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Pre-Combine Mock Draft

Updated: Mar 27

With the NFL Draft approaching and the NFL Scouting Combine just underway, 12 fantasy heads from the community came together to do a final pre-combine rookie mock draft. This is a 1 QB PPR format and the article includes analysts from truenorthffb.com, cantcutlist.com, 2on1fantasysports.com, ffastronauts.com, and tckpod.com. Readers should note that the people picking 3rd and 12th pulled a draft and dash before writing up their picks. The rest of the crew were able to give some analysis on those selections. Participating analysts:

@cjalaps, @kacer_lukas, @connorten, @DBrownFF88, @goldjacketqbs, @CrisDynasty,

@TSeel14, @101chalk, @ffshaneb, @AWLsabermetrics.


Round 1


1.01 - Johnathan Taylor (RB), Wisconsin

Corey Spala - @cjalapsFF


Taylor is everything I want for my RB: young (21 years old) and dominant (41.8% dominator rating), while running for the Badgers. Defenses knew what was coming and couldn’t stop him. He is 1st in the NCAA in rushing yards through his first 3 seasons, finishing ahead of Herschel Walker (5,259) at 6,174 yards.


To reconsider this pick, Swift/Dobbins would have to go to the perfect situation and Taylor to the worst situation. I am confident, at this point in time, with Taylor as my RB1 and 1.01 in standard leagues.


1.02 - D’Andre Swift - RB - Georgia

Lukas Kacer - @kacer_lukas - The Candlestick Kids Fantasy


High ceiling potential is something that I like to target in my rookie drafts and D’Andre Swift out of Georgia has exactly that. Swift doesn’t have the career volume the other top backs in this class do, but his playmaking ability in the crowded backfields of Georgia stood out to me.


Georgia always has top notch players in their backfield core, and most of the time they have many in the same year, so Swift’s college career should not go unnoticed, or count against him sharing time with other high level RBs. Swift may have a lower floor than Jonathan Taylor and J.K. Dobbins, but his ceiling is well above and beyond the others.


1.03 - J.K. Dobbins - RB - Ohio St


A case can easily be made for Dobbins to be the RB 1 in this class. Dobbins has good size at 5'10" 217lbs, and showcases excellent wiggle and lateral agility. Stepping onto the field for the first time Dobbins put up 181 yards, and holds the record for most rushing yards by a true freshman debut in Ohio State history.


While his pass protection needs to be cleaned up, that is nothing abnormal for rookies to enter the league needing to improve upon. At this point in the year Dobbins seems to be landing right around this range in non super-flex formats. A good combine and he could overtake Taylor or Swift.


1.04 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire - RB - LSU

Connor Donald - @connorten - True North Fantasy Football


The future of the NFL RB is not just about rush attempts and yards, but how many different ways can you contribute to the offense. The Clydesdale presents this perfect complement of a future NFL stud running back, mixing a tough running style with an excellent receiving ability. CEH, my RB1 this year, has every opportunity to be the #1 RB out of this draft class, but likely won't be drafted as such.


The Clydesdale has it all: balance, elusiveness, physicality and vision. His first year as the future back at LSU he had over 1800 scrimmage yards and 17 TDs (215 attempts and 55 receptions). The areas of issue like his pass protection and second level speed can be complemented with the proper RB2 by his side and professional development, but pro comps of Devin Singletary and Mark Ingram should get you extremely excited for his arrival in the NFL!


1.05 - Ceedee Lamb -WR Oklahoma

Daniel Brown - @DBrownFF88 - The Undroppables


I absolutely love getting my WR1, 5 picks into this draft, I’m skeptical that he would fall to this point in most single QB drafts, but I’ll take the easy money. CeeDee Lamb may lack top end speed but he has aggressive hands and is top tier from this class with contested catches and ball tracking ability.


Lamb looks incredibly natural and is always looking to make a play once the ball is in his hands. Lamb has put up incredible statistics since high school. If you like a player with proven production, Lamb is the cream of the crop.


