The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?
We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….
Pick: 24th Overall
Player: Josh Jacobs
Draft by: Oakland Raiders
After springing us a surprise, and with a reach, at number 4 when they took Clelin Ferrell, they Raiders gave us more of the same at 24.
This isn’t to say that Ferrell and Jacobs aren’t good players, they are, it’s just I strongly believe that they overdrafted both of them and there were better players on the board at both of those points in time.
I felt that Jacobs could be had in the early second round and you know which team had a pick in the early second round?
The eighth pick of the second round, to be precise?
A sweet spot for one, Joshua Jacobs, in the mind of your writer.
That’s right, the Oakland Raiders.
And here’s the kicker… How many running backs were taken between picks 24 and 40 in the 2019 NFL draft?
You see my point?
Anyway, stop ripping on the Raiders draft strategy and tell us about the damn player, I hear you all say…
There was simply no need in taking a running back this early in this draft class. It took until the 52nd pick, when the Eagles took Miles Sanders for another one to come off the board.
Ok, Ok, Josh Jacobs the player.
Jacobs is a good running back. He’s shown some good things on tape in both running and catching the ball whilst in Alabama. being 5’10, 220lbs means he’s also a good size and the fact he’s always shared the load with other running backs for the Crimson Tide, mean that he comes into the pros with limited mileage on the clock and therefore less wear and tear.
Isaiah Crowell’s injury means he’s pretty much climbed to the top of the depth chart already, too which should mean a boat load of touches… which handily brings me on to…
Fantasy Football Impact:
So in my last Pick It Apart, I wrote about Andre Dillard. If you haven’t read it already, then you should. You’re already on the website, so why not… Go on, you can spare another few minutes. Whilst you’re at it, read them all… Push the boat out.
Anyway, where was I?
Andre Dillard; probably the first rounder who will have the least fantasy relevance in 2019. Josh Jacobs however, may have the most.
Jacobs could be a nice RB2 to pick up in the early to mid rounds of your drafts this summer.
He’s talented, he’s going to have a heavy workload and he can catch, as well as run.
What more do you need?
Draft him. People won’t want him because he plays for the Raiders and the Raiders are sucky but that doesn’t matter so much for fantasy football. You’ll look like the smartest guy in the league when you’re taking him over Lamar Miller, or whichever other underwhelming veteran, in the 4th.