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Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: Five Rounds (2020 Fantasy Football)

May 29, 2020

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Last week, we provided a two-round dynasty rookie mock draft after our first-round mock the week before. Next up, our writers are providing a full five-round dynasty rookie mock draft. This is for a 12-team, PPR, 1QB dynasty fantasy football league. Each writer provides a pick along with their reasoning for the selection.

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2020 Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft: Five Rounds

Pick 1.01 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC)
There might not be a better fit between rookie playmaker and team than Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the Kansas City Chiefs. He is the perfect fit for an Andy Reid offense, and he’s my top rookie at any position in fantasy heading into next season. The Chiefs had one of the best offenses in football last year without consistent play at the running back position, and they made sure to correct that situation by grabbing Edwards-Helaire in the first round.
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)

Pick 1.02 – Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)
If Jonathan Taylor is available at the 1.02 in any format, break the screen as you smash “draft” to get him. Taylor is the complete package in terms of running back prospects, and the landing spot is not a bad one at all as many seem to believe. Taylor topped 2,000 total yards in all three years at Wisconsin, including 26 catches for 252 yards in his junior year.

Taylor’s off-the-charts production translated to just over 40% of Wisconsin’s total offensive output in 2019, with a very impressive 10.3% target share. Taylor then proceeded to break the NFL Combine by posting a 99th-percentile Speed Score, 71st-percentile Burst, and 66th Percentile Agility, all at 5’10” and 226 pounds, optimal bell-cow RB size.

Taylor landed with the Colts who feature one of the league’s elite run-blocking offensive lines, dump-off king Philip Rivers, and what sets up as a favorable schedule (in terms of game script) for 2020. While Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines could siphon touches early on, the Colts made their intentions known by trading up to get Taylor in the early second round of the NFL Draft. Taylor is the total package with truly elite upside, and he is my 1.01 in all formats including 2QB leagues.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

Pick 1.03 – J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL)
Dobbins is the move at third overall. He’s moved ahead of D’Andre Swift in dynasty rankings despite Swift’s clearer path to carries in year one due to his post-2020 upside. The Ravens attempted a league-high 596 runs last season, 98 more than the second-place 49ers, and they’ll keep doing that as long as they have Lamar Jackson and Greg Roman.

While Dobbins becomes a locked-in RB1 once Mark Ingram leaves Baltimore, he’s still got a path to some work with him around. Ravens backups Gus Edwards and Justice Hill shouldered 213 carries last season, and you can expect Dobbins to pick up some of that slack. Dobbins is one of the more athletic backs from this draft class, and he’ll play behind a solid offensive line in Baltimore. He’s a low-end RB3 entering 2020 with RB1 upside if anything happens to Ingram.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)

Pick 1.04 – D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)
I don’t really even like D’Andre Swift, but what was I supposed to do, take a wide receiver? We know Swift will be heavily involved in the offense as a rookie because the Lions hate Kerryon Johnson. Even if Swift is in a committee, he should at least be an RB3 and should enter 2021 as a locked-in RB2, at worst. Historically, rookies running backs produce much better than rookie wide receivers. I want a player whose value is going to increase as a rookie. CeeDee Lamb may end being an exception, but for almost any other receiver, I have a hard time envisioning one coming out of 2020 as more valuable than Swift. Simply put, I want the most valuable asset regardless of need, and that will be Swift.
– Jason Katz (@jasonkatz13)

Pick 1.05 – CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL)
There seem to be mixed opinions about the landing spot of CeeDee Lamb. On the one hand, he won’t see as many immediate targets had he been drafted by teams like the Raiders or Eagles. While that is certainly true it is important not to overrate landing spots for rookie wideouts, where talent matters more than it does for running backs.

Sure the Cowboys have Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup ahead of Lamb on the depth chart, but this is a team that gave 83 targets to the corpse of Randall Cobb last year. Lamb will be given as many of Cobb’s vacated targets as he can handle, and he will likely be lining up one-on-one versus overmatched corners. Furthermore, both Cooper and Gallup are only tied to Dallas through 2022, meaning there is a clearer path to number-one receiver status there initially appears to be.

Lamb, arguably the most talented wideout in a historically great receiver class, fell to a team who led the league in yards per game in 2019. Let’s not overthink this.
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)

Pick 1.06 – Jerry Jeudy (WR – DEN)
Though many have been down on his landing spot with the Denver Broncos due to the presence of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy has the ability to play both in the slot and on the outside and that versatility should make him a threat right out of the gate. He was one of the best route runners in the draft class and his athleticism allows for some fantastic potential after the catch. While it generally takes some time for rookie receivers to get acclimated to the NFL, Jeudy has a very high ceiling and will be able to contribute for years down the road.
– Brian Rzeppa (@brianrzeppa)

Pick 1.07 – Cam Akers (RB – LAR)
There should be little doubt that Cam Akers was drafted to be the starter in Los Angeles. He has the traits of a potential workhorse, but may have a tough time keeping Darrell Henderson from forcing a committee. He has talent, as in a different backfield he could easily be viewed as a top three rookie running back for dynasty leagues.

I would be happy with Akers at 1.05 of single QB rookie drafts, so landing him at 1.07 feels like a coup. We may be forced to wait until 2021 until Akers truly breaks out, but he is an absolute value in the middle round one. Underrated due to running behind one of the worst offensive lines in the nation, Cam Akers rushed for an effective, but inspiring 4.5 yards per carry thanks to seeing just 0.9 yards before contact on his 293 attempts. For context, his 3.7 yards after contact per carry would place him above D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. I am all in on Cam Akers at 1.07.
– Raju Byfield (fantasycontext)

Pick 1.08 – Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN)
With rookies, you ideally want a combination of potentially-elite talent and a landing spot that allows the player an opportunity to flourish. With Justin Jefferson, you get the best of both worlds. The Vikings selected Jefferson 22nd overall in the 2020 NFL Draft as an immediate replacement to Stefon Diggs who is now in Buffalo.

Jefferson was one of the leaders of the historic 2019 LSU team that we just saw shatter FBS records. He accumulated a final stat line of 111/1,540/18 in his final season with LSU while catching an impressive 91% of passes that came his way. As David Zach mentioned in his Predicting Rookie WR Success article here at FantasyPros, Jefferson shares a lot of similar metrics with the presumed top prospect in this class, CeeDee Lamb.