1.06 - Jalen Reagor -WR T.C.U

Jim Nastic - @Goldjacketqbs - True North Fantasy Football


Reagor is my WR2 and 4th overall prospect in the draft at this point in the season, whether you're a film or analytics guy there is something to love. It's a personal choice for myself but I have Reagor slightly ahead of Jeudy and this was an easy slam dunk pick for me.

Jalen possesses blazing speed and at 5'10" has an incredible leaping ability to high point footballs. He had a young breakout age, amazing dominator rating, and has shown the ability to play with multiple QB's. In my opinion Jalen has the highest ceiling of any WR in this year's class, and I knew he wouldn't come back around to me in the 2nd.


1.07 - Jerry Jeudy-WR Alabama

Cristian Ognibene- @CrisDynasty


Jerry Jeudy is my WR 2 (behind Ceede Lamb) and 3rd overall prospect behind D'Andre Swift. If you are able to land Jerry Jeudy at 1.07 consider yourself very fortunate. I consider Jeudy the most polished route runner in this class with the most diverse route tree.


Listed at 6’1, 192, the major concern is his lighter weights and durability issues. I don't see this issue coming to fruition. Jeudy has spectacular after the catch abilities and constantly eludes tacklers. To me, he is the most scheme-independent wide receiver in this class and has the highest floor of the tier 1 wideouts. If he reaches his full potential, which I expect, he will be a WR 1 for years to come, if not, you are still looking at a safe floor.


1.08 - Tee Higgins - WR - Clemson

Travis Seel - @TSeel14 - True North Fantasy Football


With my top tier of running backs all off the board, my decision came down to Tee Higgins or Cam Akers. While Akers and Clyde Edwards-Helaire round out my second tier of running backs, Tee Higgins is firmly in my tier 1 of Wide Receivers along with Ceedee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy.


My decision to select Higgins was based not only on my ranking tiers, but also the career longevity of Wide Receivers as well as Higgins’ potential to be a #1 target for an NFL team. While a great landing spot could sway me towards Akers, there is still uncertainty as to whether he will be an every down back in the NFL. Higgins’ 19.8 Yards per reception and 6 yards after catch per reception in 2019 were too good to pass up!


1.09 - Cam Akers - Florida State

Chalk - @101chalk - The Undroppables


One of my favorite RB prospects in this class, I was ecstatic to grab Akers here at the 9th spot in a 1QB rookie draft. With a 5-11, 212 pound frame, Akers has the prototypical three-down RB build and projects in a true bellcow back with above average pass protection and receiving skills. Catching 30 passes for 225 yards and 4 TDs, the former Seminole flashed his upside as a running back who can do it all. But make no mistake, Akers is an impressive runner with power, agility and contact balance. On the other hand, Akers will likely slip into a RBBC at the next level although he is good enough to eventually take the lead role and possibly win leagues down the stretch (like another pass catching RB who I was very high on in 2019).


1.10 - Justin Jefferson - WR LSU

Shane Barrett - @ffShaneB - Fantasy Football Astronauts


Most of my RB targets who were first round worthy went early and often, so I was narrowing it down between 3 WRs: Jefferson, Shenault and Ruggs. I ultimately chose Jefferson because he has excellent route running ability that parallels Jeudy, he’s got speed to be a deep threat, and he’s highly athletic.


Justin had 111 receptions in 2019 for over 1500 yards and 18 TDs, and he wasn’t even the best WR on his team (but he is still dang good)! Ruggs had the advantage in speed, but I wasn’t sold on him because he never took over Alabama’s receiving corp in a meaningful way and Shenault has minor injury concerns and those factors ultimately led me to taking Justin Jefferson.


