First things first, the term “generational player” seems to get some people’s backs up. If you take the term at it’s literal meaning, then sure, it’s extremely rare to find one, and, almost impossible to predict one to have a hall of fame career. But, if you accept that this overused term is used to describe a player that could end up being in the top tier of elite talents for the majority of their careers, then we can explore the possibility of seeing a potential “generational” player from this years’ draft.
Over the last few decades, we’ve seen many running backs progress through the collegiate ranks and create a buzz within the NFL community when the draft rolls round. Some players have lived up to the hype, Emmitt Smith, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Adrian Peterson and Saquon Barkley to name just a few, and some have developed into upper echelon elite backs when not so hyped coming out of college – Le’veon Bell and Frank Gore come to mind. But, of course there have been those that have failed to progress to the pro-level and have proved complete busts, please stand up Trent Richardson, Ki-Jana Carter and Darren McFadden, with an honourable mention to Leonard Fournette who “some” considered a “generational” talent.
What constitutes a “generational running back” label?
NFL analysts/journalists/reporters or whatever title you want to give someone that discusses this sport with an audience generally speak about their opinion which in most cases is backed up with some kind of statistical data. To me, that’s how a player with this label comes about. It’s a blend of stats from their collegiate careers mixed with what NFL scouts and professional analysts portray their talent level’s to be.
For me, I think that to be considered “generational”, the player must have a productive college career. I put that number at 1,000 rushing yards season average, and in more recent times, some proven receiving ability. I know that’s not a water-tight system, but when you look at “generational talents” that have had elite-level careers, they all had this level of productiveness at the collegiate level.
It’s only very recent that the new breed of “generational running back” ‘must’ be productive in the passing game as well as on the ground.
Previous “generational” running backs
So by using that logic, I’ve devised a list of former players since the year 2000 that have seen that level of collegiate productiveness, hyped by the media as generational talents, and drafted within the top 50 (indicating NFL scouts also believe in the talent). Productiveness is seen here by using the players’ rush yards, receiving yards and touchdowns per season averages whilst at college.
These 11 players drafted over the last 20 years have had the “generational player” tag linked with them coming out of college football. Judging by the season average stats, you get a good indication of what’s required in order to be projected a great future.
Current potential “generational” running backs
From this year’s prospects, it’s apparent to see that one player fulfills the criteria of being a “generational talent”; Jonathan Taylor. In fact, his rushing yards and TDs per season average are miles ahead of any other running back out of college in the last 20 years.
J.K Dobbins isn’t far behind statistically although he doesn’t meet my particular criteria as he was drafted outside of the top 50. Statistically though, Dobbins too could be considered a generational level player.
D’Andre Swift comes in third and not a million miles away from hitting the criteria having been the most productive in the receiving game out of these selected players.
Cam Akers needed to be more productive in the ground game, whereas ironically, the first RB off the board in this years’ draft Clyde Edwards-Helaire is someway off what I would deem as a “generational” player.
Predicting their futures
Of course now these players have been drafted into the NFL, lot’s of new variables come into play to determine whether or not they can translate their college production into a pro-level. What’s their new offensive line like? Are they a part of a committee? Do they have proven veterans ahead of them? Are they a part of a run-friendly scheme? Does their new Head Coach like to run the ball frequently? Are they playing in a similar scheme to what they did in college?
You’d like to think the NFL teams and their scouts have done their homework before drafting the players onto their rosters in order to get the best out of their high-capital picks, but some times that doesn’t always work out.
Let’s look at those previously mentioned players and how their NFL careers progressed (some of course are still active) and whether their “generational player” tag rang true in their pro-careers.
It’s been quite a mix bag of success. From the HOF careers of LT and Adrian Peterson to the bust and near bust careers of Ron Dayne and T-Rich.
Predicting just how the careers of the Class of 2020 is almost impossible, but judging by historical data and recency bias, these prospects will unlikely be busts in their careers.
It’s hard not to love Jonathan Taylor after seeing what he’s done in his college career and ending up behind one of the best offensive lines currently in the NFL with Indianapolis.
D’Andre Swift could potentially see a path to a majority backfield after the Lions clearly signaled that Kerryon Johnson by himself is not the answer, and J.K Dobbins is in a ripe running spot with a run-first team in Baltimore. However, Dobbins may have to wait for Mark Ingram to move on before claiming the backfield for himself.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has landed on a team coached by a run-favouring HC in Andy Reid and is the most talented RB on that roster, and despite Cam Akers running behind an ageing o-line, Todd Gurley had a very successful rookie contract for the Rams when he was healthy.
Final Opinionand Career projection
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts – A “Generational talent” who is in the right spot to produce elite numbers over his career
J.K Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens – Borderline “Generational talent” who is on a team that could lead him to produce elite numbers over his career
D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions – Elite college talent that could be elite in the NFL if the right team is built around him and he’s used as a swiss army knife.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams – Elite college talent but is likely to put up average numbers unless drastic changes in the future help him progress to the next level.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs – Good college talent helped by one outstanding season. Is in the right spot to be very productive, but will likely only return good, not elite production.
Some NFL teams have more picks than others heading into a draft. As the event progresses, a team can gain or lose its draft capital through trade deals. The formula for the Cincinnati Bengals this year was simple – seven selections, one placed at the beginning of each of the seven rounds.
The Bengals war room stuck at every one of their picks during the three days; made no deals and put together a very good draft class to take into the 2020 season. Here is what Cincinnati fans should expect from the players that make up this year’s draft class.
Round 1 (#1) – Joe Burrow (QB), LSU
With the first overall pick, the Bengals made Joe Burrow their new signal-caller. A year ago, Burrow would have owned a mid-round grade at best from most observers, but an incredible National Championship winning season full of record-breaking numbers during his final year with LSU, propelled Burrow up to being the consensus QB1 in the draft.
He excels in the leadership and mental aspects of the game, with an ability to read defenses quickly and react to pressure. Give Burrow time and he shows great poise and pocket movement to use just a step or two to extend a play. He is an accurate thrower and I really like the way he leads receivers when completing a pass.
It certainly does feel like time for a quarterback change in Cincinnati and Burrow arrives with the experience of winning plenty of big games as the head of one of the most potent offenses in college football history.
If he continues the sort of growth seen during last season, the Bengals have a strong new leader capable of bringing success.
Round 2 (#33) – Tee Higgins (WR), Clemson
Pairing Burrow with the man who was the number one receiver at Clemson for the last couple of years is a very nice way to build the passing game in your offense.
Higgins’ draft stock dipped during the process owing to questions about his athleticism, which actually is not that bad, and the Bengals took advantage to select him at the top of the second round. The production that Higgins put up at Clemson was impressive, he works best lined up on the outside and likes to use his frame against close coverage – give him the chance to challenge a defense physically and he will be effective.
This is a great landing spot for Higgins, as he will have the opportunity to be paired with Cincinnati’s all-pro wideout A.J. Green, which should help his development.
The Bengals will enjoy having a new big WR on the team, who can potentially take over from Green as “the guy” in the future.
Round 3 (#65) – Logan Wilson (LB), Wyoming
I loved seeing Logan Wilson go at the start of round three. One of my favourite linebackers in the entire draft, he will be a good addition to a Bengals defense in need of some help in the middle of the field.
I was happy to see his high level of play over the last few seasons backed up with a great workout at the NFL combine. Wilson is solid as an outside linebacker – a smart player who reads and reacts to what the offense shows in front of him and gets to the ball at speed.
There are some good highlights showing that when asked to drop into coverage, his athletic ability gets him up into passing lanes like a defensive back to break up a play or get an interception.