Had this not been one of the most stacked WR draft classes that we have seen in recent years, Justin Jefferson could have easily been the top prospect. He will slide immediately into a WR2 role behind Adam Thielen on the Vikings and should offer immediate return while carrying the potential of having a long and illustrious career in the NFL.
– John Ferguson (@FantasyFerguson)

Pick 1.09 – Henry Ruggs III (WR – LV)
With the ninth overall pick in this dynasty rookie draft, I had an opportunity to take Jaelen Reagor, and in hindsight, I probably should have. Despite passing on Reagor for Henry Ruggs, though, I still ended up with a top-5 ranked dynasty rookie wide receiver who is guaranteed to see immediate action. Why? Three reasons.

One, he was an absolute monster at Alabama, hauling in 98 receptions for 1,716 yards and 24 touchdowns in his three seasons—so you know he can produce. Two, he’s got elite speed with the potential to pop the top off of defenses on any given play. Three, the dude catches everything; in his entire collegiate career, he’s dropped just four passes. Four! And only one of those drops came in his senior season.

It seems obvious that Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden have big plans for Ruggs in 2020 and beyond. And with the emergence of tight end Darren Waller, the development of shifty slot receiver Hunter Renfrow, and the addition of fellow rookie wideout Bryan Edwards, this passing attack could become lethal as the team continues to grow.
– Jim Colombo (@WideRightNBlue)

Pick 1.10 – Joe Burrow (QB – CIN)
At this point of the first round, Burrow represents a strong value and despite the 1QB format I am more than happy to go this way. Opportunity cost in rookie drafts isn’t quite the same as it would be in redraft so Burrow makes sense here for a couple reasons.

He is the probably the safest pick at this point in the first round as he will start from Day One and Cincinnati has some reasonable offensive weapons to put around him. A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon are all good pieces and with as bad as the Bengals defense is, there should be plenty of opportunity for him to throw from behind.

Zac Taylor is a capable play caller and despite Burrow’s perceived physical limitations (some question his arm strength), he is coming off the greatest statistical season in NCAA history. I’ll take Burrow’s floor and shoot for upside later.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Pick 1.11 – Jalen Reagor (WR – PHI)
When you’re picking at 1.11, you’re hoping someone falls to you. I knew none of the top-5 rushers would slide this far, but I was hoping one of Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, or Jalen Reagor would slide. If not, I would have been content to try and trade back since I view the receivers in the next tier fairly evenly and would be happy with any one of them if I could add more draft capital in the process. Luckily, Ruggs was taken ahead of me, allowing Jalen Reagor to still be on the board. He might be my favorite receiver in a draft loaded with good ones.

Rated with a 99th-percentile Burst Score from Player Profiler, he’s arguably the most explosive pass catcher in this entire class, and he’s certainly one of the fastest. With a BMI of 28.7, he has a thicker build than both Jeudy and Lamb. That, coupled with his breakout age of 18, portends to elite upside when you look at historical trends. A 36.7% College Dominator Rating and a Next Gen Stats Athleticism Score of 89 only further cement him as a top-3 receiver in this class at worst.

Most importantly, his landing spot is ideal. Reagor will face far less compeititon for targets in Philadelphia than any other rookie receiver, and his skill-set is both sorely needed there and a perfect for for Carson Wentz’s game. There’s a very good chance Reagor makes the biggest impact in Year 1 among all the rookie receivers, and if so, his dynasty value would increase exponentially.
– Paul Ghiglieri (FantasyGhigs)

Pick 1.12 – Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB – TB)
I don’t believe Ke’Shawn Vaughn will take over the Tampa Bay backfield in 2020, but he has the clear upside and traits necessary to become a PPR stud. Vaughn’s best attributes are his pass-catching skills and pass protection acumen. He is a straight-line runner who averaged over five yards per carry in each of his last three seasons and had two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons at Vanderbilt.

The Bucs’ third round pick won’t excel in any one area, but he has a well-rounded skill set that will keep him on the field often. The opportunity for meaningful touches is there, as we’ve seen Bruce Arians bench incumbent Ronald Jones in multiple games for missing his protection assignments; Vaughn is also a better receiver than Dare Ogunbowale, so I don’t see him losing snaps to last year’s pass-catching specialist.

In what looks to be an explosive offense with multiple weapons, Ke’Shawn Vaughn could become an outlet for Tom Brady out of the backfield and rack up PPR points with ease. To me, his floor is James White; I expect he’ll split time relatively evenly with Jones and log 4-6 targets per game on screens or dump-offs. Still, his ceiling is massive, as we’ve seen how workhorse running backs in Bruce Arians’ system can thrive for fantasy. I wouldn’t take Vaughn over Swift, Dobbins, or Akers, but I am perfectly comfortable selecting a high floor running back at the end of the first round instead of the No. 2 wide receivers left on the board.
– Dan Ambrosino (@AmbrosinoNFL)

Pick 2.01 – Tua Tagovailoa (QB – MIA)
I’m not as high on Tua Tagovailoa as others, especially now that he landed in Miami with the Dolphins. But at the top of the second round, I’m comfortable taking a player who might have gone first overall in the NFL Draft if not for a devastating injury in college. As long as he is completely recovered from that injury, his accuracy and athleticism should provide him with a high floor in the NFL (and in fantasy). And since most fantasy formats reward running quarterbacks, that’s an added bonus if that part of his game transitions.
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)

Pick 2.02 – Tee Higgins (WR – CIN)
The early second round is loaded with highly-intriguing wide receivers including Denzel Mims, Michael Pittman, and Brandon Aiyuk (and in some leagues, Henry Ruggs). I lean Tee Higgins in a close decision here primarily based on the long-term outlook.

The other four WRs I mentioned all have easier paths to year one production, but Higgins lands on the Bengals with pick 2.01 and is now tethered to Joe Burrow for at least four years. While A.J. Green should relegate Higgins to the bench in 2020 if he’s healthy, Higgins is the obvious replacement for Green as soon as 2021, and earlier if Green can’t stay healthy.

Higgins posted an above average speed score, thanks only to his large 6’4″ and 216 pound frame, but translated what athleticism he does have into on-field production early and often. Higgins broke out at age 18.6 at Clemson, which is a truly impressive accomplishment. As a sophomore, Higgins nearly hit 1,000 yards, which he topped in his junior season.