1.11 - Zack Moss - RB Utah Utes

Dan - @awlsabermetrics - 2on1:FantasySports


Moss is someone that seemed to be getting some solid pump, but may be cooling off a little bit in the twitter community. Drafting this late in the first round and knowing it would be awhile until it came back to me, I tried to imagine a team of mine picking this late and what I would want to bolster it. To be honest I was expecting Ruggs to go at 1.10 so I was really in a toss up between the two of them, but decided on the RB that has shown some wiggle, as best seen in a recent PFF post showing Moss forced a missed tackle on 30% of his rushing attempts at Utah. The highest-rate in the Draft class. He is not the fastest back in the class, but there have been some notable running backs that haven’t been blazers and have still been highly productive. Player wise a common name Moss is compared to is Kareem Hunt. Securing a running back that has shown shiftiness and a pass catching ability (and maybe a date with the Steelers), he ended up nudging out Ruggs for me.


1.12 - Henry Ruggs


Speed is the name of the game with Henry Ruggs. Reportedly set to run sub 4.3 second forty, Ruggs’ potential draft capital might render this a steal at the end of the first round. Not only is Ruggs a speed threat, his work in the screen game and routes over the middle garnered him over 10 Yards after the catch per reception. Ruggs has also shown plus body control and ball tracking skills that should translate nicely to the NFL. With almost certain high draft capital, Ruggs should have a clear path to opportunity as a pro, and has regular week winning upside for his fantasy owners.


Round 2


2.01 - Laviska Shenault - WR - Colorado.

Corey Spala - @cjalapsFF


My WR3 available at pick 13? Easy decision. Standing at 6’2 with speed and playmaking ability, Shenault has shown the ability to do it all. He can catch passes in the slot, use the boundary or line up in the backfield taking direct snaps- Shenault is utilized all over the field. If schemed out, Shenault can be an easy PPR threat. As the draft inches closer and Shenault continues to test out, I expect him to be a likely first round pick that I am happy to take here at 2.01.


2.02 - Tyler Johnson - WR - Minnesota

Lukas Kacer - @kacer_lukas - The Candlestick Kids Fantasy


Man, I really wanted Shenault at this pick, but the production machine Tyler Johnson will be just fine. To start, Johnson is listed at 6ft 2in and 205lbs, already checking off one important box- his size. After that, he easily checks off every single mark in the production category as he broke out at age 19 and has produced well over 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns the last two seasons. Oh yeah, I didn’t even mention his 98TH PERCENTILE college dominator rating. For some reason it seems as if NFL scouts really aren't behind the Tyler Johnson bandwagon like I am, but I am happy to take Tyler Johnson at this pick.


2.03 - KJ Hamler


Hamler is a slippery runner with boom potential in the NFL. With deep speed to spare and electric after the catch ability, if Hamler gets a clear path to volume he can shine on Sundays. Hamler’s deceptive route running and wiggle should translate nicely to the NFL. Hamler does lack physicality and doesn’t project as a contested catch winner, but in the right slot role he could be a quality producer for fantasy teams.


2.04 - Brandon Aiyuk - WR - Arizona State

Connor Donald - @connorten - True North Fantasy Football


Aiyuk is an intriguing all purpose WR with an impressive combination of size (6'1) and speed. Coming off a season where he made the most of 65 receptions (1,192 yards, 8 TDs and 18.3 per reception). He is my WR4 so getting him at pick 16 is a big win! I take him behind Ruggs and over Higgins, the skill set and ceiling for Aiyuk I believe will translate better to the NFL then Higgins.


He is a YAC machine who explodes with speed and acceleration and can create his own plays with some impressive change of direction. If he can improve physically against corners whether at the LOS or for a contested catch, then he will smash through his ceiling! Don't sleep on Aiyuk, his mismatch ability with his speed and size is the epitome of a shifting NFL receiving landscape!


2.05 - Bryan Edwards - WR South Carolina

Daniel Brown - @DBrownFF88 - The Undroppables


Listed at 6’3” and 215 pounds, Edwards uses every bit of it in his playing style. A great redzone weapon, Edwards uses his big frame to shield off defenders and make contested catches like a mad man. I would love to see him develop his route tree a bit more, and at times his routes and cuts are not sharp. Physical grit and mentality make every catch a potential house call; Edwards is a nightmare for opposing defenders once he has the ball in his hands as he looks to punish any defensive back that stands in his way.


