quarterback.
24. Oakland Raiders (From Chicago Bears): Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Best player available is the strategy for the Raiders in this draft. Wilkins is a polished player who can contribute against the run and the pass from Day 1. Already a force in the middle, Wilkins will be a backfield disrupter and could become a player you need to double.
26. Indianapolis Colts: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Colts are in big time need of a stopgap in their secondary and Baker should definitely do the trick. He has experience playing all three CB spots and is a top 3 prospect at the position. The Colts contemplated a wide receiver here, but there’s a lot of gold still left in this draft to pair with TY Hilton, Ebron, Reece Fountain and Deon Cain..
27. New England (via BAL(via OAK(fromDAL))): T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Even if Rob Gronkowski comes back next season, New England needs to find their future replacement for when Gronk is injured or whenever he does retire. Hockenson is ready to start from Day 1. He is a very good blocker, has very reliable hands and is a threat after the catch. I definitely see New England being aggressive if Hockenson is available this late in the 1st round.
28. New York Giants (via LAC): Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Sorry Matt! Although I do agree with the notion that the Giants shouldn’t take a QB at 6, they still do need to figure out the QB position. Eli has maybe another year and they didn’t even give Kyle Lauletta a shot last year. The Giants best move is to trade back into the 1st and take Daniel Jones so that they can get that 5th year option.
Jones has the ideal size, is extremely athletic and displays good arm talent. I wish he was more accurate, but having OBJ, Saquan, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard will help mask those issues.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The Chiefs defense could not win them games last year. Despite having solid pass rushers, they continue to add at the most important defensive position to keep pressure on opposing QB’s as Justin Houston gets older.
The Rams get a young infusion of talent to replace the big money they spent on the secondary last offseason. Adderly from FCS Delaware is flying under the radar for now, but he needs to be considered at the top of this secondary class.
32. Baltimore Ravens (via NE): AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
While trading down and acquiring the NE 2nd rounder, the Ravens still find themselves in position to add an extremely talented receiver to their offense. Brown had two 1,000 yard season while at Ole Miss, mainly producing from the slot. Brown does a great job of getting open in the short/intermediate part of the field, which should definitely help out Lamar Jackson.
33. Arizona Cardinals: Yodney Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Arizona benefits from a deep tackle class by getting Cajuste early in the 2nd round. The Cardinals need to provide more time for their pocket bound quarterback to work. Cajuste is also a run blocking presence and will help open up lanes for David Johnson to work through.
34. Indianapolis Colts (From New York Jets): Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Gary is a high ceiling pass rusher who can play inside or outside on the defensive line. The Colts could really use his ability to shift all across the line and play matchups as they have had significant struggles getting to the passer.
36. San Francisco 49ers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Deionte Thompson is a high ceiling, athletic safety that the 49ers just couldn’t pass up at this spot. With their current options less than savory, and having already picked one of the top receivers, Thompson (a top option in his own right) would be a welcomed addition to the 49ers safety group, a position of need.
37. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, iDL, Clemson
Trading back worked well for the Chargers here; they get extra picks and fill a major need. Lawrence (6’4”, 340) is a huge plug in the middle of the defensive line that will be a terrific compliment to the terrifying EDGE rushers they have.
38. San Francisco 49ers: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
With the pick they gained from trading back in the 1st round, the 49ers help protect their franchise quarterback. 49ers are working this draft hard now with help at the wide receiver, offensive line, and defensive back positions.
Montgomery is the best running back in this class. It works out nicely that he is also the safest. The organization having possibly whiffed on Ronald Jones last year doesn’t keep new head coach Bruce Arians from finding his new bellcow back.
A lot may view this as a big ol’ stretch (deep class) and blasphemy because he was chosen before guys like Irv Smith, Isaac Nauta and Kaden Smith, not I. Dawson Knox is right where he needs to be as a guy who had a lot of success in both the run and pass block schemes at Ole Miss. He’s NFL ready and even if his receiving needs work, he’ll fare just fine from day one in a position of need for the Broncos.