Wilson suits the classic linebacker leader role with the versatility to be tried inside the defensive formation, and if he can get to grips with pro schemes quickly, the Bengals have a guy who will see a lot of playing time during his rookie year.
Round 4 (#107) – Akeem Davis-Gaither (LB), Appalachian State
Why draft one linebacker with huge potential, when you can draft two! Cincinnati followed the Wilson pick by selecting the up-tempo Davis-Gaither to kick off the last day.
He is a slim, athletic linebacker who is not going to win with strength, instead was able to make a lot of plays using great burst and body control. Appalachian State liked to use Davis-Gaither on the outside, close to the line of scrimmage where he could blitz at speed and also disrupt the run game. His skill-set compliments Wilson’s very well and I can see them working at each end of the LB core.
Davis-Gaither would have been further up big boards (including mine) if he played more coverage and bulked up – the lack of weight aids his acceleration, but he will need to add more size to be effective in the NFL.
For this reason, he will likely start on special teams, but his relentless playing style means he could turn into a real fan favourite in 2-3 years.
Round 5 (#147) – Khalid Kareem (DE), Notre Dame
Kareem is a nice addition to the Bengals’ defensive end depth chart, and the fifth round seems good value too. The defender out of Notre Dame wins his battles in the trenches with strength above anything else; he appears difficult to move around once he is engaged.
Kareem currently projects as a better run defender, as trying to go all-power off the edge when pass rushing at the next level will result in him being nullified by the top offensive linemen he faces. Kareem needs to add more variety to his technique when fighting through contact, if he is able to do so soon, he will see playing time in his rookie season.
For now, he will be a backup in Cincinnati.
Round 6 (#180) – Hakeem Adeniji (OT), Kansas
Having found Joe Burrow a new target in receiver Tee Higgins, Cincinnati decided to begin adding extra protection for their new QB in the form of Adeniji in round six.
The offensive line was a weak point for the Bengals last season and Adeniji will have the chance to compete for a place at the offensive tackle position. There was talk pre-draft that teams may try him at guard too, so the coaches will like that versatility.
He does look undersized to play OT, and his strength as a blocker lies in his movement, which showed up during his athletic combine, rather than power and technique.
Adeniji needs to develop in those areas in order to be a regular NFL starter.
Round 7 (#215) – Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
To end their 2020 draft, the Bengals went back to building at the linebacker positions. Bailey feels like great value in the seventh, although he did fall due to injury concerns.
When healthy, he was a playmaker at Purdue with strong tackling skills and the ability to finish very well. He worked best against the run, so projects as a middle linebacker in the NFL that can attack plays in front of him.
Bailey will begin life in the pros on special teams but has enough upside to work his way into the defensive lineup. After the selections of Wilson and Davis-Gaither, picking up Bailey here mean the Bengals have a whole new set of high ceiling linebackers to play with.
I like the possibility of seeing all three of them playing together in Cincinnati across the defense.
From top to bottom this looks like a strong draft for Cincinnati Bengals fans to get excited about. The team addressed needs and appeared to find good value players throughout the rounds. Burrow will be the highlight of the class – every NFL team is under pressure to find a franchise quarterback to build their future around and the Bengals may well now have that box ticked. With the qualities these players bring, over the next few seasons this could be seen as the draft that the Bengals faithful look back on as the start of some progression for the team.
The 2020 NFL Draft has finished, the excitable young rookies have found their new homes and the ripple effects are in full force in the fantasy football world.
What are going to be the biggest headaches through the off-season and maybe throughout your 2020 league seasons? Here are some to just skim the surface and there are plenty more headaches out there that will make up part 2 of this series.
If you have any particular backfield or Wide Receiver room you want me to look at and guide you on, please let me know on Twitter (@Full10Yards).
Dallas Wide Receivers
CeeDee Lamb being drafted in the 1st round of this year’s draft was a jaw-dropper for everyone. He joins studs Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup in Dallas in what looks to be a case of too many mouths to feed. But is it?
The bad news is that there are very few offences ever that have supported 3 WRs in fantasy. The good news is that Dallas had the most yards on offence last year by some distance, almost amassing 7,000 of them, with 4,902 (71%) through the air.
To create a bit more wiggle room, Jason Witten (529), Randall Cobb (828) and a few other small contributors have vacated over 1,500 yards of receiving output so even if Amari Cooper (1189) and Michael Gallup (1107) sustain their high production or get near it, the left over could more than funnel its way to CeeDee Lamb to be able to break the milestone in his first season.
Even if you bring Dak Prescott’s high watermark in passing yards from last season down by 10%, there is still viability that these 3 WR could all achieve 1,000 yard receiving seasons, something we have not seen since the 2008 Arizona Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston) and has only been seen 5 times in the NFL since the merger.
So where’s the problem I hear you ask? Well unfortunately, there are going to be a multiple number of weeks where 1 WR comes to the fore and scores a TD or 2 and hits 100yds, 1 has a mediocre output (say 5 receptions for 76yards) and 1 which takes a backseat (1 catch, 12 yards). THIS is your nightmare! Not being able to predict where the targets are going week to week is what will keep you awake every day of the week.
With the amount of talent in each of those wide receivers, it could be a case of “flavour of the week” every week and for players that you are going to be spending early to mid round picks on, this is not ideal. Amari Cooper will likely be the defacto #1 (at least in 2020) due to his big offseason contract that was signed, making him a $100m receiver. But are you willing to spend a 2nd round redraft pick on him with the headaches that will come attached to it when you have the likes of Kenny Golladay, Cooper Kupp, the Tampa Bay WRs (which we’ll get to shortly) and Keenan Allen?
Michael Gallup, who had an under the radar stellar second year almost seems certain to fight it out with Lamb for the 2nd look. With Lamb being a shiny new toy, you’d expect him to go drafted ahead of Gallup so there could be value in taking Gallup in the mid to later rounds.
All of these guys will have safe floors and you’d expect them to all be low WR2/high WR3 come the end of the season. But on a week to week basis, there’ll likely be more ups and downs than the bigger dipper at Blackpool.
That being said, this definitely a WR core to invest in for your Bestball leagues.
LA Rams Running Backs
With the exit of Todd Gurley, the question before the draft was whether or not they saw fit to replace their former star RB… the answer was emphatic.
With their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft at number 52, the Rams selected Cam Akers out of Florida State. Will Cam Akers come in and take the bulk of the load? Probably. But the nightmare here is the decision to hold either or both of the handcuffs as it could possibly be burning holes in your benches, especially in shallower leagues.
Dynasty leagues with bigger benches, you can probably get away with holding Malcolm Brown, but what if Henderson makes a 2nd year leap? What if it turns into a hot hand approach or a nasty 3 headed monster in the backfield?
For the Akers’ truthers, they’ll point to his tape behind a poor O-line in college and still managing to achieve 5ypc along with the fact that McVay and the coaching staff already knew what they had in Henderson and Brown, yet still decided to use their first pick in the draft on him.
However, the poor offensive line play from the Rams recently supercedes all of these backfield quandaries. If you have poor offensive line play to the tune of being ranked 31st in 2019 by PFF, it doesn’t matter how good your running back is or the volume he gets, the ceiling is already capped.
Do you want to be wasting a 1st round rookie draft pick on a guy that could be in a 3 way time share. Akers should get goal-line work which gives you a bit of hope that he’ll perform adequately in fantasy, but why give yourself the headache?