Edwards also shows the ability to adjust to defenses, while throwing them numerous route combinations, showing great awareness, to compliment his large frame. I’m hoping for a quality landing spot on Day 2 or 3 of the NFL draft.


2.06 - Ke'Shawn Vaughn -RB- Vanderbilt

Jim Nastic - @Goldjacketqbs - True North Fantasy Football


Simply put at 2.06 Ke'Shawn was the best available running back on the board, never having a shot at Swift or Taylor my approach at drafts is to grab best available player regardless of team need and it's easy to fall in love with Vaughn.


At 5'10, 218 pounds, Vaughn isn't being brought down with arm tackles, he’s shifty and powerful and if I can't grab one of the top four consensus backs I'm happy waiting until the mid-2nd to snatch up Ke'Shawn. He might not be a three-down back, but at this point in the draft he definitely has the highest floor in my opinion.


2.07 - Joe Burrow - QB - LSU

Cristian Ognibene - @CrisDynasty


With both of the top QB options available here I took my pick with Joe Burrow. Tua Tagovailoa and his health issues are a concern for me at this stage in the off-season. This past collegiate season we were fortunate enough to watch one of the best College QB performances of all time as he won a SEC Championship, National Championship, and broke the record for most Passing touchdowns in a season with 60 (5 in the National Championship Game against Clemson).


Burrow has elite intelligence with pre-snap and coverage reads, very good timing and anticipation, and excel’s at deep throws. On top of that, he has toughness and composure to extend plays and can move the chains with his legs when the opportunity strikes. Simply put, he is a QB that can make explosive plays. Burrow is a do it all QB who should be the #1 overall pick in NFL and Superflex leagues. Adding him at this spot could give you a top 5 quarterback play for many upcoming years. I expect early returns as he will be given the ball early for an NFL team.


2.08 - Tua Tagovailoa - QB - Alabama

Travis Seel - @TSeel14 - True North Fantasy Football


Accuracy, decision making, football IQ, and poise are the name of the game for Tua. While not an elite arm talent, he routinely drops beautiful dimes into the bucket on deep passes, as well as showing great touch and ball placement on short and intermediate routes. Tua’s clutch factor is undeniable. His resume includes 1 SEC championship, appearances in 2 National Championships, winning 1, and a plethora of other notable big games. This guy is the real deal.


With Joe Burrow off the board one pick earlier, I knew the Quarterback dominoes were about to fall so I decided to pounce. Although devalued in one quarterback leagues, Tua is a Quarterback who profiles as a Franchise cornerstone in the NFL. Adding him as a likely successor to the starting role on my fantasy roster felt like a great value and a no-brainer in the back half of the 2nd round.


2.09 - Antonio Gandy-Golden - Liberty

Chalk - @101chalk - The Undroppables


As Tua was sniped just one pick earlier, I decided to hit the best player available with AGG left on the board. Gandy-Golden isn’t known for elite athleticism but he is a contested catch monster with strong hands and an unbelievable catch radius. But, AGG has several holes in his game outside of a lack of athletic ability. He sorely lacks route running ability and has trouble beating press coverage despite his plus size. The Liberty alum did improve his draft stock with an impressive week of Senior Bowl practices but he remains a question mark and a likely day 2 or 3 selection. A late 2nd round pick feels right for a highlight machine who will need to develop several areas of his game to make an impact in the NFL.


2.10 - Eno Benjamin - RB Arizona State

Shane Barrett - @ffShaneB - Fantasy Football Astronauts


Eno was the best RB available at the time and I felt like I had to take him at 2.10. He runs hard, has decent speed, and he does that one thing we all want our RBs to do… except Booger McFarland… which is catch the ball. He doesn’t go down easy and fights for yards. Eno also had quick feet, allowing him to be pretty shifty and evade tackles or gain extra yards. I’m really happy to get Eno at 2.10.