Higgins also posted an elite 19.8 yards per reception in his junior season, a window into his true upside at the next level. A 50th-percentile Dominator Rating and 16.7% Target Share don’t jump off the page, but can be easily rationalized by the wealth of NFL talent around him on the Clemson roster. Higgins should be held into at least year two if drafted, but has an excellent long-term outlook on a revamped Bengals offense.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

Pick 2.03 – Michael Pittman Jr. (WR – IND)
I’ll take the rookie WR6 here at 15th overall. The Colts spent an early second-round pick on Pittman, and the six-foot-four receiver is slated to play the “X” receiver role in their offense. He’s a more athletic Mike Williams, and PlayerProfiler puts him above the 85th percentile in both speed and catch radius. His agility and burst leave something to be desired, but he more than makes up for it in size. I expect Pittman to draw plenty of targets from Philip Rivers in year one. He pencils in as a volume-driven WR3/4 option next season, and he’s got long-term upside as he continues to develop. While I’m a bit concerned that the Colts won’t land a quarterback after Rivers retires, he should start beating out the aging T.Y. Hilton for targets before then, and that will give him stable WR2/3 value as the Colts’ top receiving option.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)

Pick 2.04 – Brandon Aiyuk (WR – SF)
It’s always risky to take a wide receiver on a run-first offense and even riskier to take a four year college player with a 26th percentile breakout age. Brandon Aiyuk is nothing like Hakeem Butler in terms of how they play, but there are a lot of similarities in their paths to the NFL. The primary difference is that Aiyuk went in the first round to a team with not much behind Deebo Samuel at wide receiver. Aiyuk should start immediately and has a good chance to at least be a WR4 as a rookie. I want players that can produce quickly and increase in value. Aiyuk provides that potential.
– Jason Katz (@jasonkatz13)

Pick 2.05 – Zack Moss (RB – BUF)
After snagging my top receiver of this class in CeeDee Lamb, I wanted to make sure I landed at least one running back with a possible path to fantasy value this year. Enter Zack Moss, a 22-year-old who left the University of Utah as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Moss, a phsyical runner who excels between the tackles, is a nice complement to the more finesse game of Devin Singletary. Despite not testing well at the combine this year, Moss isn’t strictly a power back. The third-round pick posted Pro Football Focus’ third-highest broken tackle per carry rate over the last six seasons. At worst he should play the “Frank Gore role” on the run-first Bills this season. There’s potential for a much bigger performance should anything happen to Singletary, however.
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)

Pick 2.06 – Denzel Mims (WR – NYJ)
He has some room to improve as a route runner and at times has had issues with drops, but Mims stands as one of the more prototypical X receivers in the draft class and has tremendous upside in the mold of a DK Metcalf/Kenny Golladay physical specimen. Mims has fantastic athleticism and knows how to use his 6’3 frame to box out smaller defenders and that, paired with his incredible catch radius, could make him a threat for touchdowns right out of the gate. Without much in terms of high-upside competition in front of him on the Jets roster, Mims could be a great value pick here in the middle of the second.
– Brian Rzeppa (@brianrzeppa)

Pick 2.07 – Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR – JAC)
Laviska Shenault Jr. has the makings of a future dynasty star. My number one target in the second round of rookie drafts, I would take Shenault as early as 2.01, so I am thrilled that he lasted until 2.07. Already arguably Jacksonville’s most talented wide receiver, Shenault will see snaps at running back, wildcat quarterback, and possibly also as a move tight end. He projects as a long term WR2 with potential WR1 upside should the Jaguars finally add a true franchise quarterback. He may be nothing more than a WR4/flex option as a rookie due to inconsistency, but as the Jaguars offense improves, so will his production. While taking him to begin the second would be a move fraught with risk due to the talent of the other players remaining on the board, at 2.07 any and all risk is eliminated. This is as big of a home run as one could hope for in the second half of the second round.
– Raju Byfield (fantasycontext)

Pick 2.08 – Van Jefferson (WR – LAR)
Drafting right after my friend Raju Byfield was a real treat in this mock as he sniped me no less than three times in five rounds. I was all set to take Laviska Shenault Jr. here, but instead, I will grab one of “my guys” from this draft class in Van Jefferson.

Jefferson has seen a decent amount of movement in his ADP in rookie drafts as you can grab him in the mid-to-late third round at times. In rookie drafts, however, I tend to fade ADP more than usual to ensure I get a guy I really like.

The son of former NFL wideout and current New York Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, Van was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He wasn’t able to participate in the combine this season due to a foot injury which likely caused him to slide down draft boards alongside the fact that this is an incredibly deep WR class.

What stands out the most about Jefferson is that he has some of the crispest technical skills of any wideout in this draft class. His ability to simply create space to get open and superb route-running are the types of things that most teams hope that players can learn or polish at the NFL level. He comes ready to go out of the box, batteries included, and will just have to fight former fourth-round pick, Josh Reynolds, for the team’s WR3 role now that Brandin Cooks is gone.
– John Ferguson (@FantasyFerguson)

Pick 2.09 – Justin Herbert (QB – LAC)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—nobody wants Tyrod Taylor to succeed more than I do. But as a Buffalo guy, I’ve had front-row seats to his stint as a starting quarterback with the Bills, and let me tell you, I know how his story ends, okay? And it’s not good.

Enter Justin Herbert, the sixth overall pick to the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Operating under the assumption that I did not have a QB to roll with on my dynasty fantasy squad, I couldn’t let Herbert — a top-3 ranked dynasty rookie QB — slip through my fingers. With a significant drop-off in potential starters after Herbert (Jordan Love, Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason), and the top-two QBs already off the board (Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa) I felt it was necessary to go with the inconsistent college quarterback yet inevitable NFL starter in Herbert.

Is 2.09 a bit of a reach for Herbert? Maybe so, maybe not. In the dozen or so mock draft results I’ve looked at, Herbert’s ADP is as high as 2.04 and as low as 3.08. Depending on what you’re working with at QB, you’ll need to target Herbert accordingly. Either way, he could be a gamble that pays off big-time in dynasty leagues.
– Jim Colombo (@WideRightNBlue)

Pick 2.10 – Bryan Edwards (WR – LV)
Edwards continues to fall to me in the late-second round of rookie drafts and I am thrilled to have him. Due to injuries and inconsistent quarterback play that hampered his production at South Carolina, Edwards fell to the third round despite being a second-round talent.