Cleveland Tight Ends
Tight Ends aren’t the most exciting of positions at the best of times, but to take the 2019 TE6 and usually reliable fantasy option Austin Hooper and slotting him into the Browns means that we potentially have 2 to choose from.
David Njoku has not pulled up any trees since joining the league and was injured for the majority of last season. THe nightmare here is primarily for Austin Hooper owners. Tight Ends generally take a few years to acclimatise to the NFL before any production is seen. David Njoku is now looking to hit that sweet spot and break out entering his 4th year and has had his 5th year option exercised by the Browns. Clearly the Browns plan to do something with him. Kevin Stefanski, the new Browns HC even had this to say:
“I think there’s an obvious skill set there. It’s a big year for David, and a lot of that is gonna be up to him and the work that he puts in to this. We have big plans for him, but it’s about for him coming back in the building and working. And then ultimately seeing if we can utilize him in role that will take advantage of his skill set.”
Kevin Stefanski – at the NFL Combine.
These two are going to be far from the Gronk/Hernandez pairing from yesteryear so that leaves you with the headache of which one (if any) could post usable fantasy points at any given week.
You need to weigh up whether Stefanski’s words about Njoku or the actions of signing Austin Hooper to a 4 year, $44m dollar deal are worth following up on.
Miami Running Backs
Of all running back conundrums, the Miami one is certainly the one that most warrants pulling your hair out over.
They signed Jordan Howard in Free Agency to a deal and then went and traded for Matt Breida during the NFL draft for a 5th round pick.
Since 2016, Howard has the third-most rushing yards and seventh-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL. Howard’s consistent touchdown production makes him one of just five players to rush for at least six scores in each the past four seasons, yet he finds himself on his 3rd team in 5 years.
During his three-year career, Breida averages an even five-yards-per-pop and he’s scored 10 touchdowns and compiled 2,463 yards from scrimmage on just 448 touches (381 carries and 67 receptions).
In summary, Matt Breida seems to at most be the 1b here as a 5th round pick investment doesn’t say too much that he’ll come in an get the lions share. Most will be surprised that the Dolphins didn’t invest in this years draft directly for a running back, and that says to me they are more than happy to roll with Howard for the most part in what could be a a lightning and thunder approach. Jordan Howard getting early down work and Breida getting the pass catching duties (though both are sufficient at either) and a mixture at the goal line.
What this means to your fantasy teams is that they are at best, week to week flex plays. Trying to decipher who will be better in positive or negative gamescripts can help, but its not going to be that simple with these two newly acquired backs. Add in a sprinkle of Patrick Laird and my friends, you have a nightmare.
Houston Wide Receivers
Time to look at another muddling wide receiver core. This time we take a look at the Texans. We don’t need to reopen the DeAndre Hopkins wounds for Texans fans but as we are all too aware, he packed his bags for Arizona.
The replacements? Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks through Free Agency/Trades and Isaiah Coulter in the draft. Add these to Will Fuller and Kenny Stills and you have a mess bigger than the M25 at rush hour.
This wide receiving core may end up sorting itself out as most of these players have been dogged with injuries. Will Fuller would kill for working hamstrings and Brandin Cooks has had multiple major concussions that his alarm bells ring 24/7. But drafting these guys prior to season start or trading for them at any time will come with the compulsory crossing of fingers.
Let’s look at investments of the players brought in;
Brandin Cooks was traded to the Houston Texans for the 57th pick in the NFL draft, not quite the previous 1st rounders when traded to the Patriots and Rams but you have to say he could be the equivalent of Soccer’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink or Nicholas Anelka in terms of the amount of investment paid for a player. Considering the lack of draft capital the Texans had and currently have going forward, this is a big indication to me that DeShaun Watson and Brandin Cooks will be a constant sentence in 2020 (injuries aside).
Randall Cobb was given a 3 year $27m (almost $19m guaranteed) deal to move him just down the road from Dallas to Houston. Kudos to Randall’s agent on that one. I am reliably informed that the Houston Texan’s offence will suit Randall Cobb and could be a sneaky key contributor to this offence. So I’m all for it in the last round of PPR leagues, maybe a bit of bestball too. However, he himself has had injuries over his 10 year career in the NFL, so beware.
Talking of Bestball, that is where Will Fuller’s safest purchase can be found. He isn’t worth trying to figure out or rely on week to week and I don’t think he ever has. The former 1st round pick back in 2016 is an unrestricted free agent in 2021 and is currently in his exercised 5th year option. You have to wonder if BO’B let’s Fuller walk, especially with Houston’s lack of draft capital.
Kenny Stills isn’t going to trouble leagues unless it’s a deeper bench or unless the aformentioned teammates hit the treatment table.
Isaiah Coulter is highly thought of here at Full10Yards HQ and the 171st overall pick in the NFL Draft from this year is yet another piece of the cake that has too many ingredients in.
All in all, I would only consider Brandin Cooks if in the mid to late rounds of draft. There will be plenty that will have written him off. Randall Cobb as a late round dart in PPR redraft leagues and Will Fuller in the alter rounds of Bestball. If you pivot these players into formats other than those listed, welcome to nightmare heaven.
How things can look different after 12 months. This time last year, Bruce Arains was taking over at the helm, everyone was getting excited about an OJ Howard breakout and Jameis Winston was looking primed for a big season in a contract year.
Fast forward 365 days and we now have a new QB (Free Agency), new RB (draft) and a new TE (out of retirement) to add to the mix.
Tom Brady doesn’t strike many as a guy who can support 2x 1,000 wide receivers, mainly because he was devoid of any talent on the outside for so long in New England and became the dink and dunk master. Is that what Tampa Tom Brady looks like? TB12 will be 43 when the season (eventually) rolls around. Does he still have the arm? Possibly not. Does he still have the skill? Absolutely. Tom Brady will walk into Raymond James stadium and the player’s locker room and not know what to do with all the weapons at his disposal.
For fantasy, there is the potential headache of not knowing what the change at QB means for Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Change generally means a dip in production in first year whilst you allow for the new player to acclimatise. Tom Brady will be no different, especially with the pandemic threatening to curtail the offseason workouts and building any chemistry.
Added to the mix of hungry hippos chomping at the bit for targets, we have 3 Tight Ends. We all know the history of Gronk and Brady and we all know the history of how much Brady loves tight ends. But was that as a consequence of a lack of outside talent? What will Tom Brady’s tendencies be in this new Bruce Arians offence – a typical vertical type offence. Does Brady still have the arm for it?
If the answer to that question is no, Mike Evans could be the guy that ends up disappointing those taking him with a 2nd round fantasy draft pick. Godwin’s versatility should see him be as safe as last year.
Another factor we must bear in mind is the decision making change at the quarterback decision. For all the intereceptions Jameis threw, he made up for it with the yardage and touchdowns afterwards whilst in comeback mode. You wont have that dynamic anymore in Tampa Bay, which will directly impact possessions and total yardage through the air. Couple that with the fact that the defence should be a bit better than it was last year (through talent but also probably having to spend less time on the field thus, being a bit fresher and not as worn down and ultimately should not concede as many points).
The nightmare was there for all to see last year with Godwin and Evans generally taking it turns to post big games with the other being taken out of the game, epitomised by only one game where both scored touchdowns.
The headache remains for 2020 and we no longer have gunslinger and interception thrower Jameis Winston to bail us out. Pass me the aspirin.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Not only do we have pass catching nightmares, we potentially also have rock carrying ones too.
Tampa Bay invested a 3rd round pick/#76 overall in Ke’Shawn Vaughn, running back out of Vanderbilt. He comes in to do battle with Ronald Jones, the much maligned 2nd round/38th overall pick in the 2018 draft.