2.11 - Jake Fromm - QB - Georgia

Dan - @awlsabermetrics - 2on1:FantasySports


I think it is fair to say Fromm is someone that draft Twitter isn’t a big fan of. He doesn’t have the strongest arm of the class, he isn’t a crazy dual-threat guy, and generally doesn’t have the most awe-inspiring highlight tape like we have seen from people in the past. BUT what Fromm does have is experience running a professional style offense, the knack of making some big boy throws, and what might be the best thing going for him, probably not being taken by a dump team early in the draft. A probable second to third round pick to more developed teams where Fromm can use his skills with better players and systems around him, make him a very interesting prospect to me.


Is 2.11 too early for Fromm? Yea probably, but if he goes to a team like the Patriots, Steelers, or Titans, with time to develop, he could easily move up people’s boards due to what will be around him. Continuing my thought process of taking this draft as if my team was set and needed depth and rising the bottom of the roster, I can certainly see Fromm being steady-eddy Eli Manning-esque quarterback. Never someone that is going to light the world on fire (except for two wild postseason rides), but also someone that isn’t going to flame out because he is only there on some unknown piece of athleticism like a few other QBs in this class being taken over him.


2.12 - Devin Duvernay


Another speed receiver, Duvernay’s combine could dictate his draft position. A smaller receiver with great speed and after the catch ability, he caught 105 of his 129 targets in 2019 for just under 1400 yards and 9 touchdowns. With more than half of those yards coming after the catch and 4 of his 9 touchdowns going for more than 40 yards, Duvernay has an intriguing big play skill-set that NFL teams love.


Round 3


3.01 - Justin Herbert - QB - Oregon

Corey Spala - @cjalapsFF


I’ll make a chess move and take a QB in the 3rd round, especially a QB that is drafted in the 1st round of the NFL draft. Not excited about getting Herbert, excited about the potential at the value I took him at.


Analytics aside, getting a starting QB (by mid-season or next year) in the 3rd round is a no-brainer to me. One year of development and I can reap the rewards of the ROI this pick-value has, especially if a contending team unexpectedly needs a QB or if a team needs a QB the following off-season for various reasons.


3.02 - Denzel Mims - WR - Baylor

Lukas Kacer - @kacer_lukas - The Candlestick Kids Fantasy


I recently wrote an article saying to sell Denzel Mims at the price he is going for, but at this pick he was easily the best available. Another size worthy WR coming in at 6ft 3in and 206 pounds, there is a ton to love about Mims. A sub-20 breakout age and a 86th percentile dominator only makes my confidence grow when evaluating him. Mims really shined at the Senior Bowl and I am hoping that will raise his draft stock for a team to invest in him early. There is high potential for this 3rd round player.


3.03 - Michael Pittman Jr. - WR - USC


At 3.03 you have to feel good grabbing Pittman here. He is a physical monster who has NFL heritage running through his veins. After seeing what Seattle accomplished with D.K. Metcalf last year, it's hard not to imagine another NFL team trying to use Pittman in a similar way.

Pittman can easily become an immediate fantasy contributor and if you're the type of person who likes big bodied physical wideouts, then Pittman is right up your alley and at the cost of an early 3rd round rookie pick. It's a swing most would be willing to pay.


3.04 - Van Jefferson - WR - Florida

Connor Donald - @connorten - True North Fantasy Football


Van Jefferson has an underappreciated skill at the college level which his stats don't speak too; route running. Jefferson has the best technique in the class, probably better than a majority in the NFL as well. In 4 seasons at college, he finished with a limited stat line: 175 receptions, 2,159 yards, 16 TDs and 12.3 yards per reception. Nothing that pops off the page, but his technique could make him a strong secondary WR option on most teams in the NFL.


Todd McShay compared him to Juju in regards to athleticism and route running ability and we all see what he has managed to do in his short time in the NFL. If the ceiling for Jefferson is Juju like, he will have a bright future! There is nothing sexy about technique for fantasy players, but the elements that technique brings in regards to separation and ability to get open equals great PPR potential! He will be 24 when his NFL career starts, but at a position which can go for 10+ years like a receiver, this is not reason for concern this deep in a rookie draft.