A physical (6’3″/215 lbs) receiver who has no problem working over the middle of the field, Edwards can also get vertical on the outside. He will present a matchup problem for NFL defenses who will have to counter his combination of size and speed and I envision a scenario where he could be a red zone threat early in his career. He will have to battle Tyrell Williams for playing time but playing in Jon Gruden’s system should provide him with ample opportunity to thrive. Dollar-for-dollar, I prefer him to Henry Ruggs and it wouldn’t surprise me if Edwards ended up being the more productive of the two. If he can stay healthy, the Raiders may have landed themselves one of the better values in this year’s draft.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Pick 2.11 – Anthony McFarland Jr. (RB – PIT)
I was hoping Bryan Edwards would slide here, but he did not. I waffled back and forth between McFarland Jr. and Devin Duvernay here, but having already taken Jalen Reagor in the first, I opted to go with the last running back I had a second-round rookie draft grade on here.

McFarland doesn’t have much burst, but he has speed for days. He also gets the fortune of running behind a top-10 offensive line in Pittsburgh. James Conner has not proven to be durable, and neither Benny Snell nor Jaylen Samuels possess the speed that McFarland does. While it’s true that Pittsburgh figures to remain a fairly pass happy offense, Ben Roethlisberger will be 38, and the team might try to ease the burden on his shoulders by running the ball more to keep him healthy for the duration of the season.

McFarland could easily carve out a role as the pass catching back on the team, allowing Samuels to serve more as an H-back type of weapon. Moreover, McFarland Jr. is a tough runner with vision, lateral quickness and home run speed, qualities that can make him a feature back for the Steelers if the team decides to move on from Conner after this year.
– Paul Ghiglieri (FantasyGhigs)

Pick 2.12 – A.J. Dillon (RB – GB)
Many people may not be a fan of the situation A.J. Dillon has found himself in, but I personally love his opportunity to see a meaningful role in the short-term and long-term. Dillon is exactly the type of runner that Matt LaFluer fell in love with during his time in Tennessee; the rookie is a physical, downhill runner who can break tackles and wear down a defense.

He’s actually a great compliment to Aaron Jones, who is a great receiver out of the backfield and presents more of a speed element. Despite fielding a 1,000-yard rusher last year, the Green Bay Packers spent a second round pick on Dillon, showcasing their commitment and dedication to the run game.

I expect Dillon to easily overtake Jamaal Williams’ role as the secondary runner in this backfield and vulture several scoring opportunities from Jones at the goal-line in 2020. From a long-term view, Dillon may be the only running back under contract in 2021, as both Jones and Williams will be free agents entering next offseason. Dillon has a great chance of becoming the lead runner in Matt LaFluer’s offense sooner rather than later, so grabbing him at the back end of the second round is a no brainer.
– Dan Ambrosino (@AmbrosinoNFL)

Pick 3.01 – Devin Duvernay (WR – BAL)
Duvernay is probably going to work out of the slot in the NFL, which could limit his ceiling a bit. But he has big play potential and is entering one of the more creative offenses in the league. With the Baltimore running game and fellow speedster Marquise Brown creating space in the passing game, I expect Duvernay to step in and contribute right away as a rookie.
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)

Pick 3.02 – Joshua Kelley (RB – LAC)
Size? Check (5’11”, 212 lbs.). Athleticism? Check (78th-percentile Speed Score, 69th-percentile Agility Score, 68th-percentile SPARQ-X Score). College Production? Check (33% Dominator Rating, 9.2% Target Share). Draft Capital? Check (Pick 4.06).

Kelley racked up 2,500 rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns in two seasons at UCLA and was then selected with one of the first picks on day three of the NFL draft, giving the Chargers a whole night to sleep on their pick, evaluate the remaining players, and select Kelley. With Melvin Gordon gone and Austin Ekeler as the established running back on the roster, there is at worst a committee role open from day one that Kelley can grab.

At best, Kelley could even become the 1 to Austin Ekeler’s 1A given the role Ekeler has historically played. So Kelley has the profile — size, athleticism, college production, and a three-down skillset — and he has the opportunity to get on the field early, helped by his draft capital.

Kelley is a smash pick if he falls into the third round, as he’s one of the few backs outside of the first round that has legitimate three-down workhorse upside. The biggest question around Kelley is the Chargers’ offense, which has a wide range of outcomes over the next few years. Even if the Chargers have a bad offense, Kelley’s likelihood of getting on the field early should give him enough value to make him a flip candidate.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

Pick 3.03 – Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS)
I went for high-floor guys with my first two picks, so I’ll draft for upside here in the third. Gibson is an amazing athlete — he has a 99th-percentile speed score according to PlayerProfiler. The Memphis product flashed immense talent during the Senior Bowl, as he beat out teammates LaMical Perine and Eno Benjamin for touches.

Washington head coach Ron Rivera has even compared Gibson to Christian McCaffrey! While Gibson comes with clear upside, he’s still got to beat out Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice for snaps. While beating out a 35-year-old Pro Bowler and a guy who can’t stay on the field isn’t impossible, it’s not a sure thing, either. Plus, Gibson will have to run behind a middling offensive line anyway, so I’m tempering my expectations for him in 2020. It’s tough to find someone with RB1 potential here in the third, but I think I’ve got that with Gibson.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)

Pick 3.04 – Chase Claypool (WR – PIT)
At this point, we’re all just chasing upside. Chase Claypool epitomizes upside. He may never be more than a role player, but he has elite size and speed reminiscent of Vincent Jackson. Claypool’s speed score and burst score are in the 99th and 92nd percentile respectively. He ran a 4.42 40 time at 6’4 238 lbs. He’s a massive human that scored 13 touchdowns in his final year at Notre Dame. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that he works his way to third on the Steelers’ receiver depth chart behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. Worst case, he’s just like every other third-round pick that doesn’t pan out. Best case, he’s a prolific touchdown scorer for one of the NFL’s best run franchises.
– Jason Katz (@jasonkatz13)

Pick 3.05 – K.J. Hamler (WR – DEN)
The Broncos made their 2020 intentions clear during the NFL draft, loading up on talented skill-position assets to surround second-year quarterback Drew Lock with. After taking Alabama prodigy Jerry Jeudy in the first, Denver selected Penn State alum K.J. Hamler with the 46th overall pick. Not yet 21 until July, Hamler is a downfield, big-play weapon that at minimum will help stretch the field for Denver. There are questions about how much of a fantasy impact a player with this skill set can produce, but the third round of rookie drafts feels like the right time to buy into an ascending Denver offense.
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)