So what’s the outcome?
One factor to key in on here is Tom Brady’s love of dump offs to the running back. This is one of the main reasons why James White, Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Kevin Faulk (the list goes on) are given more love in the fantasy world and are so undervalued in real life by fans.
In Tampa, considering the investments, this screams time share. Whilst Vaughn is more competent at the pass blocking which gives him a good opportunity to ciphen work away from Jones even from week 1 , Jones is still learning and is improving as his career and skill sets evolve. I think both with be flex worthy players during the season, but again may be one for bestballs rather than you redraft/dynasty leagues. Vaughn kind of fits the Arians/David Johnson mould of someone that can be a 3 down back but due to his exposure going to Tampa, everyone wants a piece and it’s not a piece I am looking to overpay for. He isn’t going to be peak David Johnson, before any starts to put those two dots together.
Still, there is one silver lining: at least we don’t have Peyton Barber to worry about – probably the only Barber that won’t be in demand after Covid19 is over.
What are your fantasy nightmares for 2020? Let us know through our social media @F10YFantasy and we’ll be happy to help solve them! Watch out for part 2 over the next few weeks.
The 2020 NFL Draft was the only live sporting action in April and for those in the UK it came at a cost to a normal sleep pattern but hey, we’re not going anywhere anytime soon, right?
As teams have started to make post-draft moves to free up room on their rosters for draftees it has given us some clues toward how the forthcoming Fantasy season may play out.
Let’s take a look at those who have had been given a boost Fantasy-wise from the near-300 selections and those who might be slipping down your depth chart…
I bet the Cowboys couldn’t believe their luck when CeeDee Lamb was still available at 17. Was a wide receiver something the Cowboys needed to go after in the first round? Of course it wasn’t. They’ve got Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup for goodness sake.
However, you look at this trio of wide outs and they are – assuming Lamb lives up the hype – in the upper echelons of a pass catching corps in the league.
This opens it up so nicely for Prescott who already put up the fourth most points in Fantasy last season with Jason Garrett as coach. Whilst Mike McCarthy may not be the saviour for Dallas I expect this Cowboys to be a side that is involved in a shootout every other week and Prescott sits right at the heart of that.
If you’re in a Dynasty league, this is to me is the situation where only a crazy offer should even tempt you into giving up Dak.
Make no mistake; the Broncos are all in on Drew Lock.
Denver had the draft capital to trade up if they really wanted to and we all know what John Elway is like with QBs but here we are, foot to the floor in the Drew Lockmobile (patent pending) speeding into the 2020 season with some raw but wonderful talent.
The Broncos drafted two wide outs with their first two picks, added a center, a guard, a tight end and another wide out amongst other defensive selections.
The first of those receivers was Jerry Jeudy who, much like Lamb with the Cowboys, was something of a pleasant surprise to the Broncos when he fell was available at 15. You only had to look at the footage of Elway reclining at his home after the pick like a super-villain in a future James Bond film to know how pleased he was with this pick.
This gives Drew Lock the following options: Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, Phillip Lindsay on a screen all playing behind an offensive line that has received some much needed bolstering in the offseason.
I’m not expecting Lock to catapult into a QB1 situation but if he can build on the promise of the limited amount we saw in 2019, he’s a viable QB2 and depending how deep your league is perhaps a QB1.
After filling in for Melvin Gordon’s holdout-induced-absence so well and performing at a high level after MGIII’s return in the 2019 season it was likely Ekeler was going to be heading into the 2020 season on a high.
The Chargers drafted Justin Herbert and strengthened the offensive line in free agency (the Okung/Turner trade is still baffling me), which just makes me think Ekeler will be the key man for the Chargers this coming season.
Expect an increase in the number of touches as Herbert could be eased into the starting role at LA, assuming Tyrod Taylor doesn’t explode in pre-season that is…
Oof. That was a tough one for Camp Rodgers.
Hoping that your team will take a wide out from one of the deepest classes in years and instead having your replacement taken in the first round in Jordan Love and the second pick being used on a running back to complement Aaron Jones?
As many have written before me, this is the beginning of the end for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
In short, your team are moving to a more run-heavy offense, your only viable pass catchers is still Davante Adams and your replacement is in the building – albeit not literally – ala Rodgers’ being drafted to replace Favre all those years ago.
It may be worth your while picking up Adams as your WR1 but stay away from Rodgers as your QB1.
Imagine you’re Damien Williams…
You beat out Shady McCoy for the starting running back job, turn in a fantastic Super Bowl performance and your team takes running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with their first pick?! A penny for Williams’ thoughts…
This isn’t to say that Williams is depreciating in value compared to where we were in 2019 but pre-draft I think Williams would have been quite high up people’s draft boards as a late first round/early second round RB1 but yeesh, this really knocks him down my draft board.
This is along the lines of Aaron Rodgers situation in Green Bay.
Your team trades away one of the best wide outs in the league in exchange for a running back that may not produce more than Duke Johnson and coming out of the draft the only wide out you’ve gone out and got was late in the fifth round?
The Texans signed Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb but neither of those two produce like a fantasy WR1 whilst their options at receiver are Kenny Stills, Keke Coutee and Will Fuller. None of those receivers came close to a 1,000 yards last year and frankly I don’t trust them as a group to stay healthy or in consistent form to help Watson out enough.
Right now I’d have it as a coin flip between taking Drew Lock ahead of DeShaun Watson in a Fantasy Draft and this is purely down to the decisions made in the front office rather than a criticism of Watson’s abilities.
Don’t forget to go and find out about some other winners and losers from the fallout of the NFL draft with Sean’s articles posted recently. Do I agree with his selections? Let’s find out:
With almost every single pick in this entire draft being perfect besides a couple on the back end it’s hard to argue against Cincinnati having probably the strongest draft class this year.
Adding superstar LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick and giving him Tee Higgins with the first pick on day two was just fantastic. AJ Green’s future past 2020 (or maybe even before?) is uncertain so grabbing Higgins ensures that their new shiny toy has a bit of time to perfect his craft before the armbands are taken off.
Later in day two they added stud linebacker Logan Wilson, a player who I’d spoke very highly about in the weeks leading up to the draft. Going into day 3 the Bengals then picked up Linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither, Edge Rusher Khalid Kareem, Offensive Lineman Hakeem Adeniji and Linebacker Markus Bailey.
These are some fantastic picks which give the Bengals a ton of young talent going into the 2020 season.
Coming out of this draft the Miami Dolphins are a scary looking team. Not only did they add a ton of free agent weapons they went crazy in the draft and picked up a ton of talent (honestly, it could’ve been harder to do bad considering they had three first round picks).
They started with a marquee name and picked up though in Alabama Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, grabbed Austin Jackson at tackle to protect him and Noah Igbinoghene to pair with Byron Jones at cornerback.
Going into day two and three they managed to pick up Robert Hunt and Solomon Kindley, even more protection for Tua. Meanwhile adding Raekwon Davis, Brandon Jones, Jason Strowbridge and Curtis Weaver to augment the defense. They added the LSU long snapper Blake Ferguson and Navy wide out Malcom Perry to finish up their draft.
Yes, there were a lot of darts to throw at the board for Brian Flores and company, but the Dolphins managed to hit the bullseye on multiple occasions rather than the floor.
This Miami team is going to be a real problem for the rest of the AFC this year.
Green Bay Packers
This might be one of the most inept drafts I’ve ever seen from a team. They entered a draft rich in wide receiver talent and didn’t draft one.