3.05 - Jalen Hurts - QB - Oklahoma

Daniel Brown @DbrownFF88 - The Undroppables


In the middle of the third round, most of the big name QB prospects had been selected. I decided to take the upside of Hurts in hopes that the “mobile QB” movement is on the rise in the NFL. Hurts was able to improve his passing ability each year in college, which coupled with his natural running ability will serve him well. While he still can improve on many things, Hurts’ best feature is the ability to extend the play with the use of his mobility.

I would love to see him get some draft capital (early Day 2), but I’m tempering my expectations. I don’t believe he is the next Lamar Jackson, but the upside is there, and I’ll take that in the 3rd round.


3.06 - Gabriel Davis- U.C.F.

Jim Nastic - @Goldjacketqbs - True North Fantasy Football


Probably my most controversial pick in this draft, you either love the big bodied red-zone threat or you don't want to touch him with a 10 foot pole. At this point in the draft only Davis and Isaiah Hodges represented the best upside from my perspective. I figured Hodges could fall back to me in the fourth round so I selected Gabriel.


If Davis lands on a team like Baltimore or one of the New Jersey teams (ya that’s right, I said New Jersey!), I think he gets an immediate boost to his draft stock as a potential threat in the red zone. And in the 3rd round I'm more than willing to roll the dice with Gabriel.


3.07 - Hunter Bryant- Washington

Cristian Ognibene - @CrisDynasty


In Fantasy Football one of the most valued positions is tight end. At 3.07 I selected the first TE of the draft and my TE1. At 6’2” 239, with a stat line of 52 receptions for 825 yards and three touchdowns, Bryant is someone I project as a difference maker in the NFL. As a NFL comp, he reminds me of an Evan Engram type coming out of college.


Lets just say Bryant has the ability to be a matchup “nightmare” out of the slot or on the LOS. I don't see him as a complete TE when it comes to blocking so it may be a couple years before production. Although if he lands on a team needing a receiving TE, look for Bryant to make a splash early and often.


3.08 - Lamical Perine - Florida Gators

Travis Seel - @TSeel14 - True North Fantasy Football


After taking Higgins and Tagovailoa with my first 2 picks, I was loosely targeting a RB with this pick. Being that this draft was done without a roster to add our picks to, I was looking for a balanced haul. My strategy wasn’t rigid, but the flow of the draft allowed for this balance when Lamical Perine fell into my lap in the third round.


Perine’s counting stats certainly don’t jump off the page. His best rushing season was 2018 where he went for over 800 yards and scored 7 touchdowns and had 6.2 yards per carry. The upside for me was in the passing game. His 35 receptions in 2019 were the fourth most of any Senior Running back, and 15th in the nation at that position. Add to that an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, and Perine has the tools to be a valuable piece if he lands in the right offense.


3.09 - Isaiah Hodgins - Oregon State

Chalk - @101chalk - The Undroppables


When looking for rookie WRs this late in drafts, I target those big bodied receivers who can develop into an alpha at the next level. Not only is size important, but good hands and elite body control are critical traits for those prototypical X receivers. Producing elite numbers in a Power 5 conference, Hodgins seems to be flying under the radar. While he lacks top end speed, he has long strides and has been a solid deep threat during his time at Oregon State. His lack of route running ability will hurt his draft stock but that is something he can develop.


3.10 - Cole Kmet - TE Notre Dame

Shane Barrett - @ffShaneB - Fantasy Football Astronauts


TE #1 at 3.10??? SIgn me up. Twice. Kmet is athletic and large. He’s good after the catch especially for someone at his size. He can be a safety valve for a QB like he was for Ian Book at Notre Dame. Oh yeah.. He’s an ND TE and we all know they produce in the NFL. You may have to be patient with him because the process of getting TEs acclimated in the league is typically not a year one impact, but it’ll be worth it especially at 3.10.


