2019 NFL Draft: Fantasy Rookie Primer

The staff at Scout Fantasy Sports breaks down all the top offensive prospects entering this year's draft in the 2019 NFL Rookie Primer!

(Updated: April 18 – More players coming soon!)

Quarterbacks

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

  • Height / Weight: 5’10” – 207 pounds
  • Projected Round: Top 3 pick
  • Potential Landing Spots: ARI
  • Compares To: Russell Wilson
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.7

Analysis: Murray is a rare playmaking talent who dominated college football in his one year as a starter at Oklahoma. He is relatively small for a QB, but he has excellent pocket awareness and a powerful arm. He goes through his progressions well and is very effective and accurate while throwing on the run. His elusiveness is beyond reproach, and he can outrun linebackers when he breaks into the open field. The biggest concerns for him are clearly his durability and throwing over taller defenders. Murray is a game-changing type of talent, but he will need a coach (Kingsbury?) and team which is committed to changing their style of play much like the Ravens did last year with Lamar Jackson. For now, he looks like a Fantasy backup in 2019, but he easily could be a starter in 2020 and beyond.



Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.

  • Height / Weight: 6’3″ – 231 pounds
  • Projected Round: Top 15 pick
  • Potential Landing Spots: NYG, WAS, DEN
  • Compares To: Joe Flacco
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.9

Analysis: Haskins is the prototypical pocket passing QB that NFL GM’s love. He is big, strong, and willing to take a hit to make a big play downfield. While he will never win games with his mobility, he is mobile enough in the pocket to avoid the big hit. His arm is strong enough to challenge the best defenders, and he has an exceptional sense of dealing with defensive pressure. The biggest concerns with Haskins is his ability to throw into zone coverage. Ohio State was involved in many mismatches, so it’s hard to predict how good he will be at the next level of competition. Fantasy-wise Haskins could surprise in his first season if he ends up on a team with good weapons around him, but he will have to stay away from dangerous throws which could lead to untimely interceptions.

Drew Lock, Missouri

  • Height / Weight: 6’4″ – 228 pounds
  • Projected Round: Top 20 pick
  • Potential Landing Spots: NYG, WAS, MIA
  • Compares To: Josh Allen (minus the gutsy rushing)
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 3.8

Analysis: Lock will fit in perfectly on a team that has a huge offensive line that will give him time to throw. When he has the time to assess the defense, he can be deadly accurate with his passes and throws with great anticipation. He is confident in his arm and has no problem challenging defenders with downfield strikes. Lock’s biggest flaw is his inaccuracy (something that really cannot be taught). He also tends to make an easy throw difficult for his receivers to catch. Playing at Missouri, Lock did not excel at the top levels of competition; it will be interesting to see how he fares at the NFL level. In term of Fantasy, Lock will need a year or two of seasoning before he can be relied upon to be a starter.

Daniel Jones, Duke

  • Height / Weight: 6’5″ – 221 pounds
  • Projected Round: Late 1st, early 2nd
  • Potential Landing Spots: CIN, LAC, WAS, NYG
  • Compares To: Chad Pennington
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 4.12

Analysis: Jones has exceptional training at the college level as he has been a starter at Duke for the past few seasons. Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe is best known for his mentoring of Peyton and Eli Manning, so we know that Jones has a great understanding of the position and has learned the nuances of the game. Jones’ biggest strength is probably his biggest criticism–he has often been called a “game manager” at the college level. This is usually a kiss of death in the Fantasy Football world because it means that the QB is unwilling to take chances downfield. In sum, Jones is a cerebral QB who will be able to excel with the right players and system around him.

Ryan Finley, North Carolina St.

  • Height / Weight: 6’4″ – 213 pounds
  • Projected Round: 3rd-4th
  • Potential Landing Spots: NYG, TEN, TB, CIN,
  • Compares To: Chad Henne
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: There is probably a place for Finley in the NFL, but, most likely, it will be holding a clipboard on Sundays. Finley is a solid, but not spectacular player. He trusts his receivers and stands in the pocket well. He can scramble when needed and is a decent deep ball passer who is accurate when forced out of the pocket. However, Finley has average arm strength and did not play well against better competition (he was average when NC State played Clemson and looked overmatched at the Senior Bowl). This does not bode well as he steps up in competition.