They could’ve really used some help for Aaron Rodgers but decided to use their first round pick on a below average quarterback with below average stats to sit behind a guy who probably has 3-4 years left at the helm. I can see why Packers fans are calling for blood.
With their remaining selections they picked up AJ Dillon a semi decent running back from Boston college, Cincinnati Bearcats tight end Josiah Deguara. Defensive picks were just as much of a mess picking up Kamal Martin, Vernon Scott and Johnathan Garvin, All very average players. They also added Jon Runyan and Simon Stepaniak to their offensive line but I don’t see either of these guys making a start.
Sorry cheeseheads, it’s going to be a tough season in Wisconsin.
New England Patriots
The Patriots really surprised me by trading out of the first round considering the talent available and the holes we needed filled, regardless on day two we starting making our picks and it wasn’t pretty. With the ESPN coverage indicating it was Bill’s dog Nike making the picks, they really did woof this draft!
The first selection the Patriots made was Kyle Dugger a safety from a DII school who while impressive would’ve been available much later one. Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings went next with Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene being two tight ends we picked up in the same round. Next off the board was a kicker in Justin Rohrwasser, a man with seriously questionable right wing tattoos and average at best stats.
In the final two rounds, the Patriots picked up Micheal Onwenu, Justin Herron and Dustin Woodard too add to the trenches while defensively we picked up team mate of Logan Wilson, Cassah Maluia. Now we know the Patriots love to pick players who can do one thing extremely well but given the amount of talent available when Bill had to call in his picks, this was extremely poor drafting.
Let’s hope we can have our returning veterans really help elevate these guys come season time.
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Best quarterback to ever step field in at the college level. Joe Burrow will be the face of the Cincinnati Bengals for the coming years and hopefully take the Bengals back to the playoffs in the coming years.
Another obvious no brainer, the best pass rusher in a long time will add some more punch to the Washington defense. Couple him with Daron Payne and this defensive line is going to cause some headaches in the upcoming season
3rd Pick – Detroit Lions select: Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State, A+
Needing a replacement for standout corner Darius Slay, Detroit pick up arguably one of the best corners in recent memory. Jeff Okudah can tackle, defend the pass and most importantly bait quarterbacks. Big upgrade for the Lions secondary going forward.
4th Pick – New York Giants select: Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia, C
Not who I expected Giants to take with all the lineme but Andrew Thomas is still a great linemen with tons of upside and some great technical ability.
5th Pick – Miami Dolphins select: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama, B
While Tua has been dogged with injuries he’s still the second best quarterback in this draft class and will be a welcome sight as a signal caller in south beach.
Provided he can stay healthy Miami have a future pro-bowler on their hands.
6th Pick – Los Angeles Chargers select: Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon, D
Despite many analysts and colleagues of mine marveling over Justin Herbert’s amazing raw ability, he’s boom or bust and in my eyes – he’s going to be another Mitchell Trubisky. Hopefully the Chargers coaching staff can refine Herbert to help him realise his potential.
The best defensive tackle in the 2020 draft and a very scary player. Derrick Brown is a massive defensive tackle with a huge frame and freaky strength. A complete mauler the Panthers have a new boogeyman to help them out come season time.
Arguably one of the most talented players in this draft. Isiah Simmons can play in coverage, stuff the run or rush the quarterback. Great side to side speed and a real nose for the ball. Simmons is a great addition to help the cardinals make a run at the playoffs this year.
9th Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars select: CJ Henderson, Cornerback, Florida, B
After losing AJ Bouye it was a no brainer for Jacksonville to pick up another corner who can make a real difference. CJ Henderson showed out in the very strong SEC and made a case for himself time and time again. Henderson will be able to ply his ball hawking trade for the Jags as they hope to push back into the winning ways of 2018.
The best tackle in this draft without a doubt. Jedrick Wills has a huge frame and some great technical ability with an elite kickset and amazing body control. This is the browns first step towards protecting Baker Mayfield and becoming the team everyone expected them to be.
11th Pick – New York Jets select: Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville, B
Without a doubt the most violent lineman in this draft. Bullying pass rushers in the ACC was what Mekhi did day in day out. Great pick to hopefully stop Sam Darnold seeing so many ghosts on Sunday.
12th Pick – Las Vegas Raiders select: Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama, A
Is anyone really surprised that the Raiders went for the fastest receiver on the board? Henry Ruggs will take the top off a defense and open up some huge play opportunities for Derrick Carr in Las Vegas.
13th Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers select: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa, C
While highly touted I see a lot of problems with Wirfs’ consistency and technique. While it may take him a year to adjust to NFL I think this pick will pay off in a year or so if he can get the coaching he needs.
14th Pick – San Francisco 49ers select: Javon Kinlaw, Interior Defensive Line, SouthCarolina, B
A real great and strong defensive tackle who can impose his will on offensive lines up and down the country. Carolina are serious about turning their defense up to 11 by adding a great anchoring defensive tackle in Javon Kinlaw.
15th Pick – Denver Broncos select: Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama, A
Arguably the best receiver in the draft Jerry Jeudy is going to make a great target for Sophomore signal caller Drew Lock. With some insane routes and safe hands Jeudy is going to be a fantastic target up in Denver in the approaching season.
16th Pick – Atlanta Falcons select: AJ Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson, B
AJ Terrell was a real difference maker in Clemson during his 2019 campaign. He did nothing but show out all year and help Clemson have one of the strongest defenses in the college football world. A fast strong playmaker who isn’t afraid to tackle will make a big impact in the NFC this year.
It’s hard to go wrong with any of the top wide receivers in this class, CeeDee Lamb is no exception. Fast, clean routes and strong hands make him serious downfield threat to help Dak Prescott this year. This pick gives Dallas one hell of a receiver group.
Another strong Lineman in this class, Austin Jackson was a terror at USC with his large frame and powerful hips allowing him to anchor down and keep a pocket intact.
This was a brilliant choice to keep their number 5 pick safe for his rookie year.
19th Pick – Las Vegas Raiders select: Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Ohio State, B
Moving to the opposite side of the field in 2019 due to a wrist injury took a little shine away from Damon Arnette but even with an injury he continued to be a great compliment to Jeff Okudah at Ohio State. The Las Vegas Raiders have a great piece to augment their secondary here.
With the strength of the 2019 LSU team being one of the best ever seen in college football it was only a matter of time before more key pieces like K’Lavon Chaisson were snatched up. Looking to earn back the moniker of “Sacksonville” the Jaguars pick up one of the strongest linebacker prospects in this draft
21st Pick – Philadelphia Eagles select: Jalen Reagor, Wide Receiver, Texas Christian, C
With receivers like Brandon Aiyuk and Justin Jefferson still on the board this was a massive shock. The horned frog Jalen Reagor has some excellent production and great physical traits but hasn’t really demonstrated himself to be a day 1 talent. The Eagles are hoping they’ve made the right call here.
The perfect replacement for Stephan Diggs, Justin Jefferson has been dominant all year. He can play in the slot or split secondaries out wide with crazy speed and some of the best ball tracking I’ve ever seen in a wide receiver.
23rd Pick – Los Angeles Chargers select: Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma, B
Another top linebacker in a stacked draft Kenneth Murray was one of the reasons the Oklahoma Sooners defense was so dominant in 2019. With physical attributes like this, Kenneth Murray will be a great addition to the rebuilding Chargers.
24th Pick – New Orleans Saints select: Cesar Ruiz, Interior Offensive Line, Michigan, B
A bit of a surprising pick personally but not a bad one. The best Centre in college football was the wolverine Cesar Ruiz. A powerful man hit a great football IQ an amazing hands to control defensive linemen and linebackers looking to stuff the run or sack his quarterback.
