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Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Erick All (2024 Fantasy Football)

Dynasty Rookie Draft Advice: Erick All (2024 Fantasy Football)

This is what we’ve been waiting for, fantasy football enthusiasts. The NFL Draft is under way, and we finally get to see where the rookie prospects are going to launch their professional careers. And NFL Draft landing spots allow us to start to zero in on fantasy football and dynasty rookie draft pick values.

Throughout the draft, we’ll take a closer look at fantasy-relevant prospects, giving you an overview of their strengths and weaknesses, and assessing their fantasy value in both redraft and dynasty formats.

Let’s dig in.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have selected Iowa’s Erick All with the 15th pick of the fourth round.

This is an exciting fit for one of the more intriguing tight ends in this year’s rookie class. More on team fit in a moment.

All has a worrisome medical history. His 2022 season ended after only three games because of a back injury. He tore his ACL last October and wasn’t able to work out at the combine or the Iowa pro day.

But All has flashed immense potential as a pass catcher. As a sophomore at the University of Michigan in 2021, All had 38 catches for 437 yards and two touchdowns. In seven games at Iowa last season, he had 21 catches for 299 yards and two touchdowns in one of the worst offenses in FBS. He’s a good athlete with reliable hands, and he’s tough to bring down after the catch.

The Bengals could use a legitimate pass-catching threat at tight end after trying to ham-and-egg it at the position last year with Tanner Hudson, Drew Sample and Irv Smith Jr. Cincinnati added Mike Gesicki in the offseason, but Gesicki has had an up-and-down career that’s mostly been down lately.

If All can earn a substantial snap share, he could quickly become fantasy-relevant in an offense triggered by QB Joe Burrow. With WRs Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins occupying the attention of defensive backs downfield, All should have plenty of room to work underneath.

In dynasty, I have All ranked TE4 among rookies and TE24 overall. He’s likely to come off the board somewhere in the mid-to-late third round of 1QB rookie drafts and in the fourth round of superflex rookie drafts.

All’s predraft FantasyPros Expert Consensus ranking was TE76 in half-point PPR formats, and he had a predraft Underdog best-ball ADP of TE50. In other words, he’s completely off the radar. I have All ranked TE39 for redraft.

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Erick All (Iowa)

6044/253 | RAS: N/A
Player comparison: Noah Fant

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: All has medical questions. He suffered a season-ending ACL tear in October. This came after a season-ending back injury ended his 2022 campaign prematurely. Those injuries held him to a mere 10 games the last two seasons.

There was an apparent disagreement between All and Michigan’s staff about the best course of action to deal with the back injury. All elected for season-ending surgery, which he referred to on social media as “life changing.” This led to his transfer to Iowa, where All was back, healthy, and ready to play for the 2023 opener.

The Hawkeye staff viewed All as Sam LaPorta‘s usage replacement in the offense. And All fulfilled expectations, ranking No. 1 among all FBS TEs with at least 10 targets in yards per route run against man coverage on what was an utter abomination of a passing offense. That is, until All tore his ACL in October.

The expectation was that All would return to Iowa City and be one of college football’s premier tight ends next season. Get his stock in a more stable place in advance of the 2025 NFL Draft. But All had a change of heart just prior to the declaration deadline in January and announced he was headed to the NFL.

Not much is known about All’s back injury – very little details were reported about it publicly. But since he had such a quick turnaround to the following training camp, and since the back did not bother him in 2023, I’m going to make a situational assumption that it, at minimum, doesn’t present a clear-and-present danger to his short-term viability on the field. My ranking is representative of that situational assumption.

When he’s been on the field, All has shown high-level flashes as a receiver. I love his combination of size, speed, and feet. He’s a slick direction-changer at his size who is sudden into-and-out-of route breaks. He enters them suddenly, gets through them efficiently, and explodes out of them. All threatens the seam at alarming speed. He’s also adept at slamming on the breaks and careening back to balls.

All has proven – at two different veritable collegiate TE factories – that he can be deployed regularly inline or out of the slot. He was used as an H-back/big-slot with the Wolverines, and took over LaPorta’s old inline post with the Hawkeyes.

All was hurt badly by missing the pre-draft process – in my opinion, far worse than people realize. He is a legitimately nasty athlete. Check out the catch-and-run 47-yard touchdown below, where All outraces Penn State CB Kalen King – who ran a 4.52 forty at PSU’s pro day – down the sidelines to the end zone.

All may not have bested Washington’s Devin Culp (4.47) for the honor of this year’s fastest-testing TE, but I feel pretty confident in saying he would have topped King’s PSU teammate Theo Johnson (4.57) for second-place.

All is a very strong runner after the catch. He has a good understanding of when to leverage his speed and hit the jets to outrace defenders, and when to lower his pads and muscle for the yards available to him.

All has strong, aggressive hands. He attacks the ball outside his frame and spears it. He does have some concentration drops on film that he could clean up.

While he is absolutely capable of being deployed inline, he doesn’t have the natural play strength to take on power EDGEs. All brought more effort in this phase than I was expecting, and he was highly effective picking off smaller defenders in space.

Beyond that, while his athleticism is a trump card against lumbering linebackers and strong safeties, the same types can disrupt his momentum along his route path when they get hands on him.

The million dollar question surrounding All is unknowable to the general public: What, exactly, do NFL personnel see as his risk of injury recurrence after poking around his medicals at the NFL Combine? I can understand those who might believe I have ranked him too high without that knowledge.

But he would have been my TE2 with a bullet in this downtrodden post-Bowers TE-class if I knew the NFL was reasonably comfortable with what they had seen. The mystery surrounding All’s medicals seem likely, by extension, to have him available at a severely depressed price point on Draft Weekend. He’ll be a steal if his body is up for it.

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