Pick 3.06 – Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR – WAS)
One of my favorite sleepers in the class of 2020, Gandy-Golden possesses pretty much everything you would want in an X at the NFL level. Standing 6’4, 223 pounds, Gandy-Golden has the size to win any battle in the red zone, but he’s much more than just a red-zone threat. He’s quick (faster than the 4.6 40 that he ran at the combine), has great hands, an insane catch radius, and his ball tracking is one of the best in the class. The concerns surrounding Gandy-Golden generally relate to the level of competition he faced while playing at Liberty, along with some room for improvement in his route running. He’s not a lock by any means, but the upside here is too much to pass up.
– Brian Rzeppa (@brianrzeppa)

Pick 3.07 – DeeJay Dallas (RB – SEA)
DeeJay Dallas lost a lot of his redraft shine with the Seattle Seahawks signing Carlos Hyde, but still has a chance to earn a long-term role in the backfield. He remains the running back with best hands and pass-protection skills on the team, and as such, should not see his projected third down snaps significantly affected by the addition of Hyde.

Hyde can snare targets when in a workhorse role, but is more of an early down, complementary piece at this point in his career. The addition of Hyde is more of an indictment of what the Seahawks expect to get out of third-year running back and PUP candidate Rashaad Penny this season. Dallas should be in some sort of timeshare to begin his career, but can quickly become a flex-worthy option as the season progresses. With Chris Carson hitting free agency after this season, Dallas can secure a potential lead-back role in 2021 and beyond if he can prove he deserves an opportunity. He remains a strong option after the top-30 rookies are off the board.
– Raju Byfield (fantasycontext)

Pick 3.08 – Lynn Bowden Jr. (RB – LV)
Lynn Bowden Jr. is a player I am targeting in every rookie draft this season. I even grabbed him in the late-second round in a previous two-round rookie mock here at FantasyPros. There is nothing this kid can’t do, and he has the scrappiness reminiscent of former Panthers wideout Steve Smith, but with a larger body frame.

Bowden basically carried Kentucky to bowl eligibility in his final year, as he was asked to fill in as the emergency QB for the final eight games of the season. His passing stats were nothing to write home about, but playing in more of a wildcat role, he led the team and SEC in rushing with 1,468 yards on 185 carries (7.9 YPA – most in NCAA) with 13 rushing TDs (second-most in SEC). He also led the team with a meager 30/348/1 line as a receiver. If that wasn’t enough, he topped the team in kick return yards as well.

His role with Raiders should be well beyond that of your run-of-the-mill scat back, and his ability to make a difference on special teams all but guarantees he will always remain active. It also seems pretty evident that the Raiders want more diverse options out of the backfield than just Josh Jacobs. Bowden gives them that, and so much more.
– John Ferguson (@FantasyFerguson)

Pick 3.09 – Darrynton Evans (RB – TEN)
I’m not gonna lie to you. I started to freak out a little when I saw the top-ranked dynasty rookie running backs fall off the board. Fortunately, I was able to scoop up the potential heir apparent to Derrick Henry: small-school standout, Darrynton Evans. I like Evans — a five-foot-10, 203-pound speedster — as a dynasty rookie draft pick because Derrick Henry’s future in Tennessee is uncertain. Currently playing on a $10.2 million franchise tender, there’s no guarantee that Henry will remain a Titan after 2021, leaving the door wide open for a guy like Evans to step in. In other words, Evans could be a dynasty goldmine sooner than later.

As for his potential impact in his rookie season, well, that depends on how Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and his staff limit Henry’s usage. Easily the best player on that offense, Henry’s health should be mission critical, which means Evans could step in on third downs, passing downs, and two-minute drills. Then again, the Titans might decide to pound Henry into oblivion in what could be his last season in Tennessee. Either way, I’m viewing Evans as a dynasty lottery ticket, and with a late third-round pick in dynasty, this is as good a time as any to take a shot.
– Jim Colombo (@WideRightNBlue)

Pick 3.10 – Tyler Johnson (WR – TB)
Could Tyler Johnson be Tom Brady’s slot weapon in 2020? I think it is possible and if that comes to fruition, his selection in the third round of this mock becomes one of the best picks of the round. Johnson was a big-play threat during his time at Minnesota, averaging over 15 YPC and scoring 33 touchdowns. He has good size (6’2/210) and he dusted some great defenses during his senior year including a monster 12/204/2 line against Auburn in the Outback Bowl.

He didn’t run at the combine and his Pro Day was canceled due to the coronavirus which helps explain why he lasted until the fifth round of the draft. Bruce Arians reportedly loves what he brings to the table and despite being behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, Johnson could be in line for a fairly expanded role in his rookie year.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Pick 3.11 – Eno Benjamin (RB – ARI)
Eno Benjamin doesn’t have draft capital on his side as a sixth-round pick, but I feel we will look back later and realize he was worthy of a higher selection, perhaps as high as the third round. Benjamin is a perfect fit in Arizona with arguably a better skillset than Chase Edmonds. He is an excellent receiving threat out of the backfield who profiles best in a spread scheme like the one Kliff Kingsbury runs. Kenyan Drake was only signed to a one-year deal, so if Benjamin can carve out a valuable role for himself, he may convince the team he’s a better (and cheaper) value as the starter after this year. In round three of a dynasty rookie draft, you’re chasing upside. The player and the landing spot match well here.
– Paul Ghiglieri (FantasyGhigs)

Pick 3.12 – Lamical Perine (RB – NYJ)
The Jets’ fourth-round selection has a good of a chance as any to see an increased role in 2021. Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore are likely to see a large majority of the running back touches in this offense, but neither are guaranteed to be on the Jets’ roster next season. The feud between Bell and Gase has been well-documented, and the organization will finally have a reasonable out to get his contract off of the books following this season. Frank Gore also has to retire sometime, right? Right? In either case, Perine is an excellent downhill runner who will be a solid handcuff in 2020 and potential starter in 2021.
– Dan Ambrosino (@AmbrosinoNFL)

Pick 4.01 – Cole Kmet (TE – CHI)
Yes, the Bears also added Jimmy Graham this offseason, but Graham is going to turn 34-years-old this season and has seen his production decline in four-straight seasons. Kmet is a big athletic target and could step in as the starter on Day 1. And if Kmet wins the tight end job and Nick Foles is the starting quarterback, Kmet could be a sleeper at tight end even in redraft leagues.
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)

Pick 4.02 – Adam Trautman (TE – NO)
With rookie tight ends, there are a few key areas for a prospect to excel in order for them to be a fantasy-relevant tight end. Given that many tight ends block in the NFL more than they run routes, many tight ends (even with high draft capital) aren’t worth investing in for fantasy purposes. Adam Trautman looks very much like one of the fantasy-relevant tight ends, with a 6’5″ and 255-pound frame, college production galore, and athleticism that is plenty good.