25th Pick – San Francisco 49ers select: Brandon Aiyuk, Wide Receiver, ArizonaState, A
A wide receiver who I thought would come off the board a lot earlier is Brandon Aiyuk. Playing alongside fellow first round pick N’Keal Harry in his earlier days Aiyuk developed into a real threat for the sun devils in his last year filling the gap that Harry left. Jimmy G will have a great target in this man.
26th Pick – Green Bay Packers select: Jordan Love, Quarterback, Utah State, F
Honestly a massive shock that Green Bay traded up to get a quarterback with 20 touchdowns to 17 picks in 2019. Maybe they see something that I don’t and maybe Aaron Rodgers can really help develop this raw talent into something tangible.
Either way, I think this pick was a bit of a waste for a team with a quarterback with as many years left as Rodgers.
With Clowney’s future still up in the air the Seahawks needs to make a move at linebacker to help bolster their defense. Jordyn Brooks was a standout on a decidedly average Texas Tech team. Powerful and instinctive Brooks punished opposing offenses with a punishing and fast play style.
28th Pick – Baltimore Ravens select: Patrick Queen, Linebacker, LSU, B
Patrick Queen can do it all, built like a safety he can play coverage, stuff the run or sack a quarterback. One of the best to do it for LSU Patrick Queen was a marvel to watch. With obvious comparisons to former team mate Devin White clearly warranted you can be sure you’ll see Queen at a Pro Bowl very soon.
The second Georgia offensive tackle taken in this first round Isiah Wilson is a big mauler with a violent play style and a frame to match. The Titans clearly wanted someone to move people to get Derrick Henry into the open field and this is the man to do it.
A man somewhat overlooked until Auburn had a fairly decent ending to their season, even beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Noah Igbinoghene will be a great piece for this strong Miami roster looking to give everyone problems in the 2020 season.
31st Pick – Minnesota Vikings select: Jeff Gladney, Cornerback, TCU, C
The second horned frog taken in this first round, Jeff Gladney was lights out all season. With some tremendous ball tracking skills and a long frame that he uses to stop receivers getting their hands on passes Gladney will be a solid if not high level player in Minnesota.
32nd Pick – Kansas City Chiefs select: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Running Back, LSU, A
Even though I had him in my “dark horses” article it seems many people finally sat up and listened. The powerful back with quick hips and fast eyes will be a great addition to the superbowl champions roster. Expect to see Cydle Edwards-Helaire in contention for OROY as he plies his trade in Kansas.
33rd Pick – Cincinnati Bengals select: Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson, A
The 2019 ACC receiving touchdown leader lands in Cincinnati as a prime target for new franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. Higgins excels at creating separation and using his height and speed to make plays downfield or out ride. Excellent pick for the Bengals to kick off round 2.
34th Pick – Indianapolis Colts select: Michael Pitman, Wide Receiver, USC, B
The 2019 all PAC-12 wide receiver is a new target for Phillip Rivers in Indianapolis. Michael Pitman excels in the slot at 6’4” being a match up problem for any one having to cover him. While not the fastest his high catch point and freak work rate makes him a great pick for the Colts.
35th Pick – Detroit Lions select: D’Andre Swift, Running Back, Georgia B
If you need a guy who can break off some big downhill runs and really exploit holes in a defence this is the guy to do it. D’Andre Swift is a first round talent who managed to really stand out despite the running back pedigree of his college. With solid hands Swift can also make himself a receiving threat when Matthew Stafford needs a safety valve.
36th Pick – New York Giants select: Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama A
The 2019 all SEC safety is the newest member of the New York Giants, a physical safety with massive versatility and physical upside. He has played under Nick Saben which gives him a massive defensive football IQ and that shows with his on field instincts.
37th Pick – New England Patriots select: Kyle Dugger, Safety, Lenoir-Rhyne University C
A shock pick to say the least but with great hands and a 42 inch vertical makes him a physical freak. 6 punt return touchdowns and a great nose for the ball gives this man great utility on special teams and defense. With an emphasis on special teams at the Patriots Kyle Dugger will look to make an impact on day one.
38th Pick – Carolina Panthers select: Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State C
A tall, athletic defensive end with a great motor is a great pairing with the Panthers first round pick to turn this pass rush into one of the best in the NFL. His size and work ethic make this man one of the first round talents who unluckily fell to the second round. The Panthers get a steal here.
39th Pick – Miami Dolphins select: Robert Hunt, Interior Offensive Line, Louisiana, D
2018 2nd Team all Sun Belt guard from Louisiana is another pick in service of keeping the Dolphins first round quarterback protected. A vicious pass and run protector with a great technical skillset who can be an instant starter in the NFL.
40th Pick – Houston Texans select: Ross Blacklock, Interior Defensive Line, Texas Christian, B
A big defensive tackle to help bolster the Texans line, Ross Blacklock has quick twitch speed and an elite first step which will make him dangerous from day one. Pair him with JJ Watt and this Texas line is going to give people headaches all year.
41st Pick – Indianapolis Colts select: Johnathan Taylor, Running Back, Wisconsin, C
A player with great awareness and physical attributes that make him a three down back. With speed to burn linebackers and jukes to fool the secondary Taylor is one of the top backs in this class and a steal for the colts.
An explosive playmaker with a big physical frame who can use his body to box out defenders and make catches. He can really make things happen on the run after the catch too at 230lbs defenders bounce off him and he will be a big time weapon in Jacksonville.
43rd Pick – Chicago Bears select: Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame, B
The first tight end of the board and a great pick from the bears. His size and hands make him a great red zone threat. Pair him with Jimmy Graham and the Bears will have some great redzone help in 2020, something that Mitchel Trubisky really needs if he wants to keep his job.
44th Pick – Cleveland Browns select: Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU, A
In my opinion the best safety in this draft, Grant Delpit will be with some LSU teammates in Cleveland. A great safety with big tackling ability, playing close to the line of scrimmage who can really transform a team’s secondary. Great steal for the Browns here at pick 44.
45th – Tampa Bay Buccaneers select: Antoine Winfield, Safety, Minnesota, B
A super smart safety with great side to side speed and crazy good instinct. His hands are crazy good and his motor will keep him in any play on the field. While he’s only 5’8” he makes plays and will be a threat to any quarterback in the league.
46th Pick – Denver Broncos select: KJ Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State, C
Breaking the Penn State freshman record for yards KJ Hamler has the dynamic slot skills and great speed in open field. He’s got some great cutting ability and acceleration who can take the top off some of the best defenses in the NFL.
47th Pick – Atlanta Falcons select: Marlon Davidson, Interior Defensive Line, Auburn, B
The sack leader at Auburn last year, Marlon Davidson is a versatile player with some great physical ability that he can use to rush the interior or push the edge to put pressure on the quarterback or snuff out runs before they develop.
Another big defensive pick for the Seahawks, Darrell Taylor is a big defensive end with a huge frame and great quick feet to help him move linemen to make it to the quarterback. A big physical guy with some great upside for the defensive minded Pete Carroll.
The first Canadian player taken in the 2020 draft, Chase Claypool is 6’4” and his size is his biggest weapon. He can high point the ball on go routes and use his body to jump over people and win contested catches in the endzone. A big redzone weapon for the Steelers.
50th Pick – Chicago Bears select: Jaylon Johnson, Cornerback, Utah, B
Jaylon Johnson played very tough and aggressive in 2019 despite being injured. Super aggressive from the cornerback stop who is always trying to make big plays on the balls and change the momentum in games. Comfortable tackling or in coverage makes Johnson very very dangerous in the NFL.