Will Grier, West Virginia

  • Height / Weight: 6’2″ – 217 pounds
  • Projected Round: 5th
  • Potential Landing Spots: NYG, JAX, TB
  • Compares To: Ryan Tannehill
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 6th-7th

Analysis: Grier may not be in the same league as Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, or Daniel Jones, but you can bet that a team will take a shot on him in the later rounds of the draft. The former Mountaineer is known as a capable and confident leader. He has the type of character that every franchise is looking for in their starting quarterback. Although his stock has dropped since a relatively disappointing Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, Grier is a true gunslinger with incredible arm strength. If he can improve his pocket passer awareness and learn to use the middle of the field better, he has the capacity to develop into one of the league’s starting quarterbacks. That being said, don’t expect that to happen for at least a couple years.


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Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

  • Height / Weight: 6’7″ – 249 pounds
  • Projected Round: 3rd-4th
  • Potential Landing Spots: DAL, TB, CIN
  • Compares To: Ryan Mallett
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: After four years at Buffalo, Jackson is an intriguing developmental quarterback who puts check marks in the ever-so-popular “size” and “arm talent” boxes. Team officials will certainly like Jackson’s large frame and his ability to see above opposing defenders. Jackson’s arm may be strong but he has struggled to sustain accuracy over a full game throughout the years. His lack of touch prevents him from finding a rhythm from the pocket. Jackson clearly has talent and his ability to convert improbable throws will be alluring to teams looking to find a quick solution at the quarterback position. That being said, it is hard to imagine the product out of Buffalo developing into anything more than an average backup.

Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

  • Height / Weight: 6’4″ – 218 pounds
  • Projected Round: 5th
  • Potential Landing Spots: NYG, LAC, DEN
  • Compares To: Philip Rivers
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: Thorson started four years in college, but didn’t truly break out until his 2016 season at Northwestern. He has the size and fundamentals to perform at the NFL level but struggled to make his teammates better at Northwestern, despite the lack of talent of the skill players on his team. Unless Thorson is surrounded by elite talent, he will struggle in the NFL as anything other than a solid backup quarterback. He won’t have an issue learning the playbook in a a pro-style offense, the question is whether or not he will be able to execute. If his first option doesn’t get open, Thorson tends to get anxious, which often leads to sacks and poor throws.

Gardner Minshew, Washington State

  • Height / Weight: 6’1” – 225 pounds
  • Projected Round: 6-7
  • Potential Landing Spots: PHI
  • Compares To: Case Keenum
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: Minshew almost signed on as a graduate student at Alabama to be the third-string quarterback. He became one of of the top passers in college football and won the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year award. He doesn’t have a great skill set, isn’t athletic and lacks the measurables, but is accurate and places the ball well. He took advantage of a great scheme. Minshew projects to be third string with the shot to be a backup if he improves.

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

  • Height / Weight: 6’2” – 218 pounds
  • Projected Round: 4-5
  • Potential Landing Spots: ATL, DEN
  • Compares To: A.J. McCarron
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 6th-7th+

Analysis: He’s a good athlete and can extend plays with his feet. He didn’t get much help from the offense or the scheme in 2018. He tends to stare down receivers and not come off his primary read. Stidham was a top recruit and started his career at Baylor before going to Auburn. There was some whom thought Stidham had first-round potential following his successful 2017 season, but he was inconsistent in 2018. He seems to be a good fit for a West Coast offense.

Brett Rypien, Boise State

  • Height / Weight: 6’2” – 210 pounds
  • Projected Round: 7
  • Potential Landing Spots: DEN
  • Compares To: Nick Mullens
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: Rypien doesn’t have the measurables associated with an NFL quarterback. He doesn’t have the size, arm or mobility. He’s intelligent and accurate. He was prone to interceptions due to lack of arm strength. He is good in the intermediate passing game and has good intangibles. He’s a smart quarterback that reads the field well, but lacks the physical tools. Rypien doesn’t do anything exceptional making him a backup quarterback.

Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi

  • Height / Weight: 6’2” – 221 pounds
  • Projected Round: 7
  • Potential Landing Spots: HOU, NO
  • Compares To: Josh Johnson
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: He can make a lot of throws and is a mobile quarterback. He takes too many sacks and is inconsistent with his decision making. Ta’amu is slow to recognize the blitz and struggled against the better competition. He’s 21 and inexperienced and could be views by some teams as a project.