Trautman went to the University of Dayton, but was a day-two pick after accounting for almost 40% of the team’s passing offense (916 yards and 14 touchdowns) as a senior. For a smaller-school prospect, fantasy owners can hardly ask for more. Trautman was just above average in terms of yards per catch, but target depth matters less to me for TEs than it does for WRs. In terms of athleticism testing, Trautman posted a 95th-percentile agility score and topped the 50th-percentile in both speed and burst. Look for Trautman to shake defenders in tight areas with his agility and quickness as the NFL level.

With Jared Cook on the tail end of his career, Trautman is set for early exposure to playing time and a lead role as soon as 2021. The only question, really, is who will be his quarterback in 2021 and beyond. Trautman is my TE1 in this class, and I think he belongs more in the mid-late third round.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

Pick 4.03 – Jordan Love (QB – GB)
I’ve drafted two second-rounders and one third-rounder so far, and I’ll take my first first-rounder here. Love enters Green Bay with no clear path to snaps in 2020, but both his talent and the draft capital the Packers invested in him make him a solid pick. The team traded up in the first round to get their guy, reminiscent of the Ravens’ decision to trade up for Lamar Jackson despite still having Joe Flacco in 2018. Yes, Aaron Rodgers is better than Flacco ever was, but it’s clear that the team wants to keep their options open. Love is a great fit for a team with an established-but-aging quarterback — he has the build and athleticism to succeed, he just needs the time and mentorship to grow as a passer. Love is a high-upside, no-floor kind of player, and that’s exactly what I’m looking for in the fourth round of rookie drafts.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)

Pick 4.04 – Jalen Hurts (QB – PHI)
I don’t know if my proverbial team needs a quarterback, but once again, we all about upside here. Jalen Hurts is the closest thing to Lamar Jackson in this draft. He’s a terrible passer, but, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now, you need a quarterback with rushing ability; that’s the new wave of NFL quarterbacks. Hurts rushed for nearly 1,300 yards at Oklahoma last season. If Tim Tebow can be a QB1, so can Jalen Hurts. If and when Carson Wentz gets hurt for the 100th time, Hurts will immediately be on the streaming radar.
– Jason Katz (@jasonkatz13)

Pick 4.05 – Devin Asiasi (TE – NE)
The New England Patriots went into the draft with a desperate need for playmakers. They came away with two athletic tight ends, Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene (more on him when we get to Round 5). Coach Bill Belichick likes Asiasi’s game so much he actually traded up to get him. The former UCLA Bruin needs to improve his blocking to become an every-down threat in the NFL, but we are most interested in his pass catching prowess. Tight ends historically take a few years to fully develop but there is immediate opportunity at this position in New England.
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)

Pick 4.06 – Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR – CLE)
One of the top high school prospects in his recruiting class, Peoples-Jones was plagued by poor quarterback play throughout his time at Michigan. Despite the lack of production, however, Peoples-Jones possesses the size and athletic profile to be a top receiver with NFL coaching. Throughout his time in college, Peoples-Jones showed flashes of the receiver he could be in the right offense, as he was a dominant force in both beating press coverage and in the red zone. With only Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. ahead of him and their long-term future in Cleveland in question, Peoples-Jones has great upside to be an impact player.
– Brian Rzeppa (@brianrzeppa)

Pick 4.07 – James Proche (WR – BAL)
Despite two fewer games played, James Proche’s 111 receptions in 2019 tied him with Justin Jefferson for the top mark in the nation. While he does not profile as the most athletically-gifted wide receiver, he is able to win both inside and out due to strong hands, good body control, and strong route running. At least half of his 2019 production came from the slot, but he may be asked to learn all of the wide receiver positions in the Ravens offense. Baltimore made it a priority to get Lamar Jackson some high upside, but sure handed wideout help, but seemed to focus on seam busters. Proche may not be an immediate starter, but should push Miles Boykin for routes run before the season is over. Proche may max out as the third receiver in Baltimore, but has legit number two receiver talent that should make him a deep league dynasty asset.
– Raju Byfield (fantasycontext)

Pick 4.08 – Quintez Cephus (WR – DET)
At this point in rookie mocks, my top-two targets are usually Donovan Peoples-Jones and Quintez Cephus. With DPJ taken two picks prior, Cephus it is! This is an interesting prospect later in rookie drafts for a few reasons. He was taken in the fifth round by the Detroit Lions whose current top-three receivers are Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and 34-year-old Danny Amendola. None of these three are currently signed beyond 2020 with Golladay the only one we can consider a lock to return on a long-term deal.

Cephus doesn’t offer eye-popping workout metrics like his sluggish 4.73-second 40 time, but he brings next-level physicality to the table which makes up for the fact that he can easily be run down. Fellow rookie cornerback and new teammate Jeff Okudah praised Cephus at the combine in saying that he was the best receiver that he played against last season. Rookie scouting guru Matt Waldman went as far as comparing Cephus’ potential career abilities to those of widouts Joe Horn and Roddy White when analyzing him as a prospect. I’ll take that upside all day towards the end of rookie drafts.
– John Ferguson (@FantasyFerguson)

Pick 4.09 – Brycen Hopkins (TE – LAR)
Brycen Hopkins is the fifth-ranked tight end in the dynasty rookie consensus rankings at FantasyPros and, according to Next Gen Stats, was the highest-scoring combine finisher at his position. However, it might be a while before he’s ready to make an impact as the third tight end option on the Los Angeles Rams. While his fellow tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett are nothing to get too excited about from a fantasy perspective, they are still veteran players who will likely dominate playing time in L.A.