Cincinnati has had a huge hole at tight end the last 4 or 5 years due to Tyler Eifert being constantly injured and having no secure backup. Now that Eifert and Kroft are free agents, the Bengals are forced to address the tight end position and take Irv Smith here. Smith is very athletic, is a capable blocker and will be able to contribute in the passing game right away
I mentioned earlier that tight end to Detroit is fan favorite, that may not make sense in the 1st round but Nauta is a great fit in the 2nd. Nauta gives the Lions an athletic pass catching threat to offset their Ebron loss.
46. Washington Redskins: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
This kid is like lightning in a bottle and will fit well with new QB Drew Lock in tow. With Crowder gone to free agency, Brown is a great replacement who can do a lot of the things Crowder could do. If he wanted to, he could win out with his athleticism alone, but he has fantastic tools to add to that, making him a good weapon to have in Washington.
Carolina needs to sure up the back end of their secondary, especially since they are in a division with the Saints, Falcons and a Bruce Arians led Buccaneers. CGJ has the size, athleticism, range and versatility to contribute right away in Carolina.
Ridley gives the Browns a potential playmaker to compliment Landry and Calloway. The Browns are all in on Baker and Kitchens’ creative play calling. Ridley and Risner give Cleveland’s offense an immediate boost.
51. Tennessee Titans: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State
Tennessee seems to be set at offensive tackle with Lewan and Conklin. Now it is time to sure up the inside of the offensive line. Even though he is relatively new to the position, Bradbury is very refined, consistent and mobile.
Pittsburgh needs to stockpile talent on the defensive side of the ball. Specifically, they need to get someone who can consistently play opposite of Joe Haden. Oruwariye has good size, strength and ball skills. He is a versatile player that can play in pretty much any scheme.
I mentioned that offensive line was a no-brainer for the Texans in the 1st round. Getting a tackle to go along with their guard pick earlier in the draft is exactly what their offense needs. They have 3 picks in the top 55 and can afford to really invest in their trenches.
56. New England Patriots (from Chicago): Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas
After landing the top tight end in the draft to take over for Rob Gronkowski when he does decide to hang them up, the champs load up another weapon for Tom brady in Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Humphrey brings a unique size and speed combination that has the chance to flourish in New England’s offensive system.
57. Philadelphia Eagles: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Pittsburgh needs to stockpile talent on the defensive side of the ball. Specifically, they need to get someone who can consistently play opposite of Joe Haden. Oruwariye has good size, strength and ball skills. He is a versatile player that can play in pretty much any scheme.
58. Dallas Cowboys: Paris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Cowboys continue to develop an offense with weapons for Prescott. Campbell has the ability to create separation and find space anywhere on the field. He has soft hands and can operate from the slot of as a Y. Tight End would’ve been nice but we’ve hit a tier break, so instead, Dallas gets a nice wideout to compliment Cooper and Gallup.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa
The Colts continue to heavily invest in their defense with Nelson. The EDGE class is deep and although Nelson may not be a top-tier pass rusher, he would be a great addition to a young and explosive defense.
61. Kansas City Chiefs: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Kansas City is pretty stacked on offense, so they should spend the majority of the draft adding talent to their defense. Juan Thornhill is a high IQ play that contributed all four years at Virginia. He needs to continue developing as a playmaker, but his experience and athleticism should give him the ability to start right away.
Kansas City (rightly) focused on defense in the first, and I would’ve gone for secondary support with this pick but the top end talent has come off the board already. Instead, they get Williams, a receiving threat with 3 down back upside. Williams is dynamic, has great vision, and can be an explosive weapon in an Andy Reid offense.
64. Baltimore Ravens (via New England): Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama
The Ravens went offense in the 1st round, which means they naturally must revert back to defense in the 2nd. Miller helps provide support for the likely departure of pass rushers in free agency . Matt Hicks