3.11 - Thaddeus Moss - TE - LSU

Dan - @awlsabermetrics - 2on1:FantasySports


I think Shane got mixed up with his write-up, because Moss is the TE1. He checks a lot of boxes you like to see from a Tight end. He has shown a strong ability and the desire to be a run blocker, something NFL coaches value, but he isn’t a blocking-only TE. Now he isn’t his Dad in regards to downfield big-play ability or explosiveness, but has shown a decent enough route tree with reliable hands.


Tight ends almost always take some time to develop and produce at the NFL level, but what Moss has going for him is his run-blocking ability. Now that might not get him fantasy points, but the more he is on the field as a rookie, the more opportunities he will have to catch some passes too, especially in the end zone. O and the second big thing he has going for him is that his pops also played in New England and caught quite a few passes from Brady so Thaddeus will have a good connection already going into camp in Foxboro in a few months.


3.12 - Jordan Love - Utah


Jordan Love is a high upside QB out of Utah who, if coached up, has NFL level tools in his arsenal. A strong arm and mobility are his best assets, while he showed some struggles with turnovers and consistent accuracy in 2019 with the Utes. Love only completed over 60 percent of his passes in 5 games as a Senior, and threw 16 interceptions to boot. In the third round, as the QB6 off the board, there was good value in a potential future NFL starter.


Round 4


4.01 - Brycen Hopkins - TE - Purdue

Corey Spala - @cjalaps


Alright let me just take…okay, I guess it’s you – I was planning on taking a TE in the 4th and with Hunter Bryant and Thadd Moss taking before, I’ll take my next best up.

Having the 1.01 likely means my team is in need of a rebuild, I’ll gladly take a shot at the TE position as my team is not contending for this upcoming season. I’ll use a 4th round pick to stash a TE or put on the Taxi Squad.


4.02 - Darrynton Evans - RB - App. State

Lukas Kacer - @kacer_lukas - The Candlestick Kids Fantasy


I love this small school back and not enough people have their eyes on him. When given the full time starter role, Evans was able to post two 1,000+ rushing yard seasons while maintaining a 72nd percentile dominator. He is a little bit on the smaller side at 5ft 9in and 190 pounds, but if he shows out at the combine then I think a team may bite and give him a shot to prove himself. All in all, the 4th round is just a bunch of shots in the dark players anyways so why not take a shot on an elusive back?


4.03 - Anthony McFarland - RB - Maryland


McFarland could be a steal if he lands into a role similar to how the Vikings used Alexander Mattison. A dynamic “one cut and go” slasher, McFarland can hit home run balls in a flash when he has a lane. While he may not get workhorse volume as a pro, he’s a player who could be efficient on fewer touches to provide value from deep on fantasy benches. To get him as a flier in the 4th round of a rookie draft is great value.


4.04 - KJ Hill - WR - Ohio State

Connor Donald - @connorten - True North Fantasy Football


Drawing comparison to Julian Edelman is a tall order to fill, but KJ Hill does have an incredible talent in the slot and I fully expect his value to increase closer to the draft, for now I will proudly take this pick! At 6'0 but only 195 lbs his play strength is what limits him to the slot. He has been the epitome of consistency at Ohio State while having 4 different QBs. Over his career, he amassed 195 receptions, 2,003 yards and 20 TDs in 4 seasons (262/1, 549/3, 885/6 and 636/10).


Hill will be limited to slot receiving, which will mean he will rely on checkdowns and turning short passes into bigger plays with his route running and speed. He's got great attributes and his strong showing at the Senior Bowl practices paired with a good combine could boost his draft value, especially for teams in need of help in the slot.


4.05 - Antonio Gibson WR/RB/KR - Memphis

Daniel Brown - @DBrownFF88 - The Undroppables


Antonio Gibson may be the most versatile athlete in this class, sitting at 6’ 2” and 220 pounds, he played multiple positions throughout his collegiate career. A true mismatch gadget player that gives defensive coordinators nightmares, Gibson displays a nice mix of wiggle and power with the ball in his hands.