On the plus side, the Rams did spend a fourth-round pick on Hopkins, so perhaps the team’s coaches have plans for Hopkins other than depth. After all, the former Purdue Boilermaker was no slouch in his four years in the Big Ten — the six-foot-five, 245-pound tight end caught 130 passes for 1,945 yards and 15 touchdowns — mostly from the slot position. No, rookie tight ends don’t typically make a big fantasy splash in their rookie seasons. But Hopkins — who’s a multisport athlete and the son of former Pro Bowl offensive lineman — possesses the athletic ability and pedigree that could contribute to his staying power in the NFL. Keep your eye on Hopkins in 2020; he could be a steal in your upcoming draft.
– Jim Colombo (@WideRightNBlue)

Pick 4.10 – Joe Reed (WR – LAC)
Reed is built in the mold of Deebo Samuel and his skill set reminds me a lot of Samuel’s as well. He ran a 4.47 at the Combine and during his time at Virginia he was used all over the formation playing on the outside and in the slot. He was primarily used on short and intermediate passes for the Cavaliers but some of that was a product of the system and his quarterback. The Chargers will find creative ways to get the ball in his hands giving him the opportunity to contribute early in his career. Reed has some intrigue as a special teams player as he was one of the best returners in the country and he tacked on 17 special teams tackles in college. That alone boosts his value for dynasty purposes as he will have an increased opportunity to be active on Sundays.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Pick 4.11 – Gabriel Davis (WR – BUF)
Gabriel Davis might be the most well-rounded receiver taken on Day 3, at least from college production and analytics standpoint. Davis is an early-declare receiver with an age-19 breakout, a 27.7 BMI, 34.4% college dominator rating, and a 17.2 YPR that ranks in the top five of this prolific draft class. He was also the first receiver taken on Day 3, ahead of Tyler Johnson and Antonio Gandy-Golden, both of whom are routinely being taken ahead of Davis in fantasy rookie drafts. Davis’ agility is poor, and his speed and burst are merely average, but he possesses the size and big-play ability that will fit perfectly in Buffalo with Josh Allen’s arm and the Bills’ play-action scheme. Best of all, Davis spent time in college studying the way new teammate Stefon Diggs runs routes and he modeled his effective double-move after Diggs’ technique. Learning from one of the best route runners in the game should only make Davis even more dangerous downfield and in the red zone.
– Paul Ghiglieri (FantasyGhigs)

Pick 4.12 – Isaiah Coulter (WR – HOU)
The Texans already have a bevy of wideouts ahead of Coulter on their roster, but can we reasonably say anyone has long-term security in Houston? Will Fuller and Kenny Stills are both entering the last year of their respective deals, and Brandin Cooks has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract. Also, Cooks is the only starting Houston receiver to have played a full 16 games in at least one of the last two seasons, so there is opportunity present for a player down the depth chart to crack the starting lineup. Coulter mostly played as the outside receiver at the University of Rhode Island, where he caught 72 balls for 1,039 yards and eight touchdowns in his last collegiate season. I’ll take a shot on a player who may find his way into playing time due to the durability issues of those above him.
– Dan Ambrosino (@AmbrosinoNFL)

Pick 5.01 – K.J. Hill (WR – LAC)
K.J. Hill dropped to the seventh round in the NFL Draft due to a poor 40 time at the NFL Combine, but he put up major production at Ohio State. More importantly, he landed in a perfect spot to make an instant impact. After Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the Chargers don’t really have any depth at wide receiver. Complicating matters somewhat is the quarterback situation in Los Angeles, but this is a worthwhile gamble in the fifth round.
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)

Pick 5.02 – James Robinson (RB – JAC)
Robinson is ranked 64th overall in Expert Consensus Rankings, but I am trying to grab him at the end of rookie drafts everywhere. Robinson has near-enough workhorse size at 5’9″ and 219 lbs. and a strong prospect profile, which is a rare combination in the fifth round of a rookie draft. Robinson played four seasons at Illinois State, breaking out in his sophomore season, which is really the lone red flag on his profile besides going undrafted.

Robinson tested well athletically, with a 92nd-percentile burst score and a 69th-percentile agility score. His worst test was a 4.64-second 40-yard dash and a 43rd-percentile speed score. On the production front, Robinson accounted for nearly half of ISU’s total offensive output in his senior season, racking up 1,917 rushing yards and 18 total touchdowns. Robinson also closed out his college career with 21 catches as a junior and 16 catches as a senior, so the workhorse role remains in his range of outcomes. With the Jaguars clearly poised to move on from Leonard Fournette in 2021, Robinson is one of the highest-upside dart throws available.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

Pick 5.03 – Thaddeus Moss (TE – WAS)
This is my third high-upside, no floor selection this draft. Moss signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent, but it appears that he only fell out of the draft due to concerns about a Jones fracture in his foot, not concerns about his talent. As long as he heals fully, Moss is a high-upside option at a thin position. Moss’s six-foot-three, 249-pound frame means that he has the size to succeed in the NFL, he just needs opportunity and a chance to develop his skillset.

Fortunately, Moss doesn’t have high-quality competition in Washington — their other tight ends are Jeremy Sprinkle, Logan Thomas, Hale Hentges, Richard Rodgers, Marcus Baugh, and Caleb Wilson — six guys who have combined for just 68 receptions in the last two years. Although it’s hard to land a fantasy starter in the fifth round of rookie drafts, Moss could be a TE2 in 2020 if everything falls his way.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)

Pick 5.04 – Raymond Calais (RB – TB)
Raymond Calais isn’t the best prospect, but we’re in the fifth round. He’s got elite speed and very good burst. He’s a smaller back that does not catch passes at all, which is less than ideal. However, he’s on one of the weakest running back depth charts with an untalented Ronald Jones, boring Dare Ogunbowale, and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn in front of him. As with anyone in the fifth round, he’s unlkely to ever matter, but at least there’s a reasonable path to relevance for Calais.
– Jason Katz (@jasonkatz13)

Pick 5.05 – Dalton Keene (TE – NE)
I doubled down on the Patriots’ two rookie tight ends with the hope that one of them produces top-12 tight end numbers for fantasy in the next few years. New England clearly went into the draft searching for athletic playmakers at the position after a season in which Matt LaCosse and Ben Watson struggled to produce. The team traded up 24 spots for Virginia Tech tight end Dalton Keene, who is a more well-rounded player (essentially a better blocker) than fellow rookie Devin Asiasi. We’re throwing darts here in round 5, but Keene is an 81st-percentile SPARQ athlete who went to an organization wanting to feature more two-TE sets.
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)