Trace McSorley, Penn State

  • Height / Weight: 6’1” – 202 pounds
  • Projected Round: 7
  • Potential Landing Spots: PHI
  • Compares To: Chase Daniel
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: McSorley sees the field well and is able to buy time with his legs. He was a three-year starter running a zone-reach scheme.  He’s undersized and has below-average arm strength. McSorley struggled with accuracy and took a step back in 2018. He projects to be a backup.


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Running Backs

Josh Jacobs, Alabama

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.5
  • Projected Round: Late 1st
  • Compares to: Sony Michel
  • Potential Landing Spots: OAK, PHI, HOU, TB
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.4

Analysis: Jacobs is a complete running back and considered the top back in a weak running back class. He is physical and can pick up the tough yards. He rarely goes down on initial contact. Jacobs can catch the football, too. One of his best traits is his vision. Jacobs has quick feet and is elusive. One of the questions about Jacobs is he was never the focal point of the offense and never led the backfield in touches. He wasn’t used as much in college as a typical running back that goes early in the draft. Jacobs was bothered by a groin injury and didn’t participate in the combine.

Damien Harris, Alabama

  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 216 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.57
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: Mark Ingram
  • Potential Landing Spots: TB, BAL, OAK, MIA
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.11

Analysis: Harris has good vision and picks up the extra yards, even when the blocking isn’t there. He is a good runner between the tackles, but doesn’t have great speed and isn’t very elusive. While Harris wasn’t featured as a receiver much at Alabama, he possesses the skills to be good catching the ball in the NFL. He won’t line up wide and doesn’t project as a running back that will get a lot of targets. Alabama was mostly a zone blocking team, and he would likely fit best in that system. He’s a good all-around back.

David Montgomery, Iowa St.

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 219 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.63
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: Carlos Hyde
  • Potential Landing Spots:
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.7

Analysis: Montgomery is a power back that fights for yards. He has a good NFL build. He likes to wear out defenses and picks up yards after contact. He was used heavily at Iowa State with more than 500 carries over the last two years. He only averaged 4.7 yards per carry in college behind a lousy offensive line. Montgomery is tough to bring down with his legs always churning. The speed is lacking, and he won’t break many big plays since he isn’t very athletic. He can catch the football and pass blocks well.

Devin Singletary, FAU

  • Height: 5’7″
  • Weight: 203
  • 40 time: 4.66
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: Dion Lewis
  • Potential Landing Spots: PHI, KC, BUF, TEN
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.4

Analysis: In the right system, Singletary can excel. He led the FBS with 69.8 percent of his rushing yards after initial contact in 2018. He has good lateral agility and forces a lot of missed tackles. Unfortunately, he didn’t stand out at the combine at all. His stats in college were impressive even though he played in Conference USA. As the years went on, he was utilized less in the passing game with only six receptions in his final season. He doesn’t have the quickness one would expect from a back his size, but he is difficult to bring down for a back his size and avoids the big hits. Singletary has good vision and quick feet but lacks explosiveness.

Darrell Henderson, Memphis

  • Height: 5’8″
  • Weight: 208
  • 40 time: 4.49
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: James White
  • Potential Landing Spots: PHI, OAK, HOU, BAL, JAX
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.8

Analysis: Henderson has explosiveness and makes defenders miss. He’s a natural receiver with good hands and doesn’t need a lot of touches to produce. His college production was excellent with 1,909 rushing yards, and 22 touchdowns while averaging 8.9 yards per carry in 13 games. He runs hard between the tackles, but there’s a question as to whether he can break tackles in the NFL since he faced a lot of poor tackling. He wasn’t used in the passing game often, but it’s not a weakness. Pass protection is a concern. Many NFL teams might view him as a complementary back.

Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 224
  • 40 time: N/A
  • Projected Round: 4th
  • Compares to: Jay Ajayi
  • Potential Landing Spots: KC, BUF, OAK, HOU
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 

Analysis: Anderson has the pro-typical RB body that NFL GMs love. He also has great vision as a runner and possesses a burst that allows him to showcase his speed. Oklahoma rarely used him in the passing game so that adjustment might take some time at the pro-level. The biggest concern with Anderson, though, is his checkered injury history. Anderson tore his ACL in 2018 and broke his leg back in 2015. Don’t be shocked to see Anderson’s draft range vary depending on the team. Some teams might have him as a Day 3 pick, while others might stay away completely due to his injury history.