Gibson’s dual-threat ability as a runner and pass catcher could make him one of the biggest risers in this entire 2020 class. He should be a good fit on any NFL roster, and being able to contribute in multiple facets should get him playing time immediately. I love the upside that Gibson represents with this selection in the 4th round.


4.06- Lynn Bowden Jr QB/WR- Kentucky

Jim Nastic @Goldjacketqbs


At this point it's all about upside and who has more upside than the modern day Kordell Stewart? I listed Bowden as a WR and a QB although I suspect he'll be used as a WR. He has shown the capability of running an offense as a Quarterback which shows me his football I.Q. is high enough to carry over to the NFL level.


I suspect whoever drafts Lynn in April will have plays schemed up for him as he can run jet sweep, take wildcat formation snaps, and line up outside and run routes. I feel truly sorry for defensive coordinators in 2020 if Bowden is unleashed properly. In an NFL where everyone is looking for the next big cheat code Lynn Bowden Jr. could very well be it.


4.07 - Donovan Peoples-Jones - Michigan

Cristian Ognibene - @CrisDynasty


In the fourth round I was between two WRs; Donovan Peoples-Jones and Chase Claypool. In this round I normally aim for players who have the highest ceiling. To me, if they bust it's only a late 4th round pick wasted, but if they hit its gold.


Donovan Peoples-Jones is a big bodied WR with clever footwork. He is a player with big play ability and great awareness on the sideline, while being clutch in critical moments. He was underutilized in Michigan and will hopefully land with a team who utilizes him out of the slot. Donovan Peoples-Jones will be a much better NFL player than college.


4.08 - Adam Trautman - TE - Dayton

Travis Seel - @TSeel14 - True North Fantasy Football


This was completely an upside play. Trautman has risen up my board and currently sits as my TE3 in this 2020 class. With a basketball background, Trautman’s size/athleticism combo is something to behold. He went for over 900 yards and 14 TDs in his Senior season at Dayton and did nothing at the Senior Bowl to dispel the hype. At 4.08 I couldn’t pass up a player who, in my opinion, we could look back at as the best TE to come out of this class.


4.09 - Quintez Cephus - Wisconsin

Chalk - @101chalk - The Undroppables


An All Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2019 and 2017, Cephus has been nothing short of a producer when he has been able to avoid off-field issues. Cephus missed the 2018 season due to sexual assault allegations, only to return this past year to put up over 900 receiving yards as a junior. Despite the off-field concerns, this WR is worth a dart throw at the end of any rookie draft although he will likely creep into the late 3rd round in most drafts come April/May.


4.10 Chase Claypool - WR Notre Dame

Shane Barrett - @ffShaneB - Fantasy Football Astronauts


Capping off his career with a very good senior year, he is a tall, athletic receiver. At 6’4” 230lbs there has been some talk of him moving to TE which he could do and still be a threat. 1,037 yards, 31.6% market share and 13 TDs as a Senior make me very happy to get him at 4.10. He could be a situation-dependent receiver, but any team should be happy to add him to their receiving corps later in drafts, NFL or fantasy.


4.11 Omar Bayless - WR - Arkansas St

Dan - @awlsabermetrics - 2on1:FantasySports


Still early in the process, but Bayless is one of my sleepers of the 2020 rookie draft class. He went for 93 receptions for 1,653 yards and 17!! touchdowns this past season, which isn’t too shabby. I know the small school knock is there, and a 31% target share is a pretty significant amount of looks- it would be hard not to produce with that many passes thrown your way. But watching him play he shows good hands and contested catch ability. He measurables could help shed some light on where he goes next, but currently in mid-February, he doesn’t seem to be getting a ton of hype and for a 4th round rookie pick, I would definitely feel happy taking him and seeing what happens.


4.12 - Jauan Jennings - Tennessee


Jennings is a smooth, big bodied wideout with good hands and after the catch ability. He ran out of the slot for the most part at Tennessee, Jennings is by no means a burner but he proved to be a crafty route runner who can win with separation and body control. Jennings has the talent to far outplay this, the final pick of the rookie draft.

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