Pick 5.06 – Michael Warren II (RB – PHI)
A two-year starter at the University of Cincinnati, Warren II provides an element of power to an Eagles team that currently has a Miles Sanders/Boston Scott tandem in their backfield. Warren is not likely going to wow anyone with his pass protection (which likely would have increased his opportunities for playing time initially), but he is an excellent power runner that has some elusiveness and pass-catching skill in his game. He won’t be mistaken for a home run hitter like Scott, but Warren does have some upside should Sanders ever have to miss time.
– Brian Rzeppa (@brianrzeppa)

Pick 5.07 – Albert Okwuegbunam (TE – DEN)
Albert Okwuegbunam is a talented tight end who appears to have made irreparable harm to his NFL earnings potential with his decision to go back to Missouri for the 2019 season. Discussed as a potential top two tight end in the lead up to the 2019 NFL Draft, Albert O. failed to make the noticeable leap many NFL evaluators were expecting from the top prospect. He was able to improve in the yards per reception, and touchdowns per reception departments, but with Drew Lock in the NFL he took a step back in both the receptions and receiving yard arenas. Making matters worse, he displayed incessant effort level issues on tape.

He will have the good fortune of reuniting with Lock as members of the Denver Broncos, but he is going to have an uphill battle in terms of receiving meaningful snaps on a consistent basis. He has the talent to make him an excellent late-round flier, but Noah Fant has the draft capital to ensure he remains involved at the position regardless of who separates. Okwueggunam is the perfect draft and stash candidate for those in leagues with deeper rosters or taxi squads.
– Raju Byfield (fantasycontext)

Pick 5.08 – JaMycal Hasty (RB – SF)
I was so ready to take Albert O. here as he is a steal falling to the late-fifth round of drafts, but great minds think alike and Raju snatched him up right in front of me. At this point, I have usually been grabbing one of two RB prospects that offer intriguing versatility in JaMycal Hasty and J.J. Taylor. I typically take Hasty over Taylor here as he offers more of a typical RB size (5’8″, 205 lbs) than Taylor (5’5″, 185 lbs) who is really more of a scatback in the mold of Tarik Cohen and would need special packages with a team to find success.

An undrafted rookie, Hasty is the perfect fit on his new team, the 49ers. Though this backfield is crowded, there is now one less body there with former UDFA Matt Breida now in Miami. Kyle Shanahan has also struck gold with UDFA RBs as all of Breida, Raheem Mostert, and even depth piece Jeff Wilson are all UDFAs.

Hasty offers some incredibly quick cuts both at the line of scrimmage and in the open field, making him a tough man to bring down. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl both as a pass catcher and as a pure runner. He is joined on the 49ers by fellow rookie UDFA Salvon Ahmed who is a similar type of back but with slightly less burst. I like Hasty’s chances of cracking this roster and as we have seen in recent years, even practice squad RBs like Jeff Wilson have been able to get called up here and make an impact on the field.
– John Ferguson (@FantasyFerguson)

Pick 5.09 – Isaiah Hodgins (WR – BUF)
Did you really think I was going to exit this mock draft without a Buffalo Bill on my roster? Heck no. Much like the Buffalo Bills franchise itself, I drafted Isaiah Hodgins with a late-round pick and a dream that the six-foot-four, 201-pound wideout can build on his outstanding production at Oregon State.

In college, Hodgins was a busy beaver, notching 176 receptions for 2,322 yards and 20 touchdowns. As Buffalo Rumblings points out, Hodgins “led the PAC-12 conference in receiving touchdowns, was second in receptions (trailing only Michael Pittman Jr.), and third in receiving yards (behind Pittman Jr. and Brandon Aiyuk).” That’s some pretty good company to be in. And even though some might say that Hodgins’ lack of speed makes him a question mark to make the Bills final roster, I would argue that the team doesn’t need speed at the position (John Brown is a burner, Stefon Diggs is an elite route runner, and Cole Beasley is as shifty as they come) — it needs height. None of those other guys are taller than six feet and at six-foot-four, Hodgins would be the Bills’ tallest wideout and a much-needed red-zone target for Josh Allen.

Sure, fellow wideouts Duke Williams, Isaiah McKenzie, and Andre Roberts all had their moments last year, but the dawning of a new era in Buffalo Bills football could mean even more fresh blood on offense—and that could bode well for Hodgins and his fantasy value moving forward. – Jim Colombo (@WideRightNBlue)

Pick 5.10 – Kalija Lipscomb (WR – KC)
At this point, I’m shooting for upside. Despite being an UDFA, Lipscomb signed a deal with the Kansas City for $110,000 in guarantees which tells me the Chiefs are high on him. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that he will be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes. Lipscomb played for a Vanderbilt program that had a severe talent deficieny in the SEC yet he still managed to be productive catching 198 passes for over 2300 yards in his career. Lipscomb has above average hands and enough separation at the line of scrimmage to give himself space to make plays. The Chiefs have had success in getting production out of UDFA’s (Byron Pringle, anyone?) and I will gladly bet on a player going to the best offense in the NFL when throwing a dart.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Pick 5.11 – Harrison Bryant (TE – CLE)
There really isn’t much value this late in a rookie draft, so the one player left with upside is Harrison Bryant. At one point, he was the top tight end in this draft class for many, and he won the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end in 2019. He led all tight ends in the nation in receptions, receiving yards, and yards per route run from the slot. His versatility and production make him an appealing target, especially in an offense that features 12 personnel more often like the one HC Kevin Stefanski runs. Pro Football Focus graded Bryant with a 90.0 score or above in each of the past three seasons. With any luck, Bryant will realize the potential that David Njoku has not.
– Paul Ghiglieri (FantasyGhigs)

Pick 5.12 – Salvon Ahmed (RB – SF)
With the last pick in this five-round mock draft, I’m going to pick the system over the player. Let’s face it, this late down the board, many of these prospects will struggle to make an NFL roster in 2020. Yet, if I am going to pick a high upside player, I want to choose a system where I have seen undrafted free agents have success and become viable fantasy assets.

In San Francisco, Kyle Shanahan has implemented a run-heavy scheme and allowed undrafted free agents like Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida to become viable contributors for fantasy. Salvon Ahmed has a lot of competition ahead of him, but many of his teammates are also either low-capital investments or oft-injured veterans. The Washington running back ran for over 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2019, utilizing his short-area quickness and acceleration to make big plays in the running game. Given the situation he finds himself in, he’s a worthwhile hold during the preseason to see if he can make the San Francisco roster and rise up the depth chart.
– Dan Ambrosino (@AmbrosinoNFL)

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