Alexander Mattison, Boise St.

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 211
  • 40 time: 4.67
  • Projected Round: 6th
  • Compares to: Mike Gillislee
  • Potential Landing Spots: KC, OAK, HOU, JAX
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 

Analysis: Mattison is a big, strong runner who loves to hit the hole with a head of steam. He is strong enough to make the first defender miss quite often and is hard to take down once he gets into the opposing backfield. Mattison is not much of a pass catcher and blocker. He will need to be drafted by a team looking for a 1st or 2nd down RB if he is going to stick.


Wide Receivers

D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 228 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.33
  • Projected Round: Mid-1st
  • Compares to: Josh Gordon
  • Potential Landing Spots: BUF, WAS, SEA
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.03

Analysis: Metcalf is a polarizing prospect who possesses a rare combination of size and speed. His lack of consistent production during his time at Ole Miss causes a bit of hesitation, but he did fight through multiple injuries over the previous two seasons. Metcalf shows excellent releases off the line of scrimmage and has no issues beating tight press coverage with strong hand usage. He works down the field extremely well and tracks the ball with ease. Questions remain concerning his raw route running ability and the lack of various routes he ran in college. With a skill set like his, Metcalf has the potential to be one of the NFL’s most deadly receivers with an experienced position coach who knows how to take his game to the next level.

N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.

  • Height: 6′
  • Weight: 226 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.53
  • Projected Round: Early 2nd
  • Compares to: Jordy Nelson
  • Potential Landing Spots: BAL, SF, SEA
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.02

Analysis: Harry is a big-bodied receiver who will find more success in the slot for his NFL team. He thrives in the short area of the field and is excellent as a ball-carrier after the catch. Harry has the ability to quick-step his releases and catch the opposing cornerback off guard. Despite his frame and short-area quickness, Harry struggles to create viable separation deep downfield. He relies on his very good contested catch ability due to his inability to run past defensive backs. He will be an immediate red zone threat and thrive in any jump-ball situations. Harry will reach his WR3 ceiling should he land with an accurate quarterback and an established alpha receiver playing the boundary.

Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 166 lbs
  • 40 time: n/a (estimated 4.35)
  • Projected Round: Late 2nd
  • Compares to: John Brown
  • Potential Landing Spots: GB, TEN, DAL
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.01

Analysis: Brown is a lightning-fast receiver who is a threat with the ball in his hands. With the ability to play from both the slot and outside the numbers, Brown can win from any position on the field. Though he is an electric playmaker as a ball-carrier, Brown will struggle with long-term durability issues due to his tiny stature. Because he weighs under 170 pounds, cornerbacks are able to interrupt his routes at the line of scrimmage. His hands are slightly above average at best and will not do any favors in contested situations. If he is able to stay healthy consistently, Brown will be a boom/bust WR3 for fantasy purposes and have an extremely similar career path to that of a deep-threat like Will Fuller.

A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

  • Height: 6′
  • Weight: 226 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.49
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Potential Landing Spots: NE, NYJ, BUF
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.06

Analysis: Brown is a polished receiver who is amazingly flying a bit under the radar, despite his consensus first round projections. Because he lacks elite physical attributes, Brown is often thought to have a limited ceiling in the NFL. The opposite needs to be said due to his excellent feel for working against zone coverage and ability to gain chunks of yards after the catch. He has a strong, reliable set of hands and will be a quarterback’s best friend no matter the offensive system. Should he be able to improve his ability to beat press coverage consistently, look for Brown to make an instant impact on both his NFL team and all dynasty teams.

Hakeem Butler, Iowa St.

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 227 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.48
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: Devin Funchess
  • Potential Landing Spots: SF, BUF, BAL
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.04

Analysis: Butler is a wide-framed praying mantis who excels playing above the rim. Though he is widely considered to be one of the top receivers in the class, his hype is solely based on the fact that he is tall. Butler struggles with his hands and allows the ball to reach his chest far too often. His route running is not sharp, and he often overruns himself to the point of losing momentum. He is best suited for a red zone-only role where he can thrive in a small number of packages for his NFL team. Yes he is tall, but Butler is overrated and will never live up to his WR1 expectations. Leave him alone until the mid-second round of rookie drafts.