It’s hard to find a cornerback with this size, he’s a lockdown player who can defend a ton of different routes and due to playing at Alabama his defensive IQ and understanding of his position is already very developed and he will be a great replacement for Byron Jones down in Dallas.
52nd Pick – Los Angeles Rams select: Cam Akers, Running Back, Florida State, B
Only the 3rd running back to have more than 1000 yards in a season. Quick, compact and agile Akers had to do it all on his own at Florida State so with some top linemen and a competent offensive coach the sky’s the limit with Akers in Los Angeles.
53rd Pick – Philadelphia Eagles select: Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Oklahoma, D
The former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback was a Heisman finalist and SEC championship winner and has all the tools to be successful in the NFL despite the fact he’s a little bit of a project with the right coaching he will be successful in the NFL. Just watch the Eagles use him in a Taysom Hill type roll in upcoming seasons.
54th Pick – Buffalo Bills select: AJ Epenesa, Edge, Iowa, B
Another player who could’ve easily gone on day one. He’s the type of defensive end who can slap down a lineman’s hands and run right through him. Despite playing on the outside in college AJ Epenesa could easily play on the interior and create as much chaos as he does on the edge.
55th Pick – Baltimore Ravens select: JK Dobbins, Running Back, Ohio State, A
A common theme in this second round is the amount of first round talent that still remains. JK Dobbins is one of these guys. He’ll run the gap scheme almost as good as anyone else and will make people miss in open space. A focused and determined back who can really help move the chains for the Ravens.
This Miami defense is looking seriously scary, and Raekwon Davis just makes them even more nightmarish. Davis is very physically gifted and while his pass rushing may need some work he might be one of the most intimidating looking players to have on your defensive line.
57th Pick – Los Angeles Rams select: Van Jefferson, Wide Receiver, Florida, C
The son of Shawn Jefferson with fantastic routes and body control. Great soft hands who can make some very awkward catches and really give defensive backs headaches. Great fundamentals and hands are what make Van Jefferson the ideal weapon for Jarred Goff in LA.
While not highly recruited out of high school, watching Ezra Cleveland play makes it clear that he has the footwork and technique to protect Kirk Cousins in the NFL. Big, strong and technically capable Cleveland is one of the top tackles I’ve scouted and definitely will be a great addition for Minnesota.
59th Pick – New York Jets select: Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver, Baylor, B
Denzel Mims is a player I expected to go in the first round, a player with elite athleticism who can track the ball and high point it as well as anyone in the draft. This is a great pick up for the Jets who are getting a guy with reliable hands who never stops working and will make a play when you need him to.
60th Pick – New England Patriots select: Josh Uche, Linebacker, Michigan, B
Another need addressed for the Patriots, Josh Uche is a hard working linebacker with elite speed and a great IQ to help him run the QB Spy. While his hand to hand skills haven’t been displayed as much as possible due to his elite first step getting him off linemen quickly, trust me when I tell you it’s there.
61st Pick – Tennessee Titans select: Christian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU, B
One of the top corners in this draft with great ball tracking and incredible patients. With amazing timing and incredible double moves he’s very dangerous to every receiver on the field. He also has some amazing make up speed which means it’s very rare he’ll get beaten even against more agile receivers.
62nd Pick – Green Bay Packers select: AJ Dillon, Running Back, Boston College, C
With one of the best combines amongst running backs this year AJ Dillon is an old school running back who is going to drop his shoulder and truck over anyone trying to bring him down. With an imposing stature and great speed Dillon is going to be a tough player to stop when he breaks free from the line.
63rd Pick – Kansas City Chiefs select: Willie Gay, Linebacker, Mississippi State, B
Another needed piece for the superbowl champions, Willie Gay is one of the fastest linebackers in the combine and is a great starter for Mississippi State. Despite some of the field trouble which caused his draft stock to slip this NFL chance will cause him to keep his head straight and focus on his play.
64th Pick – Carolina Panthers select: Jeremy Chinn, Safety, Southern Illinois, C
With some great numbers and nose for the ball Jeremy Chinn has incredible speed and really turned heads at the combine. Great tackling and heavy hits make him dangerous for receivers who aren’t paying enough attention to him or locating him quickly enough.
A player I featured in my draft dark horses, and incredible athlete with great hands and massive frame. The fact he even made it to the third round is honestly a shock. Not only can he pressure the quarterback but he can get into space and pick the ball off too.
66th Pick – Washington Redskins select: Antonio Gibson, Wide Receiver, Memphis, C
Despite being listed as a receiver because of what he can do on the outside Antonio Gibson has great instincts running the ball and can line up in the backfield if needed. Incredibly versatile and can make a real difference as a gadget player when needed.
67th Pick – Detroit Lions select: Julian Okwara, Linebacker, Notre Dame, D
Not the strongest linebacker left on the board but still managed to put up decent numbers in college. With a great work ethic and will to get better Okwara will have a lot of improvements to make if he wants to make a final roster but he definitely has the work ethic to do so.
68th Pick – New York Jets select: Ashyn Davis, Safety, California, C
Originally a walk-on, Ashtyn Davis is a great athlete who needs to work on his consistency to be a top level player but definitely has the tools to do so. In the slot he can really do some work against bigger receivers due to his physical skills and technique.
A massive player who made a perfect 79 for 79 in his assignments against Alabama, Damien Lewis is a talented guard who will shut anyone down when he gets his hands on them. One of the most underappreciated players at LSU this year Lewis is a big reason why Joe Burrow remained upright on route to his 60 Touchdown passes.
A great safety from the storied Texas program, Brandon Jones is a versatile playmaker with the skills to make it on this stacked Miami defense. With great physical ability it will be good to see how he plays alongside the defensive pieces Miami has picked up in this draft and off season especially as a weapon on special teams.
While he’s not the strongest player available on the board it’s clear what Baltimore’s strategy is: sure up the line and make sure you’re as explosive on defense as you are on offence. Decent pick for the ravens. But not who I would’ve taken.
A guy I didn’t expect to fall this far , Josh Jones is a very very talented lineman who can grab and pull on the line and will add some much needed protection for the Cardinals here in the 3rd round. Hopefully this pick will stop Kyler Murray getting sacked less than 50 times in the 2020 season with help from Josh Jones.
73rd Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars select: Davon Hamilton, Interior Defensive Line, Ohio State, C
Really upgrading all 3 levels of their defense here in the draft the Jags grab a brilliant productive nose tackle who can really make some plays and put pressure on quarterbacks and stuff runs before they develop.
74th Pick – New Orleans Saints select: Zach Baun, Linebacker, Wisconsin, A
Another guy who could’ve gone in round 2 Zach Baun is a great athlete with speed and athleticism who can win great one on ones despite his size. His size lends to his versatility and he has proved how he can improve when given the right coaching.
75th Pick – Detroit Lions select: Jonah Jackson, Offensive Guard, Ohio State, B
While not the best guard at Ohio State with the right coaching Jonah Jackson can make a difference on this Detroit Lions team. Tall and long the Rutgers transfer was a guy I said to look out for in the later rounds and getting his number called proves I was right.
76th Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers select: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Running Back, Vanderbilt, D
With some great wiggle and burst when he hits the open field Ke’Shawn Vaughn is a great pairing with Ronald Jones in Tampa Bay. I do have some questions about his speed and instincts which could make him a problem against some of the more athletic guys in the NFL.
Needing to address the defense here in the third round Micheal Ojemudia is a great pick for Denver to make. Despite there being some better players on the board corner was a big need for Denver and this is a decent pick.
78th Pick – Atlanta Falcons select: Matt Hennessy, Interior Offensive Line, Temple, B
A big tough player with an insane work ethic, Matt Hennessy is a fantastic player and is a total student of the game on every level. With a decent skill set when snapping the ball with decent size and skill to anchor in the middle this is a very good pick for Atlanta.
79th Pick – New York Jets select: Jabari Zuniga, Edge, Florida, C
While the Jets needed more instant impact on the edge, Jabari Zuniga has all the physical tools to make it in New York, but he’s very coachable and has some he can make improvements when needed.
80th Pick – Las Vegas Raiders select: Lynn Bowden, Wide Receiver, Kentucky, D
Despite being a great utility player who can provide speed in the slot or a change of pace at running back this wasn’t a real need for Las Vegas and ultimately a wasted pick in my eyes.
81st Pick – Las Vegas Raiders select: Bryan Edwards, Wide Receiver, South Carolina, A
Bryan Edwards is a first round talent who fell in the draft due to his foot injury. A contested catch beast with deceptive yards after catch and a crazy ability to create separation. Good pick up for Gruden and the black and silver.
Neville Gallimore is a strong player who can disrupt the gaps and has a crazy motor and should fit well with the existing Cowboys schemes. Given enough first team reps and you’ll see Gallimore become an important part of the Cowboys defence.
A guy who arguably could’ve been taken in the early second Lloyd Cushenberry is a long powerful blocker who can play anywhere on the interior. His athletic ability makes him a real problem.
84th Pick – Los Angeles Rams select: Terrell Lewis, Linebacker, Alabama, B
While injuries could be a worry with Terrell Lewis he has the full prototypical edge rusher profile. Long, powerful hips and great burst. Lewis can get to the quarterback very well and has super heavy hands. This is a great pick up for the Rams but his injury concerns stopped me from marking him as an A graded prospect.
85th Pick – Indianapolis Colts select: Julian Blackmon, Safety, Utah, A
Making the move from corner to safety Justin Blackmon has elite level instincts, quick hips and great explosive bursts. While he isn’t the fastest he’s a great compliment to Malik Hooker and can play corner if needed.
A hard working player with the ability to drop the hammer on people. While he can lose speed downfield he can make some great jump cuts and leave linebackers tackling the air. Should be a good partner for Devin Singletary in Buffalo.
87th Pick – New England Patriots select: Anfernee Jennings, Edge, Alabama, B
With polished hand work and a wide frame that enables him to set a strong edge Anfernee Jennings is a great run defender who can also make it flat to the quarterback when needed. Not the best pickup the patriots could have made but solid nonetheless.
88th Pick – Cleveland Browns select: Jordan Elliott, Interior Defensive Line, Missouri, B
High motor, Heavy hands and great technique are what make Jordan Elliott so good. While he’s not super athletic and can wrap up too high sometimes these are things that the Browns can develop and turn Elliott into an absolute steal.
While tall and showing prowess in zone and press coverage Cameron Dantzler isn’t very fast and his skinny frame can lead him to be shaken off by bigger wide outs. Despite his great ball skills he doesn’t track very well and can be easily beaten by a receiver who can run a crisp route.
90th Pick – Houston Texans select: Jonathan Greenard, Edge, Florida, B
With a chiseled frame and first round flashes during his college career Jonathan Greenard has great power and his high motor will make sure he’s constantly working on the field. He’s a great prospect and filled a real need that the Texans had.
91st Pick – New England Patriots select: Devin Asiasi, Tight End, UCLA, B
With great ability to separate and create space at the next level Devin Asiasi has some great size to make him a red zone threat, He doesn’t have the ability to be a great blocker or have the long speed of other tight ends but he fits the exact type of player that the Patriots normally love.
A rare type of slot receiver in that he’s faster than he is quick. Small player but can track the ball like a first rounder. Great strong hands, while his release is slow he adds some great speed to the Ravens wide receiver group.
Darrynton Evans is a zone runner with great one cut ability and serious explosion for a man of his size and physique. While he’s not the fastest or best after contact he’ll give some good depth behind Derrick Henry.
94th Pick – Green Bay Packers select: Josiah Deguara, Tight End, Cincinnati, D
Despite being a hard worker and some solid hands there is nothing spectacular about Josiah Deguara’s game at all and this was a wasted pick by Green Bay.
A pass rushing specialist with long arms and active hands. His slender frame seeing him get shut out against the run more often than not but is a very coachable young player with a ton of upside if he works in training camp.
96th Pick – Kansas City Chiefs select: Lucas Niang, Offensive Tackle, Texas Christian, B
While this isn’t a major need for the superbowl champions right now Lucas Niang has some great lateral movement and great size which could really come in handy when he gets some reps as a starter in Kansas City.
97th Pick – Cleveland Browns select: Jacob Phillips, Linebacker, LSU, B
Watching Jacob Phillips is a great jack of all trades linebacker with solid tackling and a large tackle radius. Could be a quality player in Cleveland if given the right chances on the field.
98th Pick – Baltimore Ravens select: Malik Harrison, Linebacker, Ohio State, C
A strong run stopping specialist who can shed blocks and make quick reads. While not especially athletic he can make plays in coverage and fits in well with the Ravens defensive schemes.
99th Pick – New York Giants select: Matt Peart, Offensive Tackle, Connecticut, A
A long athletic lineman with great feed and solid pass protection. Great lateral quickness makes this man a solid anchor that will only get better overtime. Great pick to go alongside first rounder Andrew Thomas.
100th Pick – Las Vegas Raiders select: Tanner Muse, Safety, Clemson, D
Quick and tall linebacker safety hybrid who can sometimes be a problem in coverage. Great speed and can be competent as a blitzer on certain formations. Might not make a massive impact but could see some playtime on special teams.
101st Pick – New England Patriots select: Dalton Keene, Tight End, Virginia Tech, C
Athletic H-Back type who looks to be another special teams pick for the Patriots. He can make some plays after the catch and can make some blocking too when it’s needed. Not a groundbreaking or sexy pick but seriously functional.
102nd Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers select: Alex Highsmith, Edge, Charlotte, C
A great rusher with some nice off the line speed and a fairly decent first step. Doesn’t have the power of some other defensive ends but he’s a solid player who could make some serious improvements with the right coaching.
103rd Pick – Philadelphia Eagles select: Davion Taylor, Linebacker, Colorado, B
A strong player with a ton of raw talent that could be turned into something seriously dangerous with some coaching and guidance. He actually looked fairly decent when playing at cornerback and could have some serious utility value.
104th Pick – Los Angeles Rams select Terrell Burgess, Safety, Utah, B
With solid instinct and coverage skills Terrell Burgess plays with the speed and agility of a cornerback which makes him more than a match to cover slot receivers hitting the second level of the ield. A guy who loves to make plays all across the field is a great addition to the Rams secondary.
105th Pick – New Orleans Saints select: Adam Troutman, Tight End, Dayton, B
With fairly impressive speed and acceleration for his size Adam Troutman has the ability to create separation and make some big plays downfield, while I wouldn’t exactly call him a steal you could easily make a case for Troutman being drafted a lot sooner than now.
106th Pick – Baltimore Ravens select: Tyre Phillips, Interior Offensive Line, Mississippi State, C
A massive immovable man mountain in pass coverage with some solid fundamentals make Tyre Phillips a great little project for the offensive line coaches in Baltimore. While he lacks the hips and kick set of an elite lineman these are things that he can be taught which coupled with his size could make him a great piece in the Ravens trenches.