Parris Campbell, Ohio St.

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.31
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: Percy Harvin
  • Potential Landing Spots: BUF, MIA, PHI
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.6

Analysis: Campbell is lightning in a bottle with pure speed after beginning his athletic career as a track star. Once he transitioned to football, he was incredibly versatile at Ohio State. His skills as a receiver, a kick returner, and even a gadget player should translate well at the next level. He is somewhat comparable to former NFL receiver Percy Harvin. Campbell has the elite package of size, speed and fluidity as a big slot receiver. His athleticism and quickness off the line of scrimmage should create headaches for opposing defensive coordinators. Campbell is a threat on screens and quick slant routes, while possessing the speed to attack vertically and take the top off of opposing defenses. After leading the Buckeyes with 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 starts, Campbell’s talent is known by many scouts around the league. While he needs to add more polish as a route-runner, it is very likely that he will not be on the board by the end of the second round.

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 214 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.48
  • Projected Round: 4th
  • Compares to: D.J. Moore
  • Potential Landing Spots: BAL, DEN, WAS
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.5

Analysis: Tyshun “Deebo” Samuel lives up to his nickname (it comes from a tough guy in the movie “Friday”) and plays each game like he’s stepping into an alley fight. While Samuel is tough and competitive, he lacks suddenness and might need scheme help with motion and bunch formations to help free him against NFL man coverage. He is a gamer who thrives once the ball is in his hands, and he might be able to help a team from the slot if he can stay healthy.

Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina St.

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 221
  • Projected Round: 2nd-3rd
  • Compares to: Mohamed Sanu
  • Potential Landing Spots: PHI, NYJ, OAK
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.6

Analysis: Harmon might show up as average in the speed and quickness departments, but he knows how to play and he plays to his strengths. He has issues separating against tight man coverage so he uses his frame, play strength and ball skills to own a bigger piece of a smaller catch space. He has a big-dog swagger.

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 222 lbs
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: Eric Decker
  • Potential Landing Spots: NYJ, WAS, SF
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.1

Analysis: Big, strong target who plays like he’s big and strong and gets more and more dangerous the closer he gets to the red zone. Arcega-Whiteside plays with functional quickness in spurts, but not enough to get away from tight coverage and he won’t run by many NFL cornerbacks on go routes. However, his basketball bloodlines are on full display every time the ball is in the air, using his body control and ball skills to excel at combat catches and back-shoulder throws. Arcega-Whiteside may not be explosive, but his competitive nature should help make him a future NFL starter.

Riley Ridley, Georgia

  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 199 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.58
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: Allen Hurns
  • Potential Landing Spots: GB, IND, DET
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.12

Analysis:Riley Ridley is the younger brother of former Alabama star and 2018 first-round pick Calvin Ridley. Ridley, a product of the University of Georgia, produced 44 receptions for 570 yards and nine touchdowns his Junior season in 2018. Ridley is tough and physical, but he isn’t one of the faster receivers in this draft class. He is a physical possession receiver who wins with immaculate route running and incredible hands. His ability to create separation leaves a bit to be desired, however, his timing and contested catch-rate should make him a solid receiver in the NFL. He should fare better at the next level, so long as he is not the go-to target.

Emanuel Hall, Missouri

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 201 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.58
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: Mike Wallace
  • Potential Landing Spots: BAL, TB, SF
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.11

Analysis: After catching 37 passes from Drew Lock last season for a total of 828 yards and six touchdowns, Hall will attempt to use his combination of size and speed to excel at the NFL level. Hall was a bit of a one-trick pony in college. He was more than often used as a long route-runner who was meant to take the top off of opposing defenses. Over his last two seasons at Missouri, he averaged the second-most yards per catch in the nation. However, things will not come as easily in the NFL as they did in the SEC. Fast cornerbacks with the ability to press coverage will make it difficult for Hall to get open deep. Therefore, he will need to expand his game and learn to run crisper routes at the first and second level of opposing defenses. It may take some time, but Hall should transition into a WR3 after a couple years of experience in the NFL.

Terry McLaurin, Ohio St.

  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 208 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.35
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: Matthew Slater
  • Potential Landing Spots: GB, TB, SF, WAS
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 

Analysis: A terrific comp for McLaurin is Patriots special team whiz Matthew Slater. Slater is invaluable to the Pats as a locker room leader and gunner and McLaurin can do the same with his speed and willingness to make an impact on special teams. McLaurin has more WR skills that Slater, but he might be so good on special teams that coaches will be wary of using him at WR for fear of injury. It wouldn’t be a shock to see McLaurin become one of the first Pro-Bowl players in this draft class.

Miles Boykin, Notre Dame

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.42
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: Kenny Golladay
  • Potential Landing Spots: GB, DET, NYG, SF, WAS
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 

Analysis: Boykin has the size and speed that makes NFL GMs drool. Although somewhat limited in his route running ability, Boykin gets the highest marks for having the ability to just “go up and get the ball.” This skill should serve him well as a red zone threat in his NFL career. To reach stardom, Boykin is going to have to get much stronger and be able to create separation at the line of scrimmage. This could hold him back in the early part of his career.

Andy Isabella, UMass

  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 188 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.31
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: Cole Beasley
  • Potential Landing Spots: DET, WAS, BAL, DEN
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 

Analysis: Isabella is smallish at 5’9, 188 LBS, but he plays with a big heart. He is a master at defeating multiple coverages and gets off the line quickly and is a precise route runner. His 4.31 in the 40-yd dash shows that he also has speed that will serve him well not only as WR but in the return game. With the right team, Isabella could start and be productive as a rookie due to his explosiveness. Think of him as a Cole Beasley-type WR with breakaway speed.  


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Tight Ends

Noah Fant, Iowa

  • Height: 6’4:
  • Weight: 249 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.5
  • Projected Round: 1st
  • Compares to: Eric Ebron
  • Potential Landing Spots: DET, GB, OAK
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.12

Analysis: You can make the case that Fant is the most dangerous pure receiving tight end in this draft. However, he’s not nearly as well-rounded as fellow Hawkeye T.J. Hockenson. While athletic and dangerous up the seam his lack of versatility will likely limit his snaps as a rookie. All the upside is there but we have seen players like this hold huge bust potential or at the very least take a few years to make their mark. Look for Fant to have value in dynasty drafts but maybe not so much in redrafts. Where he lands will have a bigger impact on him than he’ll have on the team in 2019.

T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 251 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.7
  • Projected Round: 1st
  • Compares to: Travis Kelce
  • Potential Landing Spots: JAX, GB, OAK
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.2

Analysis: Hockenson is being viewed as one of the top tight end prospects in recent years and rightfully so. He is an explosive pass-catcher with playmaking ability but also is a strong blocker. His ability to block and large draft investment should earn him plenty of snaps as a rookie. While very few rookie tight ends find success, he has a real shot at being one of the rare productive first-year producers. The biggest concern with him is his need to add some muscle on his frames. However, that’s not a glaring issue and shouldn’t cause significant concern. You may be looking at the next elite Fantasy tight end right up there with the best in the league in the near future.

Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 242 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.63
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: Charles Clay
  • Potential Landing Spots: BUF, DET, HOU
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 3.03

Analysis: Smith Jr will be drafted based on upside. However, to come close to meeting the potential a team will be looking to unleash he has plenty he needs to improve on. Granted he has talent and I like his versatility, but as a tight end, he needs to improve in all areas. Currently, he needs to put on muscle, learn how to block and run much crisper routes. In the right situation, if a team is smart, they may try to use him as an H-back. He blocks significantly better on the move in space and could cause problems as a pass catcher out of the backfield while still honing his craft as a true tight end.

Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 251 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.75
  • Projected Round: 3rd
  • Compares to: Hunter Henry
  • Potential Landing Spots: NE, DAL, BUF
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 3.11

Analysis: Sternberger will serve as a pure pass-catcher in the NFL but isn’t a lock to be a stud by any stretch. Blocking will be an issue. However, he may be the most nuanced receiver in the draft. If he had more size and athleticism, his skill set could be scary. He’s a willing blocker and outstanding route runner with the ability to win a fight for the ball. Unfortunately, he’s also undersized and not particularly fast. He lacks the upside of the top three tight ends in this draft but may be a bit safer than some. He would fit well with an accurate quarterback in two-TE systems.

Kaden Smith, Stanford

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 255 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.92
  • Projected Round: 4th
  • Compares to: Durham Smythe
  • Potential Landing Spots: CHI, DAL, NO
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 5th+

Analysis: Fantasy owners do not need to invest heavily in Smith any time soon. He’s a tough kid who is willing to fight through the middle of the field and will rip balls down. With that being said, he appears to be little more than solid run-blocker and safety blanket option for a QB. I wouldn’t anticipate him being much more than a touchdown-reliant No. 2 tight end no matter where he lands. Look for him to be a guy who sticks around the league for years but never becomes a significant contributor.

Kahale Warring, San Diego St.

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 252 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.67
  • Projected Round: 4th-5th
  • Compares to: Erik Swoops
  • Potential Landing Spots: NE, CIN, NO
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: Warring is one of those guys who can come out and shock people as a generally unknown prospect to most casual fans. With that said he could just as possibly be a complete bust. His pure physical talent is undeniable and as a scout for he has one of the key qualities I always looked for. He’s good at things, pretty much everything he does. It sounds simple but it’s a quality you can’t teach and is very telling. He played six sports In high school, none of which being football and was a standout in all of them. What makes him most intriguing is what makes him scary as well. This is a raw talent with big upside and room to improve. But he’s also inexperienced and. Could fall flat on his face. A team should roll the dice on this kid early Day 3 and swing for the fences.

Caleb Wilson, UCLA

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 240 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.56
  • Projected Round: 6th-7th+
  • Compares to: Maxx Williams
  • Potential Landing Spots: BUF, NYJ, BAL
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 5th-6th

Analysis: Outside of very solid speed he showed during this process leading up to the draft I see very little to like about Wilson. The intrigue surrounding his stems from his measurables and the fact he was athletic enough to be recruited D-1 as a QB, WR and TE. That’s where the positives end. His productivity wasn’t bad, however, his film is. Wilson is a pure pass-catcher tight end who lacks ball skills and route running ability. He’s not good at getting off the line, can’t block and really doesn’t do much of anything well that translates to the next level. I don’t see him being an NFL player for long unless he excels on special teams.

Dawson Knox, Ole Miss

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 254 lbs
  • 40 time: n/a
  • Projected Round: 6th-7th+
  • Compares to: Kyle Rudolph
  • Potential Landing Spots: CIN, ATL, DEN
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: Knox was nothing to write home about at Ole Miss but may have more upside than meets the eye. The only standout accomplishment he has is an impressive 18.9 yards per catch last year. I generally don’t put much stock in players that test well and aren’t very good at mastering their position. Nonetheless, if you can get him with one of the final 30 picks in this years draft Knox is worth rolling the dice on. He has the frame and can develop into a big-play TE who can stretch the seam. I also like him as a football player. The mindset and toughness is not lacking. For dynasty owners I wouldn’t invest though. Keep him on your radar but If he ever does develop it will likely take multiple years.

Josh Oliver, San Jose St.

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 249 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.63
  • Projected Round: 5th-6th
  • Compares to: George Kittle
  • Potential Landing Spots: NE, PIT, LAC
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis: Oliver could be a steal. Last season he developed into a dangerous weapon for San Jose St. His claim to fame is his pass catching ability but you can see on film the that he has the potential to be a capable blocker if he puts in the work. I am impressed by both his ball skills and his route running. While he’s not the best TE in this draft, he may have the most value based on his draft projections. Fantasy owners should view him as a dynasty sleeper with upside.

Foster Moreau, LSU

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 253 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.66
  • Projected Round: 7th+
  • Compares to: James O’Shaughnessy
  • Potential Landing Spots: NE, SEA, BAL
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 7th+

Analysis:

Moreau will be a solid pro TE. Unfortunately he won’t have much to offer as a Fantasy asset. He’s little more than an emergency dump off option who if you’re lucky may grab you a TE if you streamed him out of desperation. However, he has the potential to develop into an elite blocking TE, particularly in the run game. I expect him to be a valuable real life asset and useless Fantasy